The architecture firms of alumni Jeffrey Day (M.Arch. 1995) and Kevin Daly (B.A. Architecture 1980) were among ten firms whose innovative designs were recognized by Architect Magazine in its 66th Annual Progressive Architecture Award. Winners of the award— selected from a pool of nearly 200 unbuilt submissions— showcased thoughtful design risks which yielded progressive and unexpected environments.
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CITATION: Little Berkeley by Kevin Daly Architects, led by founding Principal Kevin Daly, FAIA (B.A. Architecture 1980)
“From the standpoint of program and site it is serious architecture, but it is also playful. It looks peaceful—which it should be, given the users—and the presentation reflects what the architecture is about.” —J. Frano Violich, FAIA
Little Berkeley by Kevin Daly Architects imagines affordable housing as a neighborhood in miniature. Sandwiched between a commercial corridor and a residential zone in Santa Monica, the eight units are spread out over a single block, with open space weaving in between. Each residence includes an elevated terrace and meets the others at odd angles, creating a complex and engaging topography. Shared communal spaces and facilities speak to the social objective of the brief: to provide housing for former foster children making the tough transition to living on their own.
CITATION: The Grocery by Actual Architecture + FACT, led by founding principal Jeffrey Day, AIA (M.Arch. 1995)
“This project’s drawings are simple and clean, like the building itself. The use of plain forms and materials gives it a rough, minimalist feel.” —Paul Andersen, AIA
The Grocery revitalizes a defunct midcentury grocery store in Rushville Neb.— population 873— into a space for art and agriculture to intersect. A collaboration with FACT— the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Architecture design lab led by Actual Architecture principal Jeffrey Day, AIA— the design draws inspiration from precisionist photos and paintings by artists such as Charles Sheeler and strips the structure to its essentials. Existing brick, tile ceilings and ground concrete floors will be restored, and while new interior and exterior finishes will be added to the structure. Commissioned by the nonprofit Sandhills Institute, the project imagines how community-based research and artistic expression might help sustain America’s rural farming communities.