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May 26 16

Rodolfo Machado of Boston Firm Honored with 2015 Design Excellence Award Gave Urban Design Presentation on May 25

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Renowned Argentina-born architect explained the award-winning design of the Silver Spring Civic Building and similar projects undertaken by his firm Machado Silvetti

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, held its first annual Design Excellence Award competition in 2015, giving the top prize to the Silver Spring Civic Building at a design celebration last October.

The architect who designed the award-winning civic building, Rodolfo Machado, FAIA, talked about the logic of its spaces and the design process employed in other projects undertaken by his firm Machado Silvetti at a public presentation on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. The Planning Department-sponsored event was attended by about 60 people and held in the Silver Spring Civic Building.

View the video recap here.

During his lecture, Machado explained how architecture can relate to its surroundings to strengthen a neighborhood, a campus or a city. He presented past and recent designs, including a new mixed-use complex in Cairo, Egypt and the Center for Asian Art at the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida.

Second Annual Design Excellence Award

The second annual Design Excellence Award competition has been launched and submissions are due by July 21, 2016 at 5 p.m. The selection of a winner will be made by an outside jury of accomplished professionals invited by the Planning Department.

Submit to the second annual Design Excellence Award here.

Learn more about the Montgomery County Planning Department’s Design Excellence initiative.

The winner will be recognized on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at an awards celebration at the Silver Spring Civic Building. The event will also include the annual awards ceremony of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Potomac Valley Chapter.

About Rodolfo Machado

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, architect Rodolfo Machado is a citizen of the United States, where he has resided since 1968. Machado received his Diploma in Architecture from the Universidad de Buenos Aires in 1967 before studying urban design at the Centre de Recherche d’Urbanisme in Paris. In 1971, he received a master of architecture degree from the University of California at Berkeley where he continued doctoral studies in architectural theory.

Machado practiced architecture in San Francisco and Pittsburgh before forming a practice with Jorge Silvetti in 1974. Since 1986, he has been a faculty member of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design where he chaired its Department of Urban Planning and Design from 2004 to 2009. Machado has been a visiting critic at many schools of architecture in this country and abroad, and has served as a juror for many national and international competitions and prizes. His drawings and projects have been extensively published and exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. For more information, go to http://www.machado-silvetti.com/OFFICE/office-people.php.

About the Design Excellence Award

The Planning Department’s annual Design Excellence Award was launched in 2015 to recognize the best examples of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design in the County, and increase awareness of the importance of design excellence. More than 35 entries to the competition were submitted in August 2015 by architects, developers and property owners. The winning entry and citations were chosen by an outside jury of accomplished professionals in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design, and presented at a design celebration in October 2015 co-sponsored with the Potomac Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

 

Apr 12 16

Rodolfo Machado of Boston Firm Honored with 2015 Design Excellence Award Will Present Work at Silver Spring Civic Building on May 25

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Renowned Argentina-born architect will talk about the award-winning design of the Silver Spring Civic Building and projects undertaken by his firm Machado Silvetti

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, held its first annual Design Excellence Award competition in 2015 and honored the top winner, the Silver Spring Civic Building, at a design celebration last October.

The architect who designed the building is now scheduled to talk about his work on this and other projects on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. The public presentation by Rodolfo Machado, FAIA, of the Boston-based architecture firm Machado Silvetti will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Spring Room of the award-winning Silver Spring Civic Building.

Continuing education credits are pending for AIA, AICP and ASLA. Seating is limited and RSVPs are required. Learn more about the Montgomery County Planning Department’s Design Excellence program.

RSVP for the event here (spots are limited).

About Rodolfo Machado

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, architect Rodolfo Machado is a citizen of the United States, where he has resided since 1968. Machado received his Diploma in Architecture from the Universidad de Buenos Aires in 1967 before studying urban design at the Centre de Recherche d’Urbanisme in Paris. In 1971, he received a master of architecture degree from the University of California at Berkeley where he continued doctoral studies in architectural theory.

Machado practiced architecture in San Francisco and Pittsburgh before forming a practice with Jorge Silvetti in 1974. Since 1986, he has been a faculty member of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design where he chaired its Department of Urban Planning and Design from 2004 to 2009. Machado has been a visiting critic at many schools of architecture in this country and abroad, and has served as a juror for many national and international competitions and prizes. His drawings and projects have been extensively published and exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. For more information, go to http://www.machado-silvetti.com/OFFICE/office-people.php.

