Past recipients of this award include former State Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, philanthropist and Roycroft preservationist Kitty Turgeon, preservationist and architectural tour leader Tim Tielman, and watercolorist Dr. V. Roger Lalli. This year, in addition to Margaux, the award was also given to Chuck LaChiusa of the website, Buffalo as an Architectural Museum.
Her introduction was made by architect Kelley Culp-Burton AIA, LEED AP, of KCB Architecture, who had nominated her (Thank you Kelley!).
|Margaux and Mattel's 2011 Architect Barbie.|
Here was her nomination/introduction/and writeup in the program:
This year we couldn't help ourselves and ended up awarding TWO Friends of Architecture Awards! Our second awardee is Margaux Charlier.
Margaux is a charismatic 14 year old whose interest in architecture was ignited at the age of seven when she attended the Parkside Community Association’s Summer Arts Day Camp at Delaware Park, where the theme for the season was “Architecture.”
By the time she was nine, Margaux was creating her own glass bead jewelry, selling it at the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market through the Buffalo State Small Business Development Center’s KidBiz Market, and at craft fairs throughout the year – with a very generous 50 percent of her profits donated to the Martin House Restoration Corporation.
Margaux’s dedication to the Martin House continued with her volunteering on the Interior Beautification team. Margaux’s knowledge, enthusiasm and passion for the house did not go unnoticed. She became its youngest tour chaperone. She also plans to volunteer for the Martin House’s Architecture Day Camp in the summer of 2013.
|Future architect? Jewelry designer? Working with kids? Social worker? |
Power executive? Flight attendant? Model? All of the above?
Margaux is a ninth grader at Olmsted High School. She is also a Girl Scout, and this past summer was a Pioneer Camper at Cradle Beach Camp and a day camp counselor at the Parkside Community Association’s Summer Arts Day Camp at Delaware Park.
Margaux's dad has commented, "Margaux delights in pointing out to me the differences between verandas, pergolas and porte-cochères. Even if she doesn't become an architect, she has a healthy appreciation for architecture and will always be a supporter of the arts."
This community needs more people like Margaux Charier and we are proud to recognize her efforts by awarding her our Friends of Architecture Award.
At the ceremony, many service awards were given in different categories. Each winner gave a short acceptance speech and Margaux slam dunked hers without reading from her notes. A thank you to Miss Chamberlain at Olmsted Kensington High School for helping her with writing her acceptance speech. Her mom also worked on it with her and also did what only moms can do in the hair, makeup, and wardrobe department. Both Margaux and her mom looked like a million bucks.
Margaux's friends and family stood to give her a standing ovation (of course) but when the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning Dean Robert Shibley also stood in ovation, I thought I might loose it. I didn't. I was cool. He was very gracious and congratulated and complimented her afterwards.
A thank you to Mary Roberts, Director of the Martin House Complex for letting us shoot these photos of Margaux on the porch of the Martin House in front of the beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright-designed planters. Thank you to KC and Gail Kratt for taking these wonderful photos. And to godfather Greg Meadows -- for taking photos at the event and just being there and being supportive.
And to thank you to friends and architects Kelly Hayes McAlonie, Roxanne Button Kujawa, Carol Siracuse, Melissa Smith Delmonte, Kelly Culp Burton, and Joy Grefrath Kuebler for being role models. It wasn't until just a couple of years ago that Margaux realized that boys could be architects too. And to writer Nancy Cardillo (in whose kitchen Margaux took her first steps) for proofing the write-up above. Oh, and especially Martin House Complex Beautification Team leader, the always positive and ever-inspiring Ginny Williams. It takes a binder of women to raise a daughter!
Buffalo's Business First has an insert in this week's issue featuring each service winner, which this year includes Dean Robert Shibley, FAIA; Buffalo Public Schools Project Architect Paul McDonnell, AIA; Chuck LaChuisa; the Hive City Team (designers of the bee hive structure in Silo City); Scheid Architectural, PLLC; and City of Buffalo Urban Planner Chris Hawley. Margaux was in stellar company!
Another past recipient of this award, in the group category, was Garden Walk Buffalo, in which I accepted the award on behalf of the gardeners of Garden Walk Buffalo -- thus qualifying this totally indulgent brag-fest by a proud dad -- as a garden-related blog post.