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Marvin honors the best in architecture with 2011 myMarvin Architect's Challenge


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

Warroad, Minn., August 29, 2011 – From a classic rural farmhouse in Maine to an ultra-contemporary mountain home in Oregon, the winners in this year’s myMarvin 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 2011 myMarvin Architect’s Challenge, an annual contest recognizing the best in architecture.

This year, for the first time, the judges also honored an international entrant: La Reserva Villa, a majestic, four-story villa overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in Sotogrande, Spain.

“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.”

This year’s judging panel includes acclaimed architects Carson Looney, FAIA, of Looney Ricks Kiss, Memphis, Tenn.; William Kreager, FAIA, of AECOM, Seattle; and Mark McInturff, FAIA, of McInturff Architects, Bethesda, Md.

A brief list of winning projects follows. More complete 2011 Architect’s Challenge winning case studies are available at, along with downloadable photos on Flickr at


  • Amherst College Residences (Mayo Smith House, Seelye House, Hitchcock House), Amherst, Mass.: James McKinney (Sacco+McKinney Architects, Latham, N.Y.)
  • Overlook House, Lexington, Mass.: Marcus Gleysteen (Gleysteen Design, Cambridge, Mass.)
  • White Mountain View, Sweden, Maine: Jesse Thompson (Kaplan Thompson Architects, Portland, Maine)
  • KK Residence, Santa Rosa, Calif.: Kent Chilcott (Kent Chilcott Studio, Santa Rosa, Calif.)
  • Hunting Barn, Wayzata, Minn.: Jeff Murphy (2 Murphy & Co. Design, Buffalo, Minn.)
  • Historic Vaucluse (restoration, renovation and addition), Machipongo, Va.: Stephen Muse (Muse Architects, Bethesda, Md.)
  • Private Residence, Happy Valley, Ore.: Michael Barclay (Barclay Home Design, Clackamas, Ore.)
  • Eagle Harbor Cabin, Eagle Harbor, Mich.: Nils Finne (FINNE Architects, Seattle)
  • Dutchess County Farmhouse, Stanfordville, N.Y.: Douglas Larson (Larson and Paul Architects, New York)
  • The Manor Garden, Hoboken, N.J.: Frank J. Minervini, Anthony Vandermark (Minervini Vandermark Architecture, Hoboken, N.J.)
  • La Reserva Villa, Sotogrande, Spain: Francis Daniel Trico (McLundie Architects, San Roque, Spain)

About the 2011 myMarvin Architect’s Challenge

The myMarvin Architect’s Challenge recognizes the best architecture by practitioners in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Spain and the United Kingdom.

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.