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Eric Gartner - SPG Architects - New York, New York

Beauty, performance and architectural diversity on display from winners of 2012 myMarvin Architect’s Challenge


From the sunlit slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the windswept Irish coast; from crisp modern designs to detailed classic styles; from small residential additions to grand institutional renovations — the full range of creativity made possible by Marvin is on display in this year’s winners of the 2012 myMarvin Architect’s Challenge.

Marvin recently announced nine winners in the fourth annual contest, which recognizes the best of architecture in the United States and beyond. Entries are judged on solution-driven design, classical beauty, innovative use of windows and sustainability.

James Estes - Estes/Twombly Architects Inc. - Newport, Rhode Island

The winning projects include a northern lake home, an addition to an historic school building, an Atlantic coastal residence, a conversion of an Irish estate chapel into a residence, and more.

Energy efficiency is a crucial element in building today, and the winning Architect’s Challenge projects seamlessly fused efficiency and beauty. Several of the winners feature extensive window walls that simultaneously deliver superior energy efficiency and breathtaking views. One project won a LEED Platinum designation, the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest level of “green building” performance.

A wide variety of Marvin products were used in the winning entries, including:

Catherine M. Knight, AIA - Knight Architects, LLC - Princeton Borough, New Jersey

For more information on the myMarvin Architect’s Challenge, visit

The winners of the 2012 myMarvin Architect’s Challenge:

  • Donald Giambastiani, Solomon+Bauer+Giambastiani Architects, Watertown, Mass. Winning project: Family Retreat, Tyringham, Mass.
  • James Estes, Estes/Twombly Architects, Newport, R.I. Winning entry: Block Island House, Block Island, R.I.
  • Eric Gartner, SPG Architects, New York, N.Y. Winning project: Leicester House, Asheville, N.C.
  • Jon Hensley and Sunny Carroll, Jon Hensley Architects, Arlington, Va. Winning project: Utah Street Residence, Arlington, Va.
  • Catherine M. Knight, AIA, Knight Architects, Princeton, N.J. Winning project: Neoclassical Residence, Princeton Borough, N.J.
  • Todd Hansen, Albertsson Hansen Architecture, Minneapolis, Minn. Winning project: North Woods Lake Home, Grand Rapids, Minn.
  • A.A. (Kacey) Jurgens, THA Architecture, Portland, Ore. Winning project: Russell T. Joy Building, University of Washington, Tacoma, Wash.
  • Patrick Lennon, County Wicklow, Ireland. Winning project: Tynte Park Lodge, County Wicklow, Ireland
  • Paul Bedford, Keystone Associates, Binghamton, N.Y. Winning project: Worcester Central School District Addition and Renovations, Worcester, N.Y.