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Congratulations to the 2018 Marvin Architects Challenge winners. See the winning projects here.
Check back in January for official contest rules and start dates for Marvin Architects Challenge 2019.
Winners will be named in six categories—Contemporary, Transitional, Traditional New Construction, Remodel/Addition,
Commercial, and Historic. A Best In Show Winner will be named from any of the six categories.
The six juried winners, including Best in Show and the six category winners, will be treated to some fantastic prizes.
See the videos produced for previous winners.
You will have the opportunity to select the category or categories that best identify your project.
Find out more about each category below and start thinking about which project(s) you would like to submit.
Contemporary includes a variety of home designs. It can refer to both current design
trends as well as modern expressions with roots in the 20th century.
Transitional style is a broad category that speaks more to the feel of a home versus a truly architectural definition.
It generally refers to the mixing of more than one style and enables homeowners to successfully combine both traditional and
contemporary elements and a variety of historical periods and architectural trends.
Traditional New Construction refers to homes that combine the look of a timeless classic with the feel of elegant interiors,
and that recreate historical styles in a new build.
Remodel or addition projects reinvent or add on to an existing space.
Commercial projects are structures used for commercial purposes, including income
generating residential buildings larger than single family homes.
Historic refers to properties that have been altered or added to a historic building
to meet continuing or new uses while retaining the building’s historic character.
Every year, Marvin welcomes architects to submit their designs to Marvin Architects Challenge. See all of the submitted projects below.
The Winners Gallery includes images from all the past winners of the Marvin Architects Challenge. These projects were selected from hundreds of entries by our judges.
Sebastian Schmaling | 2018 Architects Challenge Best in Show
& Best Contemporary
Pleated HouseJohnsen Schmaling Architects
Robert T. Aumer, Jr. | 2018 Architects Challenge Best Commercial
Frick Environmental CenterBohlin Cywinski Jackson
Monica Adair | 2018 Architects Challenge Best Transitional
The Rose CoastAcre Architects
Ben Herzog | 2018 Architects Challenge Best Remodel/Addition
Brooklyn Heights AdditionBen Herzog Architect
TEA2 Architects | 2018 Architects Challenge Best Traditional New Construction
Excelsior Lake HomeTEA2 Architects
Jules Lagarde | 2018 Architects Challenge Best Historic
The PizitzWisznia | Architecture + Development
William M. Hanley, AIA | 2017 Architects Challenge Best In Show
Shorefront Camp WMH ARCHITECTS
Jacob Albert | 2017 Architects Challenge Best Traditional New Construction
Little CampAlbert, Righter & Tittmann Architects
Elizabeth Herrmann | 2017 Architects Challenge Best Transitional
Knoll HouseElizabeth Herrmann Architecture + Design
Henry Siegel | 2017 Architects Challenge Best Commercial
McClellan Ranch Preserve Environmental Education CenterSiegel & Strain Architects
Brian Humes | 2017 Architects Challenge Best Remodel/ Addition
Westborough Town HallJacunski Humes Architects, LLC
Christopher Strom | 2017 Architects Challenge Best Contemporary
Compact LivingChristopher Strom Architects
Albert Garcia | 2016 Architects Challenge Best Remodel/Addition
Prospect ResidenceKITE Architects, Inc.
Daniela Holt Voith | 2016 Architects Challenge Best Commercial
The Frederic C. Hamilton Math & Science CenterVoith & Mactavish Architects LLP
Elizabeth Herrmann | 2016 Architects Challenge Best Contemporary
Micro HouseElizabeth Herrmann Architecture + Design
Mark Nelson | 2016 Architects Challenge Best Traditional New Construction
Crane Island RetreatDavid Heide Design Studio
Malcolm Wildeboer | 2016 Architects Challenge Best in Show
Wedge houseVandenberg & Wildeboer Architects Inc.
Dan Scully | 2016 Architects Challenge Best Transitional/Eclectic
Edgewater IIDaniel V. Scully Architects
Nick Noyes | 2015 Architects Challenge Best In Show
Healdsburg ResidenceNick Noyes Architecture
Mark Larson | 2015 Architects Challenge Best Traditional Home
Brown’s Bay Residence Rehkamp Larson Architects Inc.
Cathy Schwabe | 2015 Architects Challenge Best Contemporary
Russian River StudioCathy Schwabe Architecture
Michael Ward & Tyler LeMarinel | 2015 Architects Challenge Best Traditional New Construction
Green Hills ResidenceAllard Ward Architects
Lee Dobrinz | 2015 Architects Challenge Best Commercial
The Loretta BuildingJLG Architects
Jacob Albert | 2015 Architects Challenge Best Remodel/Addition
Adirondack CampAlbert, Righter & Tittmann Architects, Inc.
