The recipients of The American Institute of Architects' (AIA) 2008 Small Project Awards prove that innovative concepts and great design can work just as well in small projects as they do in larger ones. Established specifically to recognize practitioners of small-project design, the fourth annual Small Project Awards honor 15 architectural firms for the high quality and design excellence of their work.

The 2008 jury included Lisa Stacholy, AIA, NCARB, LKS Architects; Janice Olshesky, AIA, LEED AP, Olshesky Design Group; William Rakatansky, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, FreemanWhite; George M. Blackburn III, AIA, NCARB, Construction Consulting International; and Edward D. Gaskin, AIA, Trahan Architects.

Winners in the Small Project Objects category:

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Connector#x2014;Randy Brown Architects, Omaha, Neb.

Winners in the Small Project Objects category

Winners in the Small Project Objects category

  • Connector#x2014;Randy Brown Architects, Omaha, Neb.

    Connector#x2014;Randy Brown Architects, Omaha, Neb.

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    Connector#x2014;Randy Brown Architects, Omaha, Neb.

    480

    Courtesy of The American Institute of Architects

     

  • Connector#x2014;Randy Brown Architects, Omaha, Neb.

    Connector#x2014;Randy Brown Architects, Omaha, Neb.

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    Connector#x2014;Randy Brown Architects, Omaha, Neb.

    480

    Courtesy of The American Institute of Architects

  • Hidden Cove#x2014;Alterstudio Architects, Austin, Texas

    Hidden Cove#x2014;Alterstudio Architects, Austin, Texas

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    Hidden Cove#x2014;Alterstudio Architects, Austin, Texas

    600

    Courtesy of The American Institute of Architects

    A whole-house renovation project that began in the master bathroom, Hidden Cove opens the building's interiors to its surrounding views. The bathroom's original wall was replaced with a floor-to-ceiling sliding glass wall.

  • Hidden Cove#x2014;Alterstudio Architects, Austin, Texas

    Hidden Cove#x2014;Alterstudio Architects, Austin, Texas

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    Hidden Cove#x2014;Alterstudio Architects, Austin, Texas

    464

    Courtesy of The American Institute of Architects

  • Spa in a Box#x2014;Gardner Mohr Architects, Chevy Chase, Md.

    Spa in a Box#x2014;Gardner Mohr Architects, Chevy Chase, Md.

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    Spa in a Box#x2014;Gardner Mohr Architects, Chevy Chase, Md.

    435

    Courtesy of The American Institute of Architects

     

  • Spa in a Box#x2014;Gardner Mohr Architects, Chevy Chase, Md.

    Spa in a Box#x2014;Gardner Mohr Architects, Chevy Chase, Md.

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    Spa in a Box#x2014;Gardner Mohr Architects, Chevy Chase, Md.

    462

    Courtesy of The American Institute of Architects

  • PINE/Cone#x2014;SALA Architects, Minneapolis

    PINE/Cone#x2014;SALA Architects, Minneapolis

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    PINE/Cone#x2014;SALA Architects, Minneapolis

    475

    Courtesy of The American Institute of Architects

    The structure's corners are carried by cantilevered beams over the forest floor and touch only at portals and seats to minimize disturbance to tree roots. A stone basin centered within PINE/Cone's walls reflects human and natural elements simultaneously.

  • PINE/Cone#x2014;SALA Architects, Minneapolis

    PINE/Cone#x2014;SALA Architects, Minneapolis

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    PINE/Cone#x2014;SALA Architects, Minneapolis

    600

    Courtesy of The American Institute of Architects

  • Chandelier for the Hamilton Association#x2014;Patrick J. Carney, AIA, San Francisco

    Chandelier for the Hamilton Association#x2014;Patrick J. Carney, AIA, San Francisco

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    Chandelier for the Hamilton Association#x2014;Patrick J. Carney, AIA, San Francisco

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    Courtesy of The American Institute of Architects

     

  • Chandelier for the Hamilton Association#x2014;Patrick J. Carney, AIA, San Francisco

    Chandelier for the Hamilton Association#x2014;Patrick J. Carney, AIA, San Francisco

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    Chandelier for the Hamilton Association#x2014;Patrick J. Carney, AIA, San Francisco

    400

    Courtesy of The American Institute of Architects

  • Butterfly Window#x2014;Archer amp; Buchanan Architecture, West Chester, Penn.

    Butterfly Window#x2014;Archer amp; Buchanan Architecture, West Chester, Penn.

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    Butterfly Window#x2014;Archer amp; Buchanan Architecture, West Chester, Penn.

    561

    Courtesy of The American Institute of Architects

    Crafted from solid mahogany with delicate forged iron accents, the window features semicircular operable sashes hinged in the middle, giving it the effect of a butterfly's wings.

  • Honorable Mention: Marfa 10 x 10 Lightbox#x2014;candid rogers architect, San Antonio

    Honorable Mention: Marfa 10 x 10 Lightbox#x2014;candid rogers architect, San Antonio

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    Honorable Mention: Marfa 10 x 10 Lightbox#x2014;candid rogers architect, San Antonio

    600

    Courtesy of The American Institute of Architects

    A miniature dwelling measuring only 320 square feet, the Lightbox is designed as a retreat embracing the surrounding landscape. Interiors join with an exterior court to extend living space.

  • Honorable Mention: Marfa 10 x 10 Lightbox#x2014;candid rogers architect, San Antonio

    Honorable Mention: Marfa 10 x 10 Lightbox#x2014;candid rogers architect, San Antonio

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    Honorable Mention: Marfa 10 x 10 Lightbox#x2014;candid rogers architect, San Antonio

    600

    Courtesy of The American Institute of Architects


Winners in the Small Project Structures category:

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Wedge House - Donald Lococo Architects, Washington, D.C.

Winners in the Small Project Structures category

Winners in the Small Project Structures category

  • Wedge House - Donald Lococo Architects, Washington, D.C.

    Wedge House - Donald Lococo Architects, Washington, D.C.

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    Wedge House - Donald Lococo Architects, Washington, D.C.

    600

    Courtesy of The American Institute of Architects

    The renovated Wedge House builds on the pre-existing 1970s colors and material palette, overlaying existing elements with new and expanding living space.

  • Wedge House - Donald Lococo Architects, Washington, D.C.

    Wedge House - Donald Lococo Architects, Washington, D.C.

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    Wedge House - Donald Lococo Architects, Washington, D.C.

    448

    Courtesy of The American Institute of Architects

  • Casa 218 - Candid Rogers Architect, San Antonio

    Casa 218 - Candid Rogers Architect, San Antonio

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    Casa 218 - Candid Rogers Architect, San Antonio

    600

    Courtesy of The American Institute of Architects

     

  • Casa 218 - Candid Rogers Architect, San Antonio

    Casa 218 - Candid Rogers Architect, San Antonio

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    Casa 218 - Candid Rogers Architect, San Antonio

    600

    Courtesy of The American Institute of Architects

  • TEMPO - Laboratory for Environments, Architecture & Design, Husnes, Norway

    TEMPO - Laboratory for Environments, Architecture & Design, Husnes, Norway

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    TEMPO - Laboratory for Environments, Architecture & Design, Husnes, Norway

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    Courtesy of The American Institute of Architects

     

  • TEMPO - Laboratory for Environments, Architecture & Design, Husnes, Norway

    TEMPO - Laboratory for Environments, Architecture & Design, Husnes, Norway

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    TEMPO - Laboratory for Environments, Architecture & Design, Husnes, Norway

    600

    Courtesy of The American Institute of Architects

  • Abod - BSB Design, West Des Moines, Iowa

    Abod - BSB Design, West Des Moines, Iowa

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    Abod - BSB Design, West Des Moines, Iowa

    600

    Courtesy of The American Institute of Architects

     

  • Abod - BSB Design, West Des Moines, Iowa

    Abod - BSB Design, West Des Moines, Iowa

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    Abod - BSB Design, West Des Moines, Iowa

    400

    Courtesy of The American Institute of Architects

  • PJ's Coffee Shop - Wayne Troyer Architects, New Orleans

    PJ's Coffee Shop - Wayne Troyer Architects, New Orleans

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    PJ's Coffee Shop - Wayne Troyer Architects, New Orleans

    600

    Courtesy of The American Institute of Architects

     

  • PJ's Coffee Shop - Wayne Troyer Architects, New Orleans

    PJ's Coffee Shop - Wayne Troyer Architects, New Orleans

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    PJ's Coffee Shop - Wayne Troyer Architects, New Orleans

    600

    Courtesy of The American Institute of Architects

  • Penmar Studio-Residence - Dean Nota Architect, Hermosa Beach, Calif.

    Penmar Studio-Residence - Dean Nota Architect, Hermosa Beach, Calif.

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    Penmar Studio-Residence - Dean Nota Architect, Hermosa Beach, Calif.

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  • Penmar Studio-Residence - Dean Nota Architect, Hermosa Beach, Calif.

    Penmar Studio-Residence - Dean Nota Architect, Hermosa Beach, Calif.

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    Penmar Studio-Residence - Dean Nota Architect, Hermosa Beach, Calif.

    600

    Courtesy of The American Institute of Architects

  • Hobbit House - Archer & Buchanan Architecture, West Chester, Penn.

    Hobbit House - Archer & Buchanan Architecture, West Chester, Penn.

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    Hobbit House - Archer & Buchanan Architecture, West Chester, Penn.

    600

    Courtesy of The American Institute of Architects

     

  • Hobbit House - Archer & Buchanan Architecture, West Chester, Penn.

    Hobbit House - Archer & Buchanan Architecture, West Chester, Penn.

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    Hobbit House - Archer & Buchanan Architecture, West Chester, Penn.

    429

    Courtesy of The American Institute of Architects

  • Peninsula Temple Shalom Entry Canopy - Herman & Coliver Architecture, San Francisco

    Peninsula Temple Shalom Entry Canopy - Herman & Coliver Architecture, San Francisco

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    Peninsula Temple Shalom Entry Canopy - Herman & Coliver Architecture, San Francisco

    600

    Courtesy of The American Institute of Architects

     

  • Peninsula Temple Shalom Entry Canopy - Herman & Coliver Architecture, San Francisco

    Peninsula Temple Shalom Entry Canopy - Herman & Coliver Architecture, San Francisco

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    Peninsula Temple Shalom Entry Canopy - Herman & Coliver Architecture, San Francisco

    480

    Courtesy of The American Institute of Architects

  • Honorable Mention: Modular-Elm - Randy Brown Architects, Omaha, Neb.

    Honorable Mention: Modular-Elm - Randy Brown Architects, Omaha, Neb.

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    Honorable Mention: Modular-Elm - Randy Brown Architects, Omaha, Neb.

    600

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  • Honorable Mention: Modular-Elm - Randy Brown Architects, Omaha, Neb.

    Honorable Mention: Modular-Elm - Randy Brown Architects, Omaha, Neb.

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    Honorable Mention: Modular-Elm - Randy Brown Architects, Omaha, Neb.

    600

    Courtesy of The American Institute of Architects

  • Honorable Mention: Bus Shelter - PBC Architecture, Raleigh, N.C.

    Honorable Mention: Bus Shelter - PBC Architecture, Raleigh, N.C.

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    Honorable Mention: Bus Shelter - PBC Architecture, Raleigh, N.C.

    600

    Courtesy of The American Institute of Architects

     


Winner in the Flood-Resistant Housing category:

Nautilus House—Gordon A. Nicholson, Architect, Charleston, S.C.

Nicholson and South Carolina builder Ilderton Contractors collaborated to create this sustainably designed house, incorporating building orientation and context, natural light and ventilation, and eco-friendly materials. The house catches southeasterly breezes through its casement and awning windows, porch, and deck.