• This year's Project of the Year, Camouflage House by Sebastian Schmaling and Brian Johnsen, stood out by fitting in.

    Credit: Danny Turner

    This year's Project of the Year, Camouflage House by Sebastian Schmaling and Brian Johnsen, stood out by fitting in.

At ra, we love design competitions. Local and national awards lead us to some of the best work we feature in the magazine. So it's no surprise we started our own program eight years ago, hoping to find new accomplishments by known and emerging talent. Our residential architect Design Awards now constitute the single biggest and most selective residential architecture competition in the country.

This year we received 886 entries in 15 categories. The jury comprised six distinguished architects, including Randy Brown, FAIA, Randy Brown Architects, Omaha, Neb.; Anne Decker, AIA, Rill & Decker Architects, Bethesda, Md.; David Furman, FAIA, David Furman Architecture, Charlotte, N.C.; Val Glitsch, FAIA, LEED AP, Val Glitsch, FAIA, Architect, Houston; Guy Peterson, FAIA, Guy Peterson/Office for Architecture, Sarasota, Fla.; and Garth Rockcastle, FAIA, Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Hyattsville, Md. As always, we gave our judges full latitude to combine, eliminate, or add categories. Thus, no awards were given this year in the adaptive reuse, campus housing, kitchen, or bath categories. And a special Judges' Award was created to honor a student project.

In all, our jury singled out 29 projects for awards, among them one Judges' award, 20 Merit awards, seven Grand awards, and a Project of the Year.

project of the year
camouflage house, green lake, wis.

multifamily
loft23, cambridge, mass. + the union, san diego

multifamily
the museum residences, denver + the ventana, washington, d.c.

affordable
lillian place, san diego + shervin mixed-use building, jackson, wyo.

single-family production / attached
the 505, houston

single-family production / detached
biltmore colony, palm springs, calif. + danielson grove, kirkland, wash.

custom / 3,500 square feet or less
r3, san diego + kansas longhouse, rural douglas county, kan.

custom / more than 3,500 square feet
oshry residence, bel air, calif. + 1748 n. winchester, chicago + mianus river residence, stamford, conn. + new fork social club residence, pinedale, wyo. + btr, bethesda, md.

renovation
freezer panel walkout, eulogy, texas + artist bridge studio, san diego + arkansas house, johnson, ark.

outbuilding
roddy/bale garage, bellevue, wash.

outbuilding
guesthouse and party barn, hico, texas

on the boards
moen pool and guesthouse, des moines, iowa

on the boards
wapiti valley residence, wapiti valley, wyo. + sheridan street housing, philadelphia

architectural interiors
artist's studio, seattle + ontario 301, washington, d.c.

architectural design detail
jackson family retreat, big sur, calif.

judges' award
modular 3, kansas city, kan.