TheJeff Harnar Award for Contemporary Architectureis now accepting submissions for the award to be announced on February 25, 2011.
TheJeff Harnar Award for Contemporary
Architectureis now accepting submissions for the award to be announced on
February 25, 2011. This noteworthy prize is made in honor of the late Jeff
Harnar, who was well known for his groundbreaking work in contemporary
architecture in Santa Fe,
“We created the award in Jeff’s honor to
encourage creativity and excellence in contemporary architectural design,” said
Garrett Thornburg, who initiated this annual award and competition. “It has been
our hope from the outset of this competition to highlight contemporary
architecture from New
Mexico, to show how innovative design and modern
materials can be crafted into excellent architecture that can comfortably and
respectfully sit side-by-side with the rich existing architecture and create
cultural diversity similar to the diversity of the state’s demography.”
The 2011 winner of the Jeff Harnar Award
will receive a $10,000 cash prize.
For the first time the Thornburg Charitable
Foundation, the sponsor for the Jeff Harnar prize and program, is collaborating
with the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of New Mexico in
all aspects of the competition process and selection of the 2011 award recipient.
Dean Geraldine Forbes Isais commented that the School of Architecture and Planning is delighted to
work with the Thornburg Charitable Foundation in presenting this highly
respected and prominent award.
“This collaboration will mutually benefit
the students and faculty of the School of Architecture and Planning as well as the
Thornburg Charitable Foundation,” said Dean Isais. “The design jury and awards
ceremony will held in George Pearl Hall, designed by New Mexico’s world
renowned architect, Antoine Predock. This is a unique opportunity for the
academic and architectural communities to engage in meaningful discussions that
address the question of excellence in contemporary
Submissions for the Jeff Harnar Award must
be from an architect or architectural firm for a singular work of architecture
built in New
Mexico and completed since January 1, 2005. There is no
limit to the number of entries per firm or architect. The work must be a
permanent structure, rather than temporary or moveable construction. The work
should draw inspiration from the regional context, while demonstrating creative
sensitivity to climate, site, geology, vegetation and unique quality of light.
Architectural solutions must demonstrate appropriate and artistic responses to
the challenges of the context, climate, site, client, user needs and budget.
The work must demonstrate innovative utilization of available materials and
technology and adhere carefully to established principles and best practices in
“We want to promote contemporary
architecture and the design of new architectural forms which celebrate and
integrate with the architectural uniqueness and the rich cultural heritage of
A distinguished panel consisting of western architects,
educators, and critics – including a member of the faculty of the UNM School of
Architecture and Planning, a member of the cultural community involved in the
creative arts, as well as a graduate student from the UNM architecture program –
will select the Jeff Harnar Award recipient.
Completed entries for the 2011 Jeff Harnar Award
for Contemporary Architecture must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. MST,
Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011. An awards presentation and celebration is planned for
the evening of February 25, 2011 at the Pearl Hall Gallery and Auditorium at
UNM. Details for the submission requirements may be viewed at www.jeffharnaraward.com.