Mark Nelson | 2015 Architects Challenge Showdown Winner
The Villa RenewedDavid Heide Design Studio
Jennifer Palermo | 2015 Architects Challenge Honorable Mention
Forest Hills RestorationPalermo Edwards Architecture
Patrick Ahearn | 2015 Architects Challenge Honorable Mention
Chatham GambrelPatrick Ahearn Architect LLC
Christine Albertsson | 2015 Architects Challenge Honorable Mention
Madeline Island RetreatAlbertsson Hansen Architecture, Ltd.
Paul Matheny | 2015 Architects Challenge Honorable Mention
Great Camp Lake RetreatMatheny Goldmon Architecture + Interiors
Patrick Ahearn | 2014 Architects Challenge Best in Show
Shingle-Style SanctuaryPatrick Ahearn Architect LLC
Lian Eoyang | 2014 Architects Challenge Showdown Winner
Summer CottageVIF Studio
Mahdad Saniee | 2014 Architects Challenge Winner
Boxwood HouseSaniee Architects LLC
Blaine Bonadies | 2014 Architects Challenge Winner
Nashville ResidenceBonadies Architect
Celeste Robbins | 2014 Architects Challenge Winner
Harbert ResidenceRobbins Architecture Inc.
Michael Waters, AIA | 2014 Architects Challenge Winner
Berkshire FarmhouseLDa Architecture & Interiors
Christopher Simmonds | 2014 Architects Challenge Winner
Gatineau HillsChristopher Simmonds Architect Inc.
Michael Ward | 2014 Architects Challenge Winner
Jennifer and Billy Frist Hall at Currey Ingram AcademyAllard Ward Architects
Steven Bull | 2014 Architects Challenge Winner
Golden View ResidenceWorkshop AD
Russ Tyson | 2014 Architects Challenge Winner
Oceanfront CottageWhitten Architects
Dale Hubbard | 2013 Architects Challenge Best in Show
Folly FarmSurround Architecture
Daniel Russoniello | 2013 Architects Challenge Winner
The LenFest Management and Preserve Center at ChesLen PreserveArcher & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd
Bill Latoza | 2013 Architects Challenge Winner
Marquette Park PavilionBauerLatoza Studio
Rob Carlton | 2013 Architects Challenge Winner
Piedmont ResidenceCarlton Architecture + DesignBuild
Marcus Gleysteen | 2013 Architects Challenge Winner
Vermont Mountain HouseMGA | Marcus Gleysteen Architects
Jerry Sparkman | 2013 Architects Challenge Winner
Casey Key Bay HouseSweet Sparkman Architects
Simon Janes and Hugh Petter | 2013 Architects Challenge Winner
Batts HallJanes Architectural and Adam Architecture
Matthew Moger | 2013 Architects Challenge Winner
Bragg HillMoger Mehrhof Architects
David Mansfield | 2013 Architects Challenge Winner
Lyme GuesthouseDavid Mansfield Architecture & Design pc
Heather Young | 2013 Architects Challenge Winner
Santa Rita CottageFergus Garber Young Architects
Donald Giambastiani | 2012 Architects Challenge Winner
Family RetreatSolomon+Bauer+Giambastiani Architects Inc
| 2012 Architects Challenge Winner
Block Island House
Eric Gartner | 2012 Architects Challenge Winner
Leicester HouseSPG Architects
Utah Street Residence
Todd Hansen | 2012 Architects Challenge Winner
North Woods Lake HomeAlbertsson Hansen Architecture, Ltd.
