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Architects' Favorite Buildings

Architects' Favorite Buildings

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    Courtesy Salk Institute for Biological Studies

    Salk Institute, La Jolla, Calif., by Louis Kahn. Chosen by Douglas Stockman, el dorado; John Brown, RAIC, housebrand; Ted Flato, FAIA, Lake|Flato Architects; Zoltan Pali, SPF:architects; and Luis Ibarra, Ibarra Rosano Design Architects.

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    Frank Harmon

    Unpainted Aristocracy, Outer Banks, N.C., by S.J. Twine. Chosen by Frank Harmon, FAIA, Frank Harmon Architect.

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    Hotel Therme Vals

    Therme Vals, Vals, Switzerland, by Peter Zumthor. Chosen by Ron Radziner, FAIA, Marmol Radziner, and Tom Kundig, FAIA, Olson Kundig Architects.

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    Judith Bromley

    Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Ariz., by Frank Lloyd Wright. Chosen by Ted Flato, FAIA, Lake|Flato Architects, and Luis Ibarra, Ibarra Rosano Design Architects.

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    The Hermitage

    The Hermitage, Nashville, Tenn., by David Morrison, Joseph Reiff, William C. Hume, and others. Chosen by Andrew Cogar, AIA, Historical Concepts.

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    Rauno Traskelin

    Villa Mairea, Noormarkku, Finland, by Alvar Aalto. Chosen by Mark A. Hutker, AIA, Hutker Architects and David Salmela, FAIA, Salmela Architect.

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    Dennis Brack/Black Star

    The East Building of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., by I.M. Pei. Chosen by Jacobsen Architecture.

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    Library of Congress

    Farnsworth House, Plano, Ill., by Mies van der Rohe. Chosen by Robert M. Gurney, FAIA. Photo: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Historic American Buildings Survey, HABS ILL,47-PLAN.V,1.

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    Robert LaPrelle

    Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, by Louis Kahn. Chosen by Alan Organschi, AIA, Gray Organschi Architecture; Brian MacKay-Lyons, FRAIA, Hon. FAIA, MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects; Heather McKinney, FAIA, LEED AP, McKinney-York Architects; Zoltan Pali, FAIA, SPF:architects; and Ted Flato, FAIA, Lake|Flato Architects.

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    Timothy Sakamoto

    Kings Road House, West Hollywood, Calif., by R.M. Schindler. Chosen by Fernau & Hartman Architects. Photo: Timothy Sakamoto, 2011 in-D media, LLC.

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    Whit Slemmons

    Thorncrown Chapel, Eureka Springs, Ark., by Fay Jones. Chosen by Cutler Anderson Architects.

When researching the ra50 list for our November/December 2010 issue, we asked the ra50 architects to name their favorite buildings. We’ve gathered images of some of their answers here. (Please note: Many of the architects selected multiple buildings, and not every choice is listed here.)