University of Nebraska's College of Architecture Among Awardees at AIA-NE Annual Gala
At this year’s Excellence
in Design Gala, the American Institute of Architects, Nebraska Chapter (AIA-NE)
presented five Honor Awards and eleven Merit Awards selected from Nebraska
architects’ submissions and evaluated by Ohio jurors.
Faculty, students and
alumni from the College of Architecture were among the honorees.
Architectural Program Director Jeffrey L. Day (and his Omaha and San Francisco
based architectural firm Min | Day) won two distinguished honors at the event.
Min | Day was presented with the following awards on September 29th:
- • Honor Award in the
Architecture category for their project entitled “Blue Barn Theatre & Box
Car 10” Omaha, Nebraska. This project was conceived as a new arts hub in
a rapidly changing district near downtown Omaha. The experimental theatre opens
to the city outdoors through a public open space anchored with a mixed-use
- • Merit Award in the
Unbuilt Architecture category for their project entitled “Hexad” Lincoln,
Hexad is a caretaker’s house for a private estate in a sculpture garden. The
832 sq. ft. building separates the basic functions of home into living, eating,
bathing and sleeping, into four 160 sq. ft. wings. Current M.Arch student Jacob
Doyle also worked on the Hexad project while an intern at Min | Day in 2016.
College of Architecture
recent graduates were recognized as well. David Alcala and Joshua Puppe, both
currently employed in BVH’s Lincoln office, won a Merit Award in the Emerging
Professionals category for their project entitled “Ephemerality - St. Joseph’s
Catholic Church,” a project they designed in ARCH 410 under studio instructor
Mark Bacon’s direction.
In this design, the church
is strengthened through the employment of light, material logic and the concept
of ascension through architecture. The project’s goals were achieved through
designing spaces around light such as the main chapel and other areas in
darkness such as the private chapel to reflect the program of the room. The
project was previously recognized with an SGH / Dri-Design scholarship.
Several College of
Architecture alumni had their work recognized with the AIA-NE Excellence in
Design awards and the full award list may be accessed through www.aiane.org website. The Excellence in Design
program is an annual event for Nebraska architects who submit built and unbuilt
projects for consideration. Categories for consideration include Architecture,
Interior Architecture, Unbuilt, Excellence in Masonry and Details. For Emerging
Architects the categories are Unbuilt Design and Architectural Detail.
Projects were judged based
on a variety of features, including unique design, originality, extended use
attributes, sustainability, budget and use of environmental surroundings. More
information about each of these projects can be found at