We are pleased to announce that our Autumn Hill Lane house received a citation award from AIA Vermont this year. This year's AIA VT award entries were juried by a committee from AIA Wyoming and the awards were presented at the annual AIA VT dinner this week, held at the State House in Montpelier. A total of eight projects received awards this year and we are honored to be among those chosen. There were many great projects entered, confirming that Vermont continues to create quality architecture. Thanks again to our clients, the crew from Leach Construction of Vermont, and the many artisans and craftsmen who worked so hard to make this building possible. A final thanks to Jim Westphalen for his photography.
As time allows, we work in our studio on pieces of a smaller scale than the buildings we generally focus on. On the surface these smaller pieces have little in common with our architectural work. In reality, however, they provide us with another way to think about many of the themes and ideas that filter through our buildings. Connections, material properties, possibilities, craftsmanship, form and function all come into play at both scales. In addition, we have a chance for some 'hands-on' making, remembering again the challenges and opportunities that come from the effort to make something that is both thoughtful and well-crafted. These fruit bowls are a recent example, made carefully by hand in our studio from eco-resin and aluminum.
As architects we work in a profession that is highly collaborative in nature. Despite the painstaking thought and detail that we put into our construction documents, they are still only drawings. We rely on the builders we work with to bring our vision to reality. We are fortunate to live in Vermont where we are surrounded by a network of highly-skilled and dedicated craftsmen to work with. The stuff we build with is big and heavy. Making the pieces all come together is not easy and requires a combination of heavy equipment, hard work and attention to detail. Thanks to all the great craftsmen we have the pleasure of working with!!