The Arizona architecture community came together for the 2023 AIA Arizona Design Awards at the Phoenix Art Museum on November 11. Chaired by Patricia Chen Suchart, Assoc. AIA, and Thamarit (Tommy) Suchart, AIA, this event showcased exceptional achievements in architecture and design. Under the guidance of Nader Tehrani from NADAAA in Boston, the jury acknowledged outstanding projects and contributors to the architectural landscape. Notably, students, faculty and alumni from the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture earned well-deserved accolades for their remarkable work.
CAPLA Faculty Awardees:
- Brian Farling and Shawn Swisher, Jones Studio – Casa de las Balaustradas, Central AZ Project Water Education Center, and Homolovi State Park
- Shawn Swisher, Jones Studio - AIA10 Award (within 10 years of graduation)
- Michael Kothke – Design Pedagogy Award
- Laura Carr and ARC 510E students – Community Design Award
- Charles Pifer and Savannah McDonald, PMM – Goodwin Collaboration Award
- Oscar Lopez – AIA Merit Award for Interior Architecture
- Teresa Rosano – Educator of the Year Award
Teresa Rosano, honored with the Educator of the Year Award, reflected on her teaching journey during the ceremony. She emphasized the joy of witnessing students evolve into passionate and confident individuals. Expressing her gratitude, Rosano stated, "I am deeply thankful to my supportive students and colleagues. Receiving this award is truly thrilling, and it's an honor to be listed among the excellent educators from our school who have received this recognition."
Dean Nancy Pollock-Ellwand shared her appreciation for the AIA's annual awards recognition, stating, "I am so appreciative of the AIA for their annual awards recognition of our extraordinary architecture faculty, alumni, and students. I am struck this year by the number but also the range of accomplishments that run from educational distinction and community outreach to design excellence. We are truly fortunate to have these leaders in our midst who motivate our students and inspire us all.