THA Team | 2012 Architects Challenge Winner
Russell T. Joy Building - University of Washington Tacoma
Patrick Lennon | 2012 Architects Challenge Winner
Tynte Park LodgeThe Priory
Paul Bedford | 2012 Architects Challenge Winner
Worcester Central School District Addition and RenovationsKeystone Associates Architects, Engineers & Surveyors, LLC
Douglas Larson | 2011 Architects Challenge Winner
Dutchess County FarmhouseLarson and Paul Architects
Kent Chilcott | 2011 Architects Challenge Winner
KK ResidenceKent Chilcott Studio
James McKinney | 2011 Architects Challenge Winner
Off-Campus Residences, Amherst College. Mayo Smith House, Seelye House, Hitchcock HouseSacco+McKinney Architects
Marcus Gleysteen | 2011 Architects Challenge Winner
The Overlook HouseGleysteen Design
Jeff Murphy | 2011 Architects Challenge Winner
Hunting BarnMurphy & Co. Design
Anthony Vandermark | 2011 Architects Challenge Winner
The Manor GardenMinervini Vandermark Architecture
Francis Daniel Trico | 2011 Architects Challenge Winner
La Reserva VillaMcLundie Architects
Jesse Thompson | 2011 Architects Challenge Winner
White Mountain ViewKaplan Thompson Architects
Michael Barclay | 2011 Architects Challenge Winner
Dethlefs ResidenceBarclay Home Design
Stephen Muse | 2011 Architects Challenge Winner
Restoration/ Renovation of and Addition to Historic VaucluseMuse Architects
Nils Finne | 2011 Architects Challenge Winner
Eagle Harbor CabinFINNE Architects
Jacob Albert | 2010 Architects Challenge Winner
Little CampAlbert, Righter & Tittmann
John Tittmann | 2010 Architects Challenge Winner
Riverview HouseAlbert, Righter & Tittmann
Frank Riepe | 2010 Architects Challenge Winner
Quick ResidenceBuilding Arts
Kent Chilcott | 2010 Architects Challenge Winner
MD ResidenceKent Chilcott Studio
Jeff Stetter | 2010 Architects Challenge Winner
Private ResidenceGossens Bachman Architects
Jay Cooperson | 2010 Architects Challenge Winner
Smyrna Opera HouseCooperson Associates
Susan Richards Johnson | 2010 Architects Challenge Winner
City Market Window and Door RestorationSusan Richards Johnson & Associates, Inc.
Lauren Kleinberg | 2010 Architects Challenge Winner
Parkinson ResidenceFergus Garber Group
Christine Albertsson, Todd Hansen | 2010 Architects Challenge Winner
Minnehaha Creek Addition
Alexander Seidel FAIA | 2010 Architects Challenge Winner
2812 WashingtonAlexander Seidel FAIA
John Senhauser | 2009 Architects Challenge Winner
Helga Lilley | 2009 Architects Challenge Winner
Andrea Swan | 2009 Architects Challenge Winner
Swan Fish Campswan+simmons Architecture, Ltd.
Arleta Chang | 2009 Architects Challenge Winner
Lake CottageJarvis Architects
Jonathan Feldman | 2009 Architects Challenge Winner
Pierce HouseFeldman Architecture, Inc.
Duncan Stroik | 2009 Architects Challenge Winner
Shrine of Our Lady of GuadalupeDuncan G. Stroik Architect LLC, River Architects
Matthew Kreilich, AIA, LEED AP
Matthew Kreilich is a design principal at Snow Kreilich Architects in Minneapolis. Recently the studio received AIA’s 2018 Firm Award, an honor that recognizes a practice that consistently has produced distinguished architecture for at least 10 years. He is the heart of the firm's collaborative working model with an active participation in both strategic and detail design resolution. Matt provides his design leadership on all the firm's projects. Additionally, he has taught at the University of Minnesota College of Design and Syracuse University as well as participated in visiting critiques at GSD and Washington University. Matthew was recently a juror for the Progressive Architecture Award and continues to participate on AIA juries throughout the country as well as lectures in both academic and professional settings.
Jane Frederick, FAIA
Jane Frederick, FAIA is a partner in Frederick + Frederick Architects which was founded in 1989. The firm specializes in custom homes for hot, humid climates. Their design excellence has been recognized in two national magazine competitions; AIA National CRAN book, Houses for all Regions, AIA National Small Practice Practitioners, 11 AIA South Carolina awards and 6 local awards.
Frederick + Frederick work has been featured in Residential Design magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Metropolitan Home, Southern Living, The Old House, Renovation Style and Cabin Life.
Jane received a Bachelor of Architecture from Auburn University. She served as an At-Large Director of the American Institute of Architects and on numerous design juries including the AIA Gold Medal.
Takashi Yanai FAIA
Takashi Yanai, FAIA has been the Residential Studio Director since 2004 where he leads the firm’s efforts in the design and execution of award-winning single family residences. Takashi's projects have been published extensively in the national and international press.
Takashi brings a keen sensitivity and interest in site and context coupled with a strong appreciation for the craft of building and materiality born of his dual Californian and Japanese heritage. His houses are a lasting and profound articulation of the relationship between man and nature that underscores architecture's power to enhance our environments. Prior to practicing architecture, Takashi was an editor at GA Houses in Tokyo where he had the privilege of engaging with the world's finest residential architects. Takashi is very active in the AIA Committee on Design, and is currently on the Board of Directors for the A+D Museum, Los Angeles. He is currently a visiting lecturer at the USC School of Architecture, and lectures throughout the world. Alongside architecture, Takashi has a strong interest in photography and social media. His professional activities, travels and personal interests are well-documented and widely followed (60,000 followers) on his Instagram account @t_yanai.
