slide 2 DMM: Hi everyone. Welcome to our new Ricardo Legorreta designed Thornburg Campus. I’m David Miller, Corporate Communications officer at Thornburg Investment Management.
slide 3 DMM: If you haven’t already, we invite each of you to take a self-guided tour of our new home for Thornburg Investment Management following the awards ceremony. You can use this tour guide which is available on the table in the hallway.
DMM: We’re here to announce and celebrate with the winner of the 2009 Jeff Harnar Award for Contemporary Architecture. First though, let me say how much we appreciate that many of you have driven here from Albuquerque and from points even further away. Thank you for making the trip. We’re joined this evening by Mayor David Coss, mayor of Santa Fe, along with Mayor Pro Tem, City Councilor Rebecca Wurzburger and City Councilors Chris Calvert and fill-in names of others. I’d like to publicly thank them again for the Industrial Revenue Bond that helped our firm stay in Santa Fe and build this wonderful building that has just received LEEDS Gold certification.
slide 5 DMM: In addition, I’d like to ask that you hold your applause but I do want you to know, also joining us is Suby Bowden. Suby is one-half of the firm, J.D. Morrow and Suby Bowden who won the first JHA Award in 2007. Suby has been part of our 2009 JHA Committee, along with a number of other Santa Fe designers and architects, some of whom are here this evening. I know I saw Christopher Purvis, Conrad Skinner, James Horn, John Padilla who helped us facilitate a prior JHA competition, John Dick who designed the original Jeff Harnar Award and I must say it’s gorgeous . Tom Carroll of Carroll Strategies is also part of the Committee and he has provided media PR help on a pro bono basis. Please raise your hand if I’ve missed any others. Help me thank all of these individuals who helped guide the development of the JHA.
slide 6 DMM: Before asking Garrett Thornburg, the benefactor of the Thornburg Charitable Foundation and Suzanne Barker Kalangis, Exec. Director of the TCF to announce the winner, I’d like to introduce our keynote speaker, Bart Prince, the celebrated, iconoclastic architect who lives in Albuquerque. Most of you are familiar with Bart’s work, images of which are on display behind me. I want to quickly tell you of three vignettes that were part of our invitational efforts to get Bart to be with us this evening.
slide 6 DMM: First, Cynthia Canyon, creator and publisher of Trend magazine suggested I visit with Bart at his home and studio. Cynthia has been a friend of the Harnar Award from the outset - and by the way, if you’d like a copy of the latest Trend which has a superb layout of Jeff and Lori Harnar’s home with remarkable photos taken by Robert Reck, you can pick up a copy at the same table outside.
slide 6 DMM: Cynthia said I should visit with Bart and even if he says “no” to our invitation, I’d be overwhelmed by his original architectural models in his studio. And she was right. When Suzanne and I visited Bart’s studio, my mouth fell open in wonderment.
slide 7 DMM: Second, I do a lot of walking in my neighborhood where there exists a wonderful Bart Prince designed home on the highest hill. Each day, as I walk by it, I think Bart designed it for an owner who must be a ship’s captain because the exterior walkway and rounded edges reminds me of what a large ocean liner must look like from the water below. Recently, I walked by the same house at a different time of the day with different light conditions. That was the first time I saw that Bart finished the rear of the house with a façade that continued the lines of the mountain on either side of the house to replicate the mountain peak from a distance. It made me smile.
slide 8 DMM: Then lastly, when Bart was considering making a presentation tonight he asked me what I thought he should talk about. I said, “Bart, you’re the celebrated architect. It seems you should talk about your work and say whatever you please. But I think everyone will be interested, particularly in these difficult economic times in learning how you persuaded clients to take the chance on building your mold-breaking designs. I recalled how as a young advertising executive we always wanted to hear from those creative directors who sold the award-winning and sales-producing advertisements that most conservative business people would be fearful to sponsor. So luckily for us, Bart said yes to our invitation. Help me welcome Bart Prince to the podium where I expect we’ll get insight into his celebrated career and his architecture.
slide 10 DMM: Thanks Bart . Wonderful work and a fascinating presentation. In the three years the Harnar competition has been underway, I’ve heard from many of the judges, architects, designers and from many of those who’ve submitted entries of their appreciation for Garrett’s sponsorship of the Harnar Award. Conrad Skinner said it best in 2007 at the initiation of the competition… Garrett Thornburg's Award inspires Santa Fe and now New Mexico architects with Jeff Harnar's exploratory spirit and his skill at guiding clients who followed his path. Garrett's sponsorship generously compliments Jeff's architectural enthusiasm. It is a welcome gift to the creative community of this town and to our state. So on behalf of everyone here this evening, thanks to Garrett for starting and continuing this award competition and thanks for the opportunity to coordinate the judging and associated activities for the past three years. Now let me ask Garrett Thornburg to join me.
