from the editor

  • pitched battle

    You may notice a theme in our choices for this year's


home front

  • new spaces, old places

    Brand-new suburban developments often lack the soul of established neighborhoods, which is why these older communities are perfect locations for architects to insert new projects. Many are doing just that, but instead of imposing their egos, architects ar


k+b studio


  • Bath: Common Ground

    While the kitchen is the top-floor living hub, the master bath is service central for lower-level sleeping quarters. To conserve space and energy, Olberding devised a smaller-scale bath that cleverly packs in laundry equipment and ample storage.



  • Kitchen: Leed the Way

    Residential architects and home builders around the country know the Neil Kelly Co. name because of its environmentally friendly business philosophy and its highly regarded custom cabinets made of reclaimed or recycled materials. It follows, then, that th



  • native speaker

    a new englander comes to terms with the nuances of vernacular architecture.


residential architect leadership awards

hall of fame

  • hall of fame: stuart cohen, faia, and julie hacker, aia

    No one would call Stuart Cohen, FAIA, or Julie Hacker, AIA, shy. The encyclopedic Cohen, a former professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, never seems more comfortable than when eloquently expounding on all things architectural.


top firm

  • top firm: stephen muse, faia

    Taking a visitor on a tour of his work one sunny afternoon at the end of summer, Stephen Muse, FAIA, steered his Audi through an Upper Northwest Washington, D.C., community, where several examples of his architecture stand like good neighbors, contributin


rising star

  • rising star: joeb moore, aia

    In the vestibule of Joeb Moore's office building on Greenwich Avenue, the busy retail corridor that runs down to Long Island Sound, a 10-foot-tall black “iPod” shows a continuous loop of digital photos of the firm's work, and passersby on the street stop


doctor spec

  • warm ways

    are alternative heating technologies really better than conventional systems?



new material

  • noble salvage

    Valley Doors interior and entry doors made from salvaged Douglas fir and glulam beams.

  • a fine mesh

    Woven-metal fabric from Cambridge Architectural.

  • high torq

    Torq is Kohler's modern interpretation of the traditional bridge faucet.


architects' choice

  • lord of the ring

    Gomes + Staub Architects: spOre electromechanical ring doorbell

  • the gang's all here

    Gomes + Saub Architects: Leviton's Decora combination switches

  • keystone capers

    Gomes + Staub Architects: Dal-Tile's unglazed Keystones series of porcelain tiles.


off the shelf

digital home


  • reader & swartz architects

    When Reader & Swartz Architects decided to find new digs for its eight-person staff, it wanted a building that could be a catalyst for redevelopment in an overlooked area of Winchester, Va.