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  • across the lake

    Although I leave the decision making on awards to our independent jury of architects, I have to admit I always have a few personal favorites among their choices. One project in particular our judges singled out continues to resonate for me.

     
  • the big plume

    Our residential architect Design Awards program has grown stronger in quality and quantity every year. We started out nine years ago with a respectable 300 entries, and the number has climbed steadily ever since—until this year, when it made a big leap up.

     
  • do diligence

    Not long ago, I made my obligatory pilgrimage to the NAHB's International Builders' Show. I've been going to the trade show for about 16 years now—since it was the plain old Homebuilders' Show—so I've seen some trends come and go. And I've seen attendance steadily rise until, most recently and for...

     
  • let there be light

    My family thinks if the sun has set outside, then it's time to use every available watt to illuminate the interior of the house. I, on the other hand, believe ambient light inside the house should follow the circadian rhythm of the day.

     
  • School of Hard Knocks

    It seems like everyone—novice and pro—became a real estate speculator during the housing boom. The go-go momentum inspired a number of residential architects to try their hand at investing as well. You might think this combination of enterprise and good taste would strike pay dirt in areas starved...

     
  • pitched battle

    You may notice a theme in our choices for this year's

     
  • modern craft

    I'm spending my weekends performing a task all baby boomers dread: I'm clearing out my parents' house. It's a cavernous place packed basement to attic with books, decorative objects, and furniture.

     
  • no singular solutions, please

    Americans are a big-hearted group with a short attention span. Two years after Hurricane Katrina plowed down everything in her path along the Gulf of Mexico coastline, we've moved on to other subjects of sympathy.

     
  • confessions of a production home buyer

    I've given up my lovely little 1928 bungalow for a production home. My colleague, the editor of CUSTOM HOME magazine, has threatened to out me, so I thought I'd beat her to the punch.

     
  • evaluating value

    Here at ra, we've long known the secret of the high-design, low-cost house: it belongs to an architect.

     
 
 
 
 
 
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