Doo Wop Preservation League
Post Office Box 1703
Phone 609.523.1958
Fax 609.523.1583
For Details Contact:
Daniel MacElrevey (609-523-1958)
Steve Tecco, (609) 729- 3000

For Release 9 a.m. EST

November 27, 2007   

Doo Wop Guidebook receives honor award
from Philadelphia AIA

 Doo Wop Preservation League Board members Anthony J. Bracali, AIA, Michael L. Hirsch, MCP, Richard A. Stokes AIA, and publisher Jack Wright received an Honor Award in Philadelphia, PA last Thursday, November 15, 2007 for the publication “How to Doo Wop: Wildwoods-by-the-Sea Handbook of Design Guidelines”.

The AIA (American Institute of Architects) Philadelphia 2007 Awards for Design Excellence were held at Loews Philadelphia Hotel. The award was given for Urban Planning / Community Design. Over 200 projects were submitted for consideration by AIA Philadelphia’s member firms. Shalom Baranes, FAIA who announced the award said he commended use of “the sense of humor and the Doo Wop ‘schtick’” in creation of the Guidelines.

The Doo Wop Handbook was created in 2003 and published by Exit Zero Publishing in 2004 with funding from one of the Wildwoods’ strongest supporters, The Byrne Fund for the Wildwoods, Inc. The City of Wildwood By-the-Sea has adopted the Guidebook in its development ordinances to enhance the community much as Miami Beach has adopted Art Deco design as a theme for that community. The other municipalities in the resort are planning to follow Wildwood’s lead.

The handbook’s “Doo Be Do” influence can be seen throughout the resort including the new Acme market, the Commerce Bank’s groovy sign, the Wawa design that even makes purchasing gas fun, and the retro cool Marvis Diner. Other Doo Wop buildings include the interior of McDonalds, the Harley Davidson building, the Subway sign, the Shalimar and Starlux motels, and many of the other enhanced motels, clubs and retail stores spreading throughout the Wildwoods By-the-Sea.

This award winning Handbook can be purchased on the Doo Wop Preservation League’s on-line store: Several thousand copies of the Handbook have been distributed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe as the Wildwoods’ culture is recognized on an international level. The Handbook has been a major contributor to that recognition and development.

Anthony Bracali, AIA, is a Principal at Friday Architects/Planners, Inc. in Philadelphia. Michael L. Hirsch, MCP is a Design Architect/Urban Planner at Arquitectonica International Corporation in New York City. Richard A. Stokes AIA is owner and principal architect of Stokes Architecture in Philadelphia. Jack Wright is the owner of Exit Zero Publishing of Cape May.

The Doo Wop Preservation League is quite proud that this team of dedicated professionals is being recognized for their very significant contribution to the design renaissance taking root in the Wildwoods By-the-Sea. They spent literally hundreds of hours creating a publication that fulfills the League’s commitment to excellence for a future resort built on the best of its past. Their Handbook is unique, authoritative and fun to read.