slide 11 GT: Thanks David, and thanks to all of you. Actually, I’m most fortunate; I get to live in a Jeff Harnar designed home and come to work in a Ricardo Legorreta designed office. Each are works of art. To help set the stage for the award announcement Suzanne will be making shortly, I’d like you to see some of Jeff Harnar’s designs which, again as Conrad Skinner put it, “have stood as a beacon of architectural creativity and experimental spirit in Santa Fe from his early practice in 1984 until his untimely passing in 2006.
slide 12 GT: With his earliest projects, Jeff Harnar broke fresh ground. The Jean Cocteau Cinema introduced state-of-the-art seating, acoustics, projection optics and finishes to local moviegoers. A lucky few watched from the private box.
slide 13 GT: The Elaine Horwich Gallery's second floor gave downtown Santa Fe its first loft-type contemporary art venue.
slide 14 GT: A studio house for David Barbaro combined sensitivity to site with passive solar features.
slide 15 GT: The Santa Fe Childrens' Museum, with its solar elevation of giant glazed building blocks and its dedicated kiddie-size entrance exemplifies his playful interpretation of conventional building elements. As he built his practice, Jeff crafted a clientele with progressive taste, creating space in his profession where he could work as he wished. If one spied a modern building around Santa Fe, for so many years it was probably one of Jeff's.
Slide 16 GT: These are the same visuals many of you have seen on the Jeff Harnar Award website, but I have another visual for you, a DVD of home Jeff designed for the Taos Ski Valley. It was never built because the client had a ski accident, gave up skiing, and moved to Puerto Rico and took up water sports. But we do have the video Jeff and some visual animators created that I think you’ll enjoy. Wonderful work, don’t you agree? You can see why Jeff’s spirit and memory should live on to help inspire others to break new ground.
slide 17 GT: It’s been our hope from the outset of this competition to highlight contemporary architecture from New Mexico, to show how innovative design and modern materials can be crafted into excellent architecture that can comfortably and respectfully sit side by side with the rich existing architecture to create the cultural diversity similar to diversity of the state’s demography. In 2009 we expanded the geographic area from which submissions would be sought. We included work from all over New Mexico and even from architects outside the state, if they were licensed here. We increased the award to $10,000. As a result we received 29 submissions. Now, let me introduce to Suzanne Barker Kalangis to tell you the results of the competition.
Slide 18 SBK: Good evening everyone. Although we encouraged our judges to select one overall winner they felt that three prominent New Mexico architects should equally share in this year’s Jeff Harnar Award for Contemporary Architecture. This year’s prize is awarded to three architectural firms – responsible, respectively for mixed-use studios, an elementary school, and single family house. All three winning submissions are located in Albuquerque.
Slide 19 SBK: Our judges panel included five highly regarded architects from western states, one from New Mexico as well as two cultural leaders, also from New Mexico. The three projects met the panels’ view of different aspects of the published criteria used in judging the award. Santa Fe architect Steve Shaw acted as facilitator guiding the judging process. Residential, commercial and institutional projects were all welcomed and we had submissions representing all three categories. It was heartening to watch how carefully each project was analyzed against the stated Criteria. I was totally impressed by the level of the critical review offered by the judges. The full list of judges can be found on your program.
Slide 20 SBK: Our Honorary Chairperson, Lori Harnar hosted our judges at her home for a get acquainted dinner the night before the judging. It was a wonderful evening and a perfect place for each of the judges to appreciate Jeff’s work. Thank you Lori, and thanks for your continued commitment to the Harnar Award.
Slide 21 SBK: Here are the winners of the Harnar award and background on each winning project. For each of the three honorees, I’ll let you see for yourself the full set of slides the judges examined in their selection process.
Slides 24-42 SBK: Christopher Calott and Thomas Gifford of the CALOTT & GIFFORD ARCHITECTURE/URBAN DESIGN firm are recognized for their design of the Richmond Street Studios located in Albuquerque’s Nob Hill District. This 7,771 sq. ft., mixed-use project completed in Oct., 2006 met the JHA competition’s criteria of an “Architectural solution (that) demonstrate(s) appropriate and artistic responses to the challenges of the site, client, program and budget. For each of the three honorees, I’ll let you see for yourself the full set of slides the judges examined in their selection process. Slides run auto slide show after 5 seconds.
Slides 43-62 SBK: Mark Baker of the BAKER ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN firm was recognized for his design of Albuquerque’s Public School’s Duranes Elementary School Kindergarten and Classroom Building. Judges noted this as another appropriate response to the challenges of the site. The thoughtful rain catchment system reflects an excellent attention to sustainability in a teaching environment. Slides run auto slide show after 5 seconds.
