Lone Mountain Ranch House

The recently completed Lone Mountain Ranch House near Golden, N.M., is the winner of the 2013 Jeff Harnar Award for Contemporary Architecture, as was announced by the Thornburg Foundation. The project was selected from submissions of completed projects located throughout New Mexico. The residential complex, a solitary family retreat sited in the high desert landscape of the region, was designed by Rick Joy Architects of Tucson, Ariz.

Formal presentation of the 2013 Harnar Award for Contemporary Architecture is Friday, March 1, at 5:30 p.m. at the UNM School of Architecture & Planning, located at Central and Cornell on the University of New Mexico campus.

Considered the most prestigious recognition for contemporary architectural design in New Mexico, the Jeff Harnar Award also includes a $10,000 prize to the winner of this annual competition.

Established by the Thornburg Foundation, the Harnar Award was created to encourage excellence and creativity in design and to honor the memory of Jeff Harnar, a talented Santa Fe architect who successfully crafted modern materials and innovative design for projects that reside comfortably and respectfully with the rich architectural heritage and diversity found in New Mexico.

The 2013 Jury was comprised of architects Les Wallach, FAIA, principal of Line and Space Design of Tucson, Ariz.; David Heymann, AIA, from Austin, Texas; Geoff Adams, AIA, architecture program director at the University of New Mexico; Landscape Architect Nancy Rottle, ASLA, of Seattle, Wash.; and Jennifer Garrett, graduate architecture student at UNM.

As with previous Harnar Award programs, the selection panel was impressed by both the breadth and large number of excellent projects that were submitted for the competition. Heymann, jury chair, noted that the selection panel was given the difficult task of selecting a single project for the Harnar top award that, in its estimation, best fulfilled the criteria for this distinguished prize.

"The residence is inspired by its regional context, and demonstrates a creative sensitivity to the site, climate, vegetation and quality of light." Heymann said. "The design also demonstrates the innovative utilization of available materials and technology, adhering to basic principles of sustainability."

Immediately following the awards ceremony the annual Harnar Lecture will be presented by Kai-Ewe Bergmann, partner of the internationally acclaimed architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Design , with offices in Copenhagen and New York.

A reception and opening of the exhibition of the submissions for the 2013 Harnar Award for Contemporary Architecture will cap off the gala evening in the Pearl Hall Gallery.

Media Contact: Carolyn Gonzales (505) 277-5920; email: cgonzal@unm.edu