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2017 Design Awards Jury

The 2017 Design Awards jury is based in Denver, Co. The jury will meet in May 2017.

Chair: Brad Tomecek, AIA, LEED BD+C
Jury Members: Beth Mosenthal, AIA; E.J. Meade, AIA; Mark Bowers, AIA; Jeff Sheppard, AIA

Registration is now closed. Please visit ­­­ to upload your submission.

Registration Deadline: March 22
Late Registration: April 12
Submissions Due: April 19


Chair: Brad Tomecek, AIA, LEED BD+C, Principal­Tomecek Studio Architecture

The founder of Tomecek Studio Architecture, Brad graduated from­ the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Design and Masters of Architecture. He worked in smaller award winning firms in Colorado and Florida before launching the studio. His work has been featured in Architectural Record, Architect, Builder Magazine, Wall Street Journal, international books and local magazines.

Brad is actively involved with the local AIA and serves on the AIA Denver Board of Directors. His outreach takes the form of speaking nationally on methods and manifestation of meaningful projects. Currently Brad combines practice with teaching at the University of Colorado. His explorations blur the boundaries between poetic solutions and innovative building systems. He has been presented with over 45 AIA awards including the AIA National Young Architect Award, the AIA Denver Medal of Achievement and his firm recently received the AIA Colorado Innovative Practice honor award.

Beth Mosenthal, AIA, LEED APAnderson Mason Dale Architects

Beth Mosenthal was trained first as a fine arts/art history major and English minor at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and later earned a master’s degree in Architecture from Syracuse University in both New York and London, pursuing her thesis work while working in Shanghai, China. She is passionate about creating architectural design that bridges art, urbanism, storytelling, and sustainability.

Mosenthal is currently a licensed architect and LEED accredited professional working for the Denver-based architecture firm Anderson Mason Dale Architects. Prior to relocating to Denver she has practiced architecture in Shanghai, New York, the Hamptons, and Chicago.

Mosenthal currently serves as a Senior Editor of the AIA Young Architect’s Forum bi-monthly Connection Magazine, is on the Board of Directors for AIA Denver, and serves as a contributing writer to publications such as Interior Design Magazine. In the last year she has moderated panels and spoken at various conferences and events on topics ranging from equity in architecture to accessibility in the arts and architecture, and remains an advocate for facilitating dialogue aimed at bridging the architecture community and their processes and contributions with the citizens and cities they serve.

E.J. Mead, Principal­Arch 11

When Arch11 principal E.J. Meade heard Mario Botta speak about architecture’s ability to “build a site” it sparked in him the idea that architecture can reveal a site to allow users to discover aspects of it they might not otherwise notice. This awareness of the power of place and context, along with his undergraduate study of philosophy at Colby College and years of hands-on building experience continues to inform E.J.’s practice, which has grown from two employees to twenty over two decades.

Founded by E.J. and fellow principal James Trewitt, Arch11 has spent the better part of the past 23 years regenerating the salient tenets of modernism – including enduring form, authentic material use and details, and
solutions that dissolve the duality of interior and exterior space – in its artisanal and highly sustainable approach to design. While residential projects are the mainstay of Arch11’s portfolio, over the years the firm also has designed award-winning restaurants, and mixed-use, retail and office buildings that consistently garner awards along with regional and national media recognition. Arch11 was honored as Colorado AIA North’s Firm of the Year, has received 22 AIA design awards. Most recently, Colorado’s premier shelter magazine, Colorado Homes and Lifestyles, recently
recognized E.J. among the state’s stand-out design practitioners with its 2017 Circle of Excellence Award.

E.J. studied architecture at the University of Washington in Seattle and earned his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Colorado in 1991. As part of his practice, E.J. was a senior instructor at CU’s College of
Architecture and Planning from 1993-2005. He is still involved in the academic community, regularly participating as an invited design critic at the University of Colorado and other universities around the country. E.J. has presented the work of Arch11 at numerous education and cultural institutions including the Denver Art Museum. His thoughtful design critique is in high demand for award juries throughout the US. Additionally, Arch11’s work is regularly published in a variety of design magazines and professional journals.

Mark Bowers, AIA,­Principal­Architectural Workshop

Mark is the owner and founding partner of Architectural Workshop (AW). He has more than 28 years of experience at nationally and internationally-recognized design firms and has practiced in the Denver area for 21 years. Mark has a Structural and Illuminations Engineering degree from the University of Colorado Boulder and a Master of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Mark is LEED accredited and is an active member of Denver and Colorado American Institute of Architects (AIA), as well as, SCUP and NCARB.

Mark is committed to taking ordinary projects and making them extraordinary to “Enrich Lives through Design” as per the AW moto. Since its inception in 1999, AW has grown to a staff of 12 and received 29 local and national design awards.

Jeff Sheppard AIA,­Principal­Roth Sheppard Architects

Jeffrey Sheppard, AIA, received his Masters of Architecture Degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1979.­Following a teaching honorarium at the Institute and an apprenticeship at the Mother Earth News Magazine, he moved to Denver to join the prestigious design firm, W.C. Muchow and Partners.­Within two years Jeff was appointed associate in charge of design and was responsible for several award-winning projects including the Winter Park Ski Area Base Facility and the Jefferson County Sheriff and Detention Facility.­

In 1983, Sheppard co-founded Roth­Sheppard Architects with his partner, Herbert Roth, FAIA, and was named the Denver Chapter of the American Institute of Architect's (AIA) Young Architect of the Year in 1989. (Sheppard and Roth met while working for renowned Colorado architect William C. Muchow.) Roth­Sheppard’s notable work, influence, commitment to mentoring and design leadership in a wide variety of building types over the last 30 years led to the firm being recognized as the AIA Western Mountain Region's (WMR) '2012 Architectural Firm of the Year," as well as the "Firm of the Year" for both AIA-Denver and AIA-Colorado in 2010.­









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