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Irving Gill Distinguished Architect Award

Without the architectural mindset of Gill, the industry may very well have taken a much slower time to rise to its current dominance.

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This award recognizes TCA members who are committed to pursuing architectural design excellence and advancing the industry.

It is presented during the annual TCA Tilt-Up Expo and Convention.

2017 - Zyscovich Architects

2016 - Gensler

2014 - Jeffrey Brown, AIA

Jeffrey Brown, AIA, is principal-in-charge of design for Powers Brown Architecture, which he co-founded. Practicing architecture for more than twenty years, Brown has an array of experience working on multiple building types for both public and private entities. He is an accomplished designer with unique graphic communication and strategic planning skills. His ability to design utilizing an interactive process of project definition and interpretation has resulted in distinguished design awards and published works.

Brown has been instrumental in leading the firm to numerous awards including recognition from the TCA as the 2008 recipient of this award for the firm’s contribution to the design and advancement of tilt-wall construction. Additional accolades have come from the Texas Society of Architects, American Institute of Architects Houston, AIA DC|Washington, Design Excellence Awards and the Urban Land Institute. The firm’s work has been widely covered in magazines and books, including a book published by Images Publishing, Powers Brown Architecture: NeoArchitecture, which he helped write. The firm was also included in an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston for the collaboration with artist Reginald Adams on the Fannin South Light Rail Station.

In addition, Brown has a passion for shaping the architects of tomorrow. He has taught as an assistant at his alma mater, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and as an adjunct professor at both the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Prairie View A&M University. He has been a guest critic at the above-mentioned institutions, Rice University, Roger Williams University and the University of Texas at Arlington.
“Brown has a true passion and commitment for elevating the art form of tilt-up design and construction beyond a utilitarian gray box. He continues to push the limits of tilt-up construction with his recent five-story and six-story office projects and his research into the anti-terrorism force protection capabilities of tilt-up,” said David Tomasula, Managing Principal at LJB Inc. “His work is continuously awarded for excellence not only by the TCA, but also by his peers within the architectural community.”

His passion for tilt-up is matched only by his passion for marketing the tilt-up product. Brown has coined the phrases Office 1.0, Office 2.0, Value OfficeTM and Small Smart Boxes as he has promoted the tilt-up product to institutional investors and individual owners. As an example of his passion, he has written the first manuscript that expounds on the architectural possibilities of tilt-up, named Tiltwallism: A Treatise on the Architectural Potential of Tiltwall Construction.

A tireless of supporter of the TCA, Brown has been a member since 2005 and a board member since 2011. He has served as the chair of the membership committee and has been instrumental in driving membership growth, especially amongst his colleagues in Houston, Denver and Washington D.C. He was instrumental in the overwhelming success of the TCA Convention in Houston, TX in 2013 and generously led the efforts to design and construct the Veterans Memorial in Sugar Land, TX as part of that event.

2013 - Alliance Architects, Inc.

Alliance Architects, Inc. of Richardson, Texas is an architectural, project management, master planning, space planning and interior design firm boasting a wide variety of projects. Having joined the TCA in 2009, the firm quickly emphasized the architectural variety and sophistication afforded using the tilt-up method.  Alliance has been one of the most aggressive firms in providing evidence of challenging the present state-of-the-art. The firm was nominated for the Irving Gill Award in recognition of their commitment to the pursuit of excellence in tilt-up development along with their support of the industry as a whole through their TCA membership.

2011 - Glen Stephens of SAA Architecture

For 35 years, R. Glen Stephens has had a vision for how a successful architect should guide himself and his practice – by creating a "client centered firm dedicated to designing buildings that are functional, striking, and innovative." Stephens has been a devoted advocate for Tilt-Up and has been instrumental in several key TCA projects and programs. These include The Architecture of Tilt-Up, now in its 2nd edition; the globally-expanded TCA Achievement Awards; and a Design Charette forum for architects. His participation and leadership has been present on several TCA committees as well as on the TCA Board where he was the first architect elected to the TCA Board of Directors and served as president of the TCA Board 2003. His knowledge and background have been inspiring to many members of the TCA and he has been a true leader in the industry by constantly learning how to apply Tilt-Up construction in new and innovative ways.

"I am honored to win an award named after the innovative Irving Gill," said Stephens. "In our goal of designing striking, functional, innovative projects, we strive to honor his legacy."

2010 - James M. Williams of AE URBIA

James M. Williams of AE URBIA and J.M. Williams and Associates, Salt Lake City, Utah based firms, has been selected as the 2010 recipient of the Irving Gill Distinguished Architect Award for his creative and ingenious use of Tilt-Up concrete. He is a licensed architect, structural engineer, civil engineer, professional engineer and LEED AP.

Williams is highly respected in the design community and is one of only a few who are both an architect and an engineer. Although he has numerous noteworthy projects, his most recognized is the Clyde Companies Corporate Office Building which transformed conventional Tilt-Up concrete into a refreshing modern class “A” office building with timeless qualities.

According to Williams, “The Irving Gill Distinguished Architect Award is my most cherished award to date. This industry only recognizes one architect internationally each year and this year I was fortunate to receive this great honor. I have a talented staff and everyone knows that the construction of any building takes teamwork. It is nice to be recognized for our contributions to the built environment and Tilt-Up construction. We strive to combine both form and function with materials and methodologies and find creative solutions to improving the quality of life.”

2009 - Kenneth R. Carlson, Architect – P.A.

Kenneth R. Carlson, Architect – P.A. received this award for their exploratory and creative architectural solutions for a myriad of projects in the last 20 years. Inspired by the proprietor Ken Carlson, Kenneth R. Carlson, Architect – P.A. has pushed the market in Florida higher and farther. They have demonstrated an expertise in multi-story Tilt-Up while maintaining a creative interest in the application to smaller and less restrictive programs.

2008 - Powers Brown Architecture

Without a doubt, one of the biggest names in Tilt-Up architecture today is Powers Brown Architecture. A frequent participant in the Tilt-Up Achievement Awards, the firm continues to push the envelope in Tilt-Up construction and has been recognized with multiple winning projects. Their accomplishments include four projects in the 2008 crop of Achievement Awards.

2007 - Stephen Guest (RMW architecture & interiors)

2006 - Intergroup Architects, Inc.

2005 - Kovert Hawkins Architects

2004 - Alan Wilson (Haskell)

About the TCA

Founded in 1986, the Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) strives to improve the quality and acceptance of site-cast Tilt-Up construction, a method in which concrete wall panels are cast on-site and tilted into place. Tilt-Up construction is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, combining the advantages of reasonable cost with low maintenance, durability, speed of construction and minimal capital investment. At least 10,000 buildings, enclosing more than 650 million square feet, are constructed each year using this construction method.

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