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James B. Recchie Design Award

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 »


Screening Committee

Beth Blostein, RA, Professor and head of Graduate Section, Knowlton School of Architecture

Juliet Bullock, 
Juliet Bullock Architect

Clyde Henry,
Architect, Copenhagen Capital, CLF board member, Historic Resources Commission

Eliza Ho,
Tim Lai Architecture

Tom Matheny, 
 AIA, Retired from SCA, past CLF president

Joe McCabe,
VP, Metropolitan Holdings, CLF board member

Steve Metz,
PE, SMBH Structural Engineering, CLF board member

A.J. Minerva,
Associate, Architectural Alliance, CLF board member

Ralph Recchie,
Director of Real Estate for City of Raleigh, NC; Jim Recchie’s brother

Charles Rowan,
Ohio Department of Natural Resources, CLF board member, Historic Resources Commission

Toni Smith
, PhD, Humanities Professor, History, Columbus State University; past CLF board member

Karla Trott,
Faculty of Knowlton School of Architecture, architecture and landscape architecture

Award Criteria

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.

2021 Jurors

Dorothée Imbert

OSU Knowlton School

Christie Angel

President & CEO
YWCA Columbus

Mike Paplow, AIA

Vice President & Principal
Feinknopf Macioce Schappa Architects