Context - Winter 2015 - (Page 8)

COMMUNITY 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 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! Happy Holidays, 8 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

Editor’s Letter
Up Close
Philadelphia’s Everyday Modernism
Truly and Unobtrusively Modern: Chestnut Hill Architecture of the Twentieth Century
Rehabilitating Richards
2015 Design Awards
Index to Advertisers

Context - Winter 2015