2010 Residential Architect Design Awards

We saw fewer RADA entries this year, but this may have been one of our toughest juries yet as you'll see just six Grand awards among the 26...


Project of the Year

earthbound concrete towers let the transparent boxes perch delicately above the site.

Tea Houses, Silicon Valley, Calif.

The jury rhapsodized about this trio of outbuildings in California's Silicon Valley, naming it Project of the Year.


Custom / 3,000 square feet or less

big glass doors and an overhang of solar panels make up the guesthouse's front elevation.

Mod Cott, Burnet, Texas

The jury loved the way this Texas guesthouse and weekend retreat juxtaposes rough-edged elements and polished precision.


L-Stack House, Fayetteville, Ark.

Before purchasing this compact suburban lot, Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, and his family observed it for a year and a half from a rental next...


Custom / more than 3,000 square feet

a freestanding fireplace is one of several "events" that foster an active engagement with the landscape.

Yingst Retreat, Empire, Mich.

Surprising as it may seem, the requirements that gave rise to the Yingst Retreat were rather conventional: lots of light, room for guests...




Pilates Studio and Carport, Dallas

Given a tight budget, Susan Appleton, AIA, LEED AP, produced an unfussy, yet elegant design for this pilates studio and carport.




the spreter studio, gladwyne, pa.

Designed in 1934 by architect William Lescaze, who is known for his work on the PSFS Building in Philadelphia, this studio was slated for...

  • returned to its original color scheme, this apartment closely approximates how schindler's work appeared in the 1940s.

    Bubeshko Apartments, Los Angeles

    In restoring this two-building apartment complex by the Southern California modernist Rudolph Schindler, architect Eric Haas, AIA, drew two...




One Eleven Mixed-Use Development, Baton Rouge, La.

Our judges roundly praised this mixed-use building as a truly urban insertion and a shining precedent for a downtown undergoing a...


Formosa 1140, West Hollywood, Calif.

With this West Hollywood, Calif., multifamily project, Lorcan O'Herlihy, FAIA, turns the concept of courtyard housing on its head—or...


Single-family production, detached

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    Elm, Hidden Creek, Neb.

    Randy Brown, FAIA, LEED AP, is opposed to the typical suburban production home, so he designed the Elm model of the Hidden Creek 12-unit project to fly in the face of convention.



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    Step Up on Fifth, Santa Monica, Calif.

    This affordable housing for homeless and mentally disabled residents impressed the jury with its artful blend of private and semi-public zones.

  • the interiors enjoy ample daylight. the concrete floors provde thermal mass.

    Lolomas, Clovis, N.M.

    Dan Rockhill's portfolio contains historic restoration projects, public art pieces, high-design custom homes, and not much affordable housing.


Architectural Design Detail


On the Boards

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    House 99, Houston

    Architects Gail Peter Borden, RA, AIA, and Brian Delford Andrews, RA, covered all the bases—affordability, sustainability, and energy efficiencyÑin this prototype Houston house.

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    Porchscapes, Fayetteville, Ark.

    Parks—not pipes. That was the rallying call behind Porchscapes, where a series of water treatment parks is the connective tissue for an entire low-income community.

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    Community | City: Between Building and Landscape

    Marilys R. Nepomechie's proposal for revitalizing Smoketown, a historic African-American neighborhood in Louisville, Ky., won wide praise from our judges.

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