Today, the American Institute of Architects selected 14 projects as the winners of its annual Housing Awards, a program begun 17 years ago "to recognize the best in housing design and promote the importance of good housing as a necessity of life." The Institute's five-person jury was tasked with picking winners in four award categories: One and Two Family Custom Housing, One and Two Family Production Housing, Multifamily Housing, and Special Housing. Their choices span the nation from New York to Southern Californa, with lots of stops in between.

This jury was headed by chair Katherine Williams, AIA, Fifth Generation Holdings; with Joe Digrado, AIA, Danielian Associates; Blake Held, AIA, Blake H. Held Architect, PLLC; Charles Mudede, The Stranger; and David Perkes, AIA, Mississippi State University GCCDS.

Without further ado, here are the winners ...

5 Winners for the One and Two Family Custom Housing Category
The AIA describes this category as recognizing "outstanding designs for custom and remodeled homes for specific client(s)."

Blue Lake Retreat
Andrew Pogue

Blue Lake Retreat, in Marble Falls, Texas, by Lake|Flato Architects

Graphic House
Timothy Hursley

The Graphic House, in Fayetteville, Ark., by Marlon Blackwell Architects

Los Altos Residence
Nic Lehoux

Los Altos Residence, in Los Altos, Calif, by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Pennsylvania Farmhouse
David Sundberg

Pennsylvania Farmhouse, in Lakewood, Penn., by Cutler Anderson Architects

Sawmill Canyon
Kevin Scott/Olson Kundig

Sawmill, in Tehachapi, Calif., by Olson Kundig

3 Winners of the One and Two Family Production Housing Category
The AIA describes this category as recognizing "excellent design of homes built for the speculative market."

Cully Grove
Brian Foulkes

Cully Grove, in Portland, Ore., by Green Gables Design and Restoration

Roxbury E+
Sam Oberter

Roxbury E+, in Boston, by ISA–Interface Studio Architects (with associate architect Urbanica)

Stellar Northstar
Nic Lehoux

Stellar Residences and Townhomes at Northstar, in Truckee, Calif., by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

3 Winners of the Multifamily Living Category
The AIA describes this category as recognizing "outstanding apartment and condominium design," with consideration of both public and private projects as well as how well they fit their context and what they provide both the residents and the community at large.

Hunters View Housing
Bruce Damonte Photography

Hunters View Housing Blocks 5&6, in San Francisco, by Paulett Taggart Architects

Sam Orberter

Powerhouse, in Philadelphia, by ISA–Interface Studio Architects

Via 57 West
Iwan Baan

VIA 57 West, in New York, by BIG (with associate architect SLCEArchitects)

3 Winners in the Special Housing Category
The AIA describes this category as recognizing "outstanding design of housing that meets the unique needs of other specialized housing types such as single room occupancy residences (SROs), independent living for the disabled, residential rehabilitation programs, domestic violence shelters, and other special housing."

Heartland Family Works
Dana Damewood

Heartland Family Works, in Omaha, Neb., by Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture

The Lofts at Washington University
Tom Paule Photography

The Lofts at Washington University in St. Louis, in St. Louis, by William Rawn Associates, Architects (with associate architect Tao + Lee Associates)

The Six
Tara Wujcik

The Six, in Los Angeles, by Brooks + Scarpa

Peruse lots of images from all 14 AIA Housing Awards winners at their own Project Gallery page here.

Check out last year's winners of the AIA Housing Awards here.

And read more about the 2017 AIA Honor Awards here.