M. Hunter Ulf, AIA, recently chaired a jury of six architects in Washington, D.C. to select the recipients for the two highest honors bestowed by the national American Institute of Architects (AIA) Board of Directors – the Gold Medal Award and the Architecture Firm Award. The Gold Medal Award is given to an individual in recognition of significant work with lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture. The Architecture Firm Award is conferred upon an architecture firm for consistently producing distinguished architecture. In the past 96 years, the Gold Medal Award has been granted to only 60 individuals, and since 1962, the Architecture Firm Award has been awarded on an annual basis (with the exception of two years when no awards were made).M. Hunter Ulf, President of UK Architects, P.C., in Hanover, NH, and a Director on the national AIA Board, had the privilege of chairing the Gold Medal/Firm Award Advisory Jury for preliminary selection of the 2004 awards. Nominees for these awards undergo a rigorous submission and review process before being selected as finalists by the Jury. The Gold Medal has been awarded to such renowned architects as Henry Bacon, who designed the Lincoln Memorial and the Reflecting Pool in Washington, DC, and Frank Lloyd Wright. In 2003, the Architecture Firm Award was granted to the Miller|Hull Partnership, which played a large part in creating the “Pacific Northwest” style.M. Hunter Ulf, AIA, and Christopher P. Kennedy, AIA, are the founding principals of UK Architects, P.C., Hanover, NH, providing excellence in architectural services, solutions, and customer satisfaction since 1992. Ulf and Kennedy are licensed in all New England states (but Rhode Island), plus Colorado, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC. Mr. Ulf resides in Pomfret, Vermont.###
With the conclusion of Saturday’s annual Spring Game, the University of Wisconsin football team saw its spring practice session draw to a close.Although still much remains to be decided during summer workouts and fall drills, the spring practices gave fans a first look at what Wisconsin might look like in year 1 A.B. (after Barry). Here’s what was learned and what still is a mystery, in each of the position battles that took place this spring.Running backsThe one question that has been on everybody’s mind: who is going to replace Brian Calhoun as the UW starting tailback this upcoming season?At the moment, there is still no answer, especially considering that talented recruit Lance Smith has yet to arrive on campus.”I like how the running backs have come along,” UW head coach Bret Bielema said. “But we’ll see what Mr. Smith can bring to the table.”Redshirt freshman P.J. Hill has shown probably the most natural talent, and was the first-string runner for the Cardinal squad in the Spring Game. However, Dywon Rowan probably had the most impressive camp of any offensive player, showing great vision and surprising elusiveness to go with his raw power.Jamil Walker has been impressive at times, but inconsistent. He too could very well be the Opening Day starter though. Freshman Jerry Butler is a burner, tough to hit squarely, but didn’t stand out enough. Ditto for freshman Dion Foster.FullbacksEither Bill Rentmeester or Chris Pressley will start; that much is certain. Both have drawn the praise of Bielema for improving from one year ago.”They’ve been able to do the things we’re asking them, more so than they were a year ago, [which] has really made a big difference as far as the way you can think offensively,” Bielema said of his two fullbacks earlier this spring.Pressley looks downright dangerous both as a blocker and especially as a ballcarrier, as he seems too seek out defenders to bowl over. Rentmeester has been very solid, if not spectacular. The two represent excellent depth at the fullback spot.QuarterbacksJohn Stocco is the undisputed starter, and God help the Badgers if he goes down, as both backups Tyler Donovan and Dustin Sherer have been terribly inconsistent, turnover-prone, and generally unfit to lead the offense at their current state of development. Donovan has shown flashes, so for depth the team could use him getting his game back in full stride. A big question: Will UW carry five quarterbacks next year, with the additions of incoming freshmen Maurice Moore and Scott Tolzien?Offensive LineThis has been a serious area of concern for Wisconsin during the spring. Having to replace three starters, as well as dealing with several other injuries along the line, has forced the Badgers to put together something of a patchwork line during spring drills.”We’re not where we need to be along the offensive line, just because of people not practicing,” Bielema said.The good: Kraig Urbik has played excellently, while Mike Van Someren proved that he is dependable and durable, and could challenge for a guard spot this fall, or at least represent solid depth.The bad: There were a bevy of mishandled snaps this spring, and while the quarterbacks are often to blame, new center Marcus Coleman hasn’t made enough strides in spring.”Marcus Coleman isn’t where we need to have him to be for that opening game, Sept. 2,” Bielema said.Will Joe Thomas recover fully? All signs point to yes, but there is still much to be seen.Wide ReceiversJunior Paul Hubbard improved his stock monumentally and should see plenty of playing time this season. Marcus Randle-El showed hands of glue and is very elusive in the open field.A question mark will be ultra-talented Jarvis Minton, who missed most of spring due to injury. Bielema said this was a position where the incoming freshman like Lance Kendricks and Daven Jones can come in and contribute right away.Tight EndsMaybe the most up-for-grabs position on the team. Out of Andy Crooks, Travis Beckum and Sean Lewis — all of whom changed positions — the one that can come out and wow the coaches in fall should get the No. 1 spot.Beckum has the ability to be a game-breaking receiver at this position, but he is still learning.Defensive LineThe deepest and maybe strongest unit on the whole team. The group looked flat-out dominant against the offensive line many times during spring, and that was without projected starting defensive ends Matthew Shaughnessy and Jamal Cooper.Justin Ostrowski could still challenge Jason Chapman for a starting tackle role, but Nick Hayden will certainly start at tackle. Kurt Ware had a monster spring and could be poised for a breakout year.LinebackersIf the defensive line is as good as it should be, and the tackles can keep opposing o-linemen off middle linebacker Mark Zalewski, then Zalewski could be a serious challenger for Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Elijah Hodge is being groomed as his successor and is a great No. 2 guy right now.The two outside linebackers, DeAndre Levy on the strong side and Jonathan Casillas at weak side, are somewhat green but very talented. The depth is solid there too.Bielema has raved about the motors of the group and seems to feel as good about linebacker as at any position on the team.CornerbacksSophomores Jack Ikegwuonu and Allen Langford went through the fire a year ago and look all the better for it. The coaching staff believes Ikegwuonu has all the tools to be an All-American corner if he wants.Langford could still be challenged for a starting spot, but he had a solid spring and it isn’t clear who could truly steal a starting spot from him. While Zach Hampton has shown to be a gamer, as well as a dependable option, the depth at this position is lacking.This is another unit that Bielema identified as being open for freshmen to grab playing time.SafetiesThe duo of Joe Stellmacher and Roderick Rogers looks to be a very solid one. Stellmacher is a general on the field and Rogers has shown to be quite the playmaker this spring.Johnny White is a great backup and Shane Carter probably had the best spring on the team, so this should be a position to feel good about come this fall.Special TeamsThe unit is set, period. While kicker Taylor Mehlhaff has been inconsistent on field goals, there is no one on the roster to supplant him right now, so his job is safe.Punter Ken DeBauche is a legit Ray Guy candidate right now.