2018 Small Project Awards
Recognizing the best in small project design
The Small Project Practitioners, an AIA Knowledge Community, present the 2018 Small Project Awards, to recognize small project practitioners for the high quality of their work and to promote excellence in small project design. This program strives to raise public awareness of the value and design excellence that architects bring to projects, no matter the limits of size and scope.
This year’s theme, "Renewal," recognizes projects that engage the idea, and incorporate concepts and elements relating to this theme. The theme was intentionally open-ended to encourage wide interpretation.
Five Fields Play Structure
As a landscape for exploration, shunning function and standard, in favor of liberation, the structure cultivates imagination through play while supporting inventiveness through its unfolding, discoverable spaces.
Studio / Bunkhouse
Where once stood a dilapidated tool shed, is now a multi-use building, carefully designed to fit its natural context, functioning as a bunk house and a design studio.
Rear Window House
This project demonstrates how a thoughtful, strategic intervention can breathe new life into an older home and be good for the neighborhood, without sacrificing the needs of the contemporary family
A family retreat embedded into the tough, scrubby landscape, Sawmill is self sufficient, durable, and economic.
Positioned on a former traffic median, Shadow Play transforms this space by increasing pedestrian connectivity with the surrounding commercial and arts district by providing space for pedestrians to walk and relax.
The Sonoma Residence is a celebration of the luxury of less. The house’s openness belies its small size, with floor to ceiling glass on the view sides evaporating the membrane between house and site.
The Grand Lake Poolhouse
The project consisted of rejuvenating the landscape without altering it by creating a functional and beautiful building offering panoramic lake view and a new journey through the garden, from the main house to the lake.
Developed in response to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s call for the creation of 100,000 new housing units by 2021, this prototype backyard home is a lightweight, recyclable and customizable accessory dwelling unit that recognizing that one solution to the region’s housing crisis might be found in our own backyards.
Chapel at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun
This project is a modern composition of space and objects that reimagines the traditional synagogue at an intimate scale for quiet meditation, connection, and prayer.
Principal Riverwalk Pump Station
The creation of this facility has literally led to the renewal of Des Moines' Historic District and, in concert with the Café Pavilion, it frames a popular public space along the river.
Rosewood Park Beach Improvements
Rosewood Beach’s improvements are designed to supplement the elemental lakeside experience---a leisurely stroll along the beach with a boardwalk that meanders 1500-ft giving visitors an ever-changing journey along Lake Michigan.
Geoffrey C. Warner