Jackson Hole Architecture Firm Ward + Blake Architects Named Architect of the Year by International Design Awards

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Jackson, Wyo., residential and commercial architecture firm Ward + Blake Architects brought home seven awards from the recent International Design Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, including Architect of the Year. Honors were given for design on one institutional and six residential projects by the Jackson Hole architects.

EarthWall2, a Squirrel, Idaho, residence designed by Ward + Blake Architects won a Gold IDA award for New Residential Building

The Jackson, Wyo., architecture firm also brought home six additional architectural awards from the IDA gala in Los Angeles.

Ward + Blake Architects has been named Architect of the Year by the International Design Awards (IDA). The Jackson, Wyo., architecture firm also brought home six additional architectural awards from the IDA gala in Los Angeles on May 11, given for residential and institutional projects Ward + Blake has designed. According to its mission statement, IDA “exists to recognize, celebrate and promote legendary design visionaries and to uncover emerging talent in architecture and interior, product, graphic, and fashion design.”

Ward + Blake’s EarthWall 2 was called out in relation to the Jackson Hole architecture firm’s Architect of the Year honor. The EarthWall 2 residence also received a first-place Gold award in the International Design Awards New Residential Building category. The Squirrel, Idaho, residence incorporates green-build features including sod roofs planted with native grasses.

Additional Ward + Blake Architects residential projects honored by IDA included built homes titled “Crescent H” and “Residence for EHA Family Trust,” which received Silver awards in the New Residential Building category, and “Villa de Famiglia Vita,” which received a Gold in the Renovation category. An unbuilt residential project, the “PLC residence,” also received a Silver award in the Conceptual category.

Another green-build project by the Jackson Hole architects, the Teton County Children’s Learning Center, received the IDA Silver award in the Institutional Category. The sustainably built structure, designed by Ward + Blake in collaboration with early childhood education design specialists D. W. Arthur Associates, is LEED Gold certified and notably uses half the energy of other Teton County buildings and less than half the water of an average childcare center.

Ward + Blake principals Tom Ward and Mitch Blake were in attendance at the May IDA gala in Los Angeles to receive the awards. In addition to the awards, their winning projects will be included in the IDA Book of Designs, distributed through Distributed Art Publishers and Dubb Publications. A full listing of this year’s winners in the Architecture category is available here.

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Ward + Blake Architects was built on a distinctive vision: to be provocative in thought, flexible in nature and disciplined in execution. Since 1996, the firm has earned 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. For additional information, visit Ward + Blake online at http://www.wardblakearchitects.com or call 307.733.6867.

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

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