Building Stone Institute (BSI) recently selected three prominent New Orleans based jurors for its upcoming Tucker Design Awards competition.

  • L. Azeo “Ace” Torre, FASLA, AIA of Torre Design Consortium
  • F. Macnaughton “Mac” Ball, FAIA of Waggoner & Ball Architects
  • Jack W. Davis, Jr. editor/publisher Tribune Publishing (retired); advisor/trustee to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

First presented in 1977, the Tucker Design Award is the most prestigious architectural design award for the building, landscape and design communities, honoring those whose work exhibits excellence and innovation in concept, design, construction and use of natural stone. “Tucker Design Award winning projects also typically exhibit exceptional collaboration of the design teams with stone suppliers and installers, which is something our industry advocates and BSI celebrates,” said BSI Executive Vice President Jane Bennett. Call for Entries will be announced in the fall 2015 edition of Building Stone Magazine publishing in late October.

On October 20, 2016 the jurors will present the awards during a ceremony held at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans. “Having the jurors at the event to personally present this award to their peers, listening to comments supporting their selections, and viewing inspiring images of those projects is memorable to our winners,” added Bennett.

In conjunction with the Tucker Design Awards event, BSI will also recognize their 2016 Bybee Prize winner. Given in honor of the late James Daniel Bybee of Bybee Stone Company, a respected past president of the Building Stone Institute, the Bybee Prize is awarded to an individual architect or landscape architect for a body of work executed over time and distinguished by outstanding design and use of natural stone.

Editorial coverage of the 2016 Tucker Design Award projects and the Bybee Prize recipient will be the exclusive content of the spring 2016 issue of Building Stone Magazine.

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