New Hampshire Architect Chairs Jury for Two Prestigious AIA Awards

first_imgM. 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.###last_img read more

Clippers have Paul’s back in Game 1 win

first_imgHOUSTON >> Oh no you didn’t, Clippers.And nothing personal, Chris Paul, but take all the time you need coming back from that hamstring injury.Your team doesn’t need you. Not in the Western Conference semifinals, anyway.Not against the Houston Rockets, the pretenders they are, apparently. They have no answer for Blake Griffin, who went for 26 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists, to more than pick up the slack of Paul’s absence.“Without Chris, everybody needs to step up,” Griffin said, “It’s not one person, It’s everybody’s job.”The Rockets couldn’t stop Matt Barnes, who had 20 points. They got beat by Austin Rivers, who replaced Paul in the starting lineup and finished with 17 points,All five Clipper starters scored in double figures, and Jamal Crawford came off the bench for 21 points.“Look at the stat sheet,” Griffin marveled. “Look how we played tonight. It was everybody. Everybody stepped up and played their role.”Did I mention it was without Paul?The Rockets are cooked,Let’s also admit the Rockets aren’t the San Antonio Spurs, not even close.They don’t drain you emotionally and physically by forcing you to out-think them as much as out-play them.And they don’t methodically grind you to a pulp with textbook offensive sets and sharing the ball and working in unison. They are the anti-Spurs in that regard, playing sloppy offense, taking questionable shots and possessing neither the defensive challenge nor the offensive chess game.The Rockets turned the ball over 24 times. It led to 34 Clippers points,That’s all you really need to know about who the Clippers are playing.And while Kevin McHale can post up Gregg Popovich and go to work even while limping around with a bad back and gimpy legs, he is nowhere near the coach Pop is.Meanwhile, Dwight Howard isn’t Tim Duncan and James Harden still isn’t a big-time playoff player.And so on and so forth.In other words, the Rockets are beatable for the Clippers — with or without Paul, who was essentially put in a straitjacket, tied to the bench by the training staff and told to stay as far away from the court as possible.Lest he go all John Wayne on everyone and foolishly try to push his strained left hamstring by playing in a Game 1 that was seemingly set up beautifully for the Rockets whether he played or not.As for the Clippers, they’ve gone and grown up right before our very eyes. The win over the Spurs didn’t just punch their ticket to the semifinals, it was a team-wide awakening.The confidence soared beyond anywhere it’s ever been.“I just think it’s grown all year,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said “This team has been through a lot and grown together,”Said Griffin: “The battle we had in the first round is an invaluable lesson. You can’t get that kind of experience.”Which is how they could stroll into the Toyota Center barely 48 hours after surviving their grueling seven-game series against the champs looking fresher, better, smarter and more driven.Then go steal a game that seemed perfectly set up for the Rockets to win, with or without Paul playing.They knew.They believed.Somewhere around the middle of the second quarter, Rivers looked down his bench, caught eyes with Paul and then smiled, quickly turning away and going back to work. For a second or two, the wheels seemed to be spinning in Rivers’ head.It seemed bad enough his All-Star point guard was looking dapper in black slacks and a juniper-green sport coat — rather than wearing his uniform — or that Houston’s Toyota Center was rocking and rolling around him with every dunk, 3-pointer and alley-oops by their Rockets.Let alone having to catch eyes with Paul and ponder ever so fleetingly how different things might be if he pulled a Clark Kent with a quick Superman wardrobe switch and helped save the Clippers.So Rivers immediately turned away.He knew he had an ace in his pocket. So did the Clippers.They believed they could win without their leader. And after spotting the Rockets a 13-point lead, they came roaring back by outscoring them by 20 in the second half to pull away.Don’t need you tonight, buddy, they told Paul. We got your back.Dagger delivered.Series over.Rest up, Paul. The Clippers got your back in this round. The Clippers got your back, big time, CP3.So rest up because it looks like the Western Conference finals are in your future.Let’s be honest, after the Clippers stormed into Houston and stole Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals with a 117-101 win over the Rockets, so much was revealed that it’s impossible to know where to start, exactly.But we’ll begin with the obvious: This series is over.No way the Rockets rebound from dropping the opener while Paul was sitting on the bench, no more a factor than Spencer Hawes.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more