History of the Frost

by Dan O'Brien 

Ascend receives major industry honor from USITT


The Ascend Amphitheater earns the 2017 USITT Architecture Merit Award, the latest in a run of honors for the HplusF design. The award comes as a major industry tribute from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, which celebrates the creative image and technological exploration of performance spaces all over the world.

The award will be presented on March 10, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. during the annual USITT convention, held in St. Louis from March 8-11, 2017.

Ascend Amphitheater wins AIA Middle Tennessee Honor Award


Ascend Amphitheater won the AIA Middle Tennessee Honor Award, sweeping state, regional, and local awards in Tennessee. The amphitheater was designed by Hodgetts+Fung, who were selected by Nashville-based executive architects Smith Gee for HplusF's renewal of the Hollywood Bowl.

Inspiration came from 1960s Gretsch amplifiers, a reference to Music City’s heritage that resonated with AIA Middle Tennessee.

Ascend Amphitheater Received 2016 AIA Merit Award


Ascend Amphitheater was presented with an American Institute of Architects Gulf States Award of Merit on May 20, 2016, during the National AIA Convention in Philadelphia. This is the AIA's Regional (Southeastern) Awards.  

"The reference to the amplifier as a metaphor could have been dangerous, but the architects’ subtle use of form and space was strong in its execution," was one of the comments from the jury. The amphitheater, located in Nashville, Tenn., received one of only 14 awards given out of 130 submissions.

Read more about this project here

Photo: Rachel Paul

H+F Nominated for Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize

We are excited to announce that our Chapel of the North American Martyrs has been nominated for the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize by the College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology. "The objective of MCHAP is to reward the daring contemplation of the intersection of the new metropolis and human ecology," says the school. We are proud to be part of the outstanding group of nominees for this distinguished prize.

Jesuit High School Chapel Receives Regional Recognition Honor Award

This fall, the AIA Central Valley chapter awarded Chapel of the North American Martyrs, our new LEED Silver building on the campus of Jesuit High School in Carmichael, California, the award for Regional Recognition in 2015. The award for Regional Recognition distinguishes completed projects in the capital region that represent a regional character, iconic presence and timeless expression of architectural quality. Craig Hodgetts, FAIA, founding principal and creative director of Hodgetts + Fung Architecture and Design studio, accepted the award on behalf of our studio at the annual AIA Central Valley Design Awards ceremony on October 23, 2015.

Graham Foundation Awards Grant for Publication of Craig Hodgetts' Writing

Excited to announce that the Graham Foundation has awarded Todd Gannon and Craig Hodgetts with a grant for the publication of a collection of Craig's writing from the mid-1960s to present, which ranges across the architectural, technological, and cultural milieus of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. In its first major grant announcement of 2015, the Graham Foundation will award over $490,000 to support 63 outstanding projects by individuals that engage original ideas in architecture. Read more in the Architect's Newspaper

Darin Vieira Appointed Associate at Hodgetts + Fung

Hodgetts + Fung is happy to announce that our design team member Darin Vieira has been appointed as an Associate at HplusF.  Darin has been with the firm since 2010 and has been instrumental in the realization of several projects, including our award-winning Building Blocks prefabricated modular school building; the recently completed Jesuit Chapel in Sacramento; and the Nashville Riverfront Park Amphitheater, to be completed this summer.   A graduate of SCI-Arc and USC, his new leadership role in our studio will help maintain the design standards that we are proud of.