In addition to the Gold Brick award from the national Brick Industry Association earned in July by Cooper Cary Inc., architect of SPSU’s Design II building, the company has now been honored by the Georgia chapter of the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) for the innovative design.
At the AIA Georgia Design Awards banquet on Oct. 15 in Athens, officials from Cooper Cary – accompanied by their invited guests, Dr. Zvi Szafran, SPSU’s vice president for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Ameen Farooq, chair of the Architecture Department – collected a 2011 AIA Georgia Design Merit Award and the 2011 Brick President’s Award for Design II, also known as Building I-2 or the Architectural Studio Addition.
The Merit Award recognizes projects that display a high standard of architectural quality and design. The Brick President’s Award – which includes a check for $2,000 – recognizes design achievements by Georgia-based architectural firms. The Design II building was chosen based on the skill and creativeness the architectural firm used in designing the brick exterior.
Cooper Cary donated the prize money to the SPSU Architecture Department for student scholarships.