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Architects group hails publisher of The News Martin House renovation cited

A newspaper publisher and architects for some of the region's most impressive new buildings took top honors at the American Institute of Architects Design Awards. The ceremony was held in the Mansion on Delaware on Nov. 15, 2006.

Stanford Lipsey, publisher of The Buffalo News, was given the Friends of Architecture Community Service Award on behalf of his efforts toward the renovation of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Darwin Martin House, and H.H. Richardson's Buffalo Psychiatric Center.

He was named chairman last year of a board entrusted to guide the $76.5 million Richardson renovation effort. Lipsey was also named to head a committee to develop a Buffalo Architecture Center in the Richardson towers.

Patrick Mahoney received the Distinguished Service Award on behalf of his efforts to preserve the Wright-designed Graycliff estate in Derby. He is vice president of the Graycliff Conservancy.

Peter Grace earned the Joseph A. Siracuse Service Award for a number of projects in which he has volunteered his time providing structural and construction advice. He is a senior partner at Siracuse Engineers.

In addition, Michael E. Lennon was tapped as Mentor of the Year, and Kelly Hayes-McAlonie was chosen for the Young Architect Award.

Three Citation Awards were given out.

Cannon Design was selected for Buffalo City Tower, a 40-story, 1.2 million-square-foot mixed-use facility being planned near City Hall. Foit-Albert Associates received one for Alfiero Center, an addition to Jacobs Management Center at the University at Buffalo. And Chaintreuil Jensen Stark Architects was honored for its expansion of Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester.

In addition, two architectural firms were given Honor Awards. Cannon Design received one for the Richter Recreation Center at St. Bonaventure University, while Architectural Resources was honored for creating Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center's new gallery, screening room and office space at The Church on Delaware Avenue.

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