Western Modernist Design of the Tetons Featured in New Book about Ward + Blake Architects of Jackson Hole

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“In the Shadows of the Tetons,” a new monograph by fine art publisher ORO Editions features architectural projects by Jackson Hole architects Ward + Blake. The firm is known for its site-sensitive sustainable modernist designs that reference Western landscape and history.

"In the Shadows of the Tetons," a new fine art publication from ORO Editions features the work of Jackson Hole firm Ward + Blake Architects.

This newly released monograph showcases the comfortable living places and dramatic structures that epitomize Ward + Blake Architects’ acclaimed style.

The work of architecture firm Ward + Blake Architects of Jackson Hole, Wyo., is featured in a new book from fine art publishers ORO Editions. Titled “In the Shadows of the Tetons,” the monograph presents large-scale photographs of structures designed by Ward + Blake, including noteworthy residential, institutional and commercial architecture. In addition to the release of its new book “In the Shadows of the Tetons,” available on the ORO Editions website and via Amazon.com, the Jackson Hole architects were recently named 2013 Firm of the Year by the six-state AIA Western Mountain Region.

“It’s very rewarding to see the compilation of our hallmark projects in one book,” says Ward + Blake Principal Tom Ward, AIA, “and it’s exciting to have those projects represented through the work of such talented photographers and book designers.”

“In the Shadows of the Tetons” also includes the work of Jackson Hole photographer Ed Riddell, founder of Riddell Advertising & Design in Jackson, Wyo., as well as historical photos from the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum. In addition, the book includes images by top architectural photographers including Paul Warchol of New York; Roger Wade of Montana; and Colorado-based Douglas Kahn, a former practicing New York City architect.

Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, who practices architecture in Fayetteville, Ark., and serves as distinguished professor and department head in the School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas, and David J. Buege, a professor and Fay Jones Chair in Architecture at the University of Arkansas, wrote the forward and contributed to the editorial content of the book.

Ward + Blake Principal Mitch Blake, AIA, met the publisher of ORO Editions in Singapore at the 2012 World Architecture Festival where one of the firm’s projects had been shortlisted for an award. “I was intrigued by ORO’s international presence and honored that they were interested in publishing our work,” says Blake.

Ward + Blake Architects is known for drawing inspiration from the distinctive Western landscapes and historical and cultural contexts of its projects, as well as for innovative and sustainable use of materials and construction practices. According to the publisher, “This newly released monograph from ORO Editions showcases the comfortable living places and dramatic structures that epitomize Ward + Blake Architects’ acclaimed style and elevates custom building in the American West to an extraordinary standard.”

Established in 1996, Ward + Blake Architects was built on a distinctive vision: to be provocative in thought, flexible in nature and disciplined in execution. The firm regularly earns recognition for architecture that is sensitive to its environment and successfully integrated with its surroundings. Ward + Blake creates buildings that are tactile, modern, bio-climatically responsible, honestly expressed, technologically sound and artfully crafted.

ORO Editions has published more than150 distinctive titles since the imprint launched, with over 60 books produced in the past three years, establishing itself as a leader in the design book market. The company is recognized for producing high concept books that are prized as "objets d’art," balancing powerful content and bold visual presentation. Based in San Francisco and with publishing, editorial, and production offices in New York, Vancouver, Montreal, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Singapore, ORO books are distributed worldwide.

Company Information: Based out of Jackson, Wyo., Ward + Blake Architects was recently honored as 2013 Firm of the Year by the AIA Western Mountain Region. Additional awards include 2012 International Design Awards for Architect of the Year as well as first prizes for new residential building and new renovation; 2012 Gold Award for Best Custom Home by the Dream Home Awards; 2011 AIA Wyoming Firm of the Year; and both the 2011 Gold Award and a 2011 International Design Award for Best Conceptual Home Design. For additional information, visit Ward + Blake online at http://www.wardblakearchitects.com.

Media Contact: Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, darla(at)wordenpr(dot)com, 307.734.5335

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