Wilkinson Presentation - Accidently Intentional

Wilkinson Design Corporation: Accidently Intentional

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The head juror of our 2014 AIA Columbus Architecture Awards, Michael Wilkinson, will be presenting at The Center for Architecture and Design on Friday, November 14, 2014 from noon to 1:00 p.m.!

Wilkinson will present recent work which focuses on the intersection between design and environmentally responsible systems for on-site energy production;  harnessing power from the sun, wind, and earth to reduce the energy footprint of projects on urban sites in Chicago.  With an interest in construction this sometimes involves jumping in and getting dirty.  It also involves the critique and deconstruction of lines of professional responsibility that seem to get more and more restrictive and insular.  


Location: The Center for Architecture and Design
                 50 West Town St. Suite 110
                 Columbus, OH 43215

Date: Friday, November 14, 2014

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Find out more about Michael Wilkinson below.

Michael Wilkinson is an award-winning architect based in Chicago with a wide range of experience at multiple scales. For thirteen years Wilkinson ran a boutique architectural practice with partner Richard Blender, focusing primarily on high-end residential and small commercial projects, exclusively urban. Upon dissolving the firm in 2010, Wilkinson assumed an associate principal position with the Chicago office of Solomon Cordwell Buenz, concentrating on medium and high density residential and mixed-use markets. Currently Wilkinson has re-established a small practice focusing on housing, urban development, and construction.

Wilkinson's work has appeared in numerous national publications, including Dwell, Metropolitan Home, Metropolis, Crains, The Chicago Tribune, and Architectural Record. He has received numerous AIA design awards for creativity and was responsible for the first LEED Gold rated residential project in the State of Illinois. He currently serves as the chairman of the AIA Chicago Design Awards Committee. Wilkinson has held teaching positions at both the University of Illinois, Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Technology, and has lectured on his work at both schools, in addition to others. Community involvement has included serving as a director on the Roscoe Village Neighborhood Association, where he chaired the Zoning and Land Use Committee for four years. In 2010 he served on the 47th Ward Zoning Transition Committee, leading a group charged with rewriting the zoning policies of the ward and interfacing with the newly elected freshman alderman. Wilkinson is a past President of the Chicago Architecture Club, during which time he spearheaded a design activism effort focused on the re-appropriation of abandoned post-industrial sites in Chicago. The ensuing publication was instrumental in demonstrating the viability of a project currently being realized by the Chicago Parks District and transportation authorities after receiving state and federal funding.
Passionate about the intersection of design, policy, and politics, Wilkinson continues to actively and vocally participate in issues of importance which shape our urban environment. He lives in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago with his wife, two teen-aged sons and a dog.


2014 Architecture Award Winners

Congratulations to the AIA Columbus 2014 Architecture Awards winners!

Check out the photos from the event, taken by Aperture Photography.

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Watch this video of the winning firms speaking about these six winning projects
in the Design Talks: After the Awards video.


Honor Awards:

John R. Maloney Family Health and Wellness Center
- DesignGroup
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Hopkins Hall Renovations
- Braun & Steidl Architects
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Merit Awards:

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park Nature Center
- DesignGroup
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Willow Theatre
- Tim Lai ArchitecT
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Covington Branch Library Addition and Renovation
- DesignGroup
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Driving Park Branch Library
More Photos.


See all submissions here.




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Columbus' Energy Challenge

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Columbus' Energy Challenge Presentation

Erin Miller, Environmental Steward for Mayor Michael B Coleman of Columbus, will present information about the Columbus Energy Challenge and the community's draft goals for energy efficiency and renewable energy in the next five years.

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Location:     The Center for Architecture and Design
                   50 West Town St., Suite 110
                   Columbus, OH 43215

Time:           12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Free and open to the public.

The Columbus Energy Challenge is a free program that makes achieving energy efficiency as easy as possible from start to finish. Each participating business is provided with quality information, training opportunities, a tutorial for how to register your buildings using Energy Star Portfolio Manager TM , a spreadsheet template to make it easy to auto-upload your utility data. You will also be connected to utility rebates and other resources to help you reduce energy use and save money.

Help reach the community goal to have 70% of commercial and industrial buildings over 50,000 square feet registered in the program and a 20% reduction in building energy use by the year 2020.

Learn more here.

Past Events

Past Events

Check out the photos and videos of these past events, lectures, seminars, charrettes, meetings, etc. 

November 2014

AIA Columbus Architecture Awards
November 13, 2014

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The AIA Columbus Architecture Awards recognizes excellence in design. 


Winning Projects 


Healthcare Hospital Tour
November 12, 2014

 James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute Tour

November 12, 2014


October 2014

Annual Chapter Meeting
October 28, 2014


COTE Charrette
EMERGENCY! Design for Stressed Futures
October 4, 2014

Winning Projects

September 2014

Golf Outing
September 15, 2014


August 2014

The Weight of Architecture Charrette
August 23, 2014

Final Boards