Sarasota County Commission Recognizes Sweet-Sparkman Architects and Ringling College Students for ‘ORIGINS’ Exhibit at 2012 Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy

Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) September 25, 2012

Sarasota County Commission today recognized Sweet-Sparkman architects and Ringling College of Art and Design students for the ‘ORIGINS’ exhibit at 2012 Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy.

The pure quartz sands of Siesta Key Beach were on display last month at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice, Italy, in an exhibit created by local architects Jerry Sparkman and Todd M. Sweet along with students, staff and alumni from the Ringling College of Art and Design. Sparkman and the team from Ringling were honored today with a certificate of recognition by the Sarasota County Commission at the start of the Sept. 25 meeting.

The conceptual exhibit, called Origins, features a sand waterfall that flows from the ceiling through a hand-cast glass vitrine in front of a 10 x 10 glass wall. The architects from the firm of Sweet Sparkman were invited to participate in the exhibition by Rene Reitmeyer, a Dutch artist and the curator for the exhibition. Reitmeyer was intrigued by Sparkmans Casey Key beach house design, which prompted him to offer the architect an invitation to present a conceptual proposal to the exhibitions selection committee in January.

Ringling College student team members honored today include Business of Art & Design 2012 graduate Mari Garman and 2012-2013 Trustee Scholar Agneta Ramoskaite; Fine Arts seniors Diana Lueken and Devon Keene; 2012-2013 Trustee Scholar for Student Life and Interior Design senior Dehne Sibbernsen; Motion Design sophomore Jason Beale and Photography & Digital Imaging sophomore Jackson Petty.

Siesta Keys sand is made of 99.9% pure quartz. It is one of the reasons Siesta Key Beach was named the 2011 Best Beach in America by Dr. Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach.

The exhibit received support from the Sarasota County Commission, Sarasota County Parks and Recreation, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and Visit Sarasota County.

The ORIGINS exhibition is open to the public at the BIENNALE ARCHITETTURA 2012 until November 25, 2012 at the Palazzo Bembo, located at 4793 Riva del Carbon, 30124 Venice, Italy. More than 40,000 visitors are expected to tour the ORIGINS exhibit during its run.

About Sweet Sparkman

Sweet Sparkman Architects is a multi-disciplinary architecture and planning firm specializing in community oriented projects. Principals, Todd Sweet AIA, LEED and Jerry Sparkman, AIA NCARB bring a combined 40 years experience of architecture and planning, including large mixed-use projects, corporate building projects, public sector work, civic and community projects. Sweet Sparkman Architects received AIA awards and national and international design industry recognition for a wide range of projects including private residences, office retail complexes, fire stations, park pavilions, and even a barn/music studio. For more information visit

About Ringling College

Ringling College of Art and Design is a private, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering the Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in 13 disciplines: Advertising Design, Computer Animation, Digital Film-making, Fine Arts, Game Art & Design, Graphic & Interactive Communication, Illustration, Interior Design, Motion Design, Painting, Photography & Digital Imaging, Printmaking, and Sculpture, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Business of Art & Design. Located in Sarasota on Floridas Gulf Coast, the picturesque 48-acre campus now includes more than 110 buildings, and enrolls 1,368 students from 42 states and 53 countries. It is recognized as being among the best and most innovative visual arts colleges in the United States as well as a leader in the use of technology in the arts.

For more information, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000, or visit

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Fentress Architects Take Home Three Prestigious Design Awards and Colorado Architect of the Year

Denver, CO (PRWEB) November 05, 2012

The American Institute of Architects has recognized Curtis Fentress as the 2012 Colorado Architect of the year and acknowledged two of Fentress Architects most innovative designs. The Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine has won both the 2012 AIA Colorado Honor Award for Built Architecture and the 2012 AIA Denver Merit Award for Built Architecture. Mineta-San Jose International Airport Terminal B has won the 2012 AIA Colorado Merit Award for Built Architecture.

Were deeply honored and humbled by these awards, said Curtis Fentress. Its a testament to the artistry and dedication of our teams. Theyre the ones who turned these ideas into reality.

