Birdseye Receives 2020 AIAVT Merit Awards for Lathhouse and Field House

AIA Vermont, the state council of the American Institute of Architects, has awarded Birdseye two design awards in the category of “Merit” for the projects, Lathhouse and Field House. The annual design conference was hosted virtually this year on December 10th, 2020.

The jury for the 2020 Design Awards was hosted by AIA Canada. Jurors included:
Pauline Thimm, AIA, MRAIC, LEED AP, Founding partner of Dialogdesign, Vancouver, BC.
Sam Oboh, FAIA, Principal and Vice President at Ensight+ Architecture, Edmonton, AB.
Darryl Condon, Architect AIBC, AAA, SAA, OAA, NLAA, AIA, Managing Principal at HCMA Architecture + Design, Vancouver, BC.
Dr. Adam Pantelimon, FRIBA, Intl. Assoc. AIA, OAR, MRAIC, MCIP, RPP, APPI, OUQ, ARB (UK), CNOA (France), Director, Capital Assets Portfolio with the Government of Alberta, Ministry of Seniors and Housing. President of the AIA Canada Society, AB.
Andrew Frontini, OAA, NSAA, FRAIC, LEED AP BD+C, Principal and Design Director of Perkins + Will Toronto, ON.



AIAVT Merit Award – Lathhouse

Jury Comments:

“I was impressed by the use of materials, the colors, they just fit so well, and I believe in all kinds of seasons. The use of materials gives this great impact.

The spaces are really beautiful, the scale of them. This house more than any others had a really lovely sense of scale to all of the interior spaces. Also, the modulation of light well-faced windows had a very nice balance to it. Unusual in a sense, but also familiar at the same time, it achieves that level of beauty that is a rare thing.



AIAVT Merit Award – Field House

Jury Comments:

I think it is one of the very few projects that we have seen that has such a strong notion of approach, it is both enclosing and open at the same time. You sort of enter through this narrow gap, you get a glimpse of the courtyard but you enter into the house and you see the fireplace directly ahead. There is a formality to that which is very powerful.

What appealed to me on this one was just a conceptual purity to the site planning to the arrangement of the forms to how they have used the forms. We have seen a number of these, these stripped vernacular, but to me, this was the purest of it, of how they manipulated the forms and the relationship between them.


The Award Presentation video can be viewed HERE.

For more information visit

Photography by Michael Moran