Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee Receives National AIA Small Projects Award

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May 16, 2008 (Boston, MA) — Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee received a 2008 National AIA Small Projects Award for their design of the bus shelter at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, North Carolina. The awards ceremony was held on May 16, 2008 at the AIA National Convention in Boston, Massachussetts. 158 projects were submitted and 17 were selected for awards. The bus shelter won an Honorable Mention Award.

The AIA Small Project Practitioners third annual Small Projects Awards program, promotes excellence in small-project design. The awards program emphasizes the excellence of small-project design and strives to raise public awareness of the value and design excellence that architects bring to all projects, regardless of the size and scope.

Designed as a prototype, the bus shelter is a simple yet refined architectural composition of two materially contrasting elements: a heavy cast in place concrete wall that serves as structure and as a bench, and a steel canopy frame, fabricated off-site, delivered by truck, and set into place. In elevation and section, the wall interlocks with the canopy forming a double ‘L’ composition. The canopy skin, in this case laminated polycarbonate, further expresses the lightness and translucency of the canopy.

Sand blasted, clad with slate panels, or left in a natural state, the cast in place concrete wall has a versatile materiality. The name and map of each campus can be cast or applied directly to the concrete wall. A simple wooden bench fabricated of Ipe, is attached to the wall providing a comfortable place to sit.

The bus shelter has also won a 2008 AIA North Carolina Merit Award, a 2008 Inform Magazine Design Award and a 2006 AIA Triangle Merit Award. The project was featured in the July/August issue of Architectural Products magazine and the Summer 2008 issue of the AIA SPP Journal.

For Architectural Products Magazine coverage of the award winners in their July/August 2008 issue, visit

For more information on Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee, visit


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