Once again, it is time to celebrate the winners of the Metalmag Architectural Awards. Our mailbox overflowed with incredible projects this year. We were thrilled to see over 150 entries in the categories of Interiors, Metal Buildings, Residential, Retrofit, Roofs, Walls, and Building Green pour in. Narrowing down this impressive crop of entries to six winners (one project is a winner in two categories) and 11 honorable mentions was quite a challenge. Those that were ultimately chosen are showcased in the pages that follow.
A panel of three architects meticulously examined each project and then came together to choose the winners of this year’s competition. The jurors took into consideration each project’s use of metal, giving particular attention to innovative use of the material, skill in installation, and excellence in design. Each category has one winner. In addition, there are a number of honorable mentions; some categories have one honorable mention, while others have as many as three.
We invite you to take a look at some of the best of the best in metal design and construction. We hope you find inspiration in some of the creative, innovative applications of metal on the pages ahead.
Raffi Tomassian, Designer, DNK Architects, Cincinnati
Raffi practices and teaches architecture from his home base in Cincinnati. He has designed museums, multi- and single-family residences, and mixed-used developments, and has master planned office buildings, hospital clinical facilities, recreation centers, retail, and exhibits. His work has been recognized with several design awards and his projects have been published in the U.S., Italy, and Bulgaria. Raffi believes in the ability of architecture to influence society. He is passionate about architecture, large-scale sculpture, and the arts.
Jason Wright, Associate, Hickok Cole Architects, Washington, D.C.
In addition to his role as a project architect, Jason conducts internal quality control reviews for various project types within the office. His focus is in the commercial office building market sector, designing and constructing projects for both public and private entities. Wright is a licensed architect in the Commonwealth of Virginia, a member of the AIA D.C. chapter, and earned his LEED AP from the Washington, D.C.–based U.S. Green Building Council in 2003. He also is a member of Emerging Architects Group and volunteers by teaching ARE Prep Courses for the AIA Northern Virginia and D.C. chapters.
Tim Wurtele, Architect, HDR Architecture, Omaha, Neb.
An architect with HDR Architecture for 13 years, Tim is experienced in all aspects of the architectural design process. His typical project responsibilities include design, development of project programming, cost estimates, and coordination of project requirements with clients, schematic design, construction-document production, production supervision, processing projects through state review agencies, and contract administration. Tim has been involved in a number of large-scale urban projects in the city of Omaha, including the Holland Performing Arts Center, renovations to the Orpheum Theater, Lauritzen Gardens, the Omaha Community Playhouse, Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo, and the Metropolitan Community College’s Culinary Arts Institute, which was featured in the March/April 2011 issue of Metalmag.