2012 AIA Austin Design Awards

AIA Austin’s 2012 Design Awards competition resulted in recognition for 15 projects in three categories out of a total of 112 entries.

Honor Award recipient: The Bike Shed, Minguell-McQuary
Honor Award recipient: Ottmers Residence, Vincent Snyder Architects
Honor Award recipient: Balcones House, Pollen Architecture & Design
Citation of Honor: Chimney Corners, Webber + Studio, Architects
Citation of Honor: Residence 1446, Miro Rivera Architects
Citation of Honor: Life Works, Miro Rivera Architects


The Bike Shed, Minguell-McQuary
This Bike Shed addition is phase one of an ongoing residential renovation. The addition has the flexibility to function as a guesthouse, temporary apartment, entertaining area, and future master suite. It also addresses the client’s intense cycling needs, both displaying and storing his custom bike collection. A courtyard-like layout addresses a need for privacy.

Ottmers Residence, Vincent Snyder Architects
Located on an ancestral family ranch in the Texas Hill Country, and in keeping with ranching tradition, the design originated from the re-use of an existing foundation slab. Overlooking a cattle tank to the south, a reflective metal shield protects the primary structure while creating interstitial zones of outdoor space.

Balcones House, Pollen Architecture & Design
The house perches on the echelon of the Balcones Fault, a series of broken limestone cliffs. The house revives the modest cruciform plan of a previous mid-century house on the site; a light-filled plaster-walled volume slides behind. Careful solar design optimizes daylight and shade/solar gain. The position of the house provides views uphill into the garden or downhill into the treetops.  Materials, such as locally-sourced quarter-sawn pine boards, concrete and plaster were selected for identity and tactility. 


Citations of Honor

Chimney Corners, Webber + Studio, Architects

Residence 1446, Miro Rivera Architects

Life Works, Miro Rivera Architects



L’Ouvert, Clark/Richardson Architects

Elizabeth House, Alterstudio Architects

GSA Office Building, PageSoutherlandPage

Heywood Hotel, KRDB


Unbuilt Honor

Chapel Saint Francis de Sales, Legge Lewis Legge


Unbuilt Citation of Honor

Austin Aquatic Center, Runa Workshop


Unbuilt Merit

Bat House Visitor Center, Matt Fajkus Architecture with Bo Yoon and Jesse Rodriguez


Studio Merit

Pay Phone Revival, ¡el groupo!

Seeing Times Are Not Hidden, Norma Yancey

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