There’s a reason why the Residential Architect Design Awards is one of the most prestigious design competitions that an architect can win. Most important, it’s judged by an independent jury of true peers—accomplished architects with deep expertise in residential work. The magazine’s editors provide only meals and encouragement to the panel as they slog through hundreds of entry packages. We also empower the jury to set the standard for winners and for the building types we honor. This year, they eliminated a number of categories we typically include, among them Kitchen, Bath, and Light Commercial. However, they did encounter one project they loved but which didn’t quite fit its entered category, so they created one not on our list: Adaptive Reuse. Wide latitude to make the best decisions about the best work—that’s the formula we believe makes for the best residential design competition in the business.

The 2013 Residential Architect Design Awards jury evaluated more than 600 entries. Ultimately, they premiated 34 projects: one Project of the Year, 10 Grand awards, and 23 Merit awards. Our 2013 jury members were E.B. Min, AIA, of Min/Day; Todd Hansen, AIA, of Albertsson Hansen; Robert M. Cain, FAIA, LEED AP; and Brian Messana, AIA, of Messana O’Rorke. Read on and see if you agree with their decisions. And don’t miss our expanded coverage of each project at, with more of the images, drawings, and floor plans we know you love.

View all 2013 RADA winners.

2013 RADA Judging Video