2018 Architecture Award Winners

Congratulations to all the 2018 AIA Columbus Architecture Award winners!

AIA Columbus received 54 submissions. A big thank you our sponsors, members, and guests who made it a memorable evening!

View photos from the event here.


Honor Award

View on Grant | JBAD

View on Grant

Project information:

The View on Grant is an urban, mixed-use residential project in a recently resurgent neighborhood of downtown Columbus with warehouse conversions and 2 college campuses. The project includes the adaptive reuse of an existing 5 story cast-in-place concrete and masonry structure (ca. 1902) with a 3 story, cantilevered rooftop addition and a 5-story north extension. The new use includes 86 market-rate apartments with indoor and outdoor amenity spaces, including a public coffee shop in the resident lobby and a semiautomated mechanical parking system. The rooftop addition is constructed of light gage metal framing above a structural steel transfer floor.

The design premise is a parabuilding that presents a vertical addition as a parasite to the host structure. The bright metal cladding of the addition provides contrast to the dark painted brick warehouse structure and its 12’ cantilever and shaped roof edge create a profile that takes advantage of the long views of the site from various vantage points around the city. Excised portions of the addition that provide common and private terraces are contrasted in bright orange as are the large steel plate shrouds at the building entry and café.

The café occupies what once was the building’s loading dock and reintroduces the building’s industrial heritage with a steel beam canopy and a repurposed iron gantry system at the ceiling and stair railings.

The project was technically challenging in many ways, requiring various types of zoning easements including a public right-of-way encroachment for the entry fins, sidewalk café, awnings, custom lighting, and 10’ cantilever of levels 6-8, and no-build easements over the roof of the adjacent structure that allowed the full restoration of west-facing windows. Exterior fire shutters were also required to protect openings facing west on levels 2-3 of the existing building. The existing freight elevator shafts were utilized to their fullest potential for a new elevator, new electrical service and refuse chute, and the bathrooms of the northwestern units in the north addition. Most challenging was the transfer of the existing south stair in the southwest corner to an internal stair that allowed southwest corner on levels 6-8 to be used as living space and outdoor patios. This required a transfer through and behind the original monolithic concrete freight elevator shaft, ultimately eliminating a column under the cantilevered section of the building.

Judge's comments:

"Another successful project that ties the old and the new. Such a strong addition to the downtown skyline we especially appreciated the clean cut addition to the existing warehouse. The thoughtful hospitality spaces were also noted. Signs of active life throughout upstairs found nicely courtyard color to separate old and new."

Project photos (credit Feinknopf Photograpy)


Honor Award

Connor Hangar | Moody Nolan

Connor Hangar

Project information:

To provide convenient access to their fleet of corporate aircraft, The Connor Group, a national real estate investment firm, chose the grounds of the Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport for the home of their new headquarters. Located at the busy intersection of Austin Boulevard and Springboro Pike, the building is ideally situated in a high growth area of suburban Dayton, Ohio and serves as an iconic statement for the firm’s brand. The impetus behind the concept for the building was the owner’s love of adventure, aviation and the spirit of collaboration. The end result is a sleek, sculptured celebration of 21st Century materiality. The building’s angled and sloped envelope changes as one travels around the building. The play of sunlight on the building’s aluminum skin is reflected both inward and outward to allow an artful expression of the building’s textured surface. The hangar was designed to hold a three-car garage, six airplanes, INDY CAR and Mastercraft M23 Boat. Unique features include an ACM panel system similar to the Connor Group Headquarters and polycarbonate wall / daylighting system.

The Connor Group Aircraft Hangar was completed in 2018 with an approximate square footage of 17,000 SF. Moody Nolan provided Programming, Architecture, Construction Administration, and graphics. The new building includes more than 17,000 square feet of hangar, business and storage space, according to Montgomery County records. Its height of more than 40 feet was made possible after the township last year increased the cap for the tallest structures at the airport (excluding control towers) to 50 feet. Inside are 13 rooms, including the 14,597-square-foot hangar, county records show. The rest of the space is occupied by a 355 square foot lobby, two offices, a pantry, a vestibule, a garage, and two storage areas, among other areas, records show.