About the Design Excellence Award

The Planning Department’s annual Design Excellence Award was launched in 2015 to recognize the best examples of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design in the County, and increase awareness of the importance of design excellence. More than 35 entries to the competition were submitted in August 2015 by architects, developers and property owners. The winning entry and citations were chosen by an outside jury of accomplished professionals in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design, and presented at a design celebration in October 2015 co-sponsored with the Potomac Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Dec 23 15

Submission Date for Makeover Montgomery 3 Conference Proposals Extended to January 29

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Join the change-makers and submit your ideas for presentations on the sharing economy, social equity or transforming communities without transit

Silver Spring, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is seeking presentation proposals for its conference Makeover Montgomery 3: Balancing Change in America’s Suburbs, co-sponsored with the University of Maryland’s National Center for Smart Growth.

The gathering will be held from May 4 through May 6, 2016 in College Park and Silver Spring, MD. It will bring together planners, architects, developers, real estate professionals, economists, social scientists, ecologists and others to discuss cutting-edge ideas for transforming the suburbs.

The deadline for submitting presentation proposals online has been extended from January 8 to Friday, January 29, 2016 at 5 p.m. The selected presenters will take part in sessions to be held at the Silver Spring Civic Building (1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD) on May 5 and 6. Assistance with travel-related expenses may be available for out-of-town speakers.

Presentations should focus on innovative planning and policy tools and strategies that can help transform our suburbs into exciting, attractive and sustainable communities. Multiple session tracks will attract a diverse audience that includes practitioners, academics and interested community members from the DC area and across the nation.

Proposals should reflect one of three conference themes:

Beyond Transit-Oriented Development

  • Transforming communities that lack transit into walkable, better connected places.
  • Promoting multi-modal, “complete” street designs.
  • Developing land use strategies to promote pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use districts.
  • Creating thriving communities all around metropolitan areas.

The Sharing Economy

  • Facilitating co-housing to provide affordable housing and housing for seniors.
  • Establishing community gardens and urban/suburban agriculture in public spaces.
  • Using ride-sharing and Uber to solve transportation challenges.
  • Co-locating public facilities to share resources and amenities.
  • Creating worker-owned cooperatives or shared work spaces.

Equity and Opportunity in the Suburbs

  • Striking the balance between redevelopment and displacement.
  • Determining how the physical environment affects social and economic well-being.
  • Weighing the effects of new development on schools and infrastructure.
  • Achieving affordable housing in gentrifying areas.

Makeover Montgomery 3 is being organized through a partnership between the Montgomery County Planning Department and National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education at the University of Maryland. The 2016 event follows similar conferences held in 2011 and 2014 by the Planning Department and University of Maryland.

View the recap of the 2014 Makeover Montgomery event.

Please visit www.makeovermontgomery3.com for more information.

Questions? Please contact Jason Sartori at jason@ipcllc.net.

Oct 23 15

Montgomery County Planning Department’s First Annual Design Excellence Award and Citations Announced at Gala on October 22

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Silver Spring Civic Building awarded top honor at Celebrate Design event co-sponsored with AIA Potomac Valley Chapter

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, announced the winners of its first annual Design Excellence Award competition at the Celebrate Design reception, held on Thursday, October 22 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Building (1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD).

Montgomery County Council President George Leventhal and Councilmembers Nancy Floreen and Hans Riemer presented the top award and citations, along with Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson. Keynote speaker Christopher Leinberger, a real estate expert and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, made the business case for design excellence.

“The Design Excellence Award is intended to inspire architecture, landscape architecture and urban design of the best possible quality in Montgomery County,” said Planning Director Gwen Wright, who introduced the evening festivities. “This is only one of several initiatives we are undertaking to raise the bar for development and attract residents and businesses to the County. Design excellence is becoming increasingly important as the amount of available land for development is shrinking and densities in our centers are increasing.”

The evening event drew about 200 design professionals, county officials and residents. It was co-sponsored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Potomac Valley Chapter and included that organization’s awards presentation.

