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The American Institute of Architects Announces Eight Recipients of 2005 Housing Awards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced today the eight recipients of the 2005 Housing Committee Awards. The AIA’s Housing Awards Program, now in its fifth year, was established to recognize the best in housing design and promote the importance of good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit, and a valuable national resource.

The 2005 jury consisted of Jury Chair, Edward M. Hord, FAIA; Donna Kacmar, AIA; Jane Kolleeny of Architectural Record; Jonathan S. Segal, FAIA; and Gina Van Tine, AIA. They selected the award recipients from 106 submissions. The recipients will be recognized May 20 at the AIA 2005 National Convention and Design Expo in Las Vegas.
The jury recognized projects in four award categories: Community Design, Single-family Housing, Multifamily Housing, and Innovation in Housing Design.

This category recognizes two distinctions—Single-family Market and Single-family Custom housing. Single-family Market recognizes merchant-built homes; Single-family Custom recognizes outstanding custom and remodeled homes.

Single-Family Market
Greenwood Avenue Cottages, Shoreline, Wash.
Ross Chapin Architects, Langley, Wash.
Developed as a for-profit venture by an architect/developer team, this community demonstrates the market for small-household detached housing and offers a compelling example of infill residential development in a first-ring suburb. The team worked closely with the city to create a unique single-family development code that limits house size to 1,000 square feet, orients homes around a common landscaped space, and clusters parking away from the street. The resulting cottages exude warmth and comfort with high ceilings, generous porches, pitched roofs with dormers, alcoves, and built-ins. “We like the site plan and how the small space was maximized by the use of porches and the connection to the well-cared-for garden,” the jury said.

Urban Infill 01, Milwaukee, Wisc.
Johnsen Schmaling Architects, Milwaukee, Wisc.

“The eyes on the street are a great presence,” the jury said of this project. “It creates and encompasses space and can be adapted for one or two families.” A local developer approached the architect to design an affordable prototype for blighted urban infill sites in Milwaukee’s central city. The program called for an adaptable layout that could be used for a single-family residence or a two-family duplex. Working on a tight budget of $65 per square-foot, the architect designed this duplex prototype as a simple bar building made up of three interlocking components: a cedar-clad box for the entry and vertical circulation; a stucco box for up to 1,900 square feet of living space; and a concrete veneer wall that peels away from the house and transforms into a free-standing perforated garden.

Single-Family Custom
Lake Austin Residence, Austin, Texas
Lake/Flato Architects Inc., San Antonio, Texas

The architect used a 30-foot-wide canal that runs along one side of this narrow lakefront property as the organizing element for the design of this “fishing camp.” Its main entrance is a long boardwalk that runs alongside the canal to a large screened boathouse, the property’s central gathering space. The main house contains three bedrooms and communal space, while separate office and guest buildings line the canal. The architect created water courts along the canal with excavated fill, creating a peninsula from the dining room. Stone garden walls face the street and adjacent property, forming courts at the master suite and along the pool. The jury termed the project a “very nice composition of simple forms and nice use of materials. It has the feel of a fishing village with lovely wood outbuildings that make it almost a compound. The front walls set up a sense of mystery.”

The Canyon House, Julietta, Idaho
Paul Hirzel: Architect, Pullman, Wash.

The owners wanted a year-round, economical retreat for their family, as well as a place imbued with wilderness for their grandchildren to explore. Two buildings define the site: a bunkhouse nestled into a ravine and a studio house 300 yards away. The glazed south wall of the bunkhouse opens to a walled terrace built into the hillside. The east and west façades have small windows that frame views of microenvironments. The studio house, a derivative of the canyon’s mining structures, is a simple rectangular box inserted into a moment-resisting wooden frame. The lines of the studio house reference the 30 percent slope of the site, the verticality of the trees, and the horizontality of the floor plates. “We like the simple forms carved out for different uses,” the jury said. “It has a real presence that is integrated, but not overpowering.”

Multifamily Housing
Low and high-density projects for both public and private clients were considered for this award category. In addition to architectural design features, the jury evaluated the contextual integration of buildings in their environs, transportation options, and utilization of open recreational space.

Soma Studios and 8th + Howard Apartments, San Francisco
David Baker + Partners, Architects, with associate architect I. A. Gonzales Architects, San Francisco

This five-story building offers San Francisco’s “South of Market” community 74 one-, two-, and three-bedroom family apartments; 88 studio apartments; and 6 community rooms. Bold colors of a geometric mural along one side of the building add visual interest on the street, while semi-public courtyards provide outdoor areas for residents and break the hard urban edge. This 100-percent affordable property houses an eclectic mix of residents. Bus lines, rapid transit, and bike lanes border the property, and a car-share pod located in the garage, offers another convenient alternative to owning a car. The reduced parking allotment permitted space for a child-care center, grocery store, and retail shops. “We liked seeing a lot of design attention to various spaces within a large project,” enthused the jury. “There was close attention paid to basic elements to make it happen and make it 100 percent affordable.”

Community Design
Livable communities offer choices in housing, job opportunities, transportation, recreation, and shopping. The Community Design award recognizes the careful planning and design that architects contribute to making safe, attractive, economically viable, and sustainable communities. Both high and low density projects for public and private clients are eligible for consideration by the jury in this category. In addition to architectural design features, the jury looks at the integration of the buildings into their context, examining each project’s open recreational space and transportation options.

LeMoyne Gardens Revitalization, Memphis

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