Architects from all around the country gathered in Seattle Sept. 14-16 for residential architect's 2009 Reinvention Symposium, "The New, New Reality: Expanding the Architect's Role Through Outreach, Innovation & Collaboration." Speakers Andrés Duany, FAIA; Gary Brewer, AIA; John Brown, RAIC; Jeremiah Eck, FAIA; Steve Glenn; Robert Hull, FAIA; David Miller, FAIA; Robert Humble, AIA; Michelle Kaufmann, AIA, LEED AP; William H. Kreager, FAIA; Tom Kundig, FAIA; Erik Lerner, AIA; Steven A. Moore, Ph.D.; Michael Pyatok, FAIA, and others shared how architects are redefining the scope, relevance, and capacity of their practices in the face of today's economic challenges. Follow the links below to read the magazine's Web-exclusive coverage of the event.

keynote address—"beyond the building: the architect's best hope for greater relevance" / andrés duany, faia, duany plater-zyberk & co.

(Watch the full Keynote Address video or the abridged version)

panel discussion—partnering with allied professions to bring new ideas to market / steve glenn, ceo, livinghomes; tom kundig, faia, olson sundberg kundig allen architects; robert humble, aia

breakout session—architects as real estate agents / john brown, raic, housebrand; jeremiah eck, faia, eck macneely architects; erik lerner, aia, realestatearchitect

breakout session—green, then and now / david miller, faia, and robert hull, faia, the miller|hull partnership

breakout session—citizen architect / steven a. moore, ph.d., bartlett cocke regents professor of architecture and planning, the university of texas at austin, school of architecture

breakout session—big house, little house: market meets demand / gary l. brewer, aia, robert a.m. stern architects

panel discussion—using mass media and technology to promote good design / michelle kaufmann, aia, leed ap; john brown, raic, housebrand

panel discussion—the big think: engaging community and government in design solutions / william h. kreager, faia, mithun; andrés duany, faia, duany plater-zyberk & co.; steven a. moore, ph.d., the university of texas at austin, school of architecture; michael pyatok, faia, pyatok architects; joseph w. tovar, city of shoreline, wash.

special charrette—greening the mcmansion

special event: congress of residential architecture and aia-cran—what now? a cora/aia-cran forum on re-imagining practice

Get a taste of the 2009 Housing Tour (video)

View the Housing Tour slideshow below!

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    Nestled on a site in suburban Beacon Hill among pre-existing one-story brick houses, this three-level, multifamily residence comprises four units of 1,752 square feet apiece. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom condos include a first-floor flex room, and a third-floor study and master suite.

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    Each unit features an open kitchen/dining room/living room on the second level.

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    Interiors are open, light-filled, and finished with contemporary materials such as concrete and bamboo.

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    Housing tour participants appraise the Dakota Residences unit.

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    A large floor-to-ceiling window infuses the master bedroom with light.

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    The master bathroom features a two-basin floating vanity, tiled shower, separate water closet, and walk-in closet.

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    A 322-square-foot rooftop cedar deck crowns each unit.

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    Located at the top of Queen Anne Hill adjacent to the business district, this project was, until recently, the live/work space of COOP 15's Lane Williams, AIA.

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    Lane Williams, AIA, was on hand to explain the design of the live/work space. Reclaimed fir used for the ceilings and floors bring a vintage touch to the house's modern concrete, brick, steel, and stucco structure.

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    Separated by a courtyard garden, the 2,500-square-foot new-construction residence shares the site with a 1,200-square-foot office, adapted from a circa 1908 former bakery, as well as a garage and 320-square-foot artist's studio.

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    Comprising a main residence, a guesthouse/garage, and a courtyard, the Graham Residence is emphasizes open interiors, the interplay between vertical and horizontal planes, soaring cantilevers, and the relationships between interior and exterior spaces.

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    At critical moments, the roles of architecture and landscape become indistinguishable.

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    A walkway from the driveway and garage/guesthouse overlooks a sunken courtyard garden.

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    A concrete channel runs along the garden edge, collecting the water fall in the courtyard wall.

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    The view from the second level roof deck.

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    The home's wide-open interiors are a work in progress.

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    Jacek Mrugala, associate at E. Cobb Architects discusses the Graham Residence with housing tour attendees.

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    The two large cantilevered wood-framed boxes of this 4,000-square-foot house contain the second- and third-floors' private spaces, including a self-contained guest suite.

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    Located on a steep wooded site, the Lake Washington residence is entered from above via a bridge that lands on the third-floor covered roof terrace.

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    A central steel-and-concrete stair descends through the house to the ground-floor living area ...

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    ... which opens to the shore and sweeping views of Lake Washington.

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    Project architect Robert Hull, FAIA, discusses the house's features with tour participants.

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    The house's ground floor encompasses the open kitchen, butler's pantry, dining room ...

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    ... living room, and semi-private study.

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    The program for the Meadow Creek residence was determined by the sloping site and by neighborhood covenants that protect the views of existing homes. Visitors approach the entry from a walkway that runs the length of the house's front.

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    A shallow, vaulted pavilion roof addresses site and neighborhood concerns with a smooth plane. Adjacent to the home's entry bridge, the structure of the dining room projects over a shallow pool.

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    Paneled in rich, warm wood, the dining room frames a view of the entry garden.

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    The house's long kitchen gallery is a warm, inviting space.

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    Living spaces unfold in a linear fashion below the roof plane, subdivided and directed toward the extensive gardens and western views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.

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    The garden is punctuated by delightful features, such as this relaxing pavilion.

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    Project architect Allan Farkas talks with visitors about the Meadow Creek house's dining room design ...

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    ... and about the house's orientation to the garden and views.

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    Three of the Remington Court units present a row house fa??ade to the street, echoing early urban developments ...

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    ... while the fourth is detached from the main structure and sited at the rear alley, removed from the street.

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    Robert Humble, principal of HyBrid Architecture discusses Remington Court's design with housing tour visitors. For more details on the housing tour, watch our video.