Luxury homes are filled with beautiful finishes that are highly coordinated with other finishes, furnishings and the landscape exterior. Often, these finishes are expensive, bespoke, and tend to have a long lead time to procure. But specifying exotic or rare materials is not the end means to designing and building a custom, luxury building. There is a certain art and skill required to seamlessly and successfully install high-end finishes.
I had a very unique opportunity this Fall. I was asked to help facilitate the AIA Chicago’s jury review of the Redwood Empire’s AIA 2018 Design Awards as one of their Board Members. A quick Expedia booking, a 12P P.M. red-eye to Chicago, a Blue Train to the Chicago AIA Headquarters, a 6-hour deliberation followed by the Blue Train and 12 P.M. return flight to San Francisco, I had an interesting 24-hour insight to the review of what happens in AIA Design Awards review process. The following are some of the take-aways for helping submitting firms understand the thinking of a jury.