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Firm of the Year!

[au]workshop is very surprised to announce that we have been named the 2015 AIA Colorado North Firm of the Year!

At a ceremony last night in a building designed by firm members, [au]workshop architects+urbanists was announced as the award recipient as selected by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Colorado North Board of Directors.  The Firm of the Year recognizes an AIA-member firm that has contributed to the profession and has set an example in design, service and leadership to AIA Colorado North, a region that includes Boulder, Greeley and Fort Collins.

The presentation was made at Loveland’s Rialto Theater Center—a building designed by Brian Betsill and Randy Shortridge while with a previous firm.  The award is particularly gratifying as [au]workshop, founded in Fort Collins by Shortridge and Jason Kersley, has only been in operation since 2013-- less than three years.

Currently designing projects in Northern Colorado, Southern California, Hawaii and Thailand, [au]workshop creates quality, authentic architecture and catalytic urban, civic and commercial projects with a focus on projects that sustainably invigorate neighborhoods and cities. 

Workshop Sign Wins Award!

We're pleased to announce that our much-belabored (and beloved) building sign was selected as the 2015 winner of the Urban Fragments category of the Fort Collins Urban Design Awards!

The "Urban Fragments" category was defined as "a single, small-scale piece of a building or landscape that contributes significantly to the quality of the public realm." In our submittal, we discussed the sign's subtle scale and materiality, it's sustainable features, strategies for graceful aging, and it's presence as an urban object and catalyst for the River District's continued renewal.

You can read more about the design and construction process at the project page and the original blog post.

Accolades are always rewarding, and although we enjoyed the process tremendously, it's also nice to know that other people like the end result as much as we do. 

Thank you Fort Collins!

Block One Wins Two Awards!

We are pleased to announce that [au]workshop's recently-completed Block One project has just received two local and state awards!

First, Bock One was selected as a 2015 winner in the Architecture category of the Fort Collins Urban Design Awards, which has celebrated and advocated for great urban spaces of all sizes since its inception in 2006.

Serendipitously, the project was also selected as the Best New Addition to a Downtown, in the major city category of the 2015 Downtown Colorado Inc. Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence, which similarly recognizes projects with a positive community impact.

If you'd like to find our more about the project, please check out the project page here. And, please feel free to join us for a presentation of the project at the Urban Design Awards ceremony on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Midtown Arts Center at 3750 S. Mason Street. 

Though the architecture and urban design is it's own reward for us, we are of course thrilled that the project has received these accolades. The community's response to the completed project has been overwhelmingly positive, and it is thoroughly exciting to see the public share our passion for great urban spaces and architecture. 

Thank you to Fort Collins and Downtown Colorado Inc!


[au]workshop honored by Habitat for Humanity

The San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity (SGVHH) recently recognized the design contributions of [au]workshop at its gala celebration in the iconic courtyard of Pasadena California's City Hall.  Randy Shortridge began providing pro-bono design concepts in 2006 for SGVHH when they were vying for the opportunity to redevelop the Desiderio Army Reserve Center in the Arroyo Seco, just south of Pasadena's historic Colorado Boulevard bridge.  The winning plan created a 3.8 acre park and a nine home bungalow court on 1.3 acres.  Project architect Brian Betsill was also honored for his myriad contributions.   

Bob Law of SGVHH recognizes Randy and Brian.