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from the editor

  • what were they thinking?

    Here at ra, we look forward to our design awards competition every year, always excited about what our jury of architects will elevate to Project of the Year.

     

home front

  • deconstructing prefab

    They came for the house tours and the rotating deejays. They came for the 100-plus exhibitors, including furniture makers, interior designers, and architects. But the 7,500 people who attended CA Boom 3 in March also came, in large part, to learn more abo

     

practice

  • at the bargaining tab

     
  • peace talks

    Architects who've never been involved in a professional liability claim should count themselves lucky—and knock on wood. Those who have know how quickly a lawsuit can turn ugly. Litigation typically takes on a life of its own, consuming the feuding partie

     

residential architect design awards

project of the year

custom / 3,500 square feet or less

  • delta shelter, mazama, wash.

    Tom Kundig, FAIA, likes concrete and steel because they are indestructible materials, and the fact that many of the parts used in this tiny cabin could be fabricated off site and bolted together quickly and inexpensively.

     
  • assembled residence, east hampton, n.y.

    By assembling a series of prefabricated components, Paul Masi, AIA, created a well-crafted, interactive building that can adapt to the owner's lifestyle changes.

     
  • solar umbrella, venice, calif.

    Sure, this solar-powered house costs almost nothing to run. But what most impressed the judges was its thoughtful site analysis and the way the landscape slips in and out of the house.

     
  • house on beverly ranch road, beverly hills, calif.

    The orderly floor plan at this bold modern residence captured the judges’ attention. So did its restrained materials palette and spotless execution.

     
  • ski house, sugar bowl, calif.

    At once deeply practical and cleverly articulated, this house in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is designed to withstand earthquakes and the 12-foot snow loads that are standard in this part of the country.

     
  • house on the connecticut river, essex, conn.

    Architect Chad Floyd’s house sits on the north cove of the Connecticut, River, in a colonial-era shipbuilding town.

     
  • additions to historic west st. mary's manor, st. mary's county, md.

    The orderly floor plan at this bold modern residence captured the judges’ attention. So did its restrained materials palette and spotless execution. “It doesn’t have a flaw,” marveled one judge, speaking of the entire project.

     

renovation

  • clean drinking house, chevy chase, md.

    Keep it simple. This was Richard P. Williams' mantra as he renovated his family's 1943 kit house. The architect knew even before he started sketching that he would upgrade the windows and add a copper roof.

     
  • orange grove, west hollywood, calif.

    Although Orange Grove looks nothing like the pitched-roof bungalows that surround it, a judge pronounced it “a good neighbor.

     
  • adams row at 2301 champlain street, n.w., washington, d.c.

    This upscale condo building in Adams Morgan, a vibrant multicultural neighborhood in northwest Washington, D.C., got the nod from our judges, who admired its human element, the thoughtful use of brick, and the “Florentine palazzo concept.”

     
  • langston lofts, washington, d.c.

    Located in a historic Washington, D.C., neighborhood where automobile showrooms were standard streetscape fixtures, Langston Lofts’ scale, rhythm, and materiality put a contemporary spin on the area’s industrial past.

     
  • back of house, dallas

    If outdoor spaces are unappealing they go unused. So Dan Shipley, FAIA, made sure his renovations to this 1960s ranch house shaped its previously uninteresting, alley-facing backyard into a favorite hangout.

     

single-family production / detached

  • bougainvillea courtyard homes, vero beach, fla.

    These four Spanish colonial homes differ dramatically from their 1970s-style ranch neighbors, but thanks to careful planning and simple massing they blend right in. Our judges noticed, with appreciation, “the real thought” given to the project.

     
  • barrio metalico, tucson, ariz.

    These nine homes were conceived as idiosyncratic, low-budget specials to jump-start a mixed-use neighborhood while the architects worked on an adjacent three-year conversion of an old icehouse into lofts.

     

Affordable

  • curran house, san francisco

    The judges observed that Curran House has “great street smarts,” and what more could you ask of high-density housing for economically struggling families in San Francisco's gritty Tenderloin District?

     
  • k lofts, san diego

    An affordable project at the edge of downtown San Diego, K Lofts looks like any other progressive, market-rate building—which is exactly the point, says Jonathan Segal, FAIA.

     

architectural interiors

  • cooper square, new york city

    The judges praised the way the architects of this loft residence preserved parts of the raw structure while beautifully detailing the modern insertion.

     

outbuilding

  • overton retreat pavilion, mcminnville, tenn.

    Chip Webster couldn’t stifle his inner geek.

     
  • canyon view office/guesthouse, los angeles

    Few people enjoy sitting in traffic, especially in smog-ridden Los Angeles, yet many people like perching in a tree house. Stephen Kanner, FAIA, relieved this homeowner’s frustrating commute by designing a home office inspired by a neighboring tree house.

     
  • modern speakeasy, lawrence, kan.

    Dan Rockhill may be the only architect in the country who's designed a home restaurant. The zoning-be-damned outbuilding he fashioned for a Lawrence, Kan., chef serves as the dining room of a not-quite-legal establishment run by the owner and his wife.

     

kitchen

  • commonage kitchen, great falls, va.

    After two days of tough choices, the jury unanimously cheered for this “perfectly done” kitchen renovation in which “nothing [was] out of place.”

     

bath

  • mccoy bathroom, alexandria, va.

    Clint Larkan, Associate AIA, is a longtime fan of folded planes, and it shows in what our judges called the “beautifully executed” bath design he created for the McCoy family.

     

architectural design detail

on the boards

  • octavia arts, san francisco

    The judges remarked on the clear presentation, ambitious goals, and contextual response of this mixed-use project designed for a slim San Francisco parcel.

     

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Other Articles

  • residential architect design awards

    How do you add or replace housing where it's needed, with sturdy construction, pleasing architecture, and, most important, day-to-day livability? This question was foremost in our jurors' consciousness as they embraced three projects for Project of the Ye

     

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  • reinvention recalled

    At ra's winter Reinvention Symposium, held in San Diego, we dipped into some of the entrepreneurial endeavors architects are plumbing: design/build, development, landscape design, product design, and more.