The Design Excellence and Citation Award winners are:

Design Excellence Award Winner: Silver Spring Civic Building, Silver Spring, MD. Designed by Machado and Silvetti Associates, Boston, Massachusetts.

“A great collaboration between architecture, landscape architecture and urban design,” said the jurors of this design in the heart of Downtown Silver Spring. “This is a beautiful example of how the public sector can lead quality modern design. It is a great example of how to make a place.”

Jury Citation Winners:
Cultural Arts Center at the Montgomery College Takoma Park, Silver Spring, MD. Designed by SmithGroup JJR Architects, Washington, DC.

“This project raises the bar for design of local, publicly funded colleges. It’s an iconic anchor of the Montgomery College campus on busy Georgia Avenue,” noted the jurors.

Eleven55 Ripley, Silver Spring, MD. Designed by Shalom Baranes Associates, Washington, DC.

“This was a challenging site to develop and the buildings bridge a pedestrian-friendly scale to a tall apartment building scale,” said the jurors. “The high quality of the architecture can be seen throughout, from the strong fenestration and balcony patterns down to the brick coursing.”

Somerset Pool House, Somerset, MD. Designed by McInturff Architects, Bethesda, MD.

“This sensitive design of a community facility addresses landscape, architecture and excellent place-making within the context of adaptive re-use,” said the jurors.

Ruppert Nurseries Headquarters, Laytonsville, MD. Designed by Muse Architects, Bethesda, MD.

“This sensitive and innovative approach to a commercial facility retains the essential agrarian character and scale of this area of Montgomery County,” noted the jurors.

Learn more about the 2015 Montgomery County Award winner and Jury Citation winners for the Montgomery County Planning Department’s First Annual Design Excellence Award

About the Design Excellence Award Jury

The Design Excellence award jury met on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 to review the 38 projects entered into the competition and make an independent decision about the winners. Projects were submitted by architects, developers or property owners. The projects had to be located within Montgomery County, occupied and in use, and completed within the past 10 years in order to be eligible. The jury comprised four accomplished professionals in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, planning and urban design, who were invited by the Planning Department:

Edward Feiner, FAIA | Design Leadership Council Director, Perkins + Will, Washington, D.C.
Dhiru Thadani, FCNU | Architect and urbanist, Washington, D.C.
Michael Vergason, FASLA | Principal, Michael Vergason Landscape Architects, Alexandria, Virginia
Amy Weinstein, FAIA | Principal, Esocoff & Associates/Weinstein Studio, Washington, D.C.

Review the bios of the jury

About the Montgomery County Planning Department’s Annual Design Excellence Award:
Established by the Montgomery County Planning Department, this annual award seeks to recognize exceptional work in architecture, landscape architecture and urban design that improves the neighborhood’s physical, ecological and social context. The winners represent built projects that enrich and contribute to the greater community, and confirm how physical design leads to greater health, economic opportunity and environmental sustainability. This award is an opportunity for building projects to be seen widely, particularly in business and professional settings where the best qualities of Montgomery County are promoted by the County Council, Planning Board and Planning Department staff.

Sep 18 15

Montgomery County Planning Department and Potomac Valley AIA Hold Design Excellence Award Program on October 22

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Developers, architects, landscape architects, designers, property owners and community members  are invited to attend the “Celebrate Design” reception and awards event at the Silver Spring Civic Building

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is inviting everyone with an interest in excellent architecture, landscape architecture and urban design to attend “Celebrate Design” on Thursday, October 22 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Building (1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD).

The winner of the Planning Department’s first annual Design Excellence Award competition will be announced during the celebration, which will also include the annual awards ceremony of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Potomac Valley Chapter. One of the highlights of the evening will be a presentation on the business case for design excellence by land use strategist Christopher Leinberger, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

The Planning Department’s first Design Excellence Award seeks to recognize exceptional work in architecture, landscape architecture and urban design that has been completed in Montgomery County over the past decade. More than 30 entries to the competition have been submitted by architects, developers and property owners. The goal of the awards program is to promote top-notch design and improve the quality of the built environment throughout the County.

