Arch11 Receives AIA and Builder’s Choice Awards

Denver, Colorado – November 20, 2013 –Boulder/Denver architecture firm Arch11 has won a pair of 2013 awards from the Denver chapter of AIA Colorado. Arch11 received a Merit Award for its 6th Street Residence in Boulder and a Citation Award for its 303 Canyon project in a recent awards ceremony at the History Colorado Center. Additional honors for the 303 Canyon project – a low-maintenance, energy-efficient townhome design that makes the most of space and views on a 9,800-square-foot Boulder lot – include a 2013 Citation Award from the AIA Colorado North Chapter and a 2013 Builder’s Choice Award from Custom Home and Builder magazines.

“We are grateful for the multiple honors from AIA Colorado Denver and AIA Colorado North, as well as the Builder’s Choice Awards, especially for the attention to 303 Canyon, which works with Boulder zoning, low-maintenance materials and green-build efforts to provide a successful and comfortable home for its multi-family residents,” says Arch11 Principal E.J. Meade. “We also want to congratulate our team member Ken Andrews for once more receiving special AIA recognition for his commitment to educating the next generation of architects.”

Ken Andrews, an Arch11 principal, received the prestigious 2013 Mentor of the Year Award, also at the AIA Colorado North Design Awards ceremony, which was held at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in November. The Mentor of the Year award recognizes an architect’s “exceptional efforts to promote the professional growth of emerging design professionals.” Andrews is an instructor in the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado and was nominated for the award by the award jury, his students and Arch11 colleagues. In 2011, Andrews received the Young Architect of the Year award from AIA Western Mountain Region.

Arch11’s 303 Canyon townhomes, dubbed “Tres Casitas,” received the highly prized 2013 Builder’s Choice “Grand” award from Hanley Woods’ Custom Home and Builder magazines. The townhome project, a design/build collaboration between Arch11 and Boulder construction firm Hammerwell Inc., was a demonstration in artfully maximizing a diminutive site. Three townhomes gracefully occupy land formerly zoned for light industrial use near downtown Boulder. The Builder’s Choice jury praised the project for its “super-dramatic interiors,” open corners, and indoor-outdoor flow. The 2013 Builder’s Choice award winners are showcased in Builder Magazine’s October issue and the story runs online with slideshows of the winning projects.

2290 Wins AIA Colorado Citation Award

November 8, 2012, Arch11 received a Citation Award in the Built Architecture Category from the American Institute of Archiects Colorado for its “2290” Boulder residential project.

The awards were presented at the AIA Colorado 2012 Design Awards Gala, on Saturday, November 3, as part of the AIA Colorado Design Conference in Keystone, Colo. A panel of jurors was chaired by J. Windom Kimsey, FAIA, in selecting the top Colorado projects for honors. “We were drawn immediately to the bold exterior,” the jury wrote of Arch11’s 2290 residence. “It sits lurking in the landscape, dark walls and clean lines merging into the shadows.”

The 2,000-square-foot 2290 house was built by a Boulder couple as a guesthouse to accommodate both of their mothers as they age. Sited in a park-like setting next to the main home, 2290 includes a central public living space book ended by two master suites, and incorporates age-in-place features like curbless showers and modularized cabinetry to allow wheelchair access while suggesting nothing more to the eye than clean modern design.

“We are honored to receive this design recognition from our AIA peers, especially for the 2290 project, which combines great efficiency and age-in-place features,” says Meade. “No home we’ve ever done has gotten as many comments as this one. We’re getting queries from that leading edge of baby boomers telling us they want to downsize into a home like this one – compact enough that every square inch was thought through and that will be accessible as they age, even if they need care later in life.”

Arch11 Honored by AIA Colorado North

Arch11 received five out of eight awards given by the American Institute of Architects Colorado North Chapter recognizing 2012 Achievements in Architecture. The awards, for projects ranging from entire designs of residences to a commercial interior to a single residential sink, were given as follows:
• Honor Award for Residential: Large – Project: 2290
• Honor Award for Residential: Large – Project: Dihedral House
• Citation Award for Interiors – Project: Ignite!
• Citation Award for Residential: Large – Project: Lake House
• Citation Award for Single Architectural Detail – Project: Syncline House Sink

The awards were presented at the 2012 Design Awards Gala, September 7 at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder. Honor awards represent the highest achievement followed by merit and then citation awards. A total of eight architectural design awards were selected from among 30 entries submitted by members of AIA Colorado North. The jury was chaired by Stephen Dynia, AIA, of Stephen Dynia Architects (Jackson Hole, Wyo.).

