The Loudoun County Design Cabinet, supported by the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development, revealed winners of the 2015 “Signatures of Loudoun” architecture and design competition in a special presentation to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors June 3. The Learning Commons, located on NOVA’s Loudoun Campus, won in the Pace Setters category. This category recognizes recent, visually groundbreaking projects which continue to shape Loudoun County as a unique environment.
While Loudoun’s local vernacular buildings, places and details mark the community’s beginnings, these projects mark its current state of affairs and potentially set the pace for the future. Pace Setters may become the legends which the Signatures of Loudoun program honors a quarter century from now.
Accepting the award and attending the event were Loudoun Provost Julie Leidig and Loudoun Campus Operations Director Sally Wrenn. NOVA was in good company with other awardees including: Mt. Zion Church in Aldie, The Leesburg Diner in Leesburg, One Loudoun in Ashburn, Newton-Lee Elementary School’s Virginia Timeline Mural in Ashburn, Salamander Equine Center in Middleburg, Neustar in Sterling, and The Middleburg Library Addition in Middleburg.
Also during the award ceremony, the Cabinet bestowed a lifetime achievement award on local real estate developer Bob Buchanan, who alongside his company Buchanan Partners, has been a visionary cornerstone in Loudoun County’s development. Since 2003, the Design Cabinet has promoted high-quality ecological, urban, architectural and landscape design in Loudoun County. Design Cabinet members include engineers, architects, planners and designers who come together in a fusion of creative community problem solving. The annual Signatures of Loudoun Design Excellence Awards encourages and recognizes high quality design projects throughout the county, soliciting public nominations for outstanding design in seven categories.
NOVA’s Sustainability Director Rob Johnson and Facilities Landscape Architect Sarah Rilveria nominated the Learning Commons project for the award. For more information about Signatures of Loudoun Design Excellence Awards, go online.