design awards question

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Two thoughtul online comments on our residential architect design awards story have piqued my curiosity. One calls for an explicit inclusion of sustainability standards as judging criteria in the awards program. The other responds by noting that the most sustainable building an architect can design is one that is long-lasting and cherished by its owner, and (I think) implies that sustainability is already wrapped up in good design.

I respect both views. I've witnessed many discussions during the awards judgings (not just the residential architect design awards, but the Custom Home Design Awards as well) about a project's environmental impact, so it is definitely an important factor in detemining the final lineup of winners. But I'd like to know what readers and maybe even some of our former awards judges think. To throw in your two cents, please comment on this post, or email me at --m.d.



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