• 2013 RADA / Custom Home/3,000 Square Feet or Less / Grand Award: Barrio Historico House, Tucson, Ariz. / HK Associates

    Barrio Historico House, Tucson, Ariz.

    HK Associates puts a contemporary spin on a traditional desert building type.

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    Barrio Historico House, Tucson, Ariz.

    The 2012 Custom Home of the Year is a brilliant reinterpretation of the traditional urban courtyard house.

  • 1st Avenue Commercial Office, Tucson, Ariz.

    An old fried chicken restaurant becomes a new light-filled architecture studio and workshop.

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    Barrio Historico House

    2011 Annual Design Review: Live: Citation

  • Cedar Street Residence, Tempe, Ariz.

    Separate buildings facing a private courtyard form an innovative suburban live/work dwelling.

  • the villas at golden eagle village, superstition mountain, ariz.

    This project's unusually strong relationship to its desert site in a master planned community near Scottsdale, Ariz., earned it winning marks. "It's contextual with its surroundings and sits gently on the landscape," said one judge.

  • terra firma

    Bill Mackey, RA, and his wife, Rachel Yaseen, are true urbanists. The Tucson, Ariz., residents don't own a car, preferring instead to walk or to get around on bicycles or via a golf cart—which, apparently, is street-legal there.

  • the six, tucson, ariz.

    The houses in this Arizona infill development didn't have anywhere to turn. Built on the back sections of deep lots, four of the six face private drives and the fences of nearby buildings.

  • desert gate

    Luis Ibarra says courtyards are the best “technique for living in the desert climate.” In fact, his latest development project with partner (and wife) Teresa Rosano, RA, LEED AP, counts on the appeal of courtyard living to sell six spec houses.

  • designbuild collaborative

    When three architectural firms needed new offices for their respective practices, they joined forces to find an old building in an urban setting.

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