Frederick W. Urtz received the 2016 Clinton Sheerr Award for Excellence in New Hampshire Architecture at the American Institute of Architects New Hampshire Chapter (AIANH) Awards ceremony Friday, Jan. 22, at LaBelle Winery in Amherst.
For more than 35 years Urtz has led the design of notable projects from corner to corner of the state and beyond. His work is distinguished by his unique creativity, commitment to innovation, and passion for improving the lives of others.
In 1982, Urtz joined Lavallee Brensinger Architects in Manchester and soon took on the position of president, dedicating himself to the firm’s Education Design Group. He has led the way for school designs that promote collaborative learning and support both traditional and emerging educational models.
Urtz has led the programming and design of dozens of educational and civic projects, many of which have been recognized regionally and nationally for their programming and design excellence (including 11 AIA New Hampshire Design Awards).
He pushes himself and his co-workers to be creative and to design classrooms, gymnasiums, theaters, dormitories and lecture halls that are stimulating to the students and supportive of educators.