22 APRIL 2022 : AWARDS

Gould Evans’ Canary Studio Receives a Merit Award from the International Interior Design Association’s Southwest Chapter


PHOENIX, AZ – April 22, 2022 – Nationally recognized design firm Gould Evans is pleased to announce that the Yosemite National Park concessions renovations project has received a Merit Award from the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Southwest Chapter.

“Our team is honored to receive this award,” says Melissa Alexander, NCIDQ, IIDA, principal of Gould Evans and director of Canary, Gould Evans’ in-house experiential design studio. “This project was a practice in inviting the outdoors in; when we study space, we often look to the surrounding environment to pick up on a rhythm. The client group was generous and allowed us to explore local materiality and make these gathering places welcoming for any traveler.”

Within the majestic Yosemite Valley, three locations — Degnan’s Loft, Base Camp, and Curry Village — serve as refueling points for adventurers. Unfortunately, the existing facilities were not updated in 50 years and saw higher visitation than their initial capabilities.

Each concession’s identity was designed to create an intimate guest experience while embracing the infinite scale of the park. Through phased renovations, the team modernized the concessions while honoring the historic architecture and highlighting the sites’ natural splendor. Diligent research and coordination led the team to develop color palettes from historic textiles and select finishes to complement the original structure. Raw materials were chosen to create subtle palettes that invite the outdoor experience inside. The identities created underscore the rich history of the park and celebrate an exciting future.

With the park receiving nearly 5 million visitors each year, the concessions were renovated with longevity, sustainability, and a reverence for the original architecture. In partnership with the firm's other studios, the team underscored the natural world while developing a community space that improved visitors' comfort and experience.


About Gould Evans

Gould Evans’ award-winning designs are recognized for their specificity to people and place. Our diverse architecture portfolio stems from a design process that starts with the client’s goals. We share a passion for regional architecture and design that positively impacts our communities. To learn more, visit


About The International Interior Design Association (IIDA)

The IIDA is a global commercial interior design association that supports design professionals. It advocates for advancements in education, design excellence, legislation, leadership, accreditation, and community outreach to increase the value and understanding of Interior Design. To learn more about the Southwest Chapter, visit


About Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is an American national park in California, surrounded on the southeast by Sierra National Forest and on the northwest by Stanislaus National Forest. The park is managed by the National Park Service and covers an area of 759,620 acres and sits in four counties – centered in Tuolumne and Mariposa, extending north and east to Mono and south to Madera County. Designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite is internationally recognized for its granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves, lakes, mountains, meadows, glaciers, and biological diversity. Almost 95 percent of the park is designated wilderness. To learn more, visit


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2019 Arizona Firm of the Year Awarded to Gould Evans + Canary by the American Institute of Architects

PHOENIX AZ – November 2019 – Nationally recognized architecture, interiors, graphics and design firm Gould Evans + Canary was honored with the 2019 AIA Arizona Firm of the Year award. Gould Evans’ entire studio of 38 filled the stage to receive the award on Friday night at the Phoenix Art Museum.

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Community Tribal Justice Center Recognized with Highest Honor at the 2019 AIA Academy of Architecture Justice Facilities Review

PHOENIX, AZ – November 2019 – Nationally-recognized design and planning firm Gould Evans is pleased to announce that the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) Justice Center was awarded a Citation for the 2019 AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice Facilities (AIA AAJ) Review. Its seventh notable award, the Justice Center has consistently been recognized for its mediation of tradition and modernity, rural and urban, tribal and western justice. A tribal court and practitioners’ building located on sovereign tribal land, the Justice Center was designed to uphold the tribe’s unique sense of identity, beauty and humility in what has historically been a complicated cultural landscape. The Justice Center is not only a court of law, it’s a community resource that promotes well-being and civic duty.


Gould Evans Wins Two Outstanding Plan Awards from the American Planning Association (APA)

Kansas City architecture and planning firm, Gould Evans, honored by APA with top national awards for their work in Kansas and Missouri

KANSAS CITY, MO – October 14, 2019 – Nationally-recognized architecture, design, and planning studio Gould Evans recently received two celebrated awards from the American Planning Association (APA). Gould Evans’ planning work, for both the Westport District Master Plan and the Wichita: Places for People Plan, won the 2019 Outstanding Plan award from their individual state chapters of the APA.

26 APRIL 2019 : AWARDS

Gould Evans + Canary Studio Receive Three 2019 PRIDE Awards

Gould Evans + Canary Studio recently received three interior design awards at IIDA Southwest Chapter's 2019 PRIDE Awards program!

  • Young Mind Center: Award of Merit in the K-12 category (photographed above)
  • Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) Justice Center: Award of Excellence in the Government category
  • 30 Otis Street: Award of Merit in the "On the Boards" category

16 APRIL 2019 : AWARDS

Associated Design Group Receives ‘Small Business of the Year’ Award from NOAA

Congratulations to Larry Blanchette and Associated Design Group, Inc. for the recent ‘Small Business of the Year’ award from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a nationwide honor for outstanding achievement on fiscal year 2018 contracting performance within a 5 year IDIQ contract. We’re proud to be a part of the team that addressed projects nationwide, including:

  • NOAA High Performance Computing & Communications Multiple Facility Architectural/MEP Evaluations (Orlando, FL; Reston, VA; Princeton, NJ; Boulder, CO; Fairmont, WV; Oak Ridge, TN)
  • NOAA Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center Uptime Institute Tier 3 Compliance Evaluations (Honolulu, HI)
  • NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory Program of Requirements (Princeton, NJ)
  • NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) Program of Requirements (Charleston, SC)
01 APRIL 2019 : AWARDS

Gould Evans Wins AIA New Orleans Design Awards for the CrescentCare Community Health Center and Dear Rampart

New Orleans, LA – April 1, 2019 – Gould Evans, a local design and planning firm, is pleased to announce that the CrescentCare Community Health Center and Dear Rampart have both received 2019 ‘Honorable Mention’ Design Awards from the New Orleans chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).


The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Helena and Calistoga’s Clubhouse Named as a Top Real Estate Project of 2018

The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Helena and Calistoga’s new Clubhouse was recently named one of the “Top Real Estate Projects of 2018” by the North Bay Business Journal!

Photo by Matthew Millman


Interior Design Magazine Recognizes Two Gould Evans + Canary projects as 2018 Best of Year Awards Finalists

We're excited to announce Interior Design Magazine has recognized two Gould Evans + Canary projects as 2018 Best of Year Awards finalists!

The Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) Justice Center is a finalist in the "Institutional" category, and Wicked Eats is a finalist in the "In partnership with SEGD: Branding & Graphics: Marketing and Branding Collateral category".

Photo by Hélène Binet


Gould Evans and Canary Recognized at AIA Arizona 2018 Design Awards Gala

We had a great time at AIA Arizona's 2018 Design Awards Gala at the Phoenix Art Museum! Gould Evans and Canary received five awards including:

  • Central New Mexico Community College Westside I Building: Distinguished Building Award Citation
  • Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Justice Center: Distinguished Building Award Honor
  • Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community Justice Center: Sustainability Award Citation
  • Hamel Family Winery: Interior Architecture Award Citation
  • Canary: Presidential Citation for assisting AIA Arizona in the graphic design and collateral of all their events, conferences and announcement