Duvall Decker Architects earns national recognition

June 20th, 2013 Comments Off

south facade of the Jobie L. Martin Classroom Building design by Duvall Decker Architects, P.A. | Photo Credit: Mark Howell

South facade of the Jobie L. Martin Classroom Building designed by Duvall Decker Architects, P.A. | Photo Credit: Mark Howell

(from Duvall Decker Architects, P.A.)

Designed by Jackson architectural firm Duvall Decker Architects, P.A., the Jobie L. Martin Classroom Building on the Jackson Campus of Hinds Community College has been recognized with an AIA Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) Award of Excellence. The award honors educational facilities that the jury believes should serve as an example of a superb place in which to learn, furthering the client’s mission, goals and educational program while demonstrating excellence in architectural design.

As one of seven projects chosen from 80 submissions, the project was reviewed by a panel of prominent professionals specializing in educational facility design.

Jurors commented, “(t)his simple and honest building with strong forms and an elegant façade shows that a few simple gestures can render a sense of identity to an otherwise nondescript campus. The rigorous use of materials, straightforward detailing and clarity of concept elevates the modest program to a new level. The jury admired the light, airy classrooms that combined the translucent, transparent, fixed and operable glazing.”

Jurors noted that all of the winning projects “exemplify innovation through the client’s educational goals through responsive and responsible programming, planning and design. Function and surrounding regional and community context are valued as part of the planning and design process. In addition, connection to the site, surrounding campus, community and environment are evident in the design solutions.”

The building is on the Academic/Technical Center campus, one of six campuses of Hinds Community College, the largest community college in the state of Mississippi. Upon notification of the award, college president, Dr. Clyde Muse said, “I’ve never seen an architect get so much character out of a rectangle.”

The 2013 CAE Awards will be presented at a special reception during the AIA National Convention on June 20th, 2013, in Denver, Colo. Anne Marie Decker, a 1994 graduate from the MSU School of Architecture, will accept the award.

 Additional recognition
American-Architects is taking a state-by-state look at architecture in the United States for its 2013 Building of the Week feature. The e-magazine will present one recent project from each state in alphabetical order, from Alabama to Wyoming. Projects will be added every Monday for 50 weeks.

The Jobie L. Martin Classroom Building is the project chosen to represent Mississippi.

Click here to read the full email interview conducted by John Hill with American-Architects about the featured building.

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