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2018 Clinton Sheerr Award Bestowed on Randall T. Mudge AIA

Carolyn Isaak, Hon. AIA (photo: John Hession)
Photo by John Hession

The 2018 Clinton Sheerr Award for Excellence in New Hampshire Architecture was bestowed on Randall T. Mudge, AIA. The award honors and promotes New Hampshire architects, their commitment to the community, and design that exemplifies excellence at the highest level. The award is named after Clinton Sheerr AIA, a well-known New Hampshire architect who died in 1997. Sheerr exemplified great passion for beauty and design, a dedication to the community, and the tenacity to follow one's tasks and dreams. The award honors other similarly outstanding architects in New Hampshire who carry on this tradition of deep love and dedication for the State, its architecture and environment.  At the annual AIANH Awards Ceremony on January 5, 2018 at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH, Mr. Mudge was presented this prestigious award by Carolyn Isaak, Hon. AIANH, former Executive Director of AIANH and, herself, a past recipient of the Sheerr Award. 

A New Hampshire native, Mr. Mudge received degrees from UNH (BA in Fine Arts - Painting and Graphics), Montana State University (B.Arch.) and Yale University (M.Arch.). During his early career Mudge worked for Cesar Pelli in New York assisting with the design and development for the renovation and expansion of the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

In 1981 Mudge moved back to New Hampshire to open a practice in Lyme. Randall T. Mudge and Associates handles a variety of residential and commercial project types: renovations and new construction from small to large.  Mudge knows that an excellent client is one who works with you, so he and his employees listen carefully and make sure their designs reinforce the client’s vision, have a tangible value, and provide a positive addition to the community. They practice sustainable design, promote the reuse of buildings and building elements, and create buildings with the latest technologies, but which are also beautiful.

One of his clients remarked, “Working with Randy was a wonderful process. It felt almost like a family affair. He is an excellent communicator, there were no surprises, and the process was always fun. I hope that Randy and his staff are as proud of what they’ve done for us, as we are of the project.” (Dana and Martha Robes)

Another said, “Randy’s ability to achieve the consistent results he produces are attributable to a range of special skills… He is a great listener.  His designs work.  They are quite simply elegant and beautiful.  He makes suggestions that result in lasting and impactful change.  He thinks of the little things…  and, he has a great sense of humor. Randy rolls with the punches and comes up smiling.” (Dave Hewitt)

The COO/CFO of Ledyard Bank said, “Randy has been associated with the Bank since its founding. During those 26 years, he has been theconsummate professional, instrumental in guiding us and helping us imbed Ledyard’s brand. I look forward to continuing to work with Randy in the years to come.” (Greg Steverson)

Many of Mudge’s buildings in the Upper Valley have won AIA New Hampshire Design Awards, such as Dartmouth Hitchcock’s Child Care Center, Dartmouth College’s Corey Ford Rugby Clubhouse, Zin’s at Hanover Inn, the PowerHouse Mall, and a private residence. He’s also won PlanNH Awards for the Circle Camp on Spectacle Pond and Ledyard National Banks; and a NH Preservation Alliance Award for rehabilitation work on the NH State Library. Among the many other buildings to his credit are David’s House, the addition to the Hanover fire station, the renovation of the Hanover Town Hall, the Lebanon District Court, and additions to the Hood museum and Spaulding Auditorium.

Mudge was an AIANH Board member from 1988-94, serving with Clinton Sheerr, and was president in 1992-93. He has been president of the Hanover Rotary Club and the Hanover Hockey Association and served on many other boards. Currently, he is president of the Hanover Improvement Society. 

Mudge has been described as an “unfailing optimist.” Having weathered several recessions, but never called it quits, Mudge has said he has “learned you can survive these things and get through to the next cycle.” According to juror Patricia Sherman FAIA, “Randy cares about the quality of his work, cares about his employees, colleagues, and his community, and who has dedicated his efforts to those ends.”

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