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2014 Architects Challenege Winners


The 2014 Architect Challenge has ended and the juried challenge winners have been announced.  Ten winners total were selected by the three esteemed judges and one of the ten was honored as Best in Show.

The Shingle-Style Sanctuary by architect Patrick Ahearn was awarded Best in Show with unanimous agreement from the judges. The house was everything that architects love to see in a well planned design. One of the judges noted “Rigorously symmetrical yet relaxed in shape and proportions, this house is very well executed inside and out. It feels appropriately sized for its site and is well detailed. It’s by far the best of the Shingle Style submittals.”

The Nine remaining winners are a range of styles and were chosen by the judges for a verity of reasons. Despite the difference in design one trend that stands out among these buildings is the use of natural lighting. While it was required that submissions use Marvin windows or doors in their designs, it is still breath taking to see the beautiful and creative integration of Marvin Windows and Doors in the entries this year. Marvin is proud to be part of these gorgeous designs.


Arvida Lane Residence by Rafael Portuondo, Portuondo Perotti Architects

Quote from the judge: “This is well detailed and consistent inside and out. It is a classic Mediterranean Revival in the Floridian tradition of Mizner.”


Berkshire Farmhouse by Michael Waters, AIA, LDa Architecture & Interiors

Quote from the judge: “This project succeeds not only in creating beautiful architecture, but in making us better understand the nature of the site and context. It has a presence that feels completely rooted in its site and raised above any appeal to fashion. It clarifies local traditions while extending them.”


Boxwood House by Mahdad Saniee, Saniee Architects LLC

Quote from the judge: “Very exciting home that recalls Swedish Classicism of the early part of the 20th century. Effortless combination of traditional and modern influences. Achieves a kind of grandeur with simplicity and confidence.”


Gatineau Hills by Rick Shean & Christopher Simmonds, Christopher Simmonds Architect Inc.

Quote from the judge: “Feels very confident and fluent. Love the contrast between first and second floor, both in material and volume. Excellent modern composition.”


Golden View Residence by Steven Bull, Workshop AD

Quote from the judge: “Like the integration of interior with exterior spaces with materials. Like the exterior wood panel details. The interior spaces appear to negotiate the angles of the house well. Takes advantage of treetop location without ostentation.”


Harbert Residence by Celeste Robbins, Robbins Architecture Inc.

Quote from the judge: “Simple and sophisticated interior and exterior that harmonizes with the site. Like the integration of the flat roof element into the main gabled form next to garage. It negotiates the line between traditional and modernist forms and details successfully.”


Nashville Residence by Blaine Bonadies, Bonadies Architect

Quote from the judge: “Just as described, there is an edgy, irreverent vibe here, but the result has an appropriate stature and seriousness. Love the overscale windows. And the outdoor spaces are so great.”


Jennifer & Billy First Hall at Currey Ingram Academy by Michael Ward, Allard Ward Architects

Quote from the judge: “Successful integration of the collegiate and arts and crafts styles. Well-executed use of masonry and balanced exterior composition lends the campus buildings the gravitas they likely seek.”


Oceanfront Cottage by Russ Tyson, Whitten Architects

Quote from the judge: “Excellent expression of shingle style as found in southern Maine. Exciting without being at all overwrought or bombastic.”

Thank you to everyone that submitted projects and participated in The 2014 Architects Challenge.  For more pictures and information about the Architects Challenge please visit: