Home of Distinction

AIA Seattle partners with Seattle magazine to highlight exceptional residential design solutions.

Look for the AIA Seattle Homes of Distinction every other month in the Shelter section of the magazine, or on seattlemag.com.

Would you like to be a part of the group that decides the winning submissions? Then get involved with our NW Residential Press Committee! 

2020 Homes of Distinction

Turning Up the Brightness in a Mercer Island Split-Level – Lane William Architects (May 2020)

Bringing a Ranch-Style Home to Panoramic Heights – Ferguson Architecture (March 2020)

2019 Homes of Distinction

Central District Triplex Provides a Blank Canvas for Bold Design Strokes Inside and Out – Best Practice Architecture & Hybrid Architecture (November 2019)

Seattle Couple Doubles Size of Small Floating Home for a Modern Upgrade – Donnally Architects (September 2019)

Couple Makes Light the Focal Point in This View Ridge Remodel – David Coleman Architecture (July 2019)

Couple Thinks Small in WA’s Methow Valley – Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects (May 2019)

Leschi House gets an Eco-Friendly Addition – Chadbourne + Doss Architects (March 2019)

Inside a View Ridge Midcentury Makeover – Eggleston Farkas Architects (January 2019)

2018 Homes of Distinction

Inside a Wooded Whidbey Island Residence – Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects (November 2018)

This Queen Anne Remodel Honors the Home’s Historic Past – DiMarco Architecture (September 2018)

Inside a Sublime San Juan Island Retreat – Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects (July 2018)

The DADU With Puget Sound Views That Makes Compact Living Feel Spacious – SHKS Architects (May 2018)

A Seattle Architect Takes on the Tiny-Home Challenge – Barron Pepper AIA (March 2018)

This Urban Farmhouse in the Central District Comes With Spectacular Views – Shed Architecture and Design (Jan 2018)

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2017 Homes of Distinction

This Floating Home on Lake Union is a Primo House Party Boat – Vandeventer + Carlander Architects (Nov 2017)

This Modern Backyard ‘Cabin’ is an Urban Oasis in Greenlake – Victoria Carter Architecture (Sept 2017)

The Danish Know How to Rock a Spectacular Summer House – Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects (July 2017)

This stunning Decatur Island cabin is the next best thing to owning a private island – Eggleston Farkas Architects (May 2017)

A Light-Filled Case Inlet Cabin – First Lamp Architecture (Mar 2017)

A Mercer Island Residence of Heart and Soul – Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young Architects (Jan 2017)

2016 Homes of Distinction

Methow Valley Meets Vermont in This AIA Home of Distinction – David Coleman Architecture (Nov 2016)

Lakewood Home Seamlessly Blends Indoors and Outdoors – Chadbourne + Doss Architects (Sept 2016)

The Lightbox: Point Roberts Home Embraces Rural Surroundings – Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (July 2016)

This Busy Family Achieves Balance in Their Home – Floisand Studio (May 2016)

A Modern Renovation Retains this Tudor’s Original Charm – Workshop AD (Mar 2016)

Capitol Hill Remodel Reveals a Family’s Dream House – PUBLIC47 Architects (Jan 2016)

2015 Homes of Distinction

Stacked House Conquers a Queen Anne Hillside – Alloy Design Group (Nov 2015)

West Seattle Homes Grows Upward, Gets a Modern Makeover – Patano Studio Architecture (Sept 2015)

This Architectural Beauty Is Not Your Ordinary Vacation Home – Johnston Architects (July 2015)

Madrona Live/Work Project Features an Eco-Friendly Design – atelierjones (May 2015)

