By Paige Wilkerson
University News Service
November 9, 2011
The San Antonio chapter of the American Institute of Architects recently awarded one of its first studio awards for conceptual and unbuilt projects to A-Gruppo LLC.
The design team includes collaborators Thad Reeves, Andrew Nance and Michael Kaiser. Nance is an architect and assistant professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Science, interior design, at Texas State University-San Marcos.
The Cooper house project, designed by Nance and his team, is a 2,400-square-foot, single-family home to be built in Cedar Hills. The project integrates sustainable design strategies into a structure built on a difficult site.
The house will contain the products of sustainability: recycled papers, inks, plastics, etc. The design will also embrace sustainability at a deeper level, at the core of its design. Passive cooling and heating will allow the house to operate with minimal to no air conditioning through much of the year.
“It is really wonderful that this project was selected for an award as the dilemma of the project lies within the fact that a difficult site and limited budget prevented an ideal orientation to implement passive heating and cooling,” said Nance.
The AIA-SA received 10 entries, of which four were firms and six were students. The two awards given were not ranked and were presented by Larry Speck of Page Southerland Page Architects during the annual Design Awards Banquet at the Pearl Stables Banquet Hall in San Antonio.