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11 of the best small architecture projects of 2018

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The AIA has selected 11 noteworthy small-scale projects

Interior of pool house with glass walls and thin columns.
The interior of the Grand Lake Poolhouse in Oklahoma by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris.
Timothy Soar

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced 11 exceptional designs as part of its annual Small Project Awards, now in its 15th year. Established by the Small Project Practitioners, the awards highlight those architects who work on a smaller scale and also strive to promote small-scale design.

Winners were categorized into three groups—projects with construction costs up to $150,000 (category 1), projects with construction costs up to $1.5 million (category 2), and projects under 5,000 square feet (category 3)—all demonstrating this year’s theme “renewal” in some way. Take a look at the winning designs below, then head over to the AIA website to learn more about each project.

Category 1:

Five Fields Play Structure in Lexington, Massachusetts, by FR|SCH Projects in collaboration with Matter Design

Brandon Clifford

Studio/Bunkhouse on Bainbridge Island, Washington, Cutler Anderson Architects

Art Grice

Category 2:

Rear Window House in Culver City, California, by Edward Ogosta Architecture

Steve King

Sawmill in Tehachapi, California, by Olson Kundig

Gabe Border

Shadow Play in Phoenix by Howeler + Yoon Architecture, LLP

Matt Winquist

Sonoma Residence in Santa Rosa, California, by Alchemy Architects, LLC

Geoffrey C. Warner

The Grand Lake Poolhouse in Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees, Oklahoma, by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Timothy Soar

Category 3:

BI(h)OME in Los Angeles by Kevin Daly Architects

Nico Marques

Chapel at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in New York City by FXCollaborative

Principal Riverwalk Pump Station in Des Moines, Iowa, by substance architecture

Rosewood Park Beach Improvements in Highland, Illinois, by Woodhouse Tinucci Architects

Bill Timmerman