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Harvard Jolly Architecture wins Award of Excellence

Patch logo Patch 8/27/2019 Lauren Dunaj
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (August 27, 2019) – A team that included Harvard Jolly Architecture has won the American Institute of Architects’ Florida/Caribbean’s Award of Excellence for Renovations and Additions, earning the honor for The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art.

The James Museum is the new, permanent home of more than 400 works by contemporary artists. The museum’s design was completed as a joint venture between Harvard Jolly Architecture, Wannemacher Jensen Architects, and Yann Weymouth.

The project architects, led by design director Weymouth, transformed a vacant office building into a stunning 81,000-square-foot museum with a lobby designed to resemble a canyon and a 2-story sandstone area with an indoor waterfall as a backdrop.

“It is a distinct honor to be recognized by the American Institute of Architects for our work designing The James Museum,” said Ward Friszolowski, president of Harvard Jolly Architecture. “The design was inspired by the spectacular collection on display from co-founders Tom and Mary James and their appreciation for the historic American West, a culture rooted in adventure, tradition and the beauty of life in the wild.”

The success of the museum shows the powerful impact of an inviting, distinctive redevelopment in a downtown setting. The James family’s vision for the museum is that it will share their extensive collection of western and wildlife art with the community.

Harvard Jolly Architecture, Wannemacher Jensen Architects, and Weymouth also won The Future of the Region Awards’ prestigious One Bay McIntosh Award earlier this year. The Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council’s Future of the Region Awards recognize public and private sector organizations for their achievements in planning and management in the Tampa Bay area.

A full list of winners from the 2019 AIA Florida/Caribbean Design & Honor Awards is available by visiting AIA Florida’s website.

About Harvard Jolly Architecture

Harvard Jolly Architecture was founded in 1938 and today is one of the largest firms in Florida offering services in architecture, interior design and landscape architecture. The firm’s portfolio includes: healthcare, assisted living/senior care facilities, municipal buildings, public safety facilities, libraries, colleges and universities, K-12 education, data centers, sports and recreation facilities, museums, performing arts, and parking structures. The company works closely with each client through all stages of the planning, design and construction process in order to achieve a unique and appropriate solution for each facility.


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