The 2018 Architects Challenge (the “Challenge” or “Contest”) is sponsored by Marvin Windows and Doors (“Sponsor”).
This juried Challenge will evaluate entries in the following categories: Contemporary; Transitional; Traditional (New Construction);
Remodel / Addition; Historic; and Commercial. These Official Rules shall serve as the official rules for the Contest.
This contest of skill is open to architects only. Entrants must be licensed architects or graduates of an accredited school of architecture to enter.
Entrants must be legal residents of the United States (excluding Puerto Rico and Guam), Canada (excluding Quebec), Japan, or Israel,
* and the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence as of the date of entry.
Employees or agents of Sponsor and its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising/promotional/PR agencies, and the members of their immediate families
or those persons living in the same household of such individuals are ineligible to enter or win.
All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited by law.
The Contest begins February 1, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. (Contest Start Time) and ends April 30, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. (Contest End Time).
For purposes of these Official Rules, all times are US Central Time (GMT-6 or -5). All Contest entries must be received during the Submission Period,
which begins at the Contest Start Time and ends at the Contest End Time. Entries received before or after the Submission Period will not be accepted.
To enter, submit at least three portfolio-quality photographs (at least 4”x6”, in jpeg or png format) of a project of your original design,
built within the last ten years, which incorporates Marvin® or Integrity® brand windows and/or doors, together with a brief written description of the project,
including a general description of the structure, the location of the structure, the year of construction,
and the types of Marvin products incorporated into the structure, and identifying the category you believe best describes your project. Categories include:
More than one category may be identified in connection with an entry. The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to re-categorize any entry.
A majority of the fenestration openings in the project must be Marvin® and/or Integrity® brand products.
Photographs in which non-Marvin or Integrity windows or doors are depicted will be disqualified.
You may enter the Contest by completing the required fields of the online entry form at www.marvin.com/architectschallenge in their entirety,
upload your photographs(s), and click on the “Submit” button to enter.
All entries must be received during the Submission Period. It is the sole responsibility of the entrant to notify Sponsor
in writing if the entrant changes his/her e-mail address or other contact information. (To do so,
write to: 2018 Marvin Architects Challenge, Marvin Windows and Doors, 2020 Silver Bell Road, Suite 15, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55122, United States of America.)
Multiple entries may be submitted. All entries become the exclusive property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned.
By entering the Contest and submitting the photograph(s), you assign to Sponsor all intellectual property rights over the photograph(s);
Sponsor may reproduce, crop or otherwise modify, display, and/or otherwise use the entrants’ photographs, in any form or media,
(a) for any purpose related to the Architects Challenge, and/or (b) on Sponsor’s web site(s) for any purpose.
By entering the Contest, you declare that all information submitted by you is true, current, and complete, and you represent and warrant to Sponsor
that you are the architect of the project depicted, that the design is your original work, that you are the copyright owner of,
or have all rights and permissions necessary to submit the photograph(s), including without limitation the permission of the owner of the structure depicted,
and that you have all rights and permissions necessary to convey the license and authorizations required by these Official Rules.
You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Sponsor and its parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, employees, and licensors
from any claim, cost, demand, loss, or expense arising out of the photograph(s) or other content submitted by you in connection with the Contest,
your entry in the Contest, or your violation of the Official Rules, the rights of any other person, or any applicable law.
Judges will recognize up to 6 projects. Up to one (1) Challenge winner will be chosen for each category from among the entries submitted,
subject to sufficient entries being submitted in each category which are, in the judges’ independent opinions, of the requisite high quality.
Additionally, judges will name a "Best in Show winner."
The winners’ project photographs will be displayed on Sponsor’s web site. Sponsor may also feature the winning entries in public relations and social media efforts.
Challenge winners will be invited to the national AIA Conference on Architecture 2018 and to Marvin facilities in Warroad, Minnesota
on dates to be coordinated by Sponsor, which are anticipated to be in Autumn 2018. Sponsor will provide each Challenge winner
with a roundtrip ticket from a major metropolitan airport within the continental United States or Canada to New York City
for the AIA Conference on Architecture and to Minneapolis, Minnesota for the Warroad trip.§. Local accommodations will be provided in both locations.
