Paul Hirzel, professor and graduate coordinator for the Master of Architecture program, received the prestigious American Institute of Architects’ Housing Committee Award in 2004 for the design of ‘The Canyon House,’ a home designed on a 40-acre property overlooking the Clearwater River upstream from Lewiston, Idaho. Hirzel won the award along with Greg Kessler, former director and current faculty member in the School of Design and Construction, and former student Mike Jobes, now a principal with Miller│Hull.
‘The Canyon House’ will be featured in an upcoming episode of HGTV’s “Extreme Homes.” The episode number is 511: Insect, Mountain, Binoculars.
Hirzel has received numerous awards for his designs. He also has been recognized nationally for his unique site design course, which emphasizes the idea of considering place, setting, and context in design.