perFORM 2014 Jury Bestows University of Oregon Architectural Student with First Place Award in High Performance/High Design Competition Runner-Up Distinction Awarded to Four Competitors from Ball State University, Montana State University, University of Idaho Integrated Design Lab, and Seek Architecture (Seattle).

SEATTLE, April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today construction company Hammer & Hand unveiled the winners of "perFORM 2014: A House Design Competition."  The competition challenged emerging architecture professionals to fuse high design with high performance building in the design of a single-family house in Seattle that achieves Passive House-like levels of energy performance while being resourceful, replicable, and beautiful.  To view the winning entries, visit

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"We developed this design competition to support young architects and to demonstrate that high design goes hand-in-hand with high performance building," said Sam Hagerman, co-owner of Hammer & Hand.  "On this Earth Day we're pleased to share five exciting examples of the fusion of good design with climate-friendly energy performance."

While it is a myth that green buildings are ugly and beautiful buildings burn energy, these notions had to come from somewhere.  Early "eco" buildings were often earthy DIY affairs.  Modernist jewel boxes paid little or no attention to energy performance.  Today, thanks to advances in building technology, architectural training, and builder know-how, high performance green building and high design can complement one another.  In fact, the design power that building science confers may become high design's lifeline in coming decades as the imperative for more and more efficient buildings increases.

First Place Winner
Cameron Huber, architectural student at the University of Oregon, won the $2000 first place award for his entry, entitled "HO[MIN]ID."  Cameron's design impressed the jury with its restraint, purity of form, friendliness to neighborhood context, and understanding of energy performance within a holistic approach to sustainability.

The perFORM 2014 jury awarded four runners-up $1000 each in recognition of the quality of their work:

  • Andrew Schenk, student at Ball State University
  • Steve Clark, student at Montana State University
  • Jacob Dunn, student at University of Idaho Integrated Design Lab
  • Samuel Kraft, architectural intern at Seek Architecture

The Jury
The perFORM 2014 jury was made up of noted architects, educators, and builders from Seattle and Portland, including:

  • Daniel Friedman, University of Washington College of Built Environments
  • Jim Graham, Graham Baba Architects
  • Sam Hagerman, Hammer & Hand
  • Gladys Ly-Au Young, Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young Architects
  • Robert Pena (perFORM Advisor), University of Washington Integrated Design Lab
  • Cory Hawbecker, Holst Architecture

A full display of the winning entrants' 24x36 design boards are on exhibit for several weeks at Hammer & Hand's Bullitt Center office at 1501 E Madison Street #250, Seattle, WA, 98122.  Visit for details.

About Hammer & Hand
Hammer & Hand is dedicated to inciting evolution in building through service, science and craft.  The firm collaborates with clients and architects to build the best of Portland and Seattle, from commercial tenant improvements, to classic remodels, to high performance new construction.

Media Contact:  Zack Semke, 206-397-0558

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