Rick Hauser, assistant professor of art, and a partner of In Site: Architecture (I.S: A) was recently announced the recipient of two 2008 AIA Rochester Design Awards. Hauser’s firm received a Citation of Merit for an ongoing project, as well as a Merit Award for a recently completed venture. The firm received a Citation of Merit for their design of a research facility and residence hall in Madagascar for Stony Brook University. The jury noted that “the solution exudes a strong sustainable spirit, and takes cues from the context to present a language that is at once appropriate as well as modern.” The 15,000 square foot building rests on edge of a national park attracting students and scientists internationally to study lemurs and other endemic fauna and flora. Incorporating planted roofs, graywater recycling, hydropower, solar hot water, and local resources such as granite and locally-sourced concrete, the wedge-shaped building “will fit delicately into this fragile, beautiful environment, serve as a model for green design practices, and help cultivate a deep respect for place.” Inspired by a roadside strawberry shack, Hauser’s firm also received a Merit Award for their Middle Reservation Road Addition project located in Castile, New York. The judging panel stated that the small, innovative family room and kitchen wing is “characterized by strong, simple forms and an attention to passive concepts and natural systems. It is an effective design, on a small budget, presenting a successful marriage of existing and new construction.” Through use of unobtrusive solar options, the miniature structure certainly encourages outdoor living. Hauser, a member of the faculty since 1997, received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s from the University of Virginia.