Architecture alumni receive RAVE awards

Tim Alt (B.Arch 1987) and Mike Roehr (M.Arch 1996) have received 2008 Residential Architects Vision and Excellence (RAVE) awards from the American Institute of Architects Minnesota.

Alt was recognized for his "Spiral Stair" in the detail category. A juror commented, "The architect took a thoughtful approach in detailing what might have been a standard staircase and made it functional and sculptural. With the varying patterns and how light plays off of it, not only would it be a pleasure to move through it, but also to simply observe how it transforms the space over the course of a day."

Roehr's "Juliet House" won the award in the remodel/addition over 800 square feet category. "This is my favorite remodel in the group," one of the jurors said. "The views and perspectives this home affords are well thought out, like the detailing in the entryway approach through a lattice entry sequence -- very cool."

Roehr's "Wall House" was awarded the top honor in the new residence less than 2,000 square feet category. A juror said of the house, "How does modern mix with typical urban lot in an affordable way? See this home. It has many stories to talk about -- it's small, but efficient; affordable at $150 per square foot, it feels expensive; and easy adaptable as a prototype."

Alt's "White Bear Lake Residence" and "Prairie House" both received 2008 RAVE awards in the new residence over 3,500 square feet category. Of the "White Bear Lake Residence," a juror said: "This home with its three physically separate sections, is well sited and seamlessly blends into the landscape. Its narrow one-story design along the lake allows views through the home while respecting the indoor to outdoor relationship." With regard to the "Prairie House," a juror found the suburban home exemplary, saying, "A new paradigm for a suburban subdivision is set in this home with three different buildings creating exciting interstitial spaces. The interaction of spaces within the footprint of the home and grounds brings privacy without the need of the typical suburban fenced-in yard."