Context - Winter 2015 - (Page 8)
Dear Friends, Members and Colleagues,
This issue of CONTeXT showcases some of the best design coming out of the AIA Philadelphia
Chapter by highlighting the winners of the 2015 Design Awards. It is our tribute to the design
excellence of the Philadelphia architectural community. We hope that the changes to the event
format helped to foster an environment that honors the winners, but also creates a social and
collegial atmosphere for our entire architecture and design community. We received overwhelmingly positive feedback about the changes to the event, but we welcome any feedback that
can help us improve the celebration.
Celebrating the impact that our members and colleagues are making on the greater
Philadelphia area is a priority for AIA Philadelphia. So this year, we would like to start a
new campaign using our Instagram account to highlight one member project a day
in 2016. But we need your help to make this happen! In order to highlight projects, we
need to know about them. Please send your firm's project photo, name of project, name of
architect, and photo credit to Sharon Leshner at firstname.lastname@example.org as often as you desire.
We are less than six months (gulp) away from the AIA National Convention in Philadelphia
and our convention committees have been working tirelessly to make the 2016 Convention
the best ever. The exciting announcement that Denise Scott Brown, Hon. FAIA and Robert
Venturi, FAIA will accept the AIA Gold Medal in their hometown is something we can all be
proud to share. Not only is it the first time that a pair of architects are being recognized, it is
the first time a living woman will accept the award. Congratulations Denise and Bob!
During the Convention, the Center for Architecture will be the meeting spot with free coffee
every morning and happy hours every evening. We will be stocked with lounge furniture, WiFi,
and a new exhibit on the historical and current impact of Philadelphia architects worldwide.
Tell your friends and colleagues to meet you at the Center during Convention.
Lastly, just in time for AIA Convention 2016, the Center for Architecture will be renovated to
make room for a dedicated exhibit gallery, improved acoustics, lighting, and a new entryway
that will help the flow of traffic into the Center. The Center will be under construction
from January 8, 2016 through March 31, 2016, and meetings and rentals will not be
possible during this time. The renovation will improve user experience at the Center and
increase the size of groups that can rent the facility, a critical source of revenue that supports
programming and allows the Center to fulfill its mission of celebrating architecture and design
and being a champion for the built environment.
Lastly, 2016 will be the 10th year for the Edmund N. Bacon Award and on behalf of the
Center for Architecture and AIA Philadelphia Boards, I would like to thank the Bacon family,
Greg Heller, past and present members of the Edmund N. Bacon Memorial Committee, and
all of the wonderful award honorees, students, and jurors who have helped sustain and grow
the program over the past 10 years. We are very excited that Jan Gehl has accepted the invitation to receive the 10th Annual Edmund N. Bacon Award and we hope you can join us in late
February (dates and location to be determined).
Here's to a prosperous and exciting 2016!
WINTER 2016 | context | AIA Philadelphia
On January 14, 2016 AIA Philadelphia
members are invited to celebrate the induction of the newly elected Board of Directors and Officers. Held at The Athenaeum, 219
South 6th Street, Philadelphia, the program includes the presentation of the Thomas U. Walter Award which honors a chapter member
for his/her contributions to the architectural
community through service to the American
Institute of Architects and its initiatives.
Join us this Spring for our annual exhibition
celebrating the winners of the Philadelphia
Emerging Architect (PEA) Prize, awarded to
an emerging Philadelphia architecture firm
producing innovative design strategies, and
the Young Architect Prize, awarded to one
or more registered architect members of AIA
Philadelphia between the ages of 25 and 39.
This year's exhibition will feature a retrospective of past PEA Prize winners and the
2015 Young Architect honoree, Fon Wang,
AIA. Over the course of her 17-year career,
Fon has led projects ranging from state-ofthe-art academic facilities to the restoration
of a late 19th century station house.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Context - Winter 2015
Philadelphia’s Everyday Modernism
Truly and Unobtrusively Modern: Chestnut Hill Architecture of the Twentieth Century
2015 Design Awards
Index to Advertisers
Context - Winter 2015