Scottsdale architect Hovey Jr. gets 2 international architecture awards

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Scottsdale-based architect David Hovey Jr. was recently honored with two international architecture awards.

Mr. Hovey Jr., the president and principal architect of the luxury real estate development firm Optima, was internationally recognized with two "prestigious awards" honoring his proprietary Optima DCHGlobal modular building system including the 2019 Architecture MasterPrize and the 2019 American Architecture Award, according to a press release.

His Arizona Courtyard House, a private residence in Paradise Valley, won the 2019 Architecture MasterPrize for Architectural Design/Residential Architecture.

Completed in 2017, the home was built in less than five months using the Optima DCHGlobal system that he patented, demonstrating the flexibility of the system to create a home of linear volumes.

Whale Bay House, a private residence in Kerikeri, New Zealand, he also designed, took home the 2019 American Architecture Award in the private homes category, which is among the organization’s top honors.

Designed using his Optima DCHGlobal modular housing system, the home sits on a 50-acre site overlooking Whale Bay. In 2018, Whale Bay House also won the Architecture MasterPrize for Architectural Design/Residential Architecture and Architecture Magazine’s 2018 Residential Architect Design Award, according to the release.

“Both the American Architecture Awards and the Architecture Masterprize have a reputation of year after year awarding the best of the best in American and international architecture and it’s an honor to be a recipient,” said Mr. Hovey Jr. in a prepared statement.

The Optima DCHGlobal building system is a patented architectural system that is flexible in horizontal and vertical directions, sustainable up to the net-zero level, multi-generational, and can be built in any location, climate or terrain, the release described.

“The system synchronizes standardization with design flexibility through a set of manufactured structural and architectural components made from the latest in steel technology which are corrosion resistant and are made from 99 percent recycled metals,” the release said.

The Architecture MasterPrize award, by the Farmani Group,recognizes creativity and innovation in the fields of architectural design, landscape architecture and interior design.

The award receives submissions from renowned architects all around the world. This year, winners were selected by a jury of architects, designers, curators, academics and other leaders in the architecture industry.

Celebrating its 25th year, the American Architecture Awards is a centerpiece of The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies’ efforts to identify and promote best practices in all types of architectural development and to bring a global focus to light of the best new designs from the U.S.

Noted as the nation’s highest public awards given by a non-commercial, non-trade affiliated, public arts, culture and educational institution, “just 100 buildings from a shortlist of 400” received the 2019 American Architecture Awards for the best new architecture designed and constructed by American architects and by international architects with offices in the United States.

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