The South Atlantic Region (SAR) Design Awards were announced at the Woodruff Arts Center recently in Atlanta, Ga. Eleven entries from Georgia were recognized among the 21 awards granted. The award submissions were juried on August 10 in Seattle. AIA South Atlantic Region Executive Director, David Crawford; Jewel Warlick with the Brick Industry Southeast and SAR Design Awards Chair, Dennis Stallings, AIA; were hosted in the office of the jury Chair David Miller, FAIA at the Miller Hull Partnership. The jury considered 165 SAR Entries along with 12 Brick submissions. David Miller, FAIA, was joined on the jury by Scott Wolf, FAIA, Kirsten Murray, AIA, Susan Jones, FAIA, and Rick Zieve, FAIA.

Southern Polytechnic Univeristy

Among the winning projects is the Southern Polytechnic State University, Architectural School Addition (pictured) from Cooper Carry, Inc. in the Brick Honor Award category. The brick manufacturer is Endicott Clay Products. The new, 14,600-square-foot ‘Design II’ Architecture Studio addition at Southern Poly houses the Department of Architecture’s second-year design studios. The building’s exterior materials are primarily brick and composite metal panels and also incorporate glazed walls that encourage natural day lighting. The south façade includes four brick walls that face the primary pedestrian circulation route. The façade orients east-west, so that the movement of the sun casts dramatic shadows and changes the visual effect of the patterning.

Other Brick Award winners include Barton College Studio Theater (Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee) in North Carolina; and Duke University, East Campus Steam Plant ( SmithGroupJJR) in North Carolina.

And a Merit Award goes to Lord, Aeck & Sargent for its work on the rehabilitation of the Hinman Research Building at Georgia Tech. Originally designed by P.M. Heffernan, the Hinman Research Building is the first freestanding research facility on Georgia Tech’s campus. Characterized by its mid-century design and materials, and a 50-foot high-bay laboratory, the building was rehabilitated and transformed into a flexible new annex for Georgia Tech’s College of Architecture. The building is now home to graduate level architecture studios, computer, interdisciplinary research and high fidelity simulation labs, administrative offices, galleries and event space. It was designed to house the Georgia Tech Engineering Experiment Station, the first and flagship facility of a system of engineering experiment stations that paralleled its agricultural counterpart. The jury noted that this was not just a preservation project. The design elevates the brut reality of the former industrial shed into a powerful volume that invites invention and creativity and a living laboratory for students of architecture.0-foot high-bay laboratory, the building was rehabilitated and transformed into a flexible new annex for Georgia Tech’s College of Architecture.

The South Atlantic Region is the unifying body within the states of Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, for the American Institute of Architects (AIA). SAR supports the vision, core values, and objectives of the institute within the region; organizes and unites in fellowship, and combines architects’ efforts to advance their value, and improve the quality of the built environment.

For more information on all of the winning projects, visit