Three top professionals also inducted into the William S. Marvin Hall of Fame

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 12, 2012) – BUILDER, the leading media brand in the residential construction industry, unveiled the winners of its annual Builder's Choice Design and Planning Awards this week. The program, which showcases the latest trends and influences in architecture, design, and community planning across the nation, bestowed 36 awards, and named Bloom House in Glen Echo, Md., its Project of the Year.

"Builder's Choice is the housing industry's oldest and most prestigious national design awards program in the country," said Denise Dersin, BUILDER'S editor in chief. "There were many wonderful entries, but the winners edged ahead by exhibiting the kind of innovation needed to stimulate and sustain the industry for some years to come. We applaud them for their vision, commitment, and perseverance."

A more sophisticated and defined interpretation of open-plan layout and projects perfectly suited to their sites were prevalent themes amongst this year's honorees. The Project of the Year, designed by architect Robert Gurney, FAIA, was singled out as a masterful interpretation of classic modernist design. The project is as light and graceful as it is generously proportioned, with artfully articulated massing and abundant windows. The home takes full advantage of its wooded setting and river views, with a focus on warm materials on the exterior forms and simply-rendered interior spaces that allow ample play of shadows and light.

This year's awards program also included the induction of three new members into the William S. Marvin Hall of Fame for Design Excellence, which celebrates architects and builders with a legacy of delivering remarkable residential design.

• Donald Powers, AIA, Union Studio, Providence, R.I.

• H. Lawrence Webb, The New Home Company, Aliso Viejo, Calif.

• Michael L. Woodley, AIA, Woodley Architectural Group, Littleton, Colo. and Santa Ana, Calif.

"All three have won their share of design awards," Dersin said, "but those accolades are just a byproduct of what really counts—that they strive to deliver not only beautiful and timeless design, but also a better quality of life for their homes' residents and positive additions to their communities at large."

Now in its 32nd year, the Builder's Choice Design and Planning Awards serve as a leading barometer of the latest trends and influences in architecture, design, and community planning across the nation. A panel of top builders and residential architects serve as judges for the open call for entries, and designate Grand, Merit, Special Focus, and Project of the Year winners. 2012 recipients were honored at a special awards dinner sponsored by Marvin Windows and Doors and Sherwin-Williams at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, October 11. All winners are also profiled in BUILDER (print and online) this month. For more information about the program, visit

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