November 2010 Table of Contents

From the Editor
Architects Need to Promote Their Work Via Online Tools and Other Vehicles from the editor Architects Need to Promote Their Work Via Online Tools and Other Vehicles

If you're not on our ra50 list, find your own way to let the world know how great you are. Read more

Home Front
ra50 Architects Dish on the Best and Worst Aspects of the Profession ra50 Architects Dish on the Best and Worst Aspects of the Profession

ra50 architects tell us what they like best?and least?about practicing in their chosen field. Read more

Practice
the sliding scale the sliding scale

Smaller projects mean more client interviews, thinner profit margins, and more jobs starting and stopping. Read more

RA 50
ra50: Introduction ra50 ra50: Introduction

Playing favorites is a dangerous game. It’s one we’ve more or less avoided for more than a dozen years. And yet, “The List” is a tried-and-true formula for magazines, one that always stirs interest inside and outside of the enterprise. So why did we finally succumb to doing our own “best of” compendium? Read more

ra50: Andrew Maynard Architects ra50 ra50: Andrew Maynard Architects

Andrew Maynard Architects produces architecturally inspired houses. Read more

ra50: Bates Masi + Architects ra50 ra50: Bates Masi + Architects

Bates + Masi Architects' preference for simplicity leads them to reinvent mundane materials. Read more

ra50: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson ra50 ra50: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson explores the nuances of place, people, and how things are made. Read more

ra50: Brooks + Scarpa ra50 ra50: Brooks + Scarpa

Whether high-end or low-budget, Brooks + Scarpa's inventive work enhances the built environment. Read more

ra50: Craig Steely Architecture ra50 ra50: Craig Steely Architecture

Craig Steely practices the art of less is more. Read more

ra50: Cutler Anderson Architects ra50 ra50: Cutler Anderson Architects

Cutler Anderson has mastered the art of timeless design. Read more

ra50: David Baker + Partners Architects ra50 ra50: David Baker + Partners Architects

At David Baker + Partners in San Francisco, sustainable design is a way of life. Read more

ra50: David Jameson Architect ra50 ra50: David Jameson Architect

In architecturally conservative Washington, D.C., architect David Jameson offers clients idea-driven buildings. Read more

Profile: Dennis Wedlick, AIA, Dennis Wedlick Architect Design Studio Profile: Dennis Wedlick, AIA, Dennis Wedlick Architect

New York-based Dennis Wedlick Architect [DWA] used to be known for crafting finely detailed custom homes in rural locations and creative loft conversions in the urban environment. Read more

ra50: Ehrlich Architects ra50 ra50: Ehrlich Architects

Innovative design and a commitment to sustainability mark Ehrlich Architects' work. Read more

ra50: el dorado ra50 ra50: el dorado

el dorado has built a following in Kansas City., Mo., and beyond. Read more

ra50: Estes/Twombly Architects ra50 ra50: Estes/Twombly Architects

Newport, R.I., architects James Estes and Peter Twombly employ rural vernacular forms in an architecture they term "quiet modernism, rooted in the New England tradition." Read more

ra50: Fernau & Hartman Architects ra50 ra50: Fernau & Hartman Architects

Fernau & Hartman reinvents the local “street language” of architecture to bring out what’s best in a site. Read more

ra50: Fougeron Architecture ra50 ra50: Fougeron Architecture

Anne Fougeron’s light-infused buildings blend the old and new, industrial and domestic, technical and highly crafted. Read more

ra50: Frank Harmon Architect ra50 ra50: Frank Harmon Architect

Frank Harmon has spent the past three decades fine-tuning his thoughtful, regional modernism. Read more

ra50: Glenn Murcutt ra50 ra50: Glenn Murcutt

Glenn Murcutt does it all—and on his own—when it comes to residential work. Read more

ra50: Gray Organschi Architecture ra50 ra50: Gray Organschi Architecture

Gray Organschi Architecture has a passion for houses. Read more

ra50: Historical Concepts ra50 ra50: Historical Concepts

Jim Strickland's firm aims to design houses that look as good as those done 200 years ago. Read more

ra50: housebrand ra50 ra50: housebrand

housebrand melds an architecture firm, real estate agency, and more at its office in Canada. Read more

ra50: Hutker Architects ra50 ra50: Hutker Architects

Hutker Architects combines a deep sensitivity to the architectural vernacular of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket, Mass., with a modernist sensibility. Read more

ra50: Ibarra Rosano Design Architects ra50 ra50: Ibarra Rosano Design Architects

Ibarra Rosano Design Architects embraces the inside as well as the outside. Read more

ra50: Jacobsen Architecture ra50 ra50: Jacobsen Architecture

Hugh Newell Jacobsen's work continues to challenge. Read more

ra50: Joeb Moore + Partners, Architects ra50 ra50: Joeb Moore + Partners, Architects

