The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced ten winners for the 2016 Housing Awards. AIA’s Housing Awards program was established to recognise the best in housing design and promote the importance of good housing as a necessity of life.

The 16th edition of AIA’s Housing Awards has honoured 10 architecture firms across three award categories, One/Two Family Custom Housing, Multifamily Housing and Special Housing, with none selected this year for the One/Two Family Production Housing category.


The One and Two Family Custom Residences award recognises outstanding designs for custom and remodelled homes for specific clients. Winners this year include:

Hog Pen Creek Retreat in Austin, Texas by Lake|Flato Architects

Photography by Casey Dunn

Independence Pass Residence in Aspen, CO by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Photography by Nic Lehoux

Island Residence in Honolulu by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Photography by Nic Lehoux

Newberg Residence in Newberg, OR by Cutler Anderson Architects

Photography by Jeremy Bitterman

Oak Ridge House in Jackson, MS by Duvall Decker Architects, P.A.

Photography by Timothy Hursley


Honouring outstanding apartment and condominium design, the Multifamily Housing award went to two projects in California. Both high- and low-density projects for public and private clients were considered for the award with the jury assessing architectural design features as well as the integration of the building(s) into their context.

Winners this year include:

1180 Fourth Street in San Francisco by Mithun

Photography by Bruce Damonte

Cloverdale749 in Los Angeles by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

Photography by Lawrence Anderson


The Special Housing award recognises outstanding design of housing that meets the unique needs of specialised housing types such as single room occupancy residences (SROs), independent living for the disabled, residential rehabilitation programs and domestic violence shelters among others.

Winners include:

Commonwealth Honors College, University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA by William Rawn Associates, Architects

Photography by Robert Benson

Homeless Veterans Transitional Housing, VA Campus in Los Angeles by LEO A DALY

Photography by Lawrence Anderson

Whitetail Woods Regional Park Camper Cabins in Farmington, MN by HGA

Photography by Paul Crosby

The jury for the 2016 Housing Awards included Jamie Blosser, AIA (Chair), Atkin Olshin Schade Architects; Ariella Cohen, Editor-in-Chief, Next City; Kevin Harris, FAIA, Kevin Harris Architect, LLC; David Lee, FAIA, Stull and Lee, Inc. and Suman Sorg, FAIA, Sorg & Associates, P.C.