The winner will be selected in late September by an outside jury of accomplished professionals in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design:

Edward Feiner, FAIA | Design Leadership Council Director, Perkins+Will, Washington, D.C.
Dhiru Thadani, FCNU | Architect and urbanist, Washington, D.C.
Michael Vergason, FASLA | Michael Vergason Landscape Architects, Alexandria, Virginia
Amy Weinstein, FAIA | Principal, Esocoff & Associates/Weinstein Studio, Washington, D.C.

Review the bios of the jury.

Celebrate Design Awards Ceremony
Thursday, October 22, 2015
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Silver Spring Civic Building (1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD)
Ticket price: $35
Purchase tickets

6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Opening  reception.
7:30 – 8:45 p.m. Awards presentation by the AIA Potomac Valley and the Montgomery County Planning Department.
Featured Speaker: Christopher Leinberger presenting on the Business Case for Design Excellence
8:45 – 9:30 p.m. Dessert reception.

Purpose of Design Excellence Award
The Planning Department launched its Design Excellence initiative in 2014 to inspire the highest quality of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design in changing areas within the County. In January 2015 as part of this program, the Department invited nationally recognized urban design and planning expert Noré Winter to discuss community design guidelines with the staff, Planning Board and public.

In June 2015, the Department launched its Design Excellence Award program to achieve the following goals:

-To recognize the best examples of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design in the County, and increase public awareness of this world-class design excellence.

-To promote built work that contributes to the creation of pedestrian-oriented, walkable neighborhoods that enrich and contribute to the greater community.

-To show how physical design can lead to greater health, economic opportunity and environmental sustainability.

Learn more about the Montgomery County Planning Department’s Design Excellence initiative.

Aug 26 15

Montgomery County Planning Department’s First Annual Design Excellence Award Program Celebration to be Held on October 22

by Bridget Schwiesow

revCelebrate Design invite

Developers, architects, landscape architects, designers, property owners and community members  are invited to attend the “Celebrate Design” reception and awards event at the Silver Spring Civic Building

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is inviting everyone with an interest in excellent architecture, landscape architecture and urban design to attend “Celebrate Design” on Thursday, October 22 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The winner of the Planning Department’s first annual Design Excellence Award competition will be announced during the celebration at the Silver Spring Civic Building (1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD). The event will also include the annual awards ceremony of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Potomac Valley Chapter. One of the highlights of the evening will be a presentation on the business case for design excellence by land use strategist Christopher Leinberger, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

The Planning Department’s Design Excellence Award seeks to recognize exceptional work in architecture, landscape architecture and urban design that has been completed in Montgomery County over the past decade. More than 30 entries to the competition have been submitted by architects, developers and property owners. The goal of the awards program is to promote top-notch design and improve the quality of the built environment throughout the County.

The winner will be selected by an outside jury of accomplished professionals in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design:

Edward Feiner, FAIA | Design Leadership Council Director, Perkins+Will, Washington, D.C.
Dhiru Thadani, FCNU | Architect and urbanist, Washington, D.C.
Michael Vergason, FASLA | Michael Vergason Landscape Architects, Alexandria, Virginia
Amy Weinstein, FAIA | Principal, Esocoff & Associates/Weinstein Studio, Washington, D.C.

Review the bios of the jury.

Celebrate Design Awards Ceremony
Thursday, October 22, 2015
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Silver Spring Civic Building (1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD)
Ticket price: $35
Purchase tickets

6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Opening  reception.
7:30 – 8:45 p.m. Awards presentation by the AIA Potomac Valley and the Montgomery County Planning Department.
Featured Speaker: Christopher Leinberger presenting on the Business Case for Design Excellence
8:45 – 9:30 p.m. Dessert reception.

Purpose of Design Excellence Award

The Planning Department launched its Design Excellence initiative in 2014 to inspire the highest quality of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design in changing areas within the County. In January 2015 as part of this program, the Department invited nationally recognized urban design and planning expert Noré Winter to discuss community design guidelines with the staff, Planning Board and public.

In June 2015, the Department launched its Design Excellence Award program to achieve the following goals:

-To recognize the best examples of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design in the County, and increase public awareness of this world-class design excellence.

-To promote built work that contributes to the creation of pedestrian-oriented, walkable neighborhoods that enrich and contribute to the greater community.

-To show how physical design can lead to greater health, economic opportunity and environmental sustainability.

Learn more about the Montgomery County Planning Department’s Design Excellence initiative.