Wop Guidebook receives honor award by Pennsylvania AIA
“How to Doo Wop Handbook” produced by Wildwood’s Doo Wop Preservation League won
an Honor Award from the Pennsylvania AIA (American Institute of Architects) for
Architectural Excellence at the Annual Awards ceremony in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
on November 18. This is the second award the Handbook has received. The Handbook
won a Philadelphia AIA award in 2007.
According to guest juror Greg Papay
of Lake / Flato Architects in San Antonio, Texas, “The jury was taken with the
depth and rigor by which the guidelines were applied to this fanciful style called
Doo Wop. The Guidelines themselves take on the character of the architecture.
There was a conveyance of what the architecture should be even through the typography
and the illustrations. We commend this project for its timeliness. We are at risk
of losing things from the 1950’s and 1960’s and the guidelines bring great legitimacy
to the period.”
The book was co-authored by DWPL board members; Anthony
Bracali, AIA, Michael Lorin Hirsch, and Richard Stokes, AIA. The book was edited
and designed by Jack Wright of Exit Zero Publishing in Cape May. Mr. Bracali is
a principal at Friday Architects / Planners Inc. in Philadelphia, PA. Mr. Hirsch
is a design architect/urban planner at Arquitectonica International Corp. in New
York City. Richard Stokes, AIA is principal of Stokes Architecture in Philadelphia,
The Handbook is used by developers to produce projects that compliment
the traditions of Doo Wop architecture from the 1950’s and 1960’s in Wildwood.
The Doo Be Do influence can be seen in our futuristic Acme market, the retro cool
Marvis Diner, and the playful beach balls at Rio Grande Avenue. The book was partially
funded with a grant from The Byrne Fund for the Wildwoods, Inc. The Handbook can
be purchased on the Doo Wop Preservation League’s website; www.doowopusa.org/shop/
in the Online Store.