Architects honor Public Media Commons in St. Louis, and more awards

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The Public Media Commons in St. Louis. (Photo: Nine Network of Public Media)

The Public Media Commons in St. Louis. (Photo: Nine Network of Public Media)

American Institute of Architects/American Society of Landscape Architects

The Public Media Commons space in St. Louis claimed two design awards.

The commons, an open-air media showcase located between the headquarters of St. Louis Public Radio and Nine Network of Public Media, won a merit award from the local chapter of the AIA, a juried competition judging design and construction. The commons was designed by a team from Powers Bowersox Associates in St. Louis. It also earned an honor award from the ASLA’s design competition, recognizing landscaping in public, commercial, residential, institutional, planning, communications and research locations. DLANDstudio in Brooklyn, N.Y., designed the landscaping.

Frank Blythe Award for Media Excellence

Peggy Berryhill was selected for the Native Media Resource Center honor.

Berryhill

Berryhill

Berryhill, who founded the production center in 1996, will receive the award at the annual Vision Maker Film Festival in March 2016 in Lincoln, Neb. Berryhill has been “instrumental” in organizing Native radio stations and Native independent media producers throughout her 42-year career, according to the center. She began at KPFA in Berkeley, Calif., producing the weekly Living on Indian Time, reporting on the local and national Native community. Since then Berryhill, a Muscogee, has worked as program director at KUNM in Albuquerque, N.M; KPFA, Berkeley; and KALW, San Francisco. She is also the only Native person to have worked as a full-time producer at NPR. The award is named for the founder of the Native American Public Broadcasting Consortium, forerunner to Vision Maker Media, in 1976. Blythe led the organization until he retired in 2006.

International Documentary Association Career Achievement Award

Kartemquin’s Gordon Quinn will receive the honor in December.

Quinn. (Photo: Lesley Onstott)

Quinn. (Photo: Lesley Onstott)

Quinn, founder and artistic director of the Chicago documentary house, has produced, directed and/or shot more than 55 films throughout his five-decade career. He’s won numerous awards, including three Emmys, two Peabodys, the IDA award for Best Limited Series (for The New Americans, 2004), the Director’s Guild of America award for directing (Vietnam: Long Time Coming, 1998) and an Oscar nomination and the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Hoop Dreams (1994). Past recipients of the IDA Career Achievement Award include Robert Redford, Werner Herzog and Walter Cronkite. IDA will present the honor at the 31st Annual IDA Documentary Awards Dec. 5 in Los Angeles.

Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards

Two American Public Television hosts were honored.

Rudy Maxa. (Photo: American Public Television)

Rudy Maxa. (Photo: American Public Television)

Rick Steves won Gold, the top award, in the travel video category for his special The Holy Land: Israelis and Palestinians Today. And Rudy Maxa, host of Smart Travels Europe With Rudy Maxa, won Gold for audio travel broadcast for the June 2014 episode of Rudy Maxa’s World. The Society of American Travel Writers Foundation presents the annual honors.

National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

Maryland Public Television reporter Lou Davis was inducted into the Gold Circle.

Davis was honored Oct. 25 by the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the Emmy organization for his 50 years of service to the television industry. He began his broadcasting career with the Armed Forces Radio and Television Services. Davis reported from Vietnam for several networks including NBC. At MPT, he has covered the Maryland State House and Maryland politics since 2002 as part of the station’s public affairs team. He appears regularly on MPT’s weekly political roundup program, State Circle.