Curtis Fentress, FAIA, RIBA

Awarded: 2012 AIA Colorado Architect of the Year

Curtis Fentress career illustrates how design excellence can elevate and transform the publics understanding and experience of architecture. Fentress body of work is replete with projects uniquely appropriate to their communities architecture with humanism at its heart, designed to stand the test of time. For over three decades, Curtis Fentress and his team have focused on designing enduring public architecture, applying the firms expertise and resources to elevate the human experience in public buildings.

His buildings are keenly aligned with their environmental context, culture and intent. His design philosophy developed through work on Colorado projects such as 1999 Broadway, with its blend of modernist elements that never the less relate to the historic nature of the Holy Ghost Church with which it shares space; Denver International Airport, which quickly became a regional icon and one of the most recognized airports in the world; and vital life-safety work on the beloved Colorado State Capitol. In 2009, Fentress was the first and only architect to be inducted into the Visit Denver Tourism Hall of Fame, honoring the impact his projects have had on the physical, economic and civic landscapes of the region.

Under his direction, Fentress Architects has won more than 400 awards and accolades, including 80 awards from his peers in the AIA, and has won 34 national and international competitions. A Fellow of the AIA, Fentress and his firm have designed $ 27 billion of architectural projects worldwide, visited by over 350 million people annually. He serves widely as a lecturer at colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad.

Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine

Awarded: 2012 AIA Colorado Honor Award for Built Architecture; 2012 AIA Denver Merit Award for Built Architecture

Located adjacent to the Salk Institute and UCSD campus, the Sanford Consortium of Regenerative Medicine serves five world leaders in life sciences research, including the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, the Scripps Research Institute, the Sanford/Burnham Medical Research Institute, the University of California San Diego, and the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology.

The client challenged the team to design a building that will enhance communications between the best minds in biomedical regenerative research. To create this collaboratory, designers shifted the typical lab plan and created open research neighborhoods, that come together in common use informal lounge-like spaces where chance meetings and interactions between professionals of different disciplines may occur. Private office pods for principal investigators are cantilevered from a walkway and external to the main building envelope, offering views of the Torrey Pines Golf Course, the historic Glideport, and the Pacific Ocean. On track to achieve LEED Gold certification, the project also includes a caf

aecKnowledge Announces Knowledge Partnership with the National Organization of Minority Architects

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) July 20, 2012

aecKnowledge, a leading provider of advanced online continuing education (CE) for architects, engineers and construction professionals, announces a new knowledge partnership with The National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). The partnership was formed based on a shared mission to promote professional development and excellence.

We are very excited about this partnership and about sharing aecKnowledges content with our members, stated Kathy Dixon, 1st Vice President, NOMA. By joining forces we are not only able to strengthen our organization, but also enrich the knowledge of our members and elevate the profession.

Our partnership with NOMA is another step in furthering our mission to transform how members of the AEC community collaborate with and learn from one another, stated Michael Strogoff, FAIA, President, aecKnowledge. We look forward to a vibrant partnership that includes highlighting NOMAs thought leaders and adding new perspectives to our Editorial Board.

aecKnowledge continuing education courses are approved for continuing education units by AIA/CES and/or GBCI. The courses are also accepted by many states to fulfill mandatory CE requirements for ongoing licensure. Additional materials, including free course previews, written transcripts, course descriptions, learning objectives and presenter biographies are also available.

About aecKnowledge

aecKnowledge, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an established web-based, peer-reviewed knowledge sharing platform for the AEC industries. aecKnowledge enables members of the architecture, engineering, construction and land use planning industries to share unbiased knowledge and to leverage their collective intellectual capital. With a mission to transform how design and construction professionals throughout the AEC industries collaborate with and learn from each other, aecKnowledge targets the more than 6 million professionals and tradespeople across the fragmented AEC industry, and provides a venue for allied professionals and knowledge providers to strengthen their presence among a large and engaged audience. Visit for more information.

About NOMA

The National Organization of Minority Architects was founded in 1971 as a means to foster communications among minority architects and to fight discriminatory practices. Its mission is to champion diversity within the design professions by promoting the excellence, community engagement, and professional development of its members. NOMA and its professional and student chapters have been instrumental in supporting minority architects, interns, and underrepresented communities for the past forty years. To learn more, visit

MGA Partners Architects Wins AIA Design Excellence Award for Philadelphia Salvation Army Kroc Center

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) June 17, 2012

MGA Partners Architects today announced it received a Design Excellence Award for The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Philadelphia. The award, bestowed by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), recognizes the project for introducing a new generation of community activity into an urban landscape once blighted by poverty and fractured by the loss of manufacturing.

Were honored to be recognized for this project, not only as an example of excellent design, but also for the buildings contribution to urban revitalization in North Philadelphia, says Daniel Kelley, FAIA, senior partner with MGA Partners and lead designer of the Center.

The 130,000-square-foot community center features sports and recreation facilities including a world-class aquatics center and thoughtfully planned worship, job training, and meeting and event spaces. Outdoor spaces were also critical to the overall design. They include walking trails, playgrounds, athletic fields, and even feature a functional urban farm, all compatible with promoting the Salvation Armys mission promoting well-being of the body, mind, and spirit.

Philadelphia Success Story

The Citation of Merit for design, for a project that bears an exceptional aspect and represents excellence, was singled out by the jury, including chairman David Dixon, FAIA. The building has been covered recently in Planning, Architectural Record and Interior Design magazines.

Since opening in November 2010, The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center has become a national symbol of the important roles played by charitable giving, architecture and urbanism. The Philadelphia project is one of 27 new centers built or under construction around the nation following a private donation of $ 1.5 billion several years ago by the philanthropist Joan Kroc.

Building the Salvation Army Kroc Center in North Philadelphia has provided a model for both future transformations of urban edges and industrial landscapes, as well as for community centers across the county. Reviving the centers abandoned industrial site has helped reunite forgotten neighborhoods by bridging them with other nearby residential areas through the creation of a destination and a new hub of activity.

According to the client, The Salvation Army, the work by MGA Partners has been central to creating a successful, efficient operation with a restorative impact on this neighborhood. It is also seen as a model of how private gifts to charities can have an impact far beyond their main intended beneficiaries. In fact, since the center opened in November 2010, the project has created hundreds of jobs, tens of millions in annual economic impact, and continues to serve an ever-growing membership of more than 9,500. The center directly employs about 450 people.

The award from the AIA was conferred during a ceremony in Harrisburg, PA on June 3, 2012. For more information on the award or on MGA Partners, contact Chris Sullivan at 914-462-2096 or chris(at)sullivanmumford(dot)com.

About MGA Partners Architects

MGA Partners Architects is a nationally recognized, award-winning architecture practice based in Philadelphia. The firm is distinguished for combining design excellence with long-term value, and more than half of the firm’s architects are LEED Accredited Professionals. Its emphasis on exceptional design is reflected in an array of significant awards and publications. MGA’s collaborative approach results in long-term relationships with clients, which is demonstrated through repeat commissions for prominent universities, the federal government, and public institutions. Established in 1958 as Mitchell/Giurgola Architects, the firm reorganized as MGA Partners Architects in 1990 and has since completed over $ 600 million of work throughout the United States For more information, please visit

San Francisco, CA Modern Architecture Firm Hart Wright Architects Opens New Office in the Mission District to Expand Opportunities For Collaboration

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) July 13, 2012

San Francisco modern architecture firm Hart Wright Architects has moved their office to a new location. The firm is a growing success and they decided it was time to move to an office that reflected their growth. Their new place of business is now in San Franciscos Mission District, a neighborhood well known for its restaurants, cultural venues and artist studios. There is ample public transit nearby and the location is central to the San Francisco downtown and other well-known neighborhoods.

This is what architect and urban designer Eliza Hart had to say about the move:

We are excited to be in a space shared with creative professionals and we can’t wait to collaborate and share ideas.

Principal Eliza Hart has separate masters degrees in both Architecture and Urban Planning from UCLA. Before forming HWA, Eliza was employed at S.F. Bay Area firms Studio Bergtraun Architects and Sagan Piechota Architecture. She has worked on a variety of residential and commercial projects, including remodels as well as new construction; with extensive experience spanning the full range from schematic design to construction documents to construction administration. Eliza also has a background in urban design and worked in Los Angeles with urban designer, architect and author, John Kaliski on a variety of projects. Her B.A. is from the University of Pennsylvania.

Principal and architect, Stuart Wright, has worked on a broad range of architectural projects and he bridges the gap between design and building. Prior to forming HWA, Stuart worked at Studio Bergtraun Architects, and before that at Sagan Piechota Architecture, specializing in modern residential projects. He is attentive to detail and knows that details are his best architectural expression. Stuart received his Master of Architecture at UCLA and studied at the Technical University in Vienna, Austria and at Studio Daniel Libeskind in Berlin, Germany. He holds a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Michigan.

