Each year, the Residential Architect Design Awards celebrates the best in housing design. But this year’s jury, which included Stella Betts, Dirk Denison, and Rosalyne Shieh, evaluated the nearly 600 entries with an eye not to where we have been, but rather where we should be going. The 20 winners that you will see in the following pages reflect the jury’s emphasis on doing more with less (be it space or resources), focus on sustainability (by reusing existing building stock or pursuing new technologies), and resolve that everyone deserves thoughtful, elegant, and well-designed housing (whatever their economic status). Whether it’s a micro-unit that can grow vegetables for its residents, a rethinking of the Los Angeles ranch house, or the transformation of a local eyesore into a luminous destination, these winners show that architects can innovate to make better housing for a new era of living.

Stella Betts, Assoc. AIA, partner, LevenBetts
Dirk Denison, FAIA, founder, Dirk Denison Architects
Rosalyne Shieh, AIA, principal, Schaum/Shieh

The Winners

Corey Gaffer

Custom Home Less Than 3,000 Square Feet | AwardEast Lawrence Sustainable House, Lawrence, Kan.
Studio 804

David Sundberg/Esto

Custom Home Less Than 3,000 Square Feet | Award
Ecological Living Module, New York
Gray Organschi Architecture and Yale Center for Ecosystems in Architecture

Scott Frances/OTTO

Custom Home Less Than 3,000 Square Feet | Award
Shelter Island House, Shelter Island, N.Y.
Christoff:Finio Architecture

A 20-foot-long cantilevered roof shelters an outdoor terrace on the house’s southwest side.
Paul Warchol A 20-foot-long cantilevered roof shelters an outdoor terrace on the house’s southwest side.

Custom Home More Than 3,000 Square Feet | Award
Michigan Lake House, Leelanau County, Mich.
Desai Chia Architecture

Courtesy DCH Global

Custom Home More Than 3,000 Square Feet | Award
Optima DCHGlobal Whale Bay, Mataka Station, Whale Bay, New Zealand
Optima DCHGlobal

Steve King

Renovation/Adaptive Reuse | Award
Rear Window House, Culver City, Calif.
Edward Ogosta Architecture

JC Buck

Renovation/Adaptive Reuse | Award
900 Penn, Denver
Davis Urban

Jack Hobhouse

Affordable Housing | Award
Peabody, Burridge Gardens, St. John’s Hill, London

Bruce Damonte

Affordable Housing | Award
Hunters View Housing Phase 2, San Francisco
Paulett Taggart Architects and David Baker Architects

Mariko Reed/OTTO

Affordable Housing | Award
Five88, San Francisco
David Baker Architects

Paul Bardagjy

Restoration/Preservation | Award
The Bohn House, Austin, Texas
Dick Clark + Associates

Roger Davies

Restoration/Preservation | Honorable Mention
Harvey House, Palm Springs, Calif.
Marmol Radziner

Tria Giovan

Restoration/Preservation | Honorable Mention
Midcentury Modern Revived, Quogue, N.Y.
Austin Patterson Disston Architects

Bruce Damonte

Student Housing | Award
UCSB San Joaquin Student Housing, Santa Barbara, Calif.
Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects

Christian Phillips

Student Housing | Award
Olympia Place, Amherst, Mass.
Holst Architecture


Student Housing | Award
The Street, Mathura, India
Sanjay Puri Architects

Grant Alford, AIA

Outbuilding | Award
Sombreada Hasta, Real County, Texas
Rhotenberry Wellen Architects

Tara Wujcik

Outbuilding | Honorable Mention
Courtyards at Rossmore and Weldon, Los Angeles
Brooks + Scarpa

Chang Kyun Kim

Multifamily Housing | Award
Palm 4, Manhattan Beach, Calif.

Paul Vu

Multifamily Housing | Award
Mariposa1038, Los Angeles
Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects