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Honoring the best in architecture: The 2011 myMarvin Architect's Challenge

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Marvin is pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 Architect’s Challenge. These gorgeous houses and buildings, designed by some of today’s most innovative architects, feature Marvin products and cutting-edge design. Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing in-depth details of each project (and you can visit to see more now), but let’s learn more about the judging panel.

J. Carson Looney, FAIA: Carson is one of the founders of Looney Ricks Kiss Architects with multiple offices headquartered in Memphis, TN. He is the Principal in Charge of Residential Architecture, providing design services for all segments of the Housing industry, as well as neighborhood planning and design guidelines.

He passionately believes one of the highest levels of sustainability in design is achieved through the creation of homes and neighborhoods that have enduring value— places and homes that are based on timeless principals, while seamlessly balanced with identifying and solving modern functional lifestyle needs. Quality of life and adaptable livability solutions are evident in the firm’s work, whether it is a modest row house or a unique custom home.

In 1996, Carson was elected to The College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in recognition of his efforts to ensure the advancement of the living standards of people through their improved environment. In addition, he was recognized by residential architect magazine (Jan. 1999) as one of five current-day architects whose work forecasts the century ahead. In October 2007, he was inducted into the Wm. S. Marvin Hall of Fame for Design Excellence for his quality-of-life design solutions based on timeless principles of architecture. In January 2009, Carson was honored as one of the Top 30 Innovators for the Past 30 Years by BUILDER Magazine and the Hearthstone Humanitarian Awards. Carson was also inducted into the Inaugural Class of the Best in American Living Awards Hall of Fame in January 2009.

The work of the firm is widely published and to date has received 502 regional and national design awards.

William H. Kreager, FAIA, LEED®, MIRM: Bill Kreager, retired founding principal of Mithun, has created new homes and communities all across the United States. The integration of site planning, building design and sustainability in urban infill and mixed-use developments is the focus of his practice. His projects have achieved national recognition for Smart Growth implementation, environmentally sensitive master site planning and innovative architectural design. His progressive, marketoriented projects range from small, infill communities to new 6,000-acre towns. Bill has been lead master planner for new innovative communities throughout the Pacific Northwest, most recently High Point, a mixed-use community of 1,600 units that reweaves the neighborhood into West Seattle. Bill is a compelling speaker who is frequently requested to talk about housing issues before regional and national audiences.

Mark McInturff, FAIA: Mark McInturff FAIA is a native of Washington DC and received his B. Architecture from the University of Maryland School of Architecture with its first graduating class in 1972. He taught at the University of Maryland from1980 to 2006, and was appointed as the University of Maryland Kea Professor for Spring 2003. From1995 through 2004 he was also a visiting critic at the Catholic University of America’s School of Architecture and Planning. McInturff was elevated to the College of Fellows of the AIA in 2000.

McInturff Architects, a seven-person firm in Bethesda, Maryland, has an orientation toward small highly crafted contemporary design for residential, commercial and small institutional projects.

The firm has received more than 250 design awards, including three AIA Honor Awards, two for Interior Architecture and one for Urban Design, and an AIA Housing Award for multi-family housing. The work is the subject of two monographs, In Detail: McInturff Architects (2001) and In Residence: McInturff Architects (2007), both by The Images Publishing Group of Australia.