Las Vegas – EV&A Architects, an elite Las Vegas-based architecture firm, announced that the work of founder and CEO Edward Vance, FAIA will be featured in “Reflecting and Projecting: Twenty Years of Design Excellence,” an exhibition at the UNLV Barrick Museum. This exhibit is open to the public now through Feb. 28.
Vance has been selected to host a “Sketching Architecture” workshop, in coordination with the exhibit beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5 at the UNLV Barrick Museum. This event will give guests an opportunity to meet Ed, watch a live sketching demonstration and participate in a Q & A session. The event is free and open to the public. The exhibit features AIA Nevada Excellence in Design Award-winning projects and sketches from 1994 through 2014.
Presented by the Las Vegas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in collaboration with the UNLV School of Architecture, UNLV Galleries and the Marjorie Barrick Museum, this exhibit celebrates two decades of distinguished architecture by accomplished architects from the State of Nevada. “The purpose of the exhibit is to present these projects to the general public in a compelling and engaging fashion,” said David Baird, director of the UNLV School of Architecture. “It will provide a unique opportunity for the profession and the public to reflect on our future, in the context of where we have been.”
Over the past 28 years, Vance has both survived a recession and thrived in his field. He is a registered architect in seven states and is NCARB certified. As a former adjunct professor at UNLV’s College of Architecture, Vance continues to guest lecture and provide sketching clinics for students in the program. Vance is active in his community, formerly serving on the board of trustees as vice president for the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum and on the executive board of the Boy Scouts of America. He is a member of NAIOP Southern Nevada chapter and former Nevada State coordinator for NCARB’s Intern Development Program.
The UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum is located at 4505 S. Maryland Pkwy. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thursday from 9 a.m.- 8 p.m.; and Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
For more information, visit http://www.unlv.edu/barrickmuseum or call 702.895.3381.
About EV&A Architects
EV&A Architects is a Las Vegas-based architectural firm providing a wide range of architectural, planning and interior design services to the hospitality, commercial and healthcare markets. The firm’s work has been recognized for design excellence and is the result of the personal involvement of the design principals with each client throughout the entire design process and into construction. EV&A Architects prides itself on our total commitment to the overall project concept, embracing all facets of the design process and going beyond specific design to a more technical approach and creative search.
The design team at EV&A acts as a catalyst, developing the resources and alliances required to accomplish their clients’ goals and objectives. This requires bringing together critical specialists to coordinate complex project teams of professionals, contractors and consultants, something EV&A specializes in. For more information, visit www.edvanceassociates.com.
About the UNLV Exhibit
Although all of us spend the majority of our lives in and around buildings, few stop to think about why we like certain spaces. What goes into designing great buildings? What kind of physical world do we want to live in? What people, processes, tools and ideas allow us to give form to our aspirations? Everyday our values, ideas and aspirations influence the things we build and the environments we create. This exhibit provides a unique opportunity to ponder these important questions. The exhibit has three elements.
The centerpiece of this exhibit is displaying the past 20 years of AIA Nevada Design Honor Award-winning projects. This is the first time these projects have been assembled or displayed in one location. We have arranged these projects in chronological order around the perimeter of the museum. The large boards placed on the top rail are reprints of the original boards that were submitted to the competition. This annual competition is open to all and extremely competitive. The projects are reviewed and judged by a distinguished panel of architects from another state or region. Names and logos cannot appear anywhere on the submission materials — making every entry anonymous. In turn the competitors are not told who will judge the entries until after the award winners are selected.
This double-blind process makes the AIA Nevada Design Awards the gold standard of design excellence in our state. Awards are given out at several levels however the Honor Award is the highest distinction that can be received. The second component of this exhibit are office vignettes that showcase workspaces with the various tools and equipment that architects have used during the past 20 years, as the submissions were created. The workstation form the 1990s was created by assemblage STUDIO; the workstation that shows current space was created by Gensler. The third vignette is speculative and tries to project into the future and imagine what the workspace of an architect might look like in 2030. This workstation was designed by UNLV School of Architecture faculty members Jonathan Anderson and Josh Vermillion.
Edward Vance will also have a wall display of freehand sketches that explore various projects. The third component is a display of selected materials and products used to design and build the buildings we occupy. Architects and designers rarely if ever develop new products or materials. Rather, they rely on the numerous options that are provided by various industries and companies. Manufacturers have to go through rigorous testing and certification processes in order for their products and materials to be used. It’s an expensive and time-consuming process, but a crucial one. These companies and the products they provide are vital in shaping our buildings and environments. The following companies have provided display materials for this exhibit: Trespa, Arktura, Dal Tile and Vegas Rock.