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  • social success

    The 2006 AIA/HUD Secretary's Housing and Community Design Awards winnowed a pool of 80 entries to declare three winners.

  • soleri power

    Paolo Soleri—the intrepid architect, urban planner, and visionary—has added another honor to his long list of accolades: a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.

  • green in the city


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  • bathed in light

    Few New York City apartments enjoy the luxury of unobstructed views in three directions, but this 5,000-square-foot loft—a recent residential architect design award winner for architectural interiors—does.



  • urbane infill

    Nearly 1,500 square feet of storage space atop a bakery and parking garage was the starting point for this apartment by Robert M. Gurney, FAIA. Along the way he also had to contend with the historic Washington, D.C., neighborhood's building restrictions—n



  • all's well that starts well

    I remember being intrigued by a story one of my design teachers told me in the early 1980s, after a trip to Japan. He'd been meeting there with a potential client for more than two years when he finally realized no legal contract was forthcoming. It turne



  • beyond quotas

    Shalom Baranes, FAIA, first crossed paths with Shaun Benson-Frazier on an American Red Cross project about four years ago. Benson-Frazier, an architecture-trained black woman, was managing the design and construction of the organization's new headquarters

  • diversity how?

    Donald King, FAIA, a black architect in Seattle, founded his firm in 1989, but he never wanted it to carry the “minority-owned business” banner. Like everyone else, he wanted his work to speak for itself.



  • core values

    Anyone wanting to quickly sum up the principals of Pugh + Scarpa Architects could take a look at the parking lot of their office in Santa Monica, Calif. Lawrence Scarpa, AIA, drives a pickup truck, consistent with his bold, unpretentious personality. Ange



  • hideaway village

    You'd be surprised where and what you can build when you think on top, between, and inside the boxes.


architects' choice

  • tangentially speaking

    Kevin Defreitas Architects, AIA: Tangent lever designed by architect Robert Watson for Lockwood.

  • character studies

    Kevin Defreitas Architects, AIA: Ribbon font from Gemini Signs.

  • architects' choice

    Kevin Defreitas Architects, AIA: Aluminum doors from The Sliding Door Co.


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  • liquid assets


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Other Articles

  • texas two-step

    Architecture school can inspire fast friendships or fierce rivalries. Fortunately for Jim Poteet, AIA, and Patrick Ousey, AIA, shared studios at the University of Texas at Austin made them great pals. So when Poteet found his fledgling firm inundated with

  • working the system

    William Adams Architects has made its name designing small, innovative multifamily infill. So when charged with creating a six-unit condo building for a tight site near its Venice, Calif., office, the firm knew just what to do.