We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2021 Residential Design Architecture Awards. RDAA exceeded expectations in this extraordinary year of pandemic challenge and received more than 370 entries in 11 categories of residential design. With such a large pool of entries from the top firms in the country, the competition was formidable, and our judges had some very tough decisions to make in their lengthy deliberation. Ultimately, they selected just 38 projects for awards, including one Project of the Year, 13 Honor awards, and 24 Citation awards.

Some of the winning projects may look familiar to you, and, indeed, some have appeared previously in this magazine or have been awarded in other competitions. Previous publication or award status are not disqualifications for entry. Residential projects completed after January 1, 2016 were eligible. It is always our goal that all good work be considered on its own merits, regardless of media exposure.

Serving on this year’s judges panel were six accomplished architects with special expertise in residential architecture: Allison Ewing, FAIA, Hays+Ewing Design Studio, Charlottesville, Va.;  Joseph Tanney, FAIA, Resolution 4: Architecture, New York, N.Y.; Kirsten Ring Murray, FAIA, Olson Kundig, Seattle, Wash.; Geoffrey Warner, FAIA, Alchemy, Saint Paul, Minn.; Allan T. Shulman, FAIA, Shulman+Associates, Miami, Fla.; and David E. Neumann, FAIA,  Neumann, Lewis, Buchanan Architects, Washington, D.C.

The jury reviewed projects at their own pace virtually before gathering for an intense, real-time deliberation over Zoom of the strongest entries. It was an exhilarating and exhausting process, yielding a body of nationally important and inspiring residential architecture.

In the year since COVID subsumed everyone’s personal and professional lives, residential architects have demonstrated impressive resilience. They’ve steered their firms from the edge of the precipice last March—when it looked like all work would grind to a halt for a protracted period—and guided them with talent and aplomb through a tremendous rebound. We can’t wait to see what you’ve all created, when you have an opportunity to document your progress.

In the meantime, we will soon showcase the winning work from 2016 through early this year. Even the most recent projects were surely conceived before the world turned upside down, so it still remains to be seen how this shared human experience of the last year may reshape how and where we live. In preparing for the future, it behooves us to scrutinize the past and gird for the uncertain future ahead of us.

Full editorial coverage of this competitions winning projects will appear in the next print edition of Residential Design, with an expanded online version to follow.

 


 

 

 


Project of the Year

High Desert Retreat

Palm Desert, California

Architect: Aidlin Darling Design

 


Custom Rural or Vacation House

 

Honor Award

Blur

Boulder, Colorado

Architect: Studio B Architects + Interiors

 

Citation Award

Ledge House

Cornwall, Connecticut

Architect: Desai Chia Architecture

 

Citation Award

Wanaka Wedge House

Queensberry, Central Otago, New Zealand

Architect: Actual Architecture

 

Citation Award

Kettle Moraine House

Campbellsport, Wisconsin

Architect: Johnsen Schmaling Architects

 


Custom Urban House

 

Honor Award

Merrilee Lane 

Dallas, Texas

Architect: Max Levy Architect

 

Honor Award

Art House

San Francisco, California

Architect: Aidlin Darling Design

 

Citation Award

Urban Treehouse

Salt Lake City, Utah

Architect: Sparano + Mooney Architecture

 

Citation Award

Highland Park Residence

Dallas, Texas

Architect: Alterstudio Architecture

 

Citation Award

Flex House

Sacramento, California

Architect: Johnsen Schmaling Architects

 


Custom Period, Contextual, or Vernacular House

 

Honor Award

Backriver

Duxbury, Massachusetts

Architect: Hutker Architects

 

Citation Award

Bayberry Point

Falmouth, Massachusetts

Architect: Peter Zimmerman Architects

 

Citation Award

Hull House

Alexandria, Virginia

Architect: David Jameson Architect

 


Renovation

 

Honor Award

Renovation 1662

Washington, D.C.

Architect: Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect

 

Citation Award

Dual Modern

Silver Spring, Maryland

Architect: KUBE architecture

 

Citation Award

Translucence House

San Francisco, California

Architect: Fougeron Architecture

 

Citation Award

Mariposa House

Malibu, California

Architect: Brininstool + Lynch

 


Custom Period, Contextual, or Vernacular Renovation

 

Honor Award

A Complemented Tudor

Arlington, Virginia

Architect: Donald Lococo Architects

 

Citation Award

Renovation on Cox’s Row

Washington, D.C.

Architect: Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect

 

Citation Award

10 Limehouse

Charleston, South Carolina

Architect: e e fava architects

 

Citation Award

Split Box

Golden Valley, Minnesota

Architect: SALA Architects

 

Citation Award

Logan Circle Renovation

Washington, D.C.

Architect: Colleen Healey Architecture

 


Residential Special Constraints

 

Honor Award

Steel Stacks

Seattle, Washington

Architect: Hybrid Architecture

 

Citation Award

Bento Cabin

Montgomery, Alabama

Architect: DPZ CoDesign

 


Architectural Interiors

 

Honor Award

Hill Country Wine Cave

Texas Hill Country

Architect: Clayton Korte

 

Honor Award

Downtown Loft

Charlottesville, Virginia

Architect: Bushman Dreyfus Architects

 

Citation Award

El Sereno: A Study in Light

San Francisco, California

Architect: building Lab, inc

 

Citation Award

Urban Bower

Washington, D.C.

Architect: Colleen Healey Architecture

 


Custom Accessory Dwelling or Outbuilding

 

Citation Award

The Berry Bowl

Washington, Connecticut

Architect: Haver & Skolnick Architects

 

Citation Award

The Music Shed

Vancouver, British Columbia

Architect: Campos Studio

 

Citation Award

Five House

Denton, Texas

Architect: M Gooden Design

 


Architectural Details 

 

Honor Award

Sagg Farm

Sagaponack, New York

Architect: Bates Masi + Architects

 

Citation Award

Pier on Twelve-Mile Bayou

Shreveport, Louisiana

Architect: Robert M. Cain Architect

 

Citation Award

Georgian Modern

Washington, D.C.

Architect: McInturff Architects

 


Custom Outdoor Living Design

 

Honor Award

Atherton Pavilions

Atherton, California

Architect: Feldman Architecture

 

Honor Award

Casa Margaux

Costa Azul, San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico

Architect: Campos Studio

 


Custom On the Boards

 

Honor Award

Orbital House

Yucca Valley, California

Architect: Edward Ogosta Architecture

 

Citation Award

Mid-Century Modern

Saginaw County, Michigan

Architect: DPZ CoDesign