With nearly 300 state and local chapters, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has been the leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals and allied partners since 1857. The AIA Colorado North Chapter is one of four chapters within the AIA Colorado Component and represents members from nine counties in northeastern Colorado, including Boulder, Larimer, Weld, Morgan, Logan, Washington, Yuma, Phillips and Sedgwick.

Other recent awards bestowed to Arch11 include 2009 Firm of the Year Award from the Colorado AIA and four 2011 Builder’s Magazine Watermark Awards, including Project of the Year. Arch 11’s Ken Andrews also was named 2011 Young Architect of the Year by both the AIA Colorado Chapter and AIA Western Mountain Region.

Ken Andrews Receives WMR AIA Young Architect Award

Ken Andrews, partner and architect at Arch 11 and instructor at the University of Colorado’s College of Architecture received the AIA Western Mountain Region (WMR) Young Architect Award at a ceremony in Las Vegas.

“We are impressed with quality of design work for someone near the beginning of their career,” says Randy Levine, AIA, WMR Executive Director. “Ken’s ability to engage and create a chemistry with his students is very evident. And even better, he is practicing the same techniques he is educating. Students cheer for him.  Clients thank him.  Contractors respect him.”

The WMR Young Architect Award recognizes those individuals, who, at an early stage of their architectural career, have shown exceptional leadership in design, education and service to the profession.

Andrews came to architecture with a decade of experience in the construction industry, working extensively in residential and commercial markets as a carpenter and project manager. Upon completion of his Bachelor of Environmental Design at the University of Colorado he received his Master of Architecture from Rice University in Houston, Texas. His graduate research focused on developing innovative building systems and project delivery methods.  At Rice, he had the opportunity to work as a project designer with Interloop Architecture, whose projects include the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas Texas, for several years before returning to Colorado.

Ken Andrews is a registered architect in the State of Colorado, a certificate holder with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and an active member of the American Institute of Architects.

Syncline House Bath Featured in Colorado Homes and Lifestyles

The April 2011 issue of Colorado Homes & Lifestyles features the master bathroom of the Syncline House. The special issue is dedicated to CHL’s selection of the 2011 Baths of the Year.

Arch11 Wins Four Awards from Builder Magazine

Boulder-based Arch11 has won four 2011 Watermark Awards in Builder Magazine’s annual competition. The Colorado architecture firm won the competition’s overall Project of the Year for its Syncline House, built with construction partner Hammerwell, Inc., also of Boulder. Additional awards for the Syncline project included Grand Prize, Kitchen in a Custom Home—3,000 to 5,000 square feet; an Award of Merit for Powder Room in a Custom Home; and an Award of Merit for Master Bath in a Custom Home. The 2011 Watermark Awards winners are showcased in Builder Magazine’s May issue and the story runs online with slideshows of the winning projects.

Sustainability arose as an unintentional overall theme for the 2011 awards, according to Builder Magazine Senior Design Editor Jenny Sullivan, who used Arch11’s winning design for the Syncline residence as an example: “The 2011 Project of the Year—a house that took the top spot for its kitchen, but also garnered additional awards for two of its baths—actually applied for LEED certification as an afterthought,” she wrote, “and came away with the organization’s gold award.”

Describing the Arch11-designed and Hammerwell-built Syncline residence as a “serene home” that “sits on the line where the Great Plains and the city of Boulder converge with the foothills of the Rockies,” the awards coverage goes on to praise the design’s connection to its setting, including its use of earthy materials such as limestone, Pennsylvania bluestone, soapstone and Australian jarrah wood, to “evoke the colors and textures of the natural landscape.”

Entries for the 2011 Watermark Awards were judged by a panel recognized for their expertise in the home building industry and considering criteria including innovation in architecture, floor plan efficiency and creative use of materials and interior design.

Founded in 1993, Arch11 has gained recognition for projects ranging from exceptional residences to institutional planning, mixed-use development and product design, including a 2009 Firm of the Year Award from the Colorado AIA North chapter. Based in Boulder, Colo., Arch11 has 30 combined years of green building technology leadership. The staff’s unusual level of hands-on experience ranges from boat building to furniture making, contributing to its reputation for commitment to craft, detailing and design integrity.

Ken Andrews AIA Honored with Double Awards

Ken Andrews, partner at Arch11, and Instructor at the University of Colorado’s College of Architecture and Planning has been named Young Architect of the Year and Instructor of the Year for 2011 by the Colorado Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

“Pushing the limits of  style, image, material, purpose and performance, today’s designers, especially those at the leading edge, are highly engaged with society’s most pressing challenges,” says Andrews.  “I am honored to receive these awards that recognize my passion for architecture and my unwavering commitment to the profession of architecture, our community of young aspiring architects, and a continued dedication to cultivating a design ethic that is of great value to my partners, our practice, and our community.”

The Young Architect of the Year award recognizes the individual achievements of a young architect—licensed for 10 years or less—whose contribution to the profession of architecture in Colorado has been outstanding as demonstrated by community involvement, design skills and dedication to the profession.

The Instructor of the Year award honors outstanding mentorship provided by a Colorado instructor or faculty member to architectural students, interns, young architects and the profession.

Arch11 Receives Design Awards from AIA Colorado – North

Arch11 received four architecture design awards, including the top honor award, from the Colorado AIA North Chapter on Friday, September 10. The awards banquet at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park featured juror Randy Brown.

The Walnut Loft received a Citation for Interior Design. The jury comments included, “great control of design,” “detailing is exceptional” and “a creative material palette.”

In the Unbuilt category the Alpine House in Boulder, CO garnered a Merit Award for its, “perfect proportions and clarity.”

The Syncline House was recognized with a Merit Award for Residential projects. Jury comments, “ Wonderful exterior spaces,” “clean, simple details,” “connects to the landscape,” “architect had great control of the design.”

The Honor Award was given to the Orchard Street House for Interiors. The jury spoke clearest about the project, “This project rose up and stood out. Very impressive spatial organization. Clarity in plan. Wonderful moments of color. Total design, space, light, volume, furniture, details—every element is impeccable and we can’t find a flaw. This is a very deserving project.”

We are grateful to our clients for believing in our work and to each and every crafts-person who executed it with care and precision.  Arch11 continues to provide modern, environmentally responsible architecture and interior design.

Arch11 Wins National Kitchen Design Awards

Arch11 received awards and prize money in two categories at the national awards ceremony for the Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Competition, sometimes called the “Oscars of kitchen design.” Arch 11 was awarded both the national Designers’ Choice Award and the second-place national kitchen design award for their Syncline Kitchen.

These biennial awards are known for offering insight into the latest design and we are thrilled to have one of our designs selected in an international event as competitive as the Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Competition – as well as to be recognized by our design peers for the Designers’ Choice award. The kitchen is in the Syncline House residence, which received LEED gold certification.

The Syncline kitchen combines timeless natural materials like Carrara Marble and American Walnut with the high-tech convenience of Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances in a clean-lined design that integrates a cook’s kitchen with an open plan seating space. A receding glass wall allows the counter to act as outdoor bar seating. A large “appliance garage” keeps blender, toaster, and juicer easily accessible but hidden from view to maintain the kitchen’s modernist appeal.

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Syncline House Wins Sub-Zero / Wolf Kitchen Design Contest

Arch11 was selected as the Colorado Regional winner of the Sub-Zero / Wolf Kitchen Design Contest for the Syncline House. The contest winners were announced at an awards ceremony held on February 4, 2010 at Roth Distributing in Denver, Colorado.  A nationally known and recognized biannual awards program, the contest acknowledges kitchens that were designed and built between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2009. Our entry now advances to the national competition; winners will be announced at the Breakers Resort in Palm Beach, Florida March 28, 2010.  Additionally, we were awarded Regional Award of Designers Choice by our peers in attendance at the February awards ceremony.

Arch11 wins AIA Colorado North Firm of the Year

Arch11 Inc. was awarded 2009 Firm of the Year by the Colorado AIA north chapter. The selection committee noted, “Arch11 exhibits a firmly-held belief in the poetics of space and willingness to embrace and be leaders in the disciplines of technology and sustainability,” and “their commitment to craft, detailing and design integrity is unparalleled….Arch11 exhibits a critical sensitivity to the power of place.”

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