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from the editor

  • the 98 percent solution

    Architects need to stop hiding behind the erroneous notion that they design only “2 percent” of all houses built today.

     

home front

  • remodel, c'est moi

    In her latest book, The Not So Big Life (Random House, $24.95), residential architect Sarah Susanka, FAIA, focuses her formidable problem-solving skills not just on our houses but on our very lives.

     

practice

  • report from the front

    Susan Maxman, FAIA, started her architectural practice in 1980—an era she calls the Dark Ages for women. On one project for a Dayton, Ohio, couple, the husband refused to believe she was an architect until he saw the registration credentials in her office.

     

residential architect design awards

project of the year

custom / more than 3,500 square feet

  • 1748 n. winchester, chicago

    Homes on skinny urban sites tend to have few opportunities for windows, resulting in dark interiors. But Mark Peters, AIA, came up with a light-gathering strategy for this Chicago residence.

     
  • mianus river residence, stamford, conn.

    “This house is almost John Pawson-like; it's so spare it sings,” said one judge. Another praised its “quiet celebration of connections” and the way it hits the ground.

     
  • new fork social club residence, pinedale, wyo.

    “Our clients were moving from a major city to Wyoming and came with a preconceived notion of a log cabin,” says Eric Logan, AIA.

     
  • btr, bethesda, md.

    David Jameson Architect, Alexandria, Va. A split-foyer fix often calls for drastic measures, and this project was no exception.

     
  • oshry residence, bel air, calif.

    What impressed the judges most about this house was the way Zoltan E. Pali, FAIA, used public and private space to break up its long bar shape.

     

custom / 3,500 square feet or less

  • r3, san diego

    Lloyd Russell, AIA, was thinking of New York City's Flatiron Building when he decided to tackle this weird triangular lot, just 2,000 or so feet from a San Diego International Airport runway and next to one of the city

     
  • kansas longhouse, rural douglas county, kan.

    This rural Kansas project reminded the jury of Australian architect Glenn Murcutt's work. “There's something about the strength, beauty, and simplicity of this house that is just wonderful,” said one judge.

     

renovation

  • freezer panel walkout, eulogy, texas

    Shipley Architects, Dallas. These homeowners, who travel frequently, wanted to see the stars from their bed. Dan Shipley, FAIA, the designer of their existing house, “encouraged them to be a little daring” in how they got their wish.

     
  • artist bridge studio, san diego

    This studio addition creates an airy, light-filled workspace for an artist client.

     
  • arkansas house, johnson, ark.

    The owner of this fire-damaged house wanted to restore whatever could be saved, but he also sought a better connection to its verdant surroundings.

     

multifamily

  • the ventana, washington, d.c.

    This condo building may evoke the International Style, but it does so while paying respect to Washington, D.C.'s historic identity.

     
  • the museum residences, denver

    Designed by Studio Daniel Libeskind, Architect with Davis Partnership Architects, The Museum Residences complements the extension to the Denver Art Museum, acr

     
  • loft23, cambridge, mass.

    Strung between two parks, the glass-and-copper Loft23 takes modern urban housing to a new level.

     
  • the union, san diego

    The taut, well-scaled buildings of this sustainably designed townhouse complex won high praise from the jury.

     

single-family production / attached

  • the 505, houston

    Collaborative Designworks, Houston. James M. Evans, AIA, never set out to be a developer. But when the Houston-based architect and his wife, Catherine, couldn't find a house that appealed to them, he decided the only way to get what they wanted was to cre

     

single-family production / detached

  • biltmore colony, palm springs, calif.

    Biltmore Colony's architecture is referential to Palm Springs, Calif.'s modernist history, but DesignARC Los Angeles infused the project with up-to-date models of land planning as well.

     
  • danielson grove, kirkland, wash.

    Ross Chapin Architects, Langley, Wash. This modest “pocket” development shows production housing in a whole new light. It marries “plan and design in a good way,” said one judge. “It's not just about the appearance of architecture—it's about culture.”

     

Affordable

  • lillian place, san diego

    The cobbled-together site of this affordable family-housing community presented Studio E Architects principal John Sheehan with a difficult task.

     
  • shervin mixed-use building, jackson, wyo.

    Bob Shervin has been county commissioner and mayor of Jackson, Wyo., so he knows firsthand how desperately the expensive resort area needs affordable housing.

     

architectural interiors

  • artist's studio, seattle

    Necessity may be the mother of invention, but in the hands of Tom Kundig, FAIA, rudimentary solutions become bold and celebratory.

     
  • ontario 301, washington, d.c.

    When it came time to liberate her dark, disorienting apartment in a Beaux-Arts building, this client—a psychiatrist—prescribed an orderly, austere environment, perhaps as an antidote to the daily hazards of her practice.

     

outbuilding

  • guesthouse and party barn, hico, texas

    “I'd like to have a party there,” said one juror. The others agreed, saying the simple, yet beautifully detailed, space “really sings.” Dan Shipley, FAIA, kept forms basic because he didn't want the addition to upstage the main

     
  • roddy/bale garage, bellevue, wash.

    This multipurpose outbuilding was designed on a modest budget, but it rises above its humble endowment. Citing its beautiful construction and detailing, our judges gave it a Grand award.

     

architectural design detail

  • jackson family retreat, big sur, calif.

    Flawlessly executed details such as this house's wafer-thin roof, delicate Alaskan yellow cedar rainscreen, and translucent walls captured the judges' attention.

     

on the boards

  • sheridan street housing, philadelphia

    Our judges gave Interface Studio kudos for the overall strength of this project, but what really impressed them was how the firm arranged the townhomes on a long city block.

     
  • wapiti valley residence, wapiti valley, wyo.

    Wyoming's rugged character tends to attract adventurous souls. Two of this intrepid breed found their way to Lori Ryker and Brett W. Nave, looking for a vacation house that's at once “aggressive and interesting” but re

     
  • moen pool and guesthouse, des moines, iowa

    This simple but elegant guesthouse gazes across a pool to the owner's eco-conscious house, designed in the 1970s by Ray D. Crites, FAIA, a well-known Iowa architect. The main house is about 120 feet lon

     

sources

  • sources

    Product information from RADA 2007's winning projects.

     

Other Articles

  • modular 3, kansas city, kan.

    This modular residence by Studio 804, architect Dan Rockhill's student design/build program at the University of Kansas, barely touches the ground.

     
  • residential architect design awards

    Our residential architect Design Awards now constitute the single biggest and most selective residential architecture competition in the country.

     

workspace

  • studio pali fekete architects (spf:a)

    Zoltan E. Pali, FAIA, and Judit Méda Fekete, LEED AP, developed and designed the building of their dreams. And once they built it, people came.