from the editor

  • group hug

    At the crest of a multi-year housing boom, it's about time the organization addressed and advanced the architect's role in it.

     

practice

  • r is for architect

    Heidi Machul, an architecture intern who graduated from Ball State University four years ago, has her eye on the prize—a professional license. Most people in her position are still racking up internship hours. But by industry standards she's ahead of schedule, having already taken and passed three...

     

residential architect design awards

project of the year

  • contemporaine, chicago

    Not since the glory days of Modernism have high design and high-rise housing often coexisted. Most residential skyscrapers experience so much value-engineering, even the best architects struggle to give them a bit of character.

     

custom / more than 3,500 square feet

  • feinstein residence, malibu, calif.

    The dramatic Feinstein residence crests on a slim band of mountainside land that tapers gradually into the ocean. Built for a bachelor dentist, it's transparent, hygienic, contemporary, and fire-resistant.

     
  • rye residence, rye, n.y.

    Designing for a rear lot can be tricky. Not only must the house relate to its immediate neighbors (positioned more prominently at streetside), but the approach is invariably lengthy.

     
  • orleans residence, orleans, mass.

    Strung out along the lip of a naturally occurring bowl, this glass-and-cedar house reinforces the forms in the landscape.

     
  • the prospect, la jolla, calif.

    Jonathan Segal, FAIA, can't resist a challenge. When building his own house, the San Diego–based architect/builder/developer chose an irregularly shaped lot in busy downtown La Jolla, right across from the town's commercial center.

     
  • house in the blue mountains, eastern pa.

    This calm, primal dwelling was Bohlin Cywinski Jackson's response to a remarkable landscape, a forest and field overlooking a preserve for migratory eagles and hawks.

     

custom / 3,500 square feet or less

  • matthew residence, brainerd, minn.

    Most of the cabins around this summer residence run parallel to the shoreline and sit as close to the water as possible. Asked to design a replacement for a cabin that had burned down, David Salmela proposed something a little more interesting.

     
  • pacific palisades residence, pacific palisades, calif.

    Just about every design decision architect Ivo Venkov made on this project—the home (and office) he shares with his wife and fellow architect, Rossi Venkov—related back to the site, a steep hillside overlooking the Pacific.

     
  • chicken point cabin, northern idaho

    The owners of this weekend retreat asked for a little cabin that opens to its natural surroundings.

     

renovation

  • folsom street residential laboratory, san francisco

    To convert the top floor of a leased commercial building into a residence, Todd Verwers created spaces that live comfortably but could be packed up and relocated when the lease expires.

     
  • via de la paz residence, pacific palisades, calif.

    It's a significant accomplishment when an architect is entrusted with a Richard Neutra house. Peter Grueneisen has had the good fortune to work on this particular 1949 Neutra design not just once, but twice—and for two different clients.

     
  • wilson residence, alexandria, va.

    It's one to thing to overhaul a poorly designed home by an unknown architect, but things get trickier when the house is a classic mid-century Modern by Charles Goodman and sustainability is integral to the program.

     
  • farmhouse, virginia

    The owners of this rural Virginia farmhouse, parts of which date back to the 1750s, wanted what so many modern families want: larger rooms that make better sense.

     
  • dog team too, san antonio

    Leave it to Lake/Flato Architects to transform a pair of old warehouses into a gracious home and studio.

     

multifamily

  • harper court: seven fountains, west hollywood, calif.

    Who says you can't build spectacular multifamily housing in a dense, urban environment?

     
  • bentley-massachusetts apartments, los angeles

    The jury dubbed this apartment building “dynamic and elegant.” For architect Stephen Kanner, FAIA, the challenge was to enliven and liberate the typical hermitically-sealed multifamily box.

     
  • skybridge, chicago

    Most architects would play it safe when venturing into the for-sale housing market for the first time. Not Perkins+Will.

     
  • contemporaine, chicago

    Not since the glory days of Modernism have high design and high-rise housing often coexisted. Most residential skyscrapers experience so much value-engineering, even the best architects struggle to give them a bit of character.

     

single-family production / attached

  • 110 chattanooga duplex, san francisco

    It's no accident that 110 Chattanooga Duplex strikes a confident yet respectful pose among the Victorian-era row houses in eclectic San Francisco.

     
  • cannery lofts, newport beach, calif.

    The Cannery Lofts live/work buildings delicately balance their light industrial location with pedestrian-friendly courtyards and street scenes.

     

Affordable

  • city west: phase II, cincinnati

    When Torti Gallas and Partners took on a HOPE VI affordable housing redevelopment project in Cincinnati's West End, it didn't have to look far for a design muse.

     
  • eucalyptus view cooperative, escondido, calif.

    Because Eucalyptus View sits alongside a busy boulevard, Studio E Architects thought it deserved a highway-scaled entry marker.

     
  • chelsea court, new york city

    With its bold colors, connection to the outdoors, and clever product specs, Chelsea Court is unlike most affordable housing projects. Indeed, said the judges, “it challenges the expectation of what that level of housing can be.”

     
  • soma studios and 8th + howard apartments, san francisco

    Architect David Baker isn't afraid to use color—especially in the affordable projects that he champions—but he knows from experience that bright hues can elicit all kinds of responses.

     

campus housing

outbuilding

  • pool house, amherst, mass

    An asymmetrical butterfly roof appears to float ethereally over a perimeter of clerestories.

     
  • broadford farm pavilion, hailey, idaho

    The judges praised this charming little pavilion's “strong plan” and “nice proportions.” Conceived as a family retreat on a larger property containing an existing main house, the project presented Lake/Flato Architects with an opportunity to design a building that serves purely as a getaway...

     
  • private wine silo, teton county, wyo.

    Because of a high-water table in the Snake River flood plain, Carney Architects designed this nifty little 300-square-foot wine storage room as a silo instead of a conventional cellar.

     

kitchen

  • potrero hill residence, san francisco

    A strong concept and refined detailing bring unity to this second-floor living space. The owners, a photographer and his wife, asked Jay Serrao, AIA, to create a lively kitchen, dining area, and living room that would flex for entertaining.

     

bath

  • winter residence, tucson, ariz.

    The spa sybarites who commissioned this master bath remodel are so taken with the experience they're considering a plunge into the spa business.

     

architectural design detail

  • stud skeleton library, winchester, va.

    Too many books. That's what prompted this husband-and-wife team of architects to design an inventive shelving arrangement based on the stud system of their late '60s tract house.

     

architectural detail

  • house ocho, carmel, calif.

    This simple, elegant staircase plugged into an adjacent retaining wall may seem like an easy detail to pull off, but the opposite is true.

     

on the boards

  • loblolly house, taylors island, md.

    This house on the Chesapeake Bay defers to the natural site and distills its essence. Located on a cordgrass marsh, the house rests on random pilings that blend in with the pine grove. 

     
  • fahrenheit, san diego

    Michael Graves may design toasters, but Studio E Architects is right on his heels.

     
  • schindler residence, san Francisco

    Adding onto an iconic piece of architecture can be intimidating, but the seamless extensions proposed for this 1950 house by Rudolph Schindler earned nothing but praise from the judges.

     
  • cabin on a pond, eastbrook, maine

    Alan Weiskopf, AIA, and Kevin Wagstaff, AIA, spend most of their working time on large-scale institutional, commercial, and multifamily projects.

     

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