The Virginia Society AIA Awards for Excellence in Architecture and the Society’s Honors Awards were presented at the 2011 Visions for Architecture gala at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011.
Gregg Bleam, FASLA, and Bryna Dunn, LEED AP, will be recognized with Society Honors at the Visions for Architecture gala on Friday, Nov. 4 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Society Honors are bestowed on organizations or citizens who have inspired, influenced, or complemented architecture or the architecture profession in Virginia through an allied profession, research, education, planning, legislation, journalism, the arts, or crafts.
For more than 21 years, Gregg Bleam, and his firm Gregg Bleam Landscape Architect, have produced exemplary work in landscape architecture. “His site-specific minimalism combines familiar raw materials in unexpected ways. He is a value-adding collaborator whom the best architects of his generation seek out for his ability to make building and landscape one interlocking, interdependent system,” said the American Society of Landscape Architects when announcing his elevation to Fellowship in October of this year. From private residences and gardens, to public campuses and master plans, his projects emphasize the sustainable use of indigenous and natural materials to enhance the built environment. Particularly noted by the Honors Committee was the high quality of his work, marked by his extraordinary ability to integrate contemporary architecture into the landscape.
Bryna Dunn, though not an architect or engineer, has impacted the design of dozens of sites and buildings through her work to advise the design community and its clients about environmentally-friendly practices and materials. Recognized with awards for her leadership by the green-building community, Dunn has been a driving force through her involvement with the United States Green Building Council, James River Green Building Council, and Virginia Sustainable Building Network. Many LEED Accredited Professionals in Virginia have benefited from her seminars on sustainable practices. Her work with the USGBC has helped to propel and transform the LEED rating system into the industry standard for green building certification. Her sustained influence and remarkable contributions to the built environment and its means and methods of construction were particularly noted by the Honors Committee. Dunn is Vice President, Director of Environmental Planning & Research at Moseley Architects.