Lambright Sports & Wellness Center Wins Two AIA Baton Rouge Design Awards

Lambright Sports & Wellness CenterAshe Broussard Weinzettle Architects is pleased to announce that out of seven awards given out at AIA Baton Rouge’s Annual Rose Awards Gala that we went home with two awards for the recent design of the Lambright Sports & Wellness Center at Louisiana Tech University. We share this recognition with our joint venture partner firm and collaborator, Tipton Associates.

The event was held Friday, July 26th at the Louisiana State Museum. The jury was chaired by Rick Archer, FAIA, founding principal of the distinguished Overland Partners | Architects based in San Antonio, Texas and also included Lewis McNeel, AIA, of Lake|Flato Architects, and Jim Poteet, FAIA, of Poteet Architects. The jury awarded the project a Silver Rose Award and the AIA Baton Rouge membership bestowed the Members’ Choice Award on the project as the top design of the year.

From the jury comments:
“This 40,000 SF project started with a large and complicated set of program tasks. Consequently this is a building of many diverse pieces and parts. The resulting form is complex and varied, yet a consistent level of refinement and creativity is maintained throughout. Compositionally it’s an impressive juggling act. It’s a great looking building from all sides. A multitude of materials, scales and strategies are happening here to address the various program needs and climatic conditions, and the overall result is a rich and inviting hub for community. The large canopy roof structure of the “super-porch” is particularly elegant as a solar shading strategy and as a linkage between indoor and outdoor gathering places. The main interior spaces are naturally lit and with an appropriately gracious scale, and these spaces get a lot of mileage out of a few big moves. The big box of the natatorium has wonderful dappled views to the landscape beyond. Some very wise and economical design choices are on display throughout. Community will happen easily in and around this building.”

Back From Celebrate Architecture 2013


Sometimes we all just need to get away from the office to truly appreciate the potential of our chosen profession, architecture. Beginning fourteen years ago, our office was entrusted by AIA Louisiana to orchestrate the annual Celebrate Architecture design symposium, bringing architects statewide together in Baton Rouge for a full day of interaction with several of the most influential architects from across the country. We’ve discovered that you need to keep these guys around for at least a day for them to reveal the complete intricacies of their projects and the often winding path taken to create buildings of significance.

This year, our speakers included Joshua Prince-Ramus of REX from New York (pictured above with moderator, Doug Ashe), Warren Schwartz of Schwartz/Silver Architects from Boston – the designer of the annual site of Celebrate Architecture, the Shaw Center for the Arts, and Roberto de Leon and Ross Primmer of De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop from Louisville. Methodologies, triumphs, ideas, disappointments, and inspirations were shared with the AIA audience, who (we hope) return to their respective offices re-energized from the shared experience.

And yes, we did make sure that the visiting architects had the opportunity to eat some crawfish and alligator washed down with a cold Abita.