1996

2nd Place Krists Karklins University of Cincinnati
3rd Place David Whitehead University of Cincinnati
Citation Yu Duk So Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Merit Ryan Harper University of Cincinnati
Merit Umang N. Shah Rhode Island School of Design
Merit Aimee Conrardy
1996poster

House as Home/Profit or Place

Jeremiah Eck, Author

Each year approximately one million new single family houses are built in this country. Of those built, very few are designed with a particular owner, program or site in mind, and architects are only minimally involved. Most are production houses bought from plan services or modified in-house by a developer or contractor from a set of stock plans. The American suburbs and countryside are increasingly filled with examples of these houses that are not homes at all but commodities of the marketplace.

This design problem has two premises. The first is that architects can help make not just better houses, but homes. The second is that the house design problem, for many years neglected by academic institutions, is a valuable tool for the training of architects in our diverse and complex American culture.

Participating Schools:

Auburn University

The Boston Architectural Center

McGill University

Rhode Island School of Design

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Southern California Institute of Architecture

University of Cincinnati