The West Virginia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects – AIA West Virginia – has announced the winners of the AIA’s top design awards for 2019.
Twenty-three project submissions and two submissions for craftsmanship from the Chapter were reviewed by a five-person jury headed by Xavier Vendrell, principal of Xavier Vendrell Studios in Chicago and Barcelona. He is currently a professor at the Rural Studio at Auburn University.
Four Honor Awards, four Merit Awards, three Citation Awards and one Craftsmanship Award were selected. The announcements were made during the 2019 AIA West Virginia Design Awards Gala and Scholarship Benefit, held Saturday evening, May 11, at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center.
“This event is a celebration of architecture in West Virginia,” said Adam Krason, President of AIA West Virginia. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for our members to celebrate their successes with their clients, and for the chapter as a whole to celebrate design. Having Xavier Vendrell from Auburn University’s Rural Studio participate by leading our jury this year serves as a great reminder of the positive work that our profession can do to help address important issues, such as affordable housing, equity, and sustainability. ”
Proceeds from ticket sales and the People’s Choice Award votes for the evening go toward the AIA West Virginia Scholarship program, which benefits West Virginia native students working toward a degree in architecture.