The Clinton Sheerr Award for Excellence in NH Architecture

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2019 Clinton Sheerr Award Bestowed on Dennis Mires AIA


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Congratulations to Dennis Mires, winner of the 2019 Clinton Sheerr Award for Excellence in New Hampshire Architecture. The prize was presented by last year’s recipient Randall T. Mudge at the annual Design Awards celebration on March 28. As many members know, Sheerr was an acclaimed architect who died in 1997 at the age of 50, but whose love for the profession is memorialized through this award. The highest honor bestowed by AIANH, the Sheerr Award was established to recognize outstanding architects who exemplify Sheerr’s dedication to the architecture and environment of the Granite State.

Mires launched his career in the 1970s after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in architecture. After serving at the air base in Westfield, MA., this retired U.S. Air Force major opted to stay in New England, working for firms in Boston and Manchester. Since opening his eponymous firm in 1980, Dennis has been the principal designer for thousands of projects – from state and municipal buildings to institutional, commercial and residential developments in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut and Colorado. Clients frequently cite his expertise, calm demeanor and talent for turning their visions into successful realities.

The Sheerr Award joins Mires’ many other honors, which include 6 AIANH Excellence in Architecture Awards, 10 Manchester Historic Preservation Awards, 5 NH Preservation Alliance Awards, over 70 Home Builders and Remodelers Association of NH Cornerstone Awards, and 6 Associated Builders & Contractors NH/VT Chapter Excellence in Construction Awards. Throughout his nearly 50-year career, Dennis has served on countless civic boards and committees, and his work has been featured in the Boston Globe and New Hampshire Home magazine, among several publications. A past director of AIANH, Mires also received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the NH Institute of Arts.

“Dennis is a true professional of the utmost integrity. He is not only an excellent architect, but also represents his clients and his profession with the knowledge, experience and honesty that embodies everything that the Clinton Sheerr Award represents.” – Frank H. Lemay PE, President, Milestone Engineering & Construction, Inc.