Judge's comments:

"The dramatic profile and incredibly pristine design really pushed this one over the top. It’s a luxurious program, to be sure, but the architectural drama was about a strong simple approach. Formal clarity, restraint, crispness, quality of light beyond the norms of hangar vernacular careful details, difficult to achieve."

Project photos (credit Feinknopf Photography)


Merit Award

Wilson Road Trailhead | WSA Studio

Wilson Road

Project information:

The new Wilson Road Park serves as a major trailhead for the Camp Chase Rail Trail and is a point of connectivity for bikers between Cleveland and Cincinnati. The design of the park is based upon research of the historic use of the site, and takes advantage of a railroad spur to organize sports fields and community shelters. The shelter design is inspired by its adjacency to U.S. Route 40, where totum signs proliferate the landscape, beckoning travelers to take rest. Similarly, the shelter at Wilson Road incorporates a form which references these signs to attract bikers to take respite at the park. The project team worked closely with not only the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, but also local business groups, the community of cycling enthusiasts, and the West Side Columbus community as a whole. The team facilitated community and stakeholder meetings and the design is informed by this process. The 47-acre park includes an open-air shelter with picnic tables, bike racks, and a bike-repair station.

Judge's comments:

"We loved the supersized word strategy for this very simple structure. The project showed a clear eyed combination of architectural simplicity and artful community engagement. The jury liked the proportions and materiality liked the lightness of sign structure."

Project photos (credit A.J. Brown)


Merit Award

Columbus Metropolitan Library Northern Lights Branch | DesignGroup

Northern Lights Library

Project information:

The core mission of this branch was to provide its community, with its large and diverse immigrant population, inspiring spaces for community programming and education. In service of this, the building is organized around a "Main Street" space containing welcome and customer service functions, public lounge spaces, flexible study areas and children’s programming zones. This space contains "perches" for communal conversation among parents while younger family members participate in children's programming or the library's very popular Homework Help services. The Homework Help space, already one of the busiest of its kind in the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) system, has seen an 84 percent increase in visits since the new facility opened. The building's meeting rooms were provided with folding partitions that allow them to be opened into one larger community gathering space. This space accommodates larger educational programs as well, such as free English classes for speakers of other languages - the classes held here are the largest of their kind in the county.

The design team was challenged, by a very lean budget, to make use of an existing structure while doubling the size of the library facility. This existing structure sat at a 45 degrees bias to the orthogonal intersection of Cleveland Avenue, challenging the design team to come up with a language for the exterior that was cohesively integrated with the unusual shape of the existing building and allowed for simple site circulation while inculcating a vibrant new identity for the branch. The language of the existing 1992 exterior was a complex and assertive interpretation of Georgian architecture defined by a cruciform gable-ended roof structure, patterned red brick, and dark glass within a dense perimeter colonnade. The facility may have reflected the community at one time, but no longer felt open and approachable to, or inspired a spirit of optimism among, the New-Americans who now call Maize-Morse home.

The solution was to remove the existing gables entirely from the original building and to completely reconfigure the existing interior in service of CML’s 2020 Vision Plan program. The clerestoried “Main Street” becomes both a daylight-filled programmatic connector and as a transparent hyphen, transitioning between the new addition and the transformed existing structure. The material palette fosters a dynamic contrast between the two halves of the building, with the existing patterned brick simplified with a bright white masonry coating and the new addition clad in a dramatic dark brick. While the use of brick ties the material palette together, the specific brick choices further the contrast between new and existing: existing brick is a Jumbo height used in multiple orientations and bonds, while new brick is an Ambassador size (modular height, double modular width) utilizing a simple, linear stacked bond.

The desired impression of the final design is of a very quiet building nested into the site landscape, deceptively small from the exterior, and expanding into a large, light-filled interior volume as you cross the threshold of the building entrances.

Judge's comments:

"This ingenious reconfiguring of an existing library opened up a much bigger space to the community and allowed this public space to become part of the street scape rather than separating from it. It was a very smart way to deal with a complex problem and is a good model for future addition/renovations. Through the use of color, clerestory and strong interior moves a moribund library was reborn as a much bigger and more exciting place for engagement."

