Dec. 15, 2015 12:20 AM

Luncheon program to feature I-49 Connector panel presentation

Each year the INDesign Awards are presented for excellence in architecture, interior design, historic preservation and urban planning in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes. It is IND Media’s annual nod to the important contributions that good design makes to overall quality of life in successful communities. Eligible projects must be completed in 2015. Winning projects are published in the March issues of The Independent (residential division) and ABiz (commercial division). Awards are presented during a luncheon lecture event produced in April and sponsored by IberiaBank.

It is a juried competition. Beth Miller, associate dean at Mississippi State University and educator medalist for The American Society of Interior Design, determines winners in the interior design division. Retired UL architecture professor Eddie Cazayoux judges the architecture and urban planning division. Historic preservation/renovation entries are eligible in both divisions. A license is required for all entries in the commercial division.

The deadline for entries is Friday, Jan. 29. They must be submitted in digital format via DropBox (preferred), jump drive or disc. Submission forms and other information are available from IND Media’s Special Projects Director Robin Hebert via email to robinh@theind.com or by phone at (337) 769-8603.

Winners will be honored at The INDesign Awards Luncheon in April. In the 13-year history of the event, this program has featured a series of national and international leaders in design and urban planning, including former Charleston, S.C., Mayor Joe Riley, former Honolulu Mayor Jeremy Harris, Bill Hudnut of the Urban Land Institute (former Indianapolis mayor), architectural historian Stephane Kirkland of Paris, Lafayette architect and urban planner Steve Oubre, DDA Executive Director Nathan Norris and others. The series has played a key role in educating local government and business leaders in the years leading up to the adoption of a Unified Development Code for Lafayette Parish, the first in our history.

With PlanLafayette now well into implementation phase, the community’s attention has turned to a mammoth project that will impact our urban core: The I-49 Connector. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has retained a nationally recognized consulting firm to work toward a context sensitive solution to the challenges of running a major interstate highway through the center of a city. Lafayette Consolidated Government has won a highly competitive federal highway grant to help mitigate the impact on the neighborhoods that border the Connector footprint. It is the most intense, complex and well-funded investment the state has ever made in transportation planning. Done right, it could represent a model for the nation.

Key players in this process will be featured on a panel at the 2016 INDesign Awards Luncheon in April. A final date will be announced soon. To receive updates on this and other INDevents programs, sign up for the monthly INDEvents digital newsletter via email to robinh@theind.com.


About the INDesign Awards and Luncheon

AWARDS
Divisions:
Commercial (license required) and Residential
Categories: Architecture, Interior Design, Historic Renovation/Preservation, Urban Planning
Judges: Beth Miller—Mississippi State (assoc. dean), ASID, Eddie Cazayoux—UL School of Architecture (retired)

IMPORTANT DATES
Entry Deadline:
Friday, Jan. 29, 2016
Publications: The Independent (residential) March 1, ABiz (commercial) March 15
Awards Luncheon: April TBA
Luncheon Program: I-49 Connector Panel Presentation

FOR INFORMATION
Robin Hebert:
robinh@theind.com or 337.769.8603

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