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American Institute of Architects recognizes best residential projects of the year

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The annual “Build Something Great” ceremony saluted great design, influential architects in Atlanta and across the state.

One of the local residences recognized during the evening.
© Fredrik Brauer via Robert M. Cain

Last night, architects from across the state gathered to recognize the top residential projects in Georgia, and those designed by Georgia architects, at the annual “Build Something Great Awards.”

The celebration included a keynote by NASA’s Sonia Miller—an architecture graduate turned project manager for the country’s space program—and drew more than 200 attendees.

Five projects were recognized for top honors in categories ranging from single-family homes to sprawling urban mixed use developments. (Click the project name for more details and photos).

Winners are:

Single Family: Nontraditional

The Inchyra House, by Robert M. Cain, Architect.
© Fredrik Brauer via Robert M. Cain

Inchyra House - North Georgia

By Robert M. Cain, Architect - Atlanta


Single Family House - Traditional

A Traditional Country Home in Bridgehampton, New York.
Historical Concepts

A Traditional Country Home - Bridgehampton, New York

By Historical Concepts - Atlanta


Renovations / Adaptive Reuse: Less than 5,000 square feet

Midcentury remix in Virginia-Highland.
© Fredrik Brauer via Robert M. Cain

Midcentury Remix - Atlanta

Robert M. Cain, Architect - Atlanta


Renovations / Adaptive-reuse: Greater than 5,000 square feet

Page Woodson School, opened in the early 1900s and recently renovated into apartments.
Smith Dalia Architects

Page Woodson School - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Smith Dalia Architects - Atlanta



Broadstone Midtown at 6th and Juniper streets.
Lord Aeck Sargent

Broadstone Midtown — Atlanta

Lord Aeck Sargent


In addition to the residential design awards, architects were recognized for their contributions to the industry and Atlanta.

John Portman, Jr., FAIA, who will turn 93 next month, was awarded a President’s Citation for more than 60 years of service to the profession and the city.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Nicole Seekely, AIA, of Smith Dalia Architects, was recognized with the John A. Busby Jr. Award, spotlighting an exceptional young architect.

Others recognized included Kevin Cantley, AIA, with the Dorothy Spence Citizen Architect Award; Eric Anderson, AIA, with the James G. Fausett Service to the Profession Award; Will Johnston of Tiny House Atlanta with the Kwanza Hall Award; Robert M. Cain, FAIA, with the AIA Silver Medal, denoting overall firm excellence; and Jay Silverman, AIA, with the Ivan Allen Sr. Trophy, recognizing career excellence.