Project photos (credit Feinknopf Photography and Matt Carbone)


Merit Award

Bold Booth Microtower | JBAD

Microtower

Project information:

CONCEPT
The MicroTower Parking Booth is part of Bold Booths, a public art program in downtown Columbus that reimagines the parking booth, an overlooked occupant of the most banal of urban landscapes, as a disruptive artifact, both art and architecture, curious and exuberant. The MicroTower re-creates the parking booth as a new tower on the city’s skyline, realized at a scale both tall and small, its proportions and minimal, monolithic nature mimicking the office towers that surround it. The ambiguity of its perceived scale produces a surreal presence. Nevertheless, at 40’ in height, it assumes the role of both urban landmark and sign for the business of urban parking.

PROGRAM
The MicroTower’s interior is utilized as a simple key depository and sometime hangout space for parking valets, but its role goes beyond parking. Due to its location as a site frequented daily by commuters, the booth also serves as an urban concierge, providing highly-accessible urban services to address a range of needs involving health and safety, nutritional eating, convenient shopping, alternative transportation and technology & entertainment. The urban concierge operates as a pop-up retail space with the ability to provide a range of interchangeable services, temporal in nature and responsive to changing opportunities and needs.

FABRICATION
The steel shipping container, the staple of the shipping industry, is in overabundance in the US due to our trade deficits in a global economy. Costing more to ship back to foreign countries than to manufacture new ones abroad, they have accumulated in shipyards and trucking depots by the millions. Inexpensive and readily available, these containers (also known as Intermodal Steel Building Units, or ISBU’s) offer an ideal solution to the construction of the MicroTower.

The containers’ dimensions, roughly 8 feet by 9 feet by 40 feet, easily accommodate the space required by a parking attendant and the ancillary space for the additional program. The steel container was installed on-site vertically with an insulating polycarbonate cladding and glass storefront entry replacing the plywood floor, now the south exterior wall. An overhead door was installed on the north façade for access to the urban services.

Judge's comments:

"This project incited all sorts of comments and theories, once we realized the creative genius of using an existing shipping container, putting on its end and reinhabiting as a form of public art we were all entranced. Despite its incredibly low budget this project has a great pop art potential for connecting some of the less inhabited parts of town that are inhabited by cars."

Project photos (credit Feinknopf Photography)


Merit Award (Unbuilt)

Neighborhood Entrepreneurial Housing Initiative | JBAD

Neighborhood Entrepreneurial

Project information:

Project Summary

The Entrepreneurial Housing Initiative project was initiated by JBAD as a design and real estate development proposal in response to the endemic problems of absentee landlords and substandard rental housing in economically challenged urban neighborhoods by providing opportunities for neighborhood residents to own and lease apartments. Resident owners benefit by acquiring property management skills and experience, rental income and equity in their property. Neighborhoods benefit from the expansion of their owner-occupied housing base and the long term, vested interests in their communities.

With the specific goal of implementation through a prototype project, JBAD formed a non-profit organization, Betterhood, Inc. in order to pursue funding and assemble the appropriate development, financing, property management and education partners for the project. A prototype site has been identified in the King-Lincoln neighborhood of Columbus, project partners have been interviewed and project financing structures have been negotiated. The design itself has received a provisional patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Project Goals

The dual and complimentary goals of this initiative are 1) to improve economically challenged urban neighborhoods through an infill multi-family residential project with a mixed ownership structure and 2) to improve the lives of the residents through a social program for entrepreneur landlords.

Ownership Structure and Building Configuration

The design solution involves a series of urban row houses with private rear yards and garages, each configured to accommodate a first and second floor owner’s unit and second and third floor rental units. This row house/apartment configuration is intended to provide a “landlord residence” with income-producing apartments located directly above. The owners enter their units at street level, front and rear, while access to the second and third floor apartments is provided independently through separate, connecting corridors instead of the historically typical disruptive internal stair or the “after-market” external stair. So the ownershipis vertical while the access is horizontal.

These apartment corridors also connect to the common area circulation of an adjacent 3-story apartment building with whom they share common amenities (entry lobby and mail center, community room and roof deck, green space).

