May 2005 Table of Contents

From the Editor
group hug

At the crest of a multi-year housing boom, it's about time the organization addressed and advanced the architect's role in it. Read more

Practice
r is for architect

Heidi Machul, an architecture intern who graduated from Ball State University four years ago, has her eye on the prize—a professional license. Most people in her position are still racking up internship hours. But by industry standards she's ahead of schedule, having already taken and passed three parts of the Architect Registration Exam (ARE). For her, getting registered is the light at the end of the tunnel. Read more

Residential Architect Design Awards
contemporaine, chicago 2005 RADA contemporaine, chicago

Not since the glory days of Modernism have high design and high-rise housing often coexisted. Most residential skyscrapers experience so much value-engineering, even the best architects struggle to give them a bit of character. Read more

Custom / More than 3,500 square feet
rye residence, rye, n.y. 2005 RADA rye residence, rye, n.y.

Designing for a rear lot can be tricky. Not only must the house relate to its immediate neighbors (positioned more prominently at streetside), but the approach is invariably lengthy. Read more

orleans residence, orleans, mass. 2005 RADA orleans residence, orleans, mass.

Strung out along the lip of a naturally occurring bowl, this glass-and-cedar house reinforces the forms in the landscape. Read more

the prospect, la jolla, calif. 2005 RADA the prospect, la jolla, calif.

Jonathan Segal, FAIA, can't resist a challenge. When building his own house, the San Diego–based architect/builder/developer chose an irregularly shaped lot in busy downtown La Jolla, right across from the town's commercial center. Read more

Custom / 3,500 square feet or less
matthew residence, brainerd, minn. 2005 RADA matthew residence, brainerd, minn.

Most of the cabins around this summer residence run parallel to the shoreline and sit as close to the water as possible. Asked to design a replacement for a cabin that had burned down, David Salmela proposed something a little more interesting. Read more

pacific palisades residence, pacific palisades, calif. 2005 RADA pacific palisades residence, pacific palisades, calif.

Just about every design decision architect Ivo Venkov made on this project—the home (and office) he shares with his wife and fellow architect, Rossi Venkov—related back to the site, a steep hillside overlooking the Pacific. Read more

Renovation
folsom street residential laboratory, san francisco 2005 RADA folsom street residential laboratory, san francisco

To convert the top floor of a leased commercial building into a residence, Todd Verwers created spaces that live comfortably but could be packed up and relocated when the lease expires. Read more

via de la paz residence, pacific palisades, calif. 2005 RADA via de la paz residence, pacific palisades, calif.

It's a significant accomplishment when an architect is entrusted with a Richard Neutra house. Peter Grueneisen has had the good fortune to work on this particular 1949 Neutra design not just once, but twice—and for two different clients. Read more

wilson residence, alexandria, va. 2005 RADA wilson residence, alexandria, va.

It's one to thing to overhaul a poorly designed home by an unknown architect, but things get trickier when the house is a classic mid-century Modern by Charles Goodman and sustainability is integral to the program. Read more

farmhouse, virginia rada 2005 farmhouse, virginia

The owners of this rural Virginia farmhouse, parts of which date back to the 1750s, wanted what so many modern families want: larger rooms that make better sense. Read more

dog team too, san antonio rada 2005 dog team too, san antonio

Leave it to Lake/Flato Architects to transform a pair of old warehouses into a gracious home and studio. Read more

Multifamily
harper court: seven fountains, west hollywood, calif. 2005 RADA harper court: seven fountains, west hollywood, calif.

Who says you can't build spectacular multifamily housing in a dense, urban environment? Read more

bentley-massachusetts apartments, los angeles 2005 RADA bentley-massachusetts apartments, los angeles

The jury dubbed this apartment building “dynamic and elegant.” For architect Stephen Kanner, FAIA, the challenge was to enliven and liberate the typical hermitically-sealed multifamily box. Read more

contemporaine, chicago 2005 RADA contemporaine, chicago

Not since the glory days of Modernism have high design and high-rise housing often coexisted. Most residential skyscrapers experience so much value-engineering, even the best architects struggle to give them a bit of character. Read more

Single-family production / Attached
110 chattanooga duplex, san francisco 2005 RADA 110 chattanooga duplex, san francisco

It's no accident that 110 Chattanooga Duplex strikes a confident yet respectful pose among the Victorian-era row houses in eclectic San Francisco. Read more

cannery lofts, newport beach, calif. 2005 RADA cannery lofts, newport beach, calif.