Winners will be responsible for costs associated with all other meals and incidentals associated with the New York trip.
Group meals will be provided on the Warroad trip, after winners’ arrivals in Minneapolis. Sponsor will provide one-night lodging in Minneapolis
and will transport winners from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Warroad, Minnesota for a factory tour and winner activities.
Lodging will be provided for one night in Warroad, Minnesota, and return travel will be provided from Warroad, Minnesota to Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Winners may earn 5 AIA-CES HSW LUs for the factory tour.
The winner of the Best in Show title will be featured by Architectural Digest Marketing in a one-page advertorial in
Architectural Digest magazine and may be featured in up to two video promotions.
Entries will be judged within each category to meet at least one or a combination of the following qualities as determined by the Sponsor: solution-driven design, innovative use of windows, and highlight how buildings and spaces can improve our lives. All decisions of Sponsor are final and binding. The winners will be notified by e-mail or phone by May 31, 2018. Winners will have 1 week from notification to accept the prize by e-mail reply or to ArchitectsChallenge@marvin.com or by postal mail to the address specified in the notification. Marvin is not responsible for, and shall not be liable for, any late, lost, or misdirected notification, or for a winner’s unsuccessful efforts to claim any prize.
Challenge winners will be required to sign and return a release of liability, declaration of eligibility, and, where lawful, a publicity consent agreement, all within 10 days of notification. Within the same time period, winners will also be required to execute a license, and any other necessary documentation, authorizing Sponsor to reproduce, display, and otherwise use the winner’s photographs for any purpose, on the Sponsor’s web site and/or in such other materials and media, whether now known or hereafter created, as Sponsor may choose, without further compensation to the winner. By accepting and/or using prize, the winner agrees to the use of his/her name, voice and/or likeness, and of the photographs submitted with the winner’s entry for the purpose of advertising, trade, or promotion, relating to the Architects Challenge, in any medium now known or hereafter created. If a selected winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim a prize, or fails to timely return the completed and executed declaration and releases as required, the prize may be forfeited.
General Contest Rules:
By entering, each participant agrees to be bound these Official Rules and decisions of Sponsor, which shall be final. Sponsor, agents and representatives of Sponsor, its parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion, PR and fulfillment agencies, and legal advisors are not responsible for and shall not be liable for: (1) late, lost, delayed, damaged, misdirected, incomplete, illegible, unintelligible, or postage-due entries; (2) telephone, electronic, hardware or software program, network, Internet, or computer malfunctions, failures, or difficulties of any kind; (3) failed, incomplete, garbled, or delayed computer transmissions; (4) any condition caused by events beyond the control of the Sponsor that may cause the Contest to be disrupted or corrupted; (5) any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising in connection with or as a result of the prizes, or acceptance, possession, or use of the prizes, or from participation in the Contest; or (6) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Contest. Sponsor reserves the right, in is sole discretion, to suspend or cancel Contest at any time if a computer virus, bug, or other technical problem corrupts the administration of the Contest.
Resolution of Disputes:
Each entrant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with this Contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and any judicial proceeding shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal or state courts within the State of Minnesota, USA; (2) any and all claims, judgments, and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Contest, but in no event shall attorney’s fees be awarded; and (3) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant herby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental, and consequential damages, and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Minnesota, USA, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions (whether the State of Minnesota or any other jurisdiction) that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Minnesota.
Sponsor and its authorized agents will collect, use, and disclose the personal information you provide when you enter the Contest for the purposes of administering the Contest and prize fulfillment. The Contest web site may be hosted on servers in the United States, and the personal information you provide may therefore also be subject to the laws of the United States. For further information about Marvin’s privacy practices, please see:
Winners List – US Residents Only:
To receive a list of winners or copy of the Official Rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope for receipt by December 31, 2018 to 2018 Marvin Architects Challenge, 2020 Silver Bell Rd. Ste. 15, St. Paul, MN 55122. The winners’ names also will be available online at www.marvin.com, starting July 1, 2018.
To opt out of receiving notices of future skill contests offered by Sponsor, please e-mail your request to Marvin Windows and Doors at
firstname.lastname@example.org@marvin.com. For questions about this promotion email
Footnotes (Non-US Entries):
* The Official Rules Supplement, applicable to entrants from outside the United States of America, is available via email at
email@example.com. Entrants from Japan must include an additional,
written consent from the owner of the building featured in the entry, as well as a declaration of conformity signed by the entrant.
Consent forms are available from Marvin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Transportation
for winners resident in Japan will be from Tokyo, and for winners resident in Israel, from Tel Aviv.