Hart Wright Architects’ new office is in The New Black or NWBLK, ( an American design and build headquarters with a 6000 square-foot retail gallery featuring an edit of relevant contemporary furniture, applied arts, and the objects of utility defining the 21st Century. The NWBLK brings to San Francisco a roster of yet to be seen designers, and products international in scope. With an in-house fabrication workshop, the NWBLK prototypes furniture and products for clients, and builds custom environments for events and exhibitions.

The NWBLK design offices provide a collaborative work environment for Hart Wright Architects, Lindsay Chambers, Hazel.wood Design Group, Steven Miller Design Studio, and more. Eliza Hart and Stuart Wright are looking forward to all the collaborative opportunities the NWBLK will have to offer.

About Hart Wright Architects

Hart Wright Architects is a green architecture, urban and landscape design firm based in San Francisco serving clients in Palto Alto, Atherton, Napa, Mill Valley and most of the Bay area. Through all phases of design and construction, HWA is committed to excellence in architectural design solutions, active problem solving, and the highest standards of client service. They recently became certified DBE for being a woman owned architecture business.

Hart Wright Architects

1999 Bryant Street

San Francisco, CA

(415) 503-7071

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Withee Malcolm Architects Projects Win Four Gold Nugget Awards of Merit: The Gateway at City Center, City Center Ontario, Central Park Village Brea, Unical Aviation,Inc.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 15, 2012

Withee Malcolm Architects is no stranger to the Gold Nugget Awards having won more than a half dozen in recent years. Nonetheless, this years quartet of winners is especially noteworthy as the awards honor a diverse range of projects that include mixed-use, affordable senior housing, industrial renovation and a site plan for a new community. Established in 1963, the Gold Nugget Awards are one of the leading competitions in the building industry and winners share one common denominator: excellence and innovation in addressing complex design/build issues.

Our work is driven by the desire to provide better solutions to challenges facing our clients and the communities we serve be it a constrained urban site, a new mix of uses, the revitalization of an outdated facility or social and environmental sustainability, said Dan Withee, founding partner of the architecture firm. The Gold Nugget Awards are confirmation that we are focusing our energy and creativity on the right issues.

On June 28, when this years awards are presented during the annual Pacific Coast Builders Conference in San Francisco, Withee Malcolm will be recognized for their work in four separate categories: Rehab Commercial/Industrial, Unical Aviation, Inc., City of Industry; Mixed-use Project, The Gateway at City Center, Carson; Seniors Housing Community Affordable, City Center, Ontario; and On the Boards Site Plan Central Park Village, Brea.

For Unical Aviation, Withee Malcolms radical renovation turned a bare bones warehouse into an inviting, efficient work environment that reflects the spirit of the new tenant, a fast-growing aviation parts supplier. The adapted facility includes new executive office space, warehouse, shop areas, laboratories and testing operations as well as lunch, exercise, and game rooms, and even a quiet space for yoga.

The Gateway at City Center is a mixed-use community that provides senior affordable housing over ground floor retail. The facility, developed by Thomas Safran Associates, is one of the first to be built in the Carsons Downtown Corridor and its design defines the context for a pedestrian-oriented street scene.

City Center, developed by Related Companies of California in close collaboration with the City of Ontario and the Ontario Housing Authority, as part of the city’s central redevelopment plan, brings senior affordable housing to a convenient downtown location. Withee Malcolm worked Gary R. Collins, design architect, to deliver a building that reflects the civic character and quality of the surrounding community.

Central Park Village, the new masterplan for J.H. Real Estate Partners, Inc. for a centrally located site in the City of Brea introduces a mix of uses that will transform a 14-acre vacated hospital site into a vibrant, sustainable, mixed-use village, where, in exchange for increased densities, the city gains a one-acre park.

Successful projects are the result of shared vision and hard work, says founding partner Dale Malcolm. We are fortunate to be a part of teams that are committed to making a positive difference with their developments and we celebrate these awards with them.

Withee Malcolm Architects serves clients in the residential and commercial industrial markets throughout the West from their offices in Torrance, California. For more information on the firm, visit


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