Slides 64-83 SBK: Kramer Woodard, Natalie Du and Sergio Velliro of the KRAMER WOODARD architectural firm were recognized for their design of Lot K, a 2,627 sq. ft., single-family dwelling located on a hilltop near UNM in the Spruce Hill neighborhood which was completed in 2,000 for $225,000. Judges expressed admiration for the innovative design in an infill urban context, and the low cost of the project. Slides run auto slide show after 5 seconds.
ACTION: Invite all honorees to come up to the podium to receive their glass plaques and checks. Allow time for picture taking.
Final Slide SBK: The Jeff Harnar Award for Contemporary Architecture will continue annually in New Mexico in the years ahead from which projects can be submitted. Information about all the submitted projects can be found at this website, www.jeffharnaraward.com. Thank you all for joining and be sure to tour the Thornburg Campus before you depart.
“ Garrett Thornburg's Award inspires Santa Fe architects with Jeff Harnar's exploratory spirit and his skill at guiding clients who followed his path. His sponsorship generously complements Jeff's architectural enthusiasm. It is a welcome gift to the creative community of this town.” - Conrad Skinner
This year’s prize is awarded to three architectural firms:
2009 JUDGES JON ANDERSON Jon Anderson Architecture ELLEN BERKOVITCH adobeairstream.com MICHAEL BRENDLE RNL Design BRAD CLOEPFIL Allied Works RICK JOY Rick Joy Architects SCOTT LINDENAU Studio B Architects LAURA STEWARD SITE Santa Fe
Location : Albuquerque, New Mexico Completed : September 2008 Building Area : 10,000 square feet Budget : $1,800,000.00 Duranes Elementary School Kindergarten & Classroom Building
The new Kindergarten & Classroom Building has been designed to be an exciting and functional facility which will promote creativity and facilitate great teaching and student achievement. Since the Duranes campus has a limited area, the architect team realized it was especially important for the new building to be integrated into the available area in a non-intrusive way. The central design concept was to allow site forces to shape the building form through a series of massing reductions. Factors a such as pedestrian circulation, wind, and solar access were personified into tangible boundaries. For instance, an important site circulation artery on the north side shapes the angle of the adjacent wall and allows the students to "cut the corner" as they walk to the main playground. To provide sunlight to this path, the solar angle "presses" the roof down, creating a low profile along the north edge. The kindergarten playground is carved out on the south side of the building and is protected from the west wind and separated from the older students. Through these, and other, smaller manipulations, the resulting building mass is the corollary of the site's will. This project is innovative in its design and use of sustainable concepts. Many green features were utilized including superior thermal insulation; energy efficient radiant heating; fresh air supply and air exchanges; low water use plumbing fixtures; one central evaporative cooling system atypical for a building of this size; and passive solar lighting in all rooms plus multiple lighting levels to work in harmony with natural day-lighting. The main classrooms are lit primarily by natural day-lighting. Enough light is provided into the rooms from the upper clerestories that supplemental electrical lighting is not necessary during many of the day’s activities. The rooms have been provided with three lighting levels that can be controlled by the teacher. The energy savings on lighting is approximately 20 percent. Duranes Elementary School Kindergarten & Classroom Building The HVAC systems are very efficient. The cooler is an “air washer” which provides clean fresh air to the classrooms; it uses much less energy than refrigerated air. The heating is accomplished with radiant base boards which are also far more efficient than traditional forced air heating. Additional green amenities include rainwater harvesting with an underground cistern that provides water for the campus garden. The roof form was designed to harvest rainwater which is collected in a 1700 gallon cistern and used to irrigate the community garden that was pre-existing on the site. Eighty five percent of the roof slopes to one point where the rainwater travels down three parallel downspouts and into the cistern. The students use a yard hydrant to water the vegetables. This system is used as a teaching tool for the students and residents of the Duranes neighborhood, raising awareness of sustainable living in the community.
Study model with roof removed - illustrating the overall building mass.
Rendering of entry S tudy model of entry canopy Digital study model of entry canopy structure
View of main entrance. Entry area is recessed or “cut away” from main building form thereby creating a gathering space. The roof canopy, which loosely resembles a folded piece of paper, provides shade and announces the entry location.
Art/Music Room. North light is provided through the large insulated translucent panel. The roof/ceiling panels manufactured by Tectum are acoustically superior to standard acoustical tile.
Exterior view of translucent panel in Art/Music Room where students can “cut the corner” to the main playground.
