October 7, 2018

Columbus Landmarks Foundation Names Houk a Juror for the James B. Recchie Design Award

Columbus Metropolitan Library Northside Branch

Columbus Metropolitan Library Northside branch awarded prestigious design award for its dramatic design.

OHM Advisors is proud to announce James Houk was selected as one of the jurors for the 2018 James B. Recchie Design Award by the Columbus Landmarks Foundation (CLF). Houk is OHM Advisors’ Board of Directors Chairman and Managing Director of the firm’s Ohio practice.

Houk, along with Dr. Melanie Corn, president of the Columbus College of Art and Design, and Alan Weiskopf, managing principal of Pittsburgh-based Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel Architects, made up the three-person jury that selected the winner from five finalists. They were chosen based upon their experience and expertise in planning and urban design.

The Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Northside Branch was awarded the 2018 James B. Recchie Design Award. Designed by NBBJ, Landmarks lauded the design for its bold form with multiple areas for study, reading and research; plus community meeting rooms and public art.

“A beacon for the neighborhood” is how award namesake Nancy Recchie describes the library. No longer fortresses, libraries today are now open and transparent.

2018 marks the 29th year of the award, given in honor of the late James B. Recchie, a founding trustee of Columbus Landmarks. The winner was announced at an October 4 reception at the Franklin Park Conservatory Wells Barn.

Since 1984, The James B. Recchie Design Award has honored excellence in urban design reflected in historic and new buildings and places, additions to existing buildings, parks, public spaces and public art. The award celebrates projects that add to the distinctive character and improved quality of life in Columbus, and the designers responsible for them.

“Columbus has a long history of designing buildings and creating a landscape that benefits residents and helps encourage a better lifestyle. It is an honor to be chosen as juror for this prestigious award,” said Houk. “Each of the five finalist projects were deserving recipients and have significantly enhanced the community as a whole.”

Nominations for the award were sought from the public, and a 13-member screening committee reviewed information about all of the nominees and selected the top five. The other 2018 finalists included:

  • Dorrian Green, 50 S. Belle St.
  • The Julian, 272 S. Front St.
  • LeVeque Tower, 50 W. Broad St.
  • Lifeline of Ohio Donor Memorial, 770 Kinnear Rd.

Houk and the other jurors visited each of the five finalists in early September to evaluate the projects. They judged each project on the creation of the design and the contribution the project gives to the neighborhood and businesses around the area.

Houk, a 30-year design industry veteran, is committed to helping communities develop a unified vision for shaping the future, revitalizing urban corridors and historic downtowns, and generating economic growth through smart, market-based planning solutions and sustainable design practices.

He regularly speaks on sustainable development and infill redevelopment at local, regional and national conferences and universities.

Learn more about the Recchie award-winning Northside branch library.

About OHM Advisors:

OHM Advisors is the community advancement firm. Founded in 1962, we deliver award-winning work across the architecture, engineering, and planning spheres. With more than 500 employees in offices throughout Ohio, Michigan, and Tennessee, our team partners with leaders at all levels of government, school districts, developers, universities, and private companies to create great places.