McInturff Architects' second monograph, In Residence (The Images Publishing Group, 2007), takes up the body of work completed since 2000. Fittingly, the small firm based just outside of the Nation's Capital, in Bethesda, Md., has a national profile. It has managed, during its 20 years of practice helmed by Mark McInturff, FAIA, to do top-notch modern work in a largely tradition-laden town. At the heart of that success, as this 160-page, four-color book demonstrates, is a deep commitment to each project, client, and site, no matter what the scope of work. Even the smallest program—a screened porch or a library alcove, for instance—entices the full creative attention of the team.

McInturff writes in his introduction that “the house is the archetype for all other good buildings.” In his firm's hands, indeed, it is.