Entrepreneurship Program

This design is intended to operate in concert with a social entrepreneurship program to teach qualified neighborhood residents the fundamentals of apartment renting (marketing, lease writing, bookkeeping, maintenance, insurance, taxes, dispute resolution, etc.). In an incremental process, the entrepreneur landlords would be expected to achieve a level of proficiency in the management of their own property with the goal of investing their newly acquired expertise and financial equity in the ownership and management board of the adjacent apartment building, eventually assuming full ownership and management of that property. Financial assistance targeted for the purchase of the townhouse/apartment property would be repaid with a portion of the apprentices’ rental income. The ultimate goal, however, is the expanded investment by these new landlords community-wide by purchasing, improving and leasing derelict properties and improving their own neighborhoods, one property at a time.

Design Intent

The site depicted in this project is an actual site although the concept is intended to be widely applicable to typical urban settings. The townhouse component of this project, consisting of the owner-occupied residences and two separate apartments above, responds to the typical rhythm and scale of a dense, urban residential street with 20 foot frontages and two and three story structures. The plan accepts the conventional urban rowhouse configuration identified by dwellings fronting the street with private rear yards and garages facing  rear alley. The apartment block also follows urban convention as a modest three story structure positioned at the street with common green space to the rear.

The townhouses and apartment block feature a consistent two-story brick base. The third floor apartment structures above the townhouses alternate between forward and rear positions using the connecting corridor as a datum and project slightly from the building face below. These conditions, along with the consistent use of standing seam metal cladding at the walls and roof, produce an iconic image of the detached, autonomous single family house in the context of a dense and diverse urban infill development.

Judge's comments:

"A very  interesting way of using the traditional shape it is surprisingly not monotomous, it has a lovely rythym. It is very thoughtful with clusters that are ingenious."

Project photos.

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ARE Study Group

ARE Study Group Website

Need help studying for your ARE's? Join AIA Columbus' ARE Study Group! If you are interested in joining, you must RSVP to either Mary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Taylor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Open to all members and non-members taking the ARE. We will be meeting at least once a month.

When: Sunday TBD

Time: 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Where: GRA+D, 330 West Spring Street, Suite 265, Columbus, OH 43215 (free parking)

RSVP: You MUST RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  in order to be let in the building.

AIA Columbus also has ARE 5.0 study materials available for members to borrow. We have study guide books and flashcards. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to see which items are available.

 

 

The Weight of Architecture 2017

The Weight of Architecture 2017

The Weight of Architecture Design Service Grant is a program that offers pre-development design assistance to a local nonprofit organization or community group who could benefit from the services of skilled architects.

Projects (click on picture to enlarge)

FINAL-WoA-Intro-board FarmerMarket FinalBoard3 WoA-Homeport-Final-Pres-Board 

OSBA WOA-2017-BOARD NEW-WOA-2017-Exhibit-Board-Pop-up-Shop

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"How can architecture help solve a challenge your organization faces and help achieve your mission?" This design service grant is intended to provide design assistance to local 501(c)3 non-profit organizations that can benefit from the services of skilled architects and designers and that would not otherwise have the resources to retain such services. 

 
Our team is prepared to meet with selected nonprofits to assess and analyze a challenge identified by their organization. Suggested projects can range in scale from a redesign of a food pantry's storefront or the reorganization of a nonprofit office to the design of a pavilion in a local community park or the renovation of a local halfway house.
 

HOW YOU CAN HELP: 

  • We are currently looking for AIA members who want to help get involved with this program. There are different levels of engagement and any level of help is appreciated! Sign-up below:
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  • If you know a nonprofit that might be interested in applying for this design service grant, please help spread the word and send them the grant application, found here!

GOALS
  • Problem Solving - To help identify a challenge and propose a solution for local nonprofit organizations.
  • Education - To raise public awareness about the value of good design in community revitalization and service efforts.
  • Connection - To establish a dialogue and build connections between the nonprofit community and the local architectural profession in Columbus.
 
PROJECT PROCESS + DELIVERABLES

Identify the Challenge - Up to four organizations will be selected to develop project proposals with assistance from a dedicated team of architects and designers. The design process will include a walk-through of the site and a team meeting in order to develop an appropriate understanding of the challenge(s) the organization faces.

