aia new orleans design awards

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Winning the Super Bowl isn't the only reason New Orleanians have to celebrate. AIA New Orleans has announced its design award winners, and the list of recipients is a strong one. At residential architect, we were happy see that all three of the firms we featured in our August 2007 issue are among them.

Tulane URBANbuild, the Tulane University design/build program run by Byron Mouton, AIA, won an Honor Award for its URBANbuild Prototype #4. I saw some of the earlier prototype houses in New Orleans back in spring 2007 and was impressed with both the designs and the enthusiasm of the students involved. Mouton's firm, bildDESIGN, also won a Merit Award for a private residence.

Also winning an Honor Award was Wisznia/Architecture + Development for an adaptive reuse project, the Gravier Street Residence. Principal Marcel Wisznia, AIA, is known for his conversions of old commercial buildings into residential, and was one of the first developers to re-enter the downtown market after Hurricane Katrina.

Wayne Troyer, AIA, is another local doing great work in a variety of project types. His firm, studioWTA/Wayne Troyer Architects, won a Merit Award in the Interior Architecture category, for the LSUHSC Library Commons.--M.D.



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