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2010 Charles E. Peterson Prize

By Annabel Hsin

Students from the University of Arkansas, Fay Jones School of Architecture, working under Gregory Herman, won first place for their measured drawings of the E. Fay and Gus Jones House in Fayetteville, AR. [more]

The winners of the 2010 Charles E. Peterson Prize, now in its 28th year, have been announced. Presented jointly by the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) of the National Park Service, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia and the American Institute of Architects, the student competition of measured drawings was created to foster a sense of awareness, appreciation and knowledge of America’s historic architectural sites and structures. To date, more than 2,000 students from 68 colleges and universities have competed, generating over 5,300 sheets of drawings to supplement the HABS collection at the Library of Congress.

The annual competition honors Charles E. Peterson, FAIA, a National Park Service landscape architect and the founder of HABS. In 1933, he initiated the country’s first federal preservation program aimed at documenting its architectural heritage. The collection is intended to represent “a complete resume of the builder’s art,” which results in a variety of building selections – from architect-designed monumental structures to utilitarian and ethnically derived building traditions. In addition to drawings, each HABS project includes a written history and black-and-white photographs, and is made available for public use.

Winning teams are recognized for preparing the best sets of drawings according to HABS guidelines and are awarded prizes totaling $9,000. Entries are judged on criteria such as the historical significance of the building, the complexity of the site or structure, as well as the drafting quality, sheet composition and graphic consistency of the presentation.

The jury, which included one representative from each hosting organization, was made up of Hyman Myers, FAIA, president of Preservation Consultants, LLC, representing the Athenaeum of Philadelphia; Jonathan Spodek, AIA, associate professor of architecture at Ball State University and chair of the AIA HABS Coordinating Committee, representing the AIA; and Mark Schara, AIA, HABS architect, representing the National Park Service.

First place ($3,000) went to students from the University of Arkansas, Fay Jones School of Architecture, for measured drawings of the E. Fay and Gus Jones House in Fayetteville, AR. The modern house nestled in the hillside of Arkansas’ Ozark Mountains was designed by Fay Jones as his private residence in 1955. The architect was mentored by Frank Lloyd Wright and while both architects designed according to the site’s natural settings, Jones’ designs favored strong vertical counter-positioning. While his home is often overlooked by scholars and enthusiasts, it contains many well-known characteristics found in his later works.

Bridget O’Brien, instructed by Ashley Robbins Wilson, AIA, won second place for measured drawings of the MacColl House in Bennettsville, SC.

The winning team was instructed by Gregory Herman and comprised of Addison Bliss, Chloe Costello, Jillian Jung, Tyler Meenen, Sean Paquin, Anthony Parsons, Matt Poe, Adrienne Presley, Micah Szabo, Ginger Traywick and Joseph Weishaar. The $2,500 second prize was awarded to Bridget O’Brien working with instructor Ashley Robbins Wilson, AIA, of the graduate program in historic preservation from the College of Charleston/Clemson University, for her drawings of the MacColl House in Bennettsville, SC.

The $2,000 third prize went to students from the College of Architecture at the University of Texas at San Antonio for drawings of the Heermann Store in Somerset, TX. Built in 1892, the load-bearing masonry structure is a rare surviving example of rural South Texas commercial buildings. The student team, led by Sue Ann Pemberton, FAIA, was comprised of Ricardo Alarcon, George Barrera, Mario Cantu, Andy Castillo, Christopher Castillo, Jennifer Flores, Dorian Gutierrez, Eduardo Hernandez, Adekunle Lufadeju, Sonal Oswal, Brita Pearson, Deidre Remley, Judith Ruvuna, Justin Scanio, Ryan Schmidt, Shayna Thompson, Matthew Tompkins, George Torres and Anna Wulfe.

The $1,500 fourth prize was awarded for drawings of the Shoreland Arcade in Miami, FL. Ricardo Lopez instructed students at the University of Miami School of Architecture, and the team was made up of Jacob Aaron, Hassan Bagheri, Lisa Blacklidge, Lacey Block, John Dietz, Alexandra Goldstein, Peter Graberis, Daniel Hurst, Jesse Kirkland, Kevin Kirkwood, Simone Meeks, Ivonne Perusquia, Adam Pinter, Michael Poupore, Christopher Rodriguez, Raquel Rodriguez, Tiffany Savage and Samuel Terrizzi.

Honorable mention awards were given to four teams. Students at University of Texas at Austin, School of Architecture, instructed by Monica Penick, were recognized for their drawings of the Sampson-Nalle House in Austin, TX. The team was comprised of Amanda Carpenter, Grace Cynkar, Meg Frisbie, Hannah Nebb Meyer, Nathaniel Muhler and Jessica Uguarte.

The second honorable mention was awarded for measured drawings of the B. Harley Bradley House in Kankakee, IL, completed by students at the University of Illinois School of Architecture. Instructed by Paul Hardin Kapp, AIA, the students were Phillipe Brochart, Scott Farbman, Wei Gao, Mathew Goyak, Jonathan Klocke, Konrad Laskowski, Naomi Lipke, Monica Alicea Matos, Marlo Messer, Iris Sacher, Catherine Wang and Lili Xu.

The third honorable mention award was given to students at Texas A&M University, College of Architecture, for the drawings of Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Bryan, TX. Instructed by Robert Warden, the team included Justin Curtsinger, Colin Darby, Pamela da Graca, Stephanie Guariglia, Sheldon Henning, Craig Jeffrey, Ashley Martin, Jacob Morris, Analyn Nunez and Renee Post.

Mike Ellingson and Don Watson, students from the Department of Architecture at Hampton University, were also recognized for their measured drawings of the Clarke Hall in Hampton, VA. They were instructed by Ron Kloster. TB





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