More stories about FLORIDA

  • eye of the storm

    Scott Merrill, AIA, knows something about storms. Toiling in hurricane alley while building out the New Urbanist communities of Seaside and now Windsor in Vero Beach, Fla, has cemented Merrill's practical side. His first design objective is to protect the occupants of his houses and secure their...

  • closing ranks

    Building a house on a sweet spot near the coast is a commission most architects covet. But when Hurricane Andrew slammed into South Florida, on Aug. 24, 1992, it made some reconsider the opportunity.

  • the not so wasteful house

    As Sarah Susanka's Not So Big Showhouse aptly illustrates, we've come a long way from the days when sustainability was unsightly. Thousands of attendees at this year's International Builders' Show in Orlando toured the 2,660-square-foot house, which marries earth-friendly features with innovation...

  • casa rizo, miami

    I tried to use solids and voids to take the eye beyond the physical limitations of the space and give the impression of a house bigger than it is, says architect Armando Rizo of his first house design, one he did for his family.

  • palm beach residence, palm beach, fla.

    Our judges noted the terrific site plan and praised the firm for "a classic Florida style that was beautifully done."

  • Busting the Builders

    Like most architects in this time of booming home sales, Ann Capron is busy--too busy, she says, to chase builders who are copying her plans without her permission.