Denver Architecture Studio Takes Home Four AIA Colorado YAAG Awards

(June 9, 2016) Congratulations to Kaylyn Kirby, Tommy Harris and Gavin Sharp in HDR's Denver architecture studio for taking home four awards from AIA Colorado's 17th Annual YAAG Awards! Christopher Kleingartner, senior project designer, and Abby Noble, architectural coordinator 2, also from HDR's Denver architecture studio, emceed the June 3 event.

Open to students, architectural interns and architects licensed for 10 years or less, award submittals were accepted in 12 categories judged by an esteemed panel of Denver designers and architects and nine online voting categories. There were approximately 85 submissions overall. Descriptions of HDR's award-winners are as follows:

Kaylyn Kirby, Architectural Project Coordinator

-Unbuilt Architecture Over 20,000 SF award (honorable mention): TERRE + EAU is an observatory-memorial for Cheniere au Tigre, Louisiana—a sandy, oak-covered ridge located between the Gulf of Mexico and the heel of Louisiana. Once home to a vibrant community and culture, today it's nearly abandoned as the land is giving way to erosion and subsidence. By 2100, it is projected to be completely underwater. TERRE + EAU questions how architecture can act as a mnemonic, while creating a place to bear witness to this changing and disappearing landscape.

-Portfolio award: This represents work developed during Kaylyn's undergraduate and graduate studies that focuses on architecture of place through context, culture and the environment.

To see more of Kaylyn's portfolio award submission and comments from the jury, watch: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6XDnlsob4DQ

Tommy Harris, Architectural Coordinator 2

-Interior Architecture award: "Staying relevant in the sneaker industry demands an impactful and memorable brick-and-mortar experience," Tommy explains. A prior seismic retrofit of a sneaker shop called Bows and Arrows called for two timber columns down the middle of the shop. This, along with the main display wall's ideal orientation to an adjacent pedestrian node, informed the layout.

Tommy and his fiancé collaborated with the shop's owner to envision, design, fabricate and build-out the shop.

To see more of Tommy's interior architecture award submission and comments from the jury, watch: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Xkb0HVZ-kzE

Gavin Sharp, Architectural Project Coordinator

-Kickin' It Beaux Arts: Best Rendering Done by Hand award (online category): This is a pen-and-ink rendering of the Duke University Chapel in Durham, North Carolina.

Congratulations to these talented HDR team members from our Denver architecture office!