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Marvin honors the best in architecture


From coast to coast, Architect’s Challenge winners show beauty, creativity and sustainability

Warroad, Minn., October 28, 2010 – From a farmhouse in Vermont to a restored Victorian in San Francisco, the 10 winners in this year’s Architect’s Challenge vary widely in design.

What they have in common is beauty, creativity and sustainability — as well as windows and doors from Marvin, the nation’s leader in made to order wood and clad wood windows and doors.

Marvin Windows and Doors is proud to announce the winners of the 2010 Architect’s Challenge, an annual contest recognizing the best in modern design.

“These winning projects are an inspiring display of architecture,” said Brett Boyum, director of marketing for Marvin Windows and Doors. “Whether a faithful historic restoration or a completely original creation, these architects show what’s possible with inspiration and a focus on quality.”

Dining room in Palo Alto home, one of this year’s winners. More photos of this and other winning projects here.

A brief list of winning projects follows. More complete 2010 Architect’s Challenge winning case studies are available, along with downloadable photos.

Judging for the challenge was done by acclaimed architects Carson Looney, FAIA, of Looney Ricks Kiss, Memphis, Tenn.; William Kreager, FAIA, of Mithun, Seattle; and Mark McInturff, FAIA, of McInturff Architects, Bethesda, Md.

  • Vermont Farm Villa: John Tittmann (Albert, Righter & Tittmann, Boston)
  • MD Residence, Santa Rosa, Calif.: Kent Chilcott (Kent Chilcott Studio, Santa Rosa, Calif.)
  • Family Home, Palo Alto, Calif.: Catharine Fergus Garber and Daniel Garber (Fergus Garber Group, Palo Alto, Calif.)
  • Vacation Home, Pomfret, Vt.: Jeff Stetter (Gossens Bachman Architects, Montpelier, Vt.)
  • Smyrna Opera House, Smyrna, Del.: Jay Cooperson (Cooperson Associates, Wilmington, Del.)
  • Quick Residence, Jaffrey, N.H.: Frank Riepe (Building Arts, Sudbury, Mass.)
  • Island House, New York: Jacob Albert (Albert, Righter & Tittmann, Boston)
  • City Market Restoration, Kansas City, Mo.: Susan Richards Johnson (Susan Richards Johnson & Associates Inc., Kansas City)
  • Victorian Conversion, San Francisco: Alexander Seidel (Alexander Seidel FAIA, San Francisco)
  • Minnehaha Creek Addition, Minneapolis: Todd Hansen and Christine Albertsson (Albertsson Hansen Architecture Ltd., Minneapolis)

About the 2010 myMarvin Architect’s Challenge

The myMarvin Architect’s Challenge recognizes the best architecture by practitioners in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. The decisions of the judging panel are based on solution-driven design, classical beauty, innovative use of windows, and sustainability. Use of Marvin windows or patio doors in the project is a requirement.

Winners are flown to Minneapolis for an AIA tour of architecturally significant buildings in the Twin Cities. They also visit the Marvin factory in Warroad, Minn., where they learn more about how skilled craftspeople build every Marvin window and door precisely to order.