Develop a Solution - Beginning in late June 2017, the design teams will begin developing a specific conceptual design for each project based upon the stated goals of the proposals. As part of that process, we will host a Design Charrette in August: a half-day event that will bring together the nonprofit organizations' stakeholders with a skilled group of architects to brainstorm and develop proposed solutions.

Project Execution - The team will develop a final design solution to a schematic design level of completion, including conceptual floor plans, elevations, and renderings (if applicable). Each team will then present and promote their design proposals to the AIA Columbus membership, nonprofit organizations and the public on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at the Annual Chapter Meeting.
 
 
TIMELINE
 
Nonprofit Application Due:
 
Notification of Acceptance:
 
Assignment of Initial Proposal Teams:
 
Design Teams Meet with Organizations:
 
Design Charrette:
 
Deliverables Complete and Presented:
Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday, June 2, 2017

Friday, June 9, 2017

June - July, 2017

Date TBD, August, 2017

Tuesday, Ocotober 17, 2017

 

VIEW THE GRANT APPLICATION, HERE.

 

Check out photos and the project boards from the 2014 Weight of Architecture project!


2014 Project Video:

 

 

AIA Columbus presents: The Weight of Architecture from Flicker-lit Productions on Vimeo.

 

Interested in sponsoring the Weight of Architecture Design Service Grant project? Contact Jordan Iseler at jiseler@aiacolumbus.org to find out more!

 

 

The City for Tomorrow: New Urban Agenda for Franklinton Symposium

The City for Tomorrow: New Urban Agenda Symposium for Franklinton from AIA Columbus on Vimeo.

Dear Friends of the City,

On November 19, 2017, AIA Columbus with other prestigious partnering organizations hosted over 100 professionals and community leaders to talk about our City at an event called The City for Tomorrow: New Urban Agenda for Franklinton.

As the City is bound to grow, we want to think big and imagine new opportunities for a better future.  In many ways, technology has brought us closer together but we still find constraints related to economic and job access, climate and resiliency issues, access to transportation, diversity, civil rights, equity, education, healthcare and food availability.  It is an overwhelming list, but we remain positive that architects, landscape architects, artists, developer, designers, planners, community activists and visionaries can team to harness the talent within our community and work together to solve some of these issues and make big plans. 

We are very excited and hopeful about the outcome of this event and hope that this is one of many events that will continue the conversation.  We want to thank all of our partners and ask that you continue your commitment and great contributions.  Here is a video of the event and we hope that you can share with others as we will continue the conversations.

Cheers!

Yanitza Brongers, AIA

Chair of the City for Tomorrow: New Urban Agenda for Franklinton


 

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MBA: Branding

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Thank you to the AIA Trust and Victor O. Schinnerer & Company for providing a grant to continue this series!

 

The MBA Series will start again in January 2017!

 


 


The Changing Why

Join us December 2nd for the next MBA Series session, The Changing Why presented by Blake Compton of Compton Construction. More information coming soon!

The MBA Series is a monthly workshop series covering all aspects of the business of architecture. Topics range from contracts, liability, and estimating to understanding starting a firm and marketing to human resources. Don't miss out on these sessions to hear from experts in each subject to learn the side of the profession that you're not typically taught in architecture school. 


December 2, 2016
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Lunch is Included
2.0 Learning Units

The Center for Architecture and Design
50 West Town St, Suite 110

Price:
$20 AIA & Affiliate Members
$40 Non-AIA Members

Register Here

 

 

 


 


Don’t miss the return of the Mastering the Business of Architecture (MBA) Series beginning Friday, October 21, 2016! 

Defining your Firm’s Brand

Join us for a very insightful lunch seminar focused on how to define your firm’s brand. A brand is not based on your logo, name, or tagline, but is the cumulative results of all aspects of your organization. Learn the importance of your brand, how to shape it, and how to reach your desired brand position.  

Friday, October 21, 2016
12 – 2 pm

Lunch Included!
2 Learning Units

Presented by Brad Dresbach of Weber Associates

$20 AIA Members | $40 Non-AIA Members

Register Here