View of a Kindergarten Classroom showing acoustical roof deck and natural daylighting. No supplemental lighting was used in this photograph.
View of the clerestory windows utilized in the Kindergarten Classrooms. The clerestories are recessed to eliminate direct light in the warmer months.
South elevation showing recessed clerestories, steel portal, and integral cast-in-place concrete benches that promote occasional outdoor teaching and spontaneous interaction.
The Faculty Work Room is located at the turn in the Hallway, centrally located with good views within the building.
View of Early Development Classroom with north facing light monitor.
Children leaning on the insulated translucent panel of the Art/Music Room which doubles as a community meeting space. When the room is in use, the back-lit panels act as a beacon for night time meetings and performances.
LOT K “ precisely imprecise, perfectly imperfect” “it’s new beginnings” “you’re looking at the luxury of being no. 1” Albuquerque, NM Completed 2000 Area: 2627 sq. ft. Budget: $150,000
On the Building of a Speculative House for Oneself The prevailing “styles” of architecture in New Mexico is generally understood as being based on local and historical precedents. Vernacular architecture, like spoken language, is an evolving condition subject to reinterpretation by society in tandem with cultural trends and values. In the film The Big Lebowski , for example, obscenities are used ad nauseam as adjectives rather than verbs to disassociate these terms from any specific action. In that way, the screenwriters establish a language for the actors that connote their commonness characteristics to the audience. Although initially offensive, we become complacent by the words being overused. At some point, we come to ignore the meaning of the words as slang in favor of their generic expressive qualities. If we consider the essence of the typical developer tract house, we find a similar bastardization of language. The stereotomic method of construction used to build the great pueblos and haciendas has been transformed into a ubiquitous layer of fawn colored stucco covering western platform framing. Too often it is only the surface value of these precedents that are translated; leading to shallow interpretive replications. In that way we become as relaxed about our built environment, as we are about four letter words. As a way to counteract this predisposition it is imperative that we analyze and abstract the traditional values and processes to discover their fit within the circumstances of contemporary attitudes. To that end this house - as with all of my work – sets out to transcend the governing misunderstanding of tradition and history in favor of a deeper coalescence and identification with this landscape – all at the actual cost of $225,000.
Commanding views of the downtown and the west mesa, Lot K is as much about the city as it is a reaction against suburban growth. This intention was pushed to an extreme in Villa Untitled; a house atop a warehouse in an industrial part of Albuquerque designed in 1994. Figure A. Using a modernist syntax, the house is organized around exterior spaces that are similar to the courtyard houses from the Spanish colonial period. A circulation system reminiscent of the enfilad pattern used in the haciendas and moradas of the area defines spatial relationships that connect to and defends against the natural landscape figures B,C . At the Nether’s House in Alameda of 1992 figure D a similar strategy was used to encapsulate a pre-existing apple orchard. Of the same year the second floor addition of the Feinberg residence wrapped around an exterior terrace that floats over a dining room, introducing a more abstract vertical investigation of courtyard. Figure E . This tactic also used in the guest-house at Corrales designed in 1996. CD1012 a simple structure based on a rectilinear volume, the lap pool and a vertical shaft ascending through the two-story space serve to define the relation of the ground and sky. Figure F . It is the relation of outside natural phenomena and the eccentricities of daily habits and memories on the inside that enables one to dwell. For this reason these projects describe a connection between the intellectual and physical aspects of life so often bifurcated by the complexities of coeval social constructs. The attempt is to create a seamless position devoid of compartmentalization. To that end Lot K was initiated to understand the forces that drive the single-family dwelling and implement a new program for understanding this Landscape . It is an anomaly propagandized by the belief that honesty is a virtue by which success can be measured when in reality truth has little relevance in a society consumed by “image is everything”. 1 The use of the word “landscape” in this context implies a series of issues ranging from the economic, political to physical conditions, which inform, reflect and define a place/space. Figure A Figure D Figure E Figure C Figure F Figure B Figure C
Located on a hilltop near the University of New Mexico in the Spruce Hill Neighborhood, this house is oriented to take advantage of Albuquerque’s weather cycles. Commanding views of the Downtown, West Mesa, and Volcanoes, it’s prominence and integration makes it a spectacular addition to this well-established neighborhood. Designed to meet the life style needs of the contemporary family, it is a home for the 21 st century. Offering unique spatial flexibility along with the conveniences of traditional Southwest comfort, it is a meeting of “Old World” hospitality with cyber space expediency. Constructed of pre-engineered wood and concrete this 2627 square foot in-floor heated house uses 624 square feet of exterior patios and terraces to increase the living area in the comfortable temperate climate of New Mexico. It is a house that recognizes and takes advantage of the powerful yet fragile landscape of the region.