The AIA announced the 10 winners of the 2015 Housing Awards on Apr. 16. The Housing Awards honor the best in housing design in four categories: One/Two Family Custom Housing, which recognizes outstanding designs for custom and remodeled homes; One/Two Family Production Housing, for which there were no winners this year; Multifamily Housing, which recognizes outstanding apartment and condominium design; and Special Housing, which recognizes outstanding design of housing that meets the unique needs of other specialized housing types such as single-room occupancy residences, independent living for the disabled, residential rehabilitation programs, domestic violence shelters, and other special housing. 

This year's jury included Stephen Schreiber, FAIA, of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Jon Dick, AIA, of Archaeo Architects; Kathy Dixon, AIA, principal of K. Dixon Architecture; Clair Enlow, a freelance writer, and Jody Mcguire, AIA, of SALA Architects. 

For more information and images of each project, click on the link in the project title below. 

One/Two Family Custom Housing
Bridge House, Kent, Conn. 
Joeb Moore & Partners
2013 RADA / Custom / More Than 3,000 Square Feet / Merit Award: Bridge House, Kent, Conn / Joeb Moore & Partners Architects
© David Sundberg / Esto Bridge House, designed by Joeb Moore & Partners

Jury comments: This has a lot of functionality and beauty. There is a refined sophistication to the design.  It frames the landscape in different places in different ways. There is simplicity as well as intimate connection with the natural environment. 

Marlboro Music: Five Cottages, Marlboro, Vt
HGA Architects and Engineers

Three bedroom cottage exterior
Paul Crosby Three bedroom cottage exterior

Jury comments: This idea of opening into the landscape in New England where the weather is so rugged is difficult. The formal idea meets the context in a very natural way. The detailing is exquisite. 

Old Briar, Lauderdale County, Tenn.
Applied Research at UT Knoxville's College of Architecture and Design

O'Dell Residence_Southface_Fall Scene
Jeffrey Jacobs O'Dell Residence_Southface_Fall Scene
Jury comments: This is such a delightful surprise: It's convincingly regional and modern all at once. It seems to live much larger than its footprint. 

Studhorse, Winthrop, Wash.
Olson Kundig Architects

Olson Kundig Architects

Jury comments: The use of modest materials—concrete floor, concrete fireplace, OSB on the ceiling—is admirable. The complex relations between the three parts is exciting but the courtyard locks it into place.

Multifamily Housing

Bayview Hill Gardens, San Francisco 
David Baker Architects

Bruce Damonte

Jury comments: The architecture reflects the context [with] the flat facades. It captures the essences of the neighborhood in a humble way. The edible landscape garden is transformative: The garden will be so successful, and it carries as much weight as the architecture. 

Broadway Affordable Housing, Santa Monica, Calif. 
Kevin Daly Architects

Iwan Baan

Jury comments: The delightful common space unites the whole project. There is a lightness to it, and surprising touches such as the window treatment. 

The North Parker, San Diego
Jonathan Segal, FAIA

Matthew Segal

Jury comments: It’s a vital mix of uses that get united into one large–scale project. It’s admirably taking a 1950’s modernist aesthetic and making it very sophisticated. 

© Robert Benson Photography

Jury comments: It really enlivens the street above and beyond what anyone would expect in a building like that. It breaks down the scale of a tower in a really nice way [with] public spaces [that] go all the way up the building. 


Jeffrey Totaro

Jury comments: There is complexity to the façade in the way it sits on the street and with regard to the surrounding buildings: It is compatible without resorting to mimicry. 

Studio Twenty Seven Architecture/Leo A Daly

La Casa Permanent Supportive Housing
Anice Hoachlander/ Hoachlander Davis Photography La Casa Permanent Supportive Housing
Jury comments:

There's an amazing combination of privacy, safety, and support without being apart.It’s slightly enigmatic—and that’s great in this type of project. 

See all of the winners in
ARCHITECT's Project Gallery.