from the editor

  • strength in numbers

    As of next year, residential architect, along with a handful of its sister publications, will be affiliated with the American Institute of Architects.


home front


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    saving costs

    In recessionary times, architects have to exercise their creativity and do more with less.


residential architect design awards

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    dark horse

    No other RADA entry in recent memory has divided a judging panel as emphatically as did Villa Metamorphosis.


project of the year

custom / more than 3,000 square feet

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    black white residence, bethesda, md.

    Our judges were impressed by how this house by David Jameson, FAIA, pays homage to classical modernism.

  • A freestanding fireplace is one of several "events" that foster an active engagement with the landscape.

    yingst retreat, empire, mich.

    Surprising as it may seem, the requirements that gave rise to the Yingst Retreat were rather conventional: lots of light, room for guests, a view of the lake.

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    montecito residence, santa barbara, calif.

    Subdued and stunning are two adjectives not often uttered in the same sentence, but that's how the judges described this project.

  • David Lake, FAIA likens the kitchen to a mess hall: "Several people can be in there cooking."

    LC Ranch, Three Forks, Mont.

    Lake|Flato Architects kept two regional precedents in mind when designing this Montana getaway.

  • White oak millwork contains service and storage functions at all three floors.

    Claremont House, Chicago

    The elegance of schematic plans typically frays a bit on the way from trace paper to bricks-and-mortar reality, but architect Brad Lynch's house in Chicago seems to have made the trip unscathed.




  • Returned to its original color scheme, this apartment closely approximates how Schindler's work appeared in the 1940s.

    bubeshko apartments, los angeles

    In restoring this two-building apartment complex by the Southern California modernist Rudolph Schindler, architect Eric Haas, AIA, drew two very lucky cards.

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    the spreter studio, gladwyne, pa.

    Designed in 1934 by architect William Lescaze, who is known for his work on the PSFS Building in Philadelphia, this studio was slated for demolition until a sympathetic patron came to its rescue.



single-family production / detached

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    Elm, Hidden Creek, Neb.

    Randy Brown, FAIA, LEED AP, is opposed to the typical suburban production home, so he designed the Elm model of the Hidden Creek 12-unit project to fly in the face of convention.



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    step up on fifth, santa monica, calif.

    This affordable housing for homeless and mentally disabled residents impressed the jury with its artful blend of private and semi-public zones.

  • The interiors enjoy ample daylight. The concrete floors provde thermal mass.

    Lolomas, Clovis, N.M.

    Dan Rockhill's portfolio contains historic restoration projects, public art pieces, high-design custom homes, and not much affordable housing.


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