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Six Residential Projects Honored With AIA Housing Awards
RA Staff / RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECT / May 14, 2013
Four custom homes and two larger-scale housing complexes top this year’s entries.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced the winners of its annual Housing Awards. The jury selected six winners from entries submitted in four types of housing: One and Two Family Custom Housing, One and Two Family Production Housing, Multifamily Housing, and Special Housing. No award was given this year in the Production Housing category. The jury consisted of Kathleen Dorgan, AIA, Chair, Dorgan Architecture & Planning; John Isch, AIA, RWA Architects, Inc.; R. Thomas Jones, AIA, California Polytechnic State University; Stephen Sharpe, Hon. AIA; and Charles L. Travis, AIA, The Housing Studio, P.A.
Winners will be honored at a presentation during the AIA National Convention in Denver, held in conjunction with Residential Architect magazine’s annual Design Awards celebration. Both Via Verde by Dattner Architects and Grimshaw Architects and West Campus Housing: Phase 1 by Mahlum Architects have also won Residential Architect Design Awards this year.
The following information was provided by the AIA and the winning entrants. Detailed information and full jury comments are available on the AIA’s Website by clicking on the project names.
One/Two Family Custom Housing
The One and Two Family Custom Residences award recognizes outstanding designs for custom and remodeled homes for specific client(s).
Jury comments:This is such a Zen house—it does so much with so little, and it responds to the client’s wishes.
Project description: This project consists of a combined kitchen-dining-living area, study, master suite, art studio, and storage area, with the flexibility to add bedrooms or an apartment. To meet the client’s requirement that the house be highly efficient, it is constructed of structural insulated panels (SIPS). This method allows for a faster construction time, less waste generation, tighter construction, and better insulation. All the windows and doors are designed to surpass energy code requirements, and all of the lighting is either LED or compact fluorescent to reduce energy consumption. The siting and design of the house maximize passive solar benefits to reduce the energy load.