BY BRIAN LIBBY
Local architects and members of the design profession have been taking home numerous honors lately. Here's a roundup of their awards and acknowledgements.
Portland State University architecture professor L. Rudolph Barton has been awarded a Fulbright visiting professorship to the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland for the 2014-2015 academic year. Barton is the first PSU professor to receive a Fulbright Scholar Award to travel to the United Kingdom. The highly competitive award allows Barton to spend six months, from January to June, working with the Urban Lab of the Mackintosh School of Architecture and urban design staff with the city of Glasgow. The goals of the research project include developing an urban design case study of Glasgow, as well as creating reciprocal exchange programs between PSU and the Glasgow School of Art and strategic partnerships between the cities of Portland and Glasgow.
“The city of Glasgow and Scotland itself are major success stories in innovative urban design. Glasgow has transformed itself from something of an industrial wasteland into one of Europe’s most energetic, creative cultural centers," Barton said. "I hope to bring back a few ideas so that Portland, and Oregon, can learn from Glasgow’s example.”
Architect-educator Don Peting, founding director of the Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School at the University of Oregon, is being honored with the 2014 George McMath Historic Preservation Award, presented each year to an individual whose contributions have raised awareness and advocacy for historic preservation in Oregon.
University of Oregon undergraduate architecture student Cameron Huber has won the $2,000 first-place award for his entry in the "perFORM 2014: A House Design Competition" sponsored by Hammer & Hand (a sponsor of this site). The contest challenged emerging architects to fuse high design with high-performance building in designing a single-family house “that achieves Passive House-like levels of energy performance while being resourceful, replicable, and beautiful.”
“The goal of this project was to loosely follow Passive House standards in order to achieve a high performance envelope and overall system, while creating a truly flexible environment or a forward thinking family," Huber said. "There is far more that goes into sustainability than what can be shown on an energy spreadsheet.”
The Architecture Foundation of Oregon has named Art Johnson, who founded Portland’s KPFF Consulting Engineers 40 years ago, as its annual Honored Citizen. Johnson built KPFF into the premiere structural engineering office in the region, which also supports a robust international export program of its design expertise. Johnson is the first structural engineer to receive the award, which goes to a non-architect member of the architecture and design community for lifetime contributions to the built environment.
Veterinary and Biomedical Research Building (photo by Lara Swimmer)
The new Veterinary and Biomedical Research Building on Washington State University’s Pullman campus, designed by Portland firm SRG Partnership, has received R&D Magazine's Lab of the Year award. Designed by SRG, the VBRB was one of four projects recognized internationally, receiving a High Honors Award. The competition showcases emerging thinking, sustainable practices, and creative responses to challenges in the design, construction and operation of modern laboratories.
Portland firm Yost Grube Hall Architecture received an Award of Honor for the Health Careers Center for Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Oregon. The 47,000 square foot facility also received a Hammurabi Award in February from the Masonry and Ceramic Tile Institute of Oregon.
Congratulations to all the winners.