residential architect's sister magazine, ARCHITECT, recently announced the winners of its 56th annual P/A Awards—each exemplifying progressive architecture applied to community, environmental, technological, programmatic, urban, and economic challenges. When the awards jury met in October 2008 to review entries, the economy was beginning its final fatal downward spiral. "The mood of the moment undoubtedly affected the decision-making process," ARCHITECT's introduction to the 2009 award winners muses. "The task at hand—to identify the year's outstanding examples of progressive architecture—proved quite a challenge, given that jurors collectively bristled at the very term "progress."

And yet out of their acute sense of the troubled economy and uncertainty about the future of architecture, the jurors forged a new understanding of "progress," and selected the 2009 P/A award winners accordingly.

Read the introduction to the 2009 P/A Awards


Porchscapes, Fayetteville, Ark.—University of Arkansas Community Design Center

The Ubuntu Center, Port Elizabeth, South Africa—Field Architecture

Drive-in and Park, Marfa, Texas—MOS

Taipei Waterfront, Taipei, Taiwan—Stan Allen Architect


Nest House, Disaster Areas Worldwide—Naylor & Chu Architects

Bodega Bauer Winery and Vineyard Estate, Mendoza, Argentina—Field Architecture

Alice Tully Hall, New York—Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with FXFOWLE Architects


Rapidly Deployable Inflatable Containers, Disaster Sites Worldwide—Viraline

Thunder Stadium, St. Paul, Minn.—Office DA

Inland Steel Restoration, Chicago—Skidmore, Owings & Merrill