The recipients of The American Institute of Architects' (AIA) 2008 Small Project Awards prove that innovative concepts and great design can work just as well in small projects as they do in larger ones. Established specifically to recognize practitioners of small-project design, the fourth annual Small Project Awards honor 15 architectural firms for the high quality and design excellence of their work.

The 2008 jury included Lisa Stacholy, AIA, NCARB, LKS Architects; Janice Olshesky, AIA, LEED AP, Olshesky Design Group; William Rakatansky, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, FreemanWhite; George M. Blackburn III, AIA, NCARB, Construction Consulting International; and Edward D. Gaskin, AIA, Trahan Architects.

Winners in the Small Project Objects category:

Winners in the Small Project Structures category:

Winner in the Flood-Resistant Housing category:

Nautilus House—Gordon A. Nicholson, Architect, Charleston, S.C.

Nicholson and South Carolina builder Ilderton Contractors collaborated to create this sustainably designed house, incorporating building orientation and context, natural light and ventilation, and eco-friendly materials. The house catches southeasterly breezes through its casement and awning windows, porch, and deck.