For this year’s Residential Architect Design Awards, in keeping with the times, we dropped the requirement for printed binders and adopted online submission and review. The change in process doesn’t seem to have posed any problems. The jurors—John Frane, Seth Grizzle, Hadrian Predock, Bruce D. Snider, and Betsy Williamson (see more below)—were presented with nearly 600 entries, from which 18 emerged victorious.
The Residential Architect Design Awards represent the very best in North American residential architecture, in all its diversity. The 2015 winners include sensitive restorations of faded classics, budget-conscious multifamily dwellings, and vacation spots for the AirBnB set.
Given the breadth and depth of submissions, the jurors ultimately selected projects that exhibited innovation in their own right—projects whose architects brought something new to the drafting table and strove for excellence from conception to execution.
Meet the Jury
Williamson earned her M.Arch. from the Harvard Graduate School of Design prior to forming Toronto-based Williamson Chong Architects with partners Shane Williamson and Donald Chong. She was named a finalist for the Architects Journal’s 2015 Emerging Woman Architect of the Year award, and in 2014 the firm was recognized with an Architectural League Emerging Voices award, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Emerging Architectural Practice award, and a handful of Residential Architect Design Awards.
Snider is a building designer and architecture writer who lives in Belfast, Maine. A frequent contributor to RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECT, he writes for our sister magazine Custom Home and has written for publications as varied as Preservation, Fiddler, and the British Medical Journal.
Predock and Frane are partners in the collaborative research-and-development design firm Predock_Frane Architects, which they started in 2000 in Los Angeles. Both hold teaching positions at the University of Southern California School of Architecture, Frane as a lecturer and Predock as the recently appointed director of undergraduate programs. Their work has been exhibited at the 2004 and 2012 Venice Biennales. Predock_Frane Architects was named one of the Architectural League’s Emerging Voices in 2005 and has received several AIA Honor Awards.
Grizzle is a designer and the creative officer at Graypants, a Seattle- and Amsterdam-based practice specializing in product design, architecture, and laser-cut cardboard lighting fixtures fashioned from salvaged boxes. Graypants won an Award in the Outbuilding category of the 2014 Residential Architect Design Awards for the firm’s debut architecture project, which involved the transformation of a disused garage into a bright and airy waterfront retreat.