December 9, 2019

Freese Architecture Wins Multiple Design Awards

Freese Architecture has been honored in 2019 at both the AIA Eastern Oklahoma and AIA Oklahoma levels for three residential projects.

Our MM31 home was honored with a Citation Award at the AIA Oklahoma Design Excellence Awards Banquet on Nov. 1, held on the top floor of the Devon Tower in Oklahoma City. This Freese Architecture project was one of 21 winning entries from over 100 submissions.

Jury comments:

  • Appreciated the simple building form, and utilization of space.
  • This home’s perception is that it’s larger than it is.
  • The palette is clean and carried throughout the home with a great feeling of warmth.
  • The entry approach is private yet inviting.  The stone veneer at Level One frames the composition while the stucco elements at Level Two step back from the base and appear light, with transparency.
  • The white color that carries to the interior reinforces the home’s simple design and sophisticated perception.

“The AIA Oklahoma Design Excellence Awards Program celebrates the best in architecture and urban design. We are excited to showcase this exceptional architecture and design from our Oklahoma architects,” said Lanny McIntosh, AIA, 2019 AIA Oklahoma President.

The AIA Eastern Oklahoma Residential Design Excellence Awards Program held Thursday, December 5, recognized four residential projects out of 18 submissions, and Freese Architecture was honored with two of those four awards.

Prairie Pavilions was distinguished with the only Honor Award, the highest level of award given. This 7,800 square foot new residence in Joplin, Missouri, impressed the jurors with its high level of detailing carried throughout the home, and its resort-like feel.

Jury comments:

The jury feels that this project exceeded the other submissions in its rigorous attention to detail throughout. Every connection and detail appears to tell a story and adds to the overall refinement of the home. The light and airy pavilions clustered above the solid plinth which appears to rise from the bedrock give the project a resort-like feel and a timeless quality. While massing and proportions are pleasing from afar, the closer you get the more this project reveals its tectonic sophistication. No excuses here, it is clear that this architect was faced high expectations and a deep appreciation for quality, and the result is worthy of the Honor Award.

Lakeside, a substantial remodel and additions to a rather ordinary 1960’s Ranch style home with a wonderful back yard lake setting, was given a Citation Award.  The jury noted the consistency of the theme throughout, as well as a deft handling of details and materials.

Jury comments:

Jury thought the overall Prairie concept was carried out well throughout the project, which clearly expanded upon the direction established by a previous alteration/addition. While the rigid symmetry of the front highlights the strong front/rear axis and establishes a certain elegance to the home, we particularly liked the rear of the home which exhibits a more open and playful yet balanced composition. Overall, the materials, textures, and details were well executed, making this a very striking project, well deserving of a Citation Award.