from the editor

  • publish or perish

    If you're not on our ra50 list, find your own way to let the world know how great you are.


home front

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    word for word

    ra50 architects tell us what they like best?and least?about practicing in their chosen field.



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    the sliding scale

    Smaller projects mean more client interviews, thinner profit margins, and more jobs starting and stopping.



  • the short list

    Playing favorites is a dangerous game. It’s one we’ve more or less avoided for more than a dozen years. And yet, “The List” is a tried-and-true formula for magazines, one that always stirs interest inside and outside of the enterprise. So why did we finally succumb to doing our own “best of”...

  • Andrew Maynard (center) and staff

    andrew maynard architects

    Andrew Maynard Architects produces architecturally inspired houses.

  • Paul Masi and Harry Bates

    bates masi + architects

    Bates + Masi Architects' preference for simplicity leads them to reinvent mundane materials.

  • Peter Q. Bohlin

    bohlin cywinski jackson

    Bohlin Cywinski Jackson explores the nuances of place, people, and how things are made.

  • Angela Brooks

    brooks + scarpa architects

    Whether high-end or low-budget, Brooks + Scarpa's inventive work enhances the built environment.

  • Craig Steely

    craig steely architecture

    Craig Steely practices the art of less is more.

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    cutler anderson architects

    Cutler Anderson has mastered the art of timeless design.

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    david baker + partners architects

    At David Baker + Partners in San Francisco, sustainable design is a way of life.

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    david jameson architect

    In architecturally conservative Washington, D.C., architect David Jameson offers clients idea-driven buildings.

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    dennis wedlick architect

    Advocacy and client service are Dennis Wedlick Architect's top priorities.

  • Takashi Yanai and Steven Ehrlich

    Ehrlich Architects

    Innovative design and a commitment to sustainability mark Ehrlich Architects' work.

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    el dorado

    el dorado has built a following in Kansas City., Mo., and beyond.

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    estes/twombly architects

    Newport, R.I., architects James Estes and Peter Twombly employ rural vernacular forms in an architecture they term "quiet modernism, rooted in the New England tradition."

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    fernau & hartman architects

    Fernau & Hartman reinvents the local “street language” of architecture to bring out what’s best in a site.

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    fougeron architecture

    Anne Fougeron’s light-infused buildings blend the old and new, industrial and domestic, technical and highly crafted.

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    frank harmon architect

    Frank Harmon has spent the past three decades fine-tuning his thoughtful, regional modernism.

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    glenn murcutt

    Glenn Murcutt does it all—and on his own—when it comes to residential work.

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    gray organschi architecture

    Gray Organschi Architecture has a passion for houses.

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    historical concepts

    Jim Strickland's firm aims to design houses that look as good as those done 200 years ago.

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    housebrand melds an architecture firm, real estate agency, and more at its office in Canada.

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    hutker architects

    Hutker Architects combines a deep sensitivity to the architectural vernacular of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket, Mass., with a modernist sensibility.

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    ibarra rosano design architects

    Ibarra Rosano Design Architects embraces the inside as well as the outside.

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    jacobsen architecture

    Hugh Newell Jacobsen's work continues to challenge.

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    joeb moore + partners, architects

    Greenwich, Conn., architect Joeb Moore blends the provocative with the poetic.

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    johnsen schmaling architects

    Johnsen Schmaling enjoys pushing itself into new conceptual territory.

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    jonathan segal, faia

    Jonathan Segal is an architect/developer who does it all.

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    koning eizenberg architecture

    Koning Eizenberg’s buildings address urban design challenges beautifully and intelligently.

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    lake|flato architects

    In Texas and beyond, Lake|Flato makes architecture that resonates with the landscape.

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    looney ricks kiss

    Looney Ricks Kiss offers diversity in its project types.

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    lorcan o’herlihy architects

    Los Angeles architect Lorcan O'Herlihy pushes the limits of public and private space.

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    mackay-lyons sweetapple architects

    MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple applies its regional design principles universally.

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    marlon blackwell architect

    Marlon Blackwell brings extraordinary design to everyday circumstances.

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    marmol radziner

    Marmol Radziner takes the rigor and inventiveness of its designs all the way through to construction.

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    mcinturff architects

    Architect Mark McInturff, FAIA, leads a local firm that has garnered national attention.

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    mckinney york architects

    McKinney York’s work embraces both clients and the community.

  • Brian Messana and Toby O'Rorke of Messana O'Rorke Architects pose at the site of one of their projects, Ten Broeck Cottage on Thursday, May 8, 2008 in Livingston, New York.

    messana o’rorke

    Dedicated minimalists Brian Messana and Toby O’Rorke create urban breathing spaces.

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    michelle kaufmann studio

    Michelle Kaufmann extols the virtues of modular modern design with a sustainable twist.

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    miller hull partnership

    Miller Hull's concern for the environment anticipated by decades the profession's current interest in sustainability.

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    Mithun designs regionally appropriate homes witha sustainable twist.

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    muse architects

    Muse Architects seamlessly extends the visual vocabulary of the fine, old houses and neighborhoods of Washington, D.C., and its surrounding region.

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    olson kundig architects

    Olson Kundig’s houses move comfortably between art, nature, and architecture.

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    robert a.m. stern architects

    Among the most accomplished architects of his generation, Robert A.M. Stern calls residential work the "bedrock" of his practice.

  • robert m. gurney, faia

    Robert M. Gurney works modern details into traditional projects.

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    rockhill and associates

    Rockhill and Associates blends the modern with the agrarian.

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    Safdie Rabines Architects

    Safdie Rabines Architects picks up larger projects, but houses remain vital to the firm.

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    salmela architect

    David Salmela blends region-specific modernism with the human need for comfort.

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    shipley architects

    A resourceful inventiveness sets apart Dan Shipley's work.

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    shope reno wharton architecture

    Shope Reno Wharton Architecture applies contemporary standards of performance and space planning to classically based architectural styles.

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    stuart cohen & julie hacker architects

    Stuart Cohen and Julie Hacker set the standard for creativity within a traditional vocabulary.

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    studio pali fekete architects

    SPF:architects produces work that's notable for both its power and its restraint.

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    turnbull griffin haesloop architects

    Turnbull Griffin Haesloop deftly weaves architecture into the landscape, and vice versa.