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1991   Honorable Mention - National Science Foundation

The NSF hosted a national design competition for a new research station, to be built at the South Pole.  This competition was extended to all architecture students throughout the United States.  Kevin, along with fellow student Darren Vickery,  proposed a new facility, elevated above the ice surface and constructed via the use of dual port pneumatic tubes, filled with air for quick erection, then ultimately injected with expanding foam for a final structure, well insulated from the harsh elements of the Antarctica tundra.   The project was awarded Honorable Mention among over 200 entries.  

2002   Grand Award - Falling Leaf Lodge - Builder Magazine

Masters Gentry Architects, along with Cottle GrayBeal Yaw Architects, designed a stunning 12,000 square feet lodge for Mountain Air Country Club in Burnsville, NC, known as the Falling Leaf Lodge.  The designed utilized vernacular materials such as stone, and wood, inspired by local tobacco barns.  Heavy timbers were used to give the lodge a robust feeling.  The lodge houses overnight sleeping facilities for potential new members visiting the club, activity areas, business center, small food market, and golf pro-shop.  The lower level of the building houses the club's golf cart storage.

2004   Component Excellence Award - American Institute of Architects

Kevin was awarded a very prestigious national level award by the American Institute of Architects in 2004.  This award, is given to only one individual nationwide, per year by the AIA.  The award endeavors to recognize individuals with outstanding public service and dedication to the profession of architecture. 

The award reads:

"In recognition of his exemplary leadership and service in building and strengthening the structure of component committees, devising effective communications strategies, and providing visibility to the profession, single-handedly, he has raised the standards for volunteer service with his inspired and long-lasting contributions to AIA Asheville and the profession as a whole."

2006   Griffin Award - Asheville Buncombe Historic Preservation Society

Kevin was awarded the Griffin Award by the Asheville Buncombe Historical Preservation Society,  for his work on the preservation of the James Madison Chiles Villa, Asheville, North Carolina.


As digital technology has evolved, one of the most sought after features by artists and architects is the ability to sketch by hand, using a digital medium, which still has the feel of sketching on paper.  AutoDESK, a major software developer catering to architects, engineers, and artists alike, released a new software platform in 2010, called SketchBook Pro.  

Kevin adopted this software as his go-to sketching application in SBP's early versions.   As such, his artwork garnered the attention of AutoDESK and he was invited to be part of a select group of artists to exhibit his work in the San Francisco headquarters.  This exhibit, titled Digital Canvas, included 83 artists from across the globe.

Kevin submitted two pieces for consideration, the title "Breitling" and "Ol' Shady."  Breitling was a demonstration of the software's ability to allow the user to sketchy quickly, similar to hand sketching on paper, while the second piece "Ol' Shady," was a demonstration of the software's ability to also work with highly detailed artwork.   Both pieces were chosen for the exhibit, and can be seen on the AutoDESK video titled "Autodesk Presents: The Digital Canvas."  The video can be seen by clicking here.

Since AutoDESK is a worldwide company that attracts artists from companies like Pixar (who also exhibited their work at this event), this comes as a huge honor for Kevin.

2012   First Place - The Asheville Bow-Wow Haus Design-Build Competition

In 2012, AIA Asheville hosted an event for architects and builders to reconceptualize, design and build a modern dog house.  This event was sponsored by The Asheville Art Museum, Brother Wolf dog rescue, The Fine Arts Theater and the Aloft Hotel.  Kevin, along with friend, Mark Clevenger, design and constructed their competition entry, called "Three Piece Techno Bau Tie."

This entry utilized recycled materials, rainwater collection techniques and solar energy collection to the dog house.  The design incorporated a surveillance camera, via the use on an iPad.  The entire design, is able to be disassembled into three pieces (hence the name) for easier transportation or relocation.

It also featured adjustable louvers and hinged roof pieces for controlling sun exposure to the interior of the dog house, depending on its final location.

Kevin's entry won first place out of 34 entries and brought an auction price of $2,500 to benefit the Brother Wolf dog rescue.

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