AIA Colorado Honors “The Best of the Best” In Architecture

2016 AIA CO Honor Awards Video

On Oct. 6, 2016, over 400 architects and design professionals from across Colorado gathered at Copper Mountain Resort to honor the 2016 AIA Colorado Honor Award recipients. Combined with the presentation of the AIA Colorado and Local Design Awards, the Honor Awards recognize firms and individuals who are setting examples in both design and leadership in our state.

This year’s recipients are a true step above the rest, representing a diverse group of individuals, firms and projects each dedicated to elevating the profession of architecture and designing a quality built environment. As shared by the 2016 Honor Awards Jury Chair Gregory M. Friesen, FAIA, “This year’s honorees instill a sense of pride in our past accomplishments, and also offer hope for what’s to come in the architecture profession.”

After reviewing a large number of submissions for up to seven categories of recognition, the Jury selected four winners to include in the 2016 class of Honor Award recipients. This year’s honorees are:

white_headshot2016 AIA Colorado Leadership Award
Korey White, AIA – RNL Design 

The AIA Colorado Leadership Award recognizes a member of AIA Colorado whose leadership has resulted in a better public understanding of the architecture profession and sustainable buildings or communities. Korey White, AIA is an active member of AIA Colorado who is profoundly dedicated to representing the voice of Colorado’s emerging architecture professionals. Over the past three years, Korey has led outreach efforts, planned and implemented events and inspired not only her peers but also those for whom she works to become the best version of their professional and personal selves. Korey also holds leadership positions with AIA at the national level and has led and participated in numerous efforts designed to elevate the profession.

cbw_micro-cabins2016 AIA Colorado Innovative Practices Award

This award recognizes outstanding innovation in the practice of architecture; specifically, innovation in technological applications, the role of the architect and in regards to project delivery or in firm structure or management. ColoradoBuildingWorkshop is not the typical recipient. While numerous innovative, unique and award-winning designs have resulted from this group’s efforts, possibly the most inspiring thing about them is their contributions to the profession regarding research, design and mentorship. ColoradoBuildingWorkshop has played an important role in developing talent within the profession through an integrated design-build curriculum.

ben-blanchard2016 AIA Colorado Young Architect of the Year Award
Ben Blanchard, AIA – Anderson Mason Dale Architects

This award recognizes the individual achievements of a young architect licensed ten years or less who has demonstrated community involvement, design skills and dedication to the profession. Ben Blanchard, AIA is a true example of what it means to achieve professional success while earning the highest level of respect from one’s peers, partners and community. As stated by his nominators, this year’s winner “demonstrates a rare ability to excel in all aspects of architecture and has become a design force in the profession.” An invaluable resource to Anderson Mason Dale Architects in Denver, Ben’s thoughtfulness and architectural acumen have resulted in him leading some of the firm’s most challenging projects.

anderson-ranch2016 AIA Colorado Twenty-Five Year Award
Anderson Ranch Arts Center

The Twenty-Five Year Award recognizes a built structure that has significantly influenced design and lifestyle in Colorado. Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village has truly stood the test of time and remains a relevant and usable space for a designated community of individuals. For more than 35 years, Harry Teague Architects has worked with Anderson Ranch Arts Center to establish and evolve the Anderson Ranch campus to become the world-renowned and admired arts institution it is today. The unique design of Anderson Ranch is one that responds to the ever-changing needs of the space while maintaining the essential heart and spirit, and respecting the natural environment surrounding the campus. This unique collaboration has resulted in functional and adaptable structures, and plans to continue well into the future to allow for the Arts Center to evolve with the times.