The devil may be in the details, but careful attention to how materials meet and compositions come together is often what distinguishes an exceptional residential design from a merely good one. This year’s jury—San Francisco–based David Baker, FAIA, New York–based Katherine Chia, AIA, and Chicago-based R. Michael Graham—selected 18 winners across every possible residential typology. Despite the winning projects’ many differences, the thread that connects them all is this incredibly high level of, and attention to, craft.

The Judges
David Baker, FAIA, David Baker Architects
Katherine Chia, AIA, Desai Chia Architecture
R. Michael Graham, Liederbach and Graham Architects

The Winners

Casey Dunn

Custom House Less Than 3,000 Square Feet | AwardSouth 5th Residence, Austin, Texas
Alterstudio Architecture

Mike Sinclair

Custom House Less Than 3,000 Square Feet | CitationShelton Marshall Residence, Kansas City, Mo.
El Dorado

Brian W. Ferry / Geoffrey Warner

Custom House Less Than 3,000 Square Feet | CitationSonoma WeeHouse, Santa Rosa, Calif.
Alchemy Architects

Nic Lehoux

Custom House More Than 3,000 Square Feet | AwardThe Bear Stand, Gooderham, Ontario
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in association with Bohlin Grauman Miller


Custom House More Than 3,000 Square Feet | CitationValley Villa, Vilnius, Lithuania

The southeast façade, seen here from the shared second-floor park, contains Loewen Windows partially covered with custom sunshades from Navillus Woodworks.
Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing

Custom House More Than 3,000 Square Feet | CitationLincoln Park Townhouse, Chicago
HBRA Architects

Peter Aaron

Custom House More Than 3,000 Square Feet | Honorable MentionBar House, Sag Harbor, N.Y.
Audrey Matlock Architect

Tara Wujcik

Affordable Housing | AwardThe Six Affordable Veteran Housing, Los Angeles
Brooks + Scarpa

Mike Sinclair

Affordable Housing | CitationWaldo Duplex, Kansas City, Mo.
Kansas State University Design+Make Studio

Bruce Damonte Photography

Affordable Housing | Honorable MentionHunters View Housing Blocks 5&6, San Francisco
Paulett Taggart Architects

Alan Tansey

Renovation | AwardUpper East Side Townhouse, New York
Michael K Chen Architecture

Dror Baldinger, AIA

Renovation | CitationLaman Residence, San Marcos, Texas
A.Gruppo Architects

Art Gray

Renovation | Honorable MentionMontee Karp, Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Patrick Tighe Architecture

Mike Sinclair

Multifamily Housing | Citation3435 Main, Kansas City, Mo.
El Dorado

Matthew Segal

Multifamily Housing | CitationMr. Robinson, San Diego, Calif.
Jonathan Segal, FAIA

Keith Moskow FAIA + Robert Linn AIA

Outbuilding | CitationSeven Rural Interventions, Norwich, Vt.
Moskow Linn Architects

Nick Hufton

Student Housing | AwardVictoria Hall, King's Cross, London
Stanton Williams

Joe Fletcher

Restoration | CitationAlamo Square Residence, San Francisco
Jensen Architects

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