from the editor

  • the enemy within

    It's time architects of every discipline understand residential architecture for what it really is: everyone's most intimate connection with architecture.


home front

  • range finders

    Earlier this year, the AIA invited architects and architecture students to envision the home of the future. They were asked to come up with designs that not only help save the planet but do it affordably, while also addressing the social needs of the inhabitants.


k+b studio


  • playing the angles

    Custom medicine cabinets match the width of the windows and reflect their panorama. (The arrangement adds romantic appeal, because to see Mount Tam the owners must also look toward each other.) Floating beech vanities leave floor space open, making the 7½-foot-by-12½-foot room seem larger.



  • mountain time

    A spectacular hillside just north of San Francisco inspired both the form and plan of this 4,000-square-foot house by the eponymous firm House + House Architects.



  • a rare find

    I first met Fay Jones in the spring of 1983, in Piazza Santa Maria, in the Trastevere section of Rome, Italy. As I sat sipping espresso with my friend, the architect Spero Daltas, Fay sauntered across the piazza contemplating a place to sketch. He was in Rome for a mid-career fellowship at the...



  • dotting the i's

    When a partner leaves, the most contentious issue may be the potential loss of clients and employees.

  • breaking the circle

    With partner-level turnover increasingly common, smart firms have devised exit agreements that make things easier for everyone.



  • split-level

    Hands-down, the split-level owns the title of architects' least favorite house to remodel. “It's a difficult type to work with because it's so poorly constructed, and the room sizes are way too small,” says Lane Williams, AIA, a Seattle architect who says he tries to avoid split-levels. This house...

  • ranch

    Perhaps no other house type has inspired as much love and loathing as the ranch. This descendant of Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian houses became ubiquitous across the post–World War II landscape, and architects adore its open, one-story plan.

  • colonial revival

    The center-hall colonial revival is a lot like a well-made tuxedo: It outlasts trends and is perfect for formal occasions. But, as with a tux, it's unyielding for everyday situations. The living room usually sits too far away from the kitchen and dining room to serve as the comfortable gathering...

  • cape cod

    Ever since it rose to nationwide prominence as one of Levittown's main house types, the Cape's spare, one-and-a-half-story elevation has captivated home buyers. “People feel a Cape looks like home,” says Sarah Susanka, AIA, author of the

  • bungalow

    Judging from the high percentage of architects who live in remodeled bungalows, this house type holds enduring appeal for the design-conscious.

  • foursquare

    Take a look at a typical foursquare floor plan, and its practical Midwestern roots become instantly apparent. No space is wasted on hallways or superfluous storage; each room leads logically to the next. This house type's simple, almost cube-like, form and its four-room-up, four-down plan hold...

  • revisions of home

    Out of the millions of houses built in the United States from the early 1900s through the 1970s, the vast majority qualify as a classic builder-driven house type. American foursquares dominated the outskirts of cities in the late 1800s and early 1900s, only to give way to the beloved bungalow of...


architects' choice

  • cool air

    Westwork Architects: Modern Fan Company's ceiling fans.

  • nice work

    Westwork Architects: Pella windows

  • bright lights

    Westwork Architects: Cable systems from Translite Sonoma Lighting.


doctor spec

  • the other side of siding

    I like wool, silk, and cotton, exterior cladding materials such as cedar, stucco, and brick have stood the test of time and fashion. But they aren't the only fabrics in the sewing box.


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  • unfettered vision

    John Lautner tended to set his expectations high. He wanted his architecture to nourish clients both mentally and spiritually, as well as satisfy their basic need for shelter. At the Arango House on Mexico's Acapulco Bay, he realized this grand ambition to glorious effect.


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  • cool chrome

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  • nifty '50s

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  • psychedelic surface

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  • fenestra obscura

    Tacoma, Wash.–based Signamark's Privacy Door offers a center panel of opaque glass that permits light but blocks views.

  • fire wall

    Designed in England but distributed in this country by Melrose, Mass.–based European Home, the B-vent unit has a Modern sensibility.

  • no frills

    Most bath accessories offer little to the Modernist who seeks clean lines. That's why Fort Mill, S.C.–based Ginger introduced Surface shower shelves.