2011 AIA Housing Awards

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The AIA Housing and Custom Residential Knowledge Community established this awards program to emphasize the importance of good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit and a valuable national resource. The categories are (1) One- and Two-Family Custom Residences, (2) One- and Two-Family Production Homes, (3) Multifamily Housing, and (4) Specialized Housing. Click here to view all 2011 AIA Awards Recipients.

Category One: One- and Two-Family Custom Residences

Addition to an Historic Cape on a Coastal Farm by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Addition to an Historic Cape on a Coastal Farm

  • Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

The team, tasked with designing an addition to a historic cape, successfully balanced past and present, and achieved the restoration of the structure's original function.

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Blair BarnHouse by Alchemy LLC

Blair Barn House

  • Alchemy LLC

The project takes cues from classic nineteenth-century barns and updates them to create a twenty-first century, fulltime house.

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Combs Point Residence by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Combs Point Residence

  • Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

This necklace of buildings serves as both a center of activity and a quiet retreat for a family that treasures life on the lake.

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North Beach Residence by Heliotrope Architects

North Beach Residence

  • Heliotrope Architects

The design brief called for a very low-impact, easy-to-maintain, summer home that provides necessary programmatic functions with minimum distractions from the land and the view.

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OS House by Johnsen Schmaling Architects

OS House

  • Johnsen Schmaling Architects

One of the first LEED Platinum certified homes in the Upper Midwest, the unique design of this house also allows for a visual connection between street and lake.

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Town House by Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect

Town House

  • Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect

This renovation provided natural light, great variety, and a tastefully modern feel within a traditional townhouse.

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Category Two: One- and Two-Family Production Homes

100K Houses by Interface Studio Architects LLC

100K Houses

  • Interface Studio Architects LLC

These production homes were conceived as new housing for a new generation of young, green-minded, reurbanizing homebuyers.

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R-House by Della Valle Bernheimer


  • Della Valle Bernheimer

This prototype residence in Syracuse presents an affordable, innovative paradigm of both smart energy use and engaging architecture.

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Category Three: Multi-family Living

50 Saint Peter Street/Historic Salem Jail by Finegold Alexander + Associates

50 Saint Peter Street/Historic Salem Jail

  • Finegold Alexander + Associates

The project restored a three-building historic jail complex and adapted it for residential and mixed use, including a full-service restaurant and an exhibit space devoted to the history of the jail property.

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930 Poydras Residential Tower by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

930 Poydras Residential Tower

  • Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

Designed to re-imagine the typically horizontal condition of New Orleans' dense French Quarter, the project boasts a ninth-floor “courtyard level” to promote opportunities for residents to cross paths with one another.

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1111 E. Pike by Olson Kundig Architects

1111 E. Pike

  • Olson Kundig Architects

Responding to the client's wishes to fill the disappearing stock of affordable housing in a unique area, the design looked to the history of the site and the neighborhood, Seattle's "Auto Row."

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Armstrong Place Senior and Family Housing by David Baker + Partners, Architects

Armstrong Place Senior and Family Housing

  • David Baker + Partners, Architects

This complex development fills a formerly industrial city block with an innovative housing mix.

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Art Stable by Olson Kundig Architect

Art Stable

  • Olson Kundig Architects

The use of concrete, steel and glass draws upon the warehouse typology of the formerly industrial neighborhood, and the structure itself is even designed with a crane to lift heavy loads.

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Hancock Mixed Use Housing by Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Inc.

Hancock Mixed Use Housing

  • Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Inc.

The design focused on achieving a balance between public parking, scale, active street presence, and the transition to the hillside neighborhood.

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Tassafaronga Village by David Baker + Partners, Architects

Tassafaronga Village

  • David Baker + Partners, Architects

This complex development is a new, green neighborhood that brings a diversity of affordable housing to an underserved area and repairs the deteriorated neighborhood fabric.

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Category Four: Specialized Housing

Haven for Hope by Overland Partners Architects

Haven for Hope

  • Overland Partners Architects

Determined to change the plight of its homeless population, the City of San Antonio called for a comprehensive “campus of transformation,” which addresses and treats all root causes of homelessness.

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Northeastern University Building F by William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.

Northeastern University Building F

  • William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.

Creating a vibrant, high-density environment that is active at all hours of the day, the building embodies the spirit of “living & learning.”

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The Schermerhorn by Ennead Architects LLP

The Schermerhorn

  • Ennead Architects LLP

This large, urban, supportive housing facility serves as an example of an affective design response to unique site conditions.

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