2012 residential architect design awards

By Meghan Drueding, Cheryl Weber, LEED AP, Nigel F. Maynard, and Bruce D. Snider

Our six-member jury selected 36 winners from a pool of more than 800 entries.


Project of the Year: the charmer, san diego

An urban infill multifamily building takes our 2012 title of Project of the Year.

Project of the Year: the charmer, san diego

An urban infill multifamily building takes our 2012 title of Project of the Year.


custom / 3,000 square feet or less

johnsen schmaling architects

Stacked Cabin, Muscoda, Wis.

This vertical-minded Milwaukee getaway challenges the notions of what a cabin is.

B+W House, Minneapolis

An urban infill house makes the most of a tight site.

Paso Robles Residence, Paso Robles, Calif.

A naturally cooled house coexists peacefully with its desert site.


custom / more than 3,000 square feet

Heavy Metal, Joplin, Mo.

A glass-and-steel house interacts magically with light.

Genius Loci, Montauk, N.Y.

This Montauk beach house is a lens through which to study the landscape.

Nightingale 2 Residence
Architect: Studio Pali Fekete Architects (SPF:a)
Location: Beverly Hills, California

Nightingale Residence, Los Angeles

Quintessentially California, this cantilevered glass box is designed for...



Bal Residence
Architect: Terry & Terry Architecture
Location: Menlo Park, California

Bal House, Menlo Park, Calif.

A sensitive renovation interweaves the original house and its new additions.

Tyler Residence, Leawood, Kan.

Two unobtrusive interior renovations update a home’s exterior.

a screen of ipe slats gives this house a crisp, contemporary profile.

House for locavore farmers, geyserville, calif.

A Northern California remodel maximizes both sight lines and views.



AP Lofts, Des Moines, Iowa

This sensitive restoration revitalizes a defunct warehouse.

Schindler House on Ellis Avenue, Inglewood, Calif.

This renovation was guided by the question: What would Schindler do?

Restoration/Renovation of and Addition to Historic Vaucluse, Machipongo, Va.

A historic plantation house is simplified and restored.



Chelsea Modern, New York

The Chelsea Modern speaks to the neighborhood’s physical and cultural transition.

The Lacey, Washington, D.C.

This condo building honors the community’s turbulent past while embracing its bright future.


single-family housing

Miller Ranch Porch House, Vanderpool, Texas

Lake|Flato Architects creates a modular house that relates to its site.

A New Norris House, Norris, Tenn.

A Tennessee student-built project that's both affordable and elegant.

the solaris collection at daybreak, south jordan, utah

Solar energy and geothermal help make these small homes energy efficient.



drs. julian and raye richardson apartments, san francisco

David Baker + Partners brings transparency and light to a low-income project.

echo ridge duplexes, topeka, kan.

El dorado applies a creative approach to a pair of affordable duplexes.

rosa gardens, palm springs, calif.

A LEED-Gold affordable housing community suits its hot, dry environment.


campus housing

Swarthmore College Residence Halls, Swarthmore, Pa.

campus housing / merit

The new campus housing references the past but its modern design looks forward.


architectural interiors

Transformer Loft, New York

This small studio apartment in New York lives large thanks to built-in storage.

Tribeca Loft Residence, New York

Office of Architecture and Push bring light to a New York loft.


light commercial

1st Avenue Commercial Office, Tucson, Ariz.

An old fried chicken restaurant becomes a new light-filled architecture studio and workshop.

Iowa Prison Industries Outlet Building, Des Moines, Iowa

A low-budget public building in Des Moines lives up to its high-profile site.



Montrose Residence, Montrose, Calif.

A humble backyard garage grows into a flexible, multipurpose accessory structure.

johnsen schmaling architects

Studio for a Composer, Spring Prairie, Wis.

Radically simplified forms and a tightly focused program yield a pure architectural experience.



Neutra Glen Residence, Stamford, Conn.

A new kitchen in a restored 1959 house by Richard Neutra expands on the theme of the original building.

with upper cabinets limited to a single end wall, the kitchen opens to light and views along its two outside walls.

Appleton Living Kitchen by Minarc, Venice, Calif.

Low profile cabinetry and walls devoted to glass open this kitchen to the outdoors.



a tile-lined floating partition defines the bath's walk-in shower.

Appleton Living Bath by Minarc, Venice, Calif.

A composition of floating elements, this master bath delivers an integrated experience.

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73rd Street Penthouse, New York

A glass-walled master bath drops a column of daylight into a two-story penthouse apartment.


architectural design detail

architect: tom kundig

Shadowboxx, San Juan Islands, Wash.

Motor-driven awning shutters provide elegant protection for an island home.

Chuckanut Ridge, Bow, Wash.

A red-lacquer stair-cum-storage cabinet draws inspiration from Asian traditions.

Studio Sitges, Sitges, Spain

A door within a door swings for everyday access and pivots for wide-open flow.


on the boards

Pettaway Pocket Neighborhood, Little Rock, Ark.

on the boards / grand

Our judges were impressed with the thoughtful design behind this affordable pocket community.

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