Each year, the Seaside Institute hosts the Seaside Prize Weekend, which honors those who design the environments we live in. Those who define our quality of life through innovative designs, buildings and roads. The 2019 winners of the Seaside Prize are known for their designs of homes and communities shaping the way we live.
We would like to congratulate and introduce you to our 2019 winners:
Thomas Christ, principal architect of Christ & Associates of Santa Rosa Beach. Christ has had a significant impact on our area designing more than 90 home and structures in Seaside and has won many design awards along the way. In addition, Tom Christ has contributed his work to the communities of Alys Beach, Rosemary Beach, WaterColor and WaterSound.
Richard Gibbs is an experienced architect, urbanist and preservationist. Leaving a significant imprint on our area both as a designer and the town architect of Seaside. His work includes restoration of old homes and new designs that easily integrate into historic sites and can be seen in Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Draper Lake and Brewster Point in Rockport, Maine.
John Massengale has won awards for architecture, urbanism, architectural history, and historic preservation. He is a founding member of the Congress for New Urbanism and has designed the Savannah Sands house in Seaside. His commitment to his craft is exemplified in his work as an architect, author, and professor for Notre Dame and the University of Miami.
Derrick Smith is the principal architect at A+S Architects and Planners in Miami Florida. Earning a Master’s Degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Miami, Smith is a leader in architectural and sustainable design, as well as comprehensive planning. His work includes designing 10 homes in Seaside such as Fourth of July, Marisol and Summertime, as well as being the town architect in 1985.
Charles “Chip” Warren is an award-winning architect based in New York. His work includes award-winning designs across the United States, including Natchez Park in Seaside. He also served as Seaside’s town architect and taught at Michigan’s College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Chip has authored a number of books on Architecture and its history.
Each of these award-winning architects has left their indelible mark on the world through their designs, thought leadership, and contributions to educating students in the art and craft of architecture.
The 27th Annual Seaside Prize Weekend begins on Feb. 22 with seminars, lectures, tours and an awards dinner sure to please. Join us as we celebrate community and improved quality of life. Walkable, sustainable and connected communities are the future for a quality lifestyle not just for some but for all. We invite you to be part of our future, this future, your future. To make your reservations, go to seasideinstitute.org/seasideprize019/.
The Seaside Institute works year-round to bring people together and build great communities. Through symposia , seminars, events and tours we work to honor the vision of our founder and the spirit that binds us all. Please visit our website seasideinstitute.org for information on upcoming events or to join as a member.
The Seaside Institute is a 501 c3 non-profit. Our mission is to help people create great communities. Through education, innovation, the arts and engaging our community, we are working to improve the quality of life for families and individuals within Seaside, as well as nationally and globally, while at the same time creating an innovative design that not only enhances the beauty of our environment but, preserves it as well.