2013 Residential Architect Design Awards

The winners of this year's RADA: one Project of the Year, 10 Grand awards, and 23 Merit awards.


Project of the Year

2013 rada / project of the year: bud clark commons, portland, ore. / holst architecture

Project of the Year: Bud Clark Commons, Portland, Ore.

RA's Project of the Year combines studio housing for formerly homeless residents, a day center, and a 90-bed shelter.

Project of the Year: Bud Clark Commons, Portland, Ore.

RA's Project of the Year combines studio housing for formerly homeless residents, a day center, and a 90-bed shelter.


Custom / 3,000 Square Feet or Less

43 pembroke lane

Flynn Mews House, Dublin, Ireland

Lorcan O'Herlihy knits a minimalist house into Dublin's complex historic fabric.

2013 rada / custom home/3,000 square feet or less / grand award: barrio historico house, tucson, ariz. / hk associates

Barrio Historico House, Tucson, Ariz.

HK Associates puts a contemporary spin on a traditional desert building type.


Sliding House, Upper Kingsbury, Nova Scotia

With its nearly irreducible geometry and minimal palette of materials—a corrugated...

2013 rada / custom home/3,000 square feet or less / merit award: skyline residence, bend, ore. / bohlin cywinski jackson

Skyline Residence, Bend, Ore.

Skyline Residence was designed as a guest house, but its first job was to provide a...


Hall House, Duluth, Minn.

Rooted in ledge rock and floating beyond its old footprint, this house evokes Italian...


Custom / More Than 3,000 Square Feet

2013 rada / custom / more than 3,000 square feet / grand award: studio sitges, sitges, spain / olson kundig architects

Studio Sitges, Sitges, Spain

The RADA judges were unanimous in their regard for this live/work residence on Spain’s Mediterranean coast, which they called both...

2013 rada / custom / more than 3,000 square feet / merit award: kicking horse residence, golden, british columbia / bohlin cywinski jackson

Kicking Horse Residence, Golden, B.C.

Kicking Horse Residence is a purpose-built base for alpine adventures that balances rugged practicality with casual elegance.

2013 rada / custom / more than 3,000 square feet / merit award: sagaponack, sagaponack, n.y. / bates masi architects

Sagaponack, Sagaponack, N.Y.

Simplicity and clarity rule the day at a waterfront home by Bates Masi Architects.

2013 rada / custom / more than 3,000 square feet / merit award: bridge house, kent, conn / joeb moore & partners architects

Bridge House, Kent, Conn.

Inspired by a wood-covered bridge spanning the nearby falls, this house springs from a rolling hill. Joeb Moore, AIA, organized it as two...



2013 rada / renovation / merit award: flip house, san francisco / fougeron architecture

Flip House, San Francisco

Using a few creative moves, Fougeron Architecture reimagines the rowhouse.

2013 rada / renovation / merit award: bedford residence, bedford corners, n.y. / joel sanders architect

Bedford Residence, Bedford Corners, N.Y.

“Architects often think of buildings as an independent sculptural object that sits in...

2013 rada / renovation / merit award: sands point residence, sands point, n.y.  / ohlhausen dubois architects

Sands Point Residence, Sands Point, N.Y.

Ohlhausen DuBois Architects transforms a 1950s ranch house.


Restoration / Preservation


Four Pavilions, Washington, D.C.

Richard Williams Architects preserves an iconic 1975 Hugh Newell Jacobsen house.


Exterior Restoration and Reconstruction, New York

A meticulous restoration of a Beaux-Arts jewel.


Multifamily Housing

2013 rada / multifamily / grand: via verde  the green way, bronx, n.y. / dattner architects with grimshaw

Via Verde—The Green Way, Bronx, N.Y.

LEED-Gold affordable housing in the Bronx.

2013 RADA / Multifamily / Merit Award: The Modules, Philadelphia / Interface Studio Architects

The Modules, Philadelphia

Prefab techniques streamlined the construction time for this LEED-Gold multifamily...

2013 rada / multifamily / grand: 1221 broadway, san antonio / lake|flato architects and oco architects (architect of record)

1221 Broadway, San Antonio

Lake|Flato’s task was to find the best use for 19 concrete superstructures spanning...


Single-Family Housing

2013 rada / renovation / grand award: 100k houses, philadelphia / interface studio architects

100K Houses, Philadelphia

Interface Studio Architects' modern, sustainable prototypes for single-family housing.

2013 RADA / Single-Family Housing / Merit Award: 125 Haus, Park City, Utah / AJR Atelier J¶rg Rgemer

125 Haus, Park City, Utah

In designing this test house, which is also his family home, architect Jörg Rügemer set the bar extremely high—and moderately low.


Affordable Housing

Fillmore Park, San Francisco

Design creates opportunities for social interaction at this affordable housing project by David Baker + Partners.


Columbia Parc at Bayou District, New Orleans

A mix of scales and unit types enlivens this affordable housing by JHP Architecture/Urban Design.


Adaptive Reuse

FP3, Boston

With this 99-unit adaptive reuse project, David Hacin, FAIA, set out to announce the rebirth of an entire neighborhood.


Campus Housing

2013 rada / campus housing / grand award: university of washington west campus housing, phase one, seattle / mahlum

University of Washington West Campus Housing Phase One, Seattle

Mahlum harnesses a complex program for student housing at the University of Washington.


Trail Center at Camp Prairie Schooner, Kansas City, Mo.

Savvy use of color and materials distinguishes a pair of Girl Scout camp structures.


Architectural Interiors

Manhattan Micro Loft, New York

Specht Harpman's thoughtful design lets a 320-square-foot loft live large.


Architectural Design Detail

Curved House, Springfield, Mo.

Curved House isn’t curved, per se, explains architect Matthew Hufft, AIA, LEED AP. “It’s really this modern box.”

2013 rada / architectural design detail / merit award: 235 van buren, chicago / perkins

235 Van Buren, Chicago

Perkins+Will's sculptural façade for a Chicago high-rise.




Garden Gateway, Sisterdale, Texas

A garden tool shed is "an industrial version of Mother Earth."


Newton House, Newton, Mass.

A quietly stunning pool house frames the landscape.


The Shed, Springfield, Mo.

“Simple.” “Direct.” “Minimal.” “Beautifully proportioned.” The jury’s enthusiasm for...


On the Boards


Building Neighborhoods that Build Social and Economic Prosperity, Kigali, Rwanda

A sensitive, replicable plan for urban development in Rwanda.


Four Eyes House, Coachella Valley, Calif.

A weekend home by Edward Ogosta creatively frames views.


Make It Right, New Orleans

Brooks + Scarpa designs a pair of climate-savvy prototypes for displaced New Orleans...

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