This isn't our design awards program, it's yours. You enter your best work and your peers judge which shall rise above the rest. We editors stand back and watch, always fascinated to see what gets entered and what gets chosen. As flies on the wall, we can tell you this was an especially tough year. Our winners are always admirable but this year what ended up on the cutting room floor was stronger than ever. Gone were projects we've already happily published as well as those we'd like to get to know better. Ouch.

The fifth annual residential architect design awards received more than 780 entries in 10 categories: custom / 3,500 square feet or less; custom/more than 3,500 square feet; renovation; multifamily; single-family production/detached; single-family production/attached; affordable; kitchen; bath; architectural detail. All were eligible for selection as Project of the Year. We always give the judges discretion to eliminate, add, or combine categories, and to dispense as many or as few awards as they wish. This year, they made no awards in the architectural detail category, yet they created a judges' award for two projects they admired but thought didn't fit the categories entered. In all, they selected 24 projects for awards, including one Project of the Year, eight grand awards, 13 merit awards, and two judges' awards.

Your judges' panel comprised six accomplished residential architects: Adele Chang, AIA, Lim Chang Rohling & Associates, Pasadena, Calif.; David Hacin, AIA, Hacin + Associates, Boston; Frank Harmon, FAIA, Frank Harmon Architect, Raleigh, N.C.; Margaret I. McCurry, FAIA, Tigerman McCurry Architects, Chicago; Dale Mulfinger, FAIA, SALA Architects, Inc., Minneapolis; and Rebecca Swanston, AIA, Swanston Associates, Architects, Baltimore. Click through the pages and enjoy your awards.