Honoring the Best in Nevada Design

The American Institute of Architects’ Nevada chapter recently selected its 2013 design award-winners—honoring both conceptual art installations and institutional renovations.

International firm Gensler won a merit award in collaborative achievement for its work on the exhibition space for James Turrell’s “Akhob” installation at CityCenter’s Crystals mall, a masterpiece of light and color (see VegasSeven.com/Turrell). Reno’s Joel Sherman, meanwhile, earned a citation award for Eichler Revisited, a residential design that dissolves interior-exterior boundaries and frames views—looking both outward and in—without compromising the home’s comfort.

Henderson’s Tate Snyder Kimsey Architects won a merit award for its revitalization—at once innovative, green and sensitive to history—of the Bureau of Reclamation’s 1930s-and-’40s-era Date Street Campus in Boulder City. The national firm PGAL, meanwhile, was honored for its design of Terminal 3 at McCarran International Airport (pictured)—jurors were impressed that this major infrastructure project showed a level of craftsmanship and detailing usually associated with a much more intimate undertaking.

Gensler’s Brett Robillard—who has worked on everything from the Fontainebleau to Chicago’s Soldier Field—was the winner of AIA’s Young Architect Award. The Architecture Firm Award went to Las Vegas’ YWS Architecture, a resort-focused firm that has led such projects as El Cortez Cabana Suites and the MGM Grand Lobby. UNLV Downtown Design Center director Ken McCown and Reno’s Wan Lee Cone won Associate Member Awards. Longtime Reno architect Greg Erny won AIA Nevada’s highest individual honor, the Silver Medal for lifetime achievement.


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