A common theme stands out among the winners of this year’s Washingtonian Residential Design Awards: All of the projects—whether in the city, the suburbs, or the country—are sensitive to and complement their surroundings. The scale feels right. They sit quietly in the landscape, making the most of their light, lot, and view. They look like good neighbors.
Every spring, a jury of architects comes to town to look at new homes and renovations and to select winners of the annual competition. Open to registered architects of local houses and second homes owned by Washingtonians, this year’s contest drew 92 entries.
The jury—Sanford Steinberg of Houston-based Steinberg Design Collaborative; Kenneth Hobgood, owner of his own firm in Raleigh; and Nancy Rogo Trainer of Philadelphia’s Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates—spent hours poring over photographs and blueprints. The submissions included traditional and contemporary designs, renovations and new construction, single-family homes and apartments. The award winners were marked by their attention to detail, sustainable techniques, creativity, and careful execution.
This article appears in the June 2012 issue of The Washingtonian.