The James B. Recchie Design Award honors excellence in urban design reflected in historic and new buildings and places, additions to existing buildings, parks, public spaces and public art. The award celebrates projects that add to the distinctive character and improved quality of life in Columbus and the designers responsible for them. View past winners »
Amanda Golden (Principal, Designing Local – historic preservation, planning and public art)
Charles Rowan (Ohio Department of Natural Resources, CLF board member, Historic Resources Commission)
Clyde Henry (Architect, Copenhagen Capital, CLF board member, Historic Resources Commission)
Cole Moffatt (owner of Steelton Glass, CLF Board member) Served on 2021 Screening Committee
Juliet Bullock (Juliet Bullock Architect)
Karla Trott (Faculty of Knowlton School of Architecture, architecture and landscape architecture)
Steven Metz (SMBH Structural Engineering, CLF board member)
Mary Gray (past Director of Riffe Gallery, Ohio Arts Council, Columbus Art Commission)
Matt Lutz (Chief Development Officer/General Counsel, Columbus Downtown Development Corp.)
Minerva AJ (Architect, Architectural Alliance, CLF board member)
Ralph Recchie (Director of Real Estate for City of Raleigh, NC; Jim Recchie’s brother)
Randy Black (Retired Columbus Historic Preservation Officer, CLF board member)
Creativity of Design
Design excellence can be reflected in sense of scale, use of space, appropriate use of materials, and ability of the design to facilitate the intended use. Attributes include aesthetics, functionality, form, innovation, originality and environmental responsibility.Context
Quality urban design is sensitive to and contributes to the visual quality of the surrounding area and/or community identity. It reflects the historical, architectural, and development values of the community; contributes to its quality of life on a large or small scale; and relates to the physical context into which it is set.
Quality of Materials, Craftsmanship
Quality of materials and craftsmanship reflect a thoughtful attention to detail and successful implementation of a design concept. This can include sensitive treatment of historic features; innovative use of materials; and refined craftsmanship that will stand the test of time.
Contribution to the Urban Environment
Quality urban design must have a positive impact on the people who use a building, space, or area. This can range from those who work or live in a building, to public accessibility of an urban space, to a physical environment that encourages positive social interaction.
Quality urban design projects should retain all of these characteristics over an extended period of time, and, in fact may increase in significance over time.
Columbus Landmarks Board Member
Design Principal and co-founder
Evoke Studio, Durham, NC
Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects