AIA DC 2008 Design Awards

Architecture & Interiors

The AIA | DC chapter held judging for the 2008 design awards on September 19, 2008. Award categories included Presidential Citation for Sustainable Design, Interior Architecture: Awards for Merit, Detail and Excellence, Architecture:  Awards for Merit and Excellence, Historic Resources: Awards for Merit and Excellence, and Catalyst Award. A total of 37 projects were selected for the awards. The awards gala will be held on October 30, 2008.

Boundary Waters Cabin, MN., by architect David Knudson, was among the winners for Presidential citation for sustainable design. This award is based on the following criteria:

  • Contributions to environmental balance
  • Appropriate land use
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Minimal ecological impact
  • Reuse of existing buildings or facilities
  • Use of recycled or renewable materials
  • Integrating sustainable concepts with traditional requirements




the out set the design and site planning were geared toward retaining and
preserving the wildness of the property. Careful analysis of the plantings,
trees, root systems, rock formations and fissures strongly influenced the
placement of the cabin. Of the slow growing vegetation only one moderate sized
healthy Red Pine needed clearing. The builder restricted his staging area and
cordoned off drip lines to protect other trees on the property, a very unusual
practice in northern Minnesota that earned the owner’s the moniker "the environmentalists." In the end the cabin looked like it was airlifted into place with minimal site disturbance.

Hooper’s Island, by architect David Jameson, won the Award for Excellence in Architecture.

This 2,200 square-foot residence is located on a Chesapeake Bay barrier island near the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, an estuarine marshland ecosystem, and an important stop along the Atlantic Flyway. The project conceptually fuses architectonic form with the natural elements of the site. Positioned between a salt meadow marsh, a pine forest, and the bay, the architecture is conceived to be at one with the water, the horizon, and the sky. The idea of an elemental architecture is explored in the relationship between the simple form of the building and the agrarian structures that dot the surrounding area.
Hooper’s Island occupies a land mass less than 1 meter above sea level. In 2003 a storm surge from Hurricane Isabel destroyed many of the houses on the island. As a result of the destruction, FEMA and the Dorchester County Zoning department established an ordinance requiring that all new residences be built three feet above the base flood elevation.Hoopersisland1

The three main structures that comprise the house are the master cabin, the guest cabin and the lodge. The master cabin and lodge are articulated as metal and wood tubes that cantilever off the plinths, minimizing the incision in the earth required for their footprints. Each building is oriented to take advantage of specific views across and down the Honga River. The guest cabin is located between the lodge and master cabin and has a roof that protrudes above the main roof to act as an abstracted light fixture, greeting visitors as they approach.


A screened porch is literally and figuratively a bridge that links the three volumes, while providing a breezy place to relax. A wood sun deck connects the pool plinth to the lodge. A fourth structure is an art studio.

More Award Winners:

Town Dance Boutique by STUDIOS Architecture – Award for Excellence in Interior Architecture.


DLA Pipe USA, by Lehman Smith McLeish – Award for Excellence in Interior Architecture.


Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard, by Cunningham|Quill Architects – Award for Excellence in Architecture


Randecker House by McInturff Architects- Award for Excellence in Architecture


This year an Emerging Architect Award was also introduced. I will try and feature more winners on Mochatini soon.

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