The Cannery Lofts live/work buildings delicately balance their light industrial location with pedestrian-friendly courtyards and street scenes. Read more

Affordable
chelsea court, new york city 2005 RADA chelsea court, new york city

With its bold colors, connection to the outdoors, and clever product specs, Chelsea Court is unlike most affordable housing projects. Indeed, said the judges, “it challenges the expectation of what that level of housing can be.” Read more

soma studios and 8th + howard apartments, san francisco 2005 RADA soma studios and 8th + howard apartments, san francisco

Architect David Baker isn't afraid to use color—especially in the affordable projects that he champions—but he knows from experience that bright hues can elicit all kinds of responses. Read more

Campus Housing
california state polytechnic university pomona, residential suites 2005 RADA california state polytechnic university pomona, residential suites

Mark Horton / Architecture, San Francisco. This nifty little dormitory had to please a roll call of constituencies. (Or, as architect Mark Horton tactfully offers, “it had to moderate a number of different conditions.”) Read more

ramapo college dormitory, mahwah, n.j. rada 2005 ramapo college dormitory, mahwah, n.j.

The jury commended this dormitory building for its “beautiful integration into the hillside and rugged terrain.” Read more

clifton hall student housing, california college of the arts, oakland, calif. rada 2005 clifton hall student housing, california college of the arts, oakland, calif.

This nifty little dormitory had to please a roll call of constituencies. (Or, as architect Mark Horton tactfully offers, “it had to moderate a number of different conditions.”) Read more

Outbuilding
broadford farm pavilion, hailey, idaho 2005 RADA broadford farm pavilion, hailey, idaho

The judges praised this charming little pavilion's “strong plan” and “nice proportions.” Conceived as a family retreat on a larger property containing an existing main house, the project presented Lake/Flato Architects with an opportunity to design a building that serves purely as a getaway destination. Read more

private wine silo, teton county, wyo. 2005 RADA private wine silo, teton county, wyo.

Because of a high-water table in the Snake River flood plain, Carney Architects designed this nifty little 300-square-foot wine storage room as a silo instead of a conventional cellar. Read more

Kitchen
potrero hill residence, san francisco 2005 RADA potrero hill residence, san francisco

A strong concept and refined detailing bring unity to this second-floor living space. The owners, a photographer and his wife, asked Jay Serrao, AIA, to create a lively kitchen, dining area, and living room that would flex for entertaining. Read more

Bath
Architectural Design Detail
stud skeleton library, winchester, va. 2005 RADA stud skeleton library, winchester, va.

Too many books. That's what prompted this husband-and-wife team of architects to design an inventive shelving arrangement based on the stud system of their late '60s tract house. Read more

Architectural Detail
house ocho, carmel, calif. 2005 RADA house ocho, carmel, calif.

This simple, elegant staircase plugged into an adjacent retaining wall may seem like an easy detail to pull off, but the opposite is true. Read more

On the Boards
loblolly house, taylors island, md. 2005 RADA loblolly house, taylors island, md.

This house on the Chesapeake Bay defers to the natural site and distills its essence. Located on a cordgrass marsh, the house rests on random pilings that blend in with the pine grove.  Read more

cabin on a pond, eastbrook, maine 2005 RADA cabin on a pond, eastbrook, maine

Alan Weiskopf, AIA, and Kevin Wagstaff, AIA, spend most of their working time on large-scale institutional, commercial, and multifamily projects. Read more

Other Articles
2005 RADA residential architect design awards

the sixth annual residential architect design awards received nearly 850 entries in 14 categories. The jury comprised six distinguished architects, including Laura Hartman, Fernau & Hartman Architects, Berkeley, Calif.; William P. Lecky, AIA, The Lessard Read more

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