On Thursday, February 26th, SRQ | The Magazine hosted the annual Awards Ceremony for the 2015 Home of the Year Competition. This annual competition showcases some of the finest architecture, design and construction that our area has to offer. While the competition honors the exemplary project submissions, this competition truly honors the companies and individuals who contribute to the beauty of our region through meticulous design.
Each year, entries are judged on design concept, use of space, innovation and integrity of function. The 2015 competition boasted 45 entries from 19 architects, builders, landscape architects, interior designers and even homeowners in the categories of Best Landscaping, Kitchen, Bathroom, Renovation, Best Sustainable Home, Overall Home under $2 Million and Best Overall Home over $2 Million. Our panel of judges each received photos and concept statements of each entry. Joining the panel of judges for 2015 was:
- Stephanie Gaines of Curts Gaines Hall Jones, Tampa
Stephanie December Gaines joined Curts Gaines Hall Jones in 1984 and has been a principal of the firm since 1992. Prior to joining CGHJ, her professional experience included historic preservation of national landmark buildings, luxury custom residences, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-financed housing and state government agency projections in Louisiana. Gaines’ special interest in urban renewal and historic preservation has led to an extensive personal commitment to the preservation and revitalization of historic urban communities, as well as the design of historic adaptive reuse and new urban in-fill projects for mixed uses including retail, business, restaurant and residential. She has a particular fondness for providing architectural services for single home owners because of the personal relationships fostered and the process of creating for the unique owners of the home.
- Hugo Mijares of ONEDB Architecture, Miami
Hugo Mijares established his Miami studio in 2007 and his Milan studio in 2012 to pursue a broad design practice. Mijares is a graduate of the UJMV in Caracas with a Masters Degree from the University of South Florida and post-professional studies at Harvard University. He holds a Florida Honors Fellowship and numerous design and architecture awards. Trained as an architect and industrial designer, he has sought to integrate client based design services with speculative making. Regardless of the project scope, scale or type, the studio is careful to develop the experiential as well as the programmatic requirements of a project, with a goal to produce work that transcends function and exceeds expectations, while considering the economical and environmental costs. Mijares has done projects for Technomarine, Max Mara, Alessi, Sonesta, W Resorts, Addison House and Kartell, just to name a few.
- David Poorman of David Poorman Architect, Naples
David is a “near” native of Florida who arrived here 1972. After receiving a Bachelor of Design at University of Florida, Poorman earned his Masters in Architecture from Princeton University. He lived for 10 years in Downtown Chicago, working and travelling for Perkins and Will and then for David Woodhouse Architects. A design project for an internationally-known Illinois arboretum convinced him that the Florida landscape was personally more inspiring, and he returned to his Florida roots in 2001. In 2010, Poorman established David Poorman Architect LLC, an award-winning firm specializing in small scale residential and commercial projects. His work continues to be inspired and informed by Florida’s natural resources and immemorial beauty.
The 2015 Home of the Year Competition is sponsored by Tempus Pro Services, a remarkable company that handles full-scale home automation throughout Florida’s West Coast. Their team is skilled in designing whole home systems that cover everything from digital networking to security to lighting and audio/visual. In addition to residential service, Tempus Pro also provides services for commercial buildings and many condo projects in the area. “Tempus Pro is interested in supporting all the new home-building that is going on in our region,” said Michael Stelzen, director of sales for the company.
Guy Peterson commented on the caliber of competition and what it means to participate in the Home of the Year competition each year, “It is rewarding just to have other professionals view your work and determine its merits. This is more than just a beauty contest.” To find out who took home the Silver, Gold and Platinum distinctions for Best Landscaping, Kitchen, Bathroom, Renovation, Best Sustainable Home, Overall Home under $2 Million and Best Overall Home over $2 Million, pick up a copy of the March issue of SRQ | The Magazine – on newsstands now!
Special thanks to sponsor Tempus Pro Services for their support of this competition. Visit their website to find out about the services they offer and why they’re the fastest growing home integrator along the western Gulf Coast.
Pick up your copy of SRQ today to view the award-winning projects. To view a photo gallery from the Home of the Year Awards Ceremony, click here.