2016 Design Awards



On Thursday, October 20, 2016, the AIA East Bay, awarded six residential projects with jury honors for the 2016 Exceptional Residential: Bay Area Regional Design Awards.

Citation Awards:

Elmwoelmwoodcottageod Cottage, Berkeley
Turnbull Griffin Haesloop
Photographer: David Wakely

Jury Comments: A smart solution to housing issues in a college town. Incredibly simple and elegant, a delicate little structure. The fact that the views are to the side and not to the main house is great.




Glen Ellen Residence, Glen Ellen
Nick Noyes Architecture
Photographer: Bruce Damonte

Jury Comments: We really appreciated how confident this project is in its agrarian setting. These are simple forms with elegant detailing; it’s a soft modernism done very well.




Merit Awards:

splitrockSplit Rock Springs Ranch, Cloverdale
Nielsen:Schuh Architects
Photographer: Bruce Damonte

Jury Comments: There is a refined clarity to this design that is elegant. The ways in which the two volumes relate is strong and we like how assertive the pavilion is.




Hunters View Blocks 5 & 6, San Francisco
Paulett Taggart Architects
Photographer: Bruce Damonte

Jury Comments: The architect made very good choices in the design, resulting in a project that is respectful both to the residents and neighborhood. We appreciate the way the massive site breaks down, the rhythm and texture play is thoughtful.  It displays an effortless “climb up the hill” of San Francisco’s steep terrain.



sonomaSonoma Residence
Turnbull Griffin Haesloop
Photographer: Matthew Millman

Jury Comments: We felt this project possesses the best characteristics of California Modernism—there is a casual elegance, beautiful detailing and a strong sense of place. We found it to have a clear, sensitive site plan.




Honor Award:

400grove400 Grove, San Francisco
Fougeron Architecture
Photographer: William Timmerman

Jury Comments: We loved the subtle texture of the skin and the shifts of planes. The design is sculptural yet admits it’s a block. The stair detailing is beautiful, a filigree that is extremely consistent yet varied. Kudos to the firm for rethinking the building code!



Project Eligibility:

  • Projects must have been completed since September 1, 2009
  • AIA East Bay members may submit projects located anywhere
  • Non-member architects may submit projects located in the following Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano and Sonoma
  • Applicant need not be a registered architect or AIA member, but must be responsible for design of project.

Project Types:

  • Residential projects of all types are encouraged, including:
  • Remodels/Additions/Renovations
  • Interiors
  • New Construction
  • Small Budgets (under $30,000)
  • Affordable/Senior/Marketrate Multi-family
  • Student Housing, etc.




Ray Calabro, FAIA
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson


Jennifer Devlin-Herbert, FAIA
San Francisco


Kulapat Yantrasast
wHY Architecture
Culver City


Sade Borghei
San Francisco



Associated Building Supply

Borden Lighting

Dealey Renton & Associates

Dolan’s Windows and Doors


Ideate, Inc


Pacific Coast Building Products