Greenwich, Conn., architect Joeb Moore blends the provocative with the poetic. Read more

ra50: Johnsen Schmaling Architects ra50 ra50: Johnsen Schmaling Architects

Johnsen Schmaling enjoys pushing itself into new conceptual territory. Read more

ra50: Jonathan Segal, FAIA ra50 ra50: Jonathan Segal, FAIA

Jonathan Segal is an architect/developer who does it all. Read more

ra50: Koning Eizenberg Architecture ra50 ra50: Koning Eizenberg Architecture

Koning Eizenberg’s buildings address urban design challenges beautifully and intelligently. Read more

ra50: Lake|Flato Architects ra50 ra50: Lake|Flato Architects

In Texas and beyond, Lake|Flato makes architecture that resonates with the landscape. Read more

ra50: Looney Ricks Kiss ra50 ra50: Looney Ricks Kiss

Looney Ricks Kiss offers diversity in its project types. Read more

ra50: Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects ra50 ra50: Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

Los Angeles architect Lorcan O'Herlihy pushes the limits of public and private space. Read more

ra50: MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects ra50 ra50: MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple applies its regional design principles universally. Read more

ra50: Marlon Blackwell Architect ra50 ra50: Marlon Blackwell Architect

Marlon Blackwell brings extraordinary design to everyday circumstances. Read more

ra50: Marmol Radziner ra50 ra50: Marmol Radziner

Marmol Radziner takes the rigor and inventiveness of its designs all the way through to construction. Read more

ra50: McInturff Architects ra50 ra50: McInturff Architects

Architect Mark McInturff, FAIA, leads a local firm that has garnered national attention. Read more

ra50: McKinney York Architects ra50 ra50: McKinney York Architects

McKinney York’s work embraces both clients and the community. Read more

ra50: Messana O'Rorke ra50 ra50: Messana O'Rorke

Dedicated minimalists Brian Messana and Toby O’Rorke create urban breathing spaces. Read more

ra50: Michelle Kaufmann Studio ra50 ra50: Michelle Kaufmann Studio

Michelle Kaufmann extols the virtues of modular modern design with a sustainable twist. Read more

ra50: Miller Hull Partnership ra50 ra50: Miller Hull Partnership

Miller Hull's concern for the environment anticipated by decades the profession's current interest in sustainability. Read more

ra50: Mithun ra50 ra50: Mithun

Mithun designs regionally appropriate homes witha sustainable twist. Read more

ra50: Muse Architects ra50 ra50: Muse Architects

Muse Architects seamlessly extends the visual vocabulary of the fine, old houses and neighborhoods of Washington, D.C., and its surrounding region. Read more

ra50: Olson Kundig Architects ra50 ra50: Olson Kundig Architects

Olson Kundig’s houses move comfortably between art, nature, and architecture. Read more

ra50: Robert A.M. Stern Architects ra50 ra50: Robert A.M. Stern Architects

Among the most accomplished architects of his generation, Robert A.M. Stern calls residential work the "bedrock" of his practice. Read more

ra50: Robert M. Gurney, FAIA ra50 ra50: Robert M. Gurney, FAIA

Robert M. Gurney works modern details into traditional projects. Read more

ra50: Rockhill and Associates ra50 ra50: Rockhill and Associates

Rockhill and Associates blends the modern with the agrarian. Read more

ra50: Safdie Rabines Architects ra50 ra50: Safdie Rabines Architects

Safdie Rabines Architects picks up larger projects, but houses remain vital to the firm. Read more

ra50: Salmela Architect ra50 ra50: Salmela Architect

David Salmela blends region-specific modernism with the human need for comfort. Read more

ra50: Shipley Architects ra50 ra50: Shipley Architects

A resourceful inventiveness sets apart Dan Shipley's work. Read more

ra50: Shope Reno Wharton Architecture ra50 ra50: Shope Reno Wharton Architecture

Shope Reno Wharton Architecture applies contemporary standards of performance and space planning to classically based architectural styles. Read more

ra50: Stuart Cohen & Julie Hacker Architects ra50 ra50: Stuart Cohen & Julie Hacker Architects

Stuart Cohen and Julie Hacker set the standard for creativity within a traditional vocabulary. Read more

ra50: Studio Pali Fekete Architects ra50 ra50: Studio Pali Fekete Architects

SPF:architects produces work that's notable for both its power and its restraint. Read more

ra50: Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects ra50 ra50: Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects

Turnbull Griffin Haesloop deftly weaves architecture into the landscape, and vice versa. Read more

Workspace
Campaigne Kestner Architects transforms a dull garage into an inviting office.

Turning a bland garage into an architecture firm's dynamic office. Read more

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