This year's judging of our seventh annual design awards competition took place in mid-January. As you'll recall, several forces played out in the housing market last year: Real estate was still red hot, interest rates were still historically low, and we had a terrible season of storms that reached its apex with a hurricane called Katrina.

While the projects you see here weren't directly influenced by Katrina, they were discussed, evaluated, and judged in its aftermath. They were also considered at the tail end of another record year for real estate appreciation, which pushed prices out of reach for many would-be home buyers and renters. How do you add or replace housing where it's needed, with sturdy construction, pleasing architecture, and, most important, day-to-day livability? This question was foremost in our jurors' consciousness as they embraced three projects for Project of the Year honors. In all, they reviewed nearly 920 entries in 15 categories, identifying 12 Merit awards and 14 Grand awards in addition to the Project of the Year trio. No awards were given in the single-family production/attached, adaptive reuse, or campus housing categories.

The jury comprised six distinguished architects: Natalye Appel, FAIA, Natalye Appel + Associates Architects, Houston; Robert Orr, AIA, Robert Orr & Associates, New Haven, Conn.; Anne Fougeron, AIA, Fougeron Architecture, San Francisco; Heather Cass, FAIA, Cass & Associates Architects, Washington, D.C.; Manny Gonzalez, AIA, KTGY Group, Santa Monica, Calif.; and George Pappageorge, FAIA, Pappageorge/Haymes, Chicago. Everybody, they said, needs to be thinking about answers to our acute crisis in housing.

Project of the Year (three-way tie)

Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, Philadelphia
Cheryl O'Neill
Torti Gallas and Partners
Silver Spring, Md.

Modular 1, Kansas City, Kan.
Dan Rockhill/Studio 804
Studio 804
Lawrence, Kan.

Modular 2, Kansas City, Kan.
Dan Rockhill/Studio 804
Studio 804
Lawrence, Kan.

Custom Home / 3,500 square feet or less

Grand
Delta Shelter, Mazama, Wash.
Tom Kundig
Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects
Seattle

Grand
Assembled Residence, East Hampton, N.Y.
Bates Masi Architects
Bates Masi Architects
Sag Harbor, N.Y.

Merit
Solar Umbrella, Venice, Calif.
Angela Brooks, AIA, and Lawrence Scarpa, AIA
Pugh + Scarpa
Santa Monica, Calif.

Custom Home / More than 3,500 square feet

Grand
House on the Connecticut River, Conn.
Chad Floyd, FAIA
Centerbrook Architects and Planners
Centerbrook, Conn.

Grand
House on Beverly Ranch Road, Beverly Hills, Calif.
Zoltan E. Pali, FAIA
Studio Pali Fekete architects (SPF:a)
Culver City, Calif.

Grand
Ski House, Sugar Bowl, Calif.
Mark Horton
MH/A
San Francisco

Renovation

Grand
Additions to Historic West St. Mary's Manor, St. Mary's County, Md.
Stephen Muse, FAIA
Muse Architects, PC
Washington, D.C.

Merit
Clean Drinking House, Chevy Chase, Md.
Richard P. Williams, AIA
Richard Williams Architects
Washington, D.C.

Merit
Back of House, Dallas
Dan Shipley, FAIA
Shipley Architects
Dallas

Multifamily

Merit
Langston Lofts, Washington, D.C.
Robert Sponseller, AIA; Shalom Baranes, FAIA
Shalom Baranes Associates
Washington, D.C.

Merit
Orange Grove, West Hollywood, Calif.
Lawrence Scarpa, AIA
Pugh + Scarpa
Santa Monica, Calif.

Merit
Adams Row at 2301 Champlain Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
Michael E. Hickok, AIA; Laurence Caudle, RA; Vivian Chang de Ramirez
Hickok Cole Architects, PC
Washington, D.C.

Affordable Housing

Grand
Curran House, San Francisco
David Baker, FAIA
David Baker + Partners, Architects
San Francisco

Grand
K Lofts, San Diego
Jonathan Segal, FAIA
San Diego

Single-Family Production Housing

Grand
Barrio Metalico, Tucson, Ariz.
Rob Paulus
Rob Paulus Architect
Tucson, Ariz.

Grand
Bougainvillea Courtyard Homes, Vero Beach, Fla.
Mark Jones, AIA
Looney Ricks Kiss Architects
Celebration, Fla.

Outbuilding

Merit
Modern Speak Easy, Lawrence, Kan.
Dan Rockhill
Rockhill and Associates
Lecompton, Kansas

Merit
Canyon View Office/Guesthouse, Los Angeles
Stephen H. Kanner, FAIA
Kanner Architects
Santa Monica, Calif.

Merit
Overton Retreat Pavilion, McMinnville, Tenn.
Chip Webster
Chip Webster & Associates
Boston

Kitchen

Grand
Commonage Kitchen, Great Falls, Va.
Robert M. Gurney, FAIA
Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect
Alexandria, Va.

Bath

Merit
McCoy Bathroom, Alexandria, Va.
Clint Larkan
Clint M. Larkan Design Studio
Alexandria, Va.

On the Boards

Merit
Octavia Arts-Housing for Market and Octavia, San Francisco
Gregory Klosowski and Veronica Hinkley Reck
ie (ellipsis a+d and Ignition Architecture collaboration)
Oakland, Calif.

Architectural Interiors

Grand
Cooper Square, New York
Katherine Chia
Desai/Chia Architecture
New York

Architectural Design Detail

Grand
Eastern Market Row House, Washington, D.C.
David Jameson
David Jameson Architect
Alexandria, Va.

Grand
Parts House Pavilion, Milwaukee, Wis.
Johnsen Schmaling Architects
Milwaukee, Wis.

Merit
Low Country Screens, Charleston, S.C.
Frank Harmon Architect
Frank Harmon Architect
Raleigh, N.C.