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Tuesday July 22, 2014

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    Gavin L. Engler, 27
    Intern Architect
    Carol A. Wilson Architect

    “An exceptionally talented young
    architect, totally committed to
    the practice of architecture, to
    the quality of the work, and more
    specifically, to seeing Maine
    architectural design compete
    on a national level.†So writes
    nominator Carol A. Wilson of Forty
    Under 40 award-winner Gavin L.
    Engler, intern architect at Wilson’s
    architectural firm in Falmouth.

    “His work and dedication has
    turned the heads of Portland’s
    established design community,†she

    A Skowhegan native, Engler
    earned undergraduate and
    master’s degrees in architecture at
    Norwich University in Vermont,
    then worked in Seattle for a short
    time before being drawn back to
    Maine’s landscape. He is a skier and
    a climber, and “his architectural
    thesis centered on the design
    and construction of a suspended
    cliff dwelling serving as a hostel
    for traveling climbers,†Wilson
    notes. “His love of the out-of-doors
    reinforces his commitment to as
    green an architecture as possible.â€Â

    A member of the Maine Chapter of
    the American Institute of Architects,
    Engler co-founded “storefront for
    architecture maine†and organized/
    curated storefront’s first major
    exhibition, “maine modern: 50 years
    of modern architecture in maine.†He
    was a co-founder of The Maine Prize
    for Architecture, a biennial, $10,000
    award honoring a significant
    contribution to the legacy of Maine

    Buildings he admires include Mies
    van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House
    in Plano, Ill; and locally, the Edward
    Larrabee Barnes-designed campus at
    Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
    and Henry Cobb-designed Payson
    building at the Portland Museum
    of Art: “A great contribution to the

    It’s a city Engler has no desire or
    plans to leave. “I hope to continue
    contributing design and architecture
    to the state, as well as teaching in
    schools the importance of design,
    not just in architecture, but in
    everything, because it affects the
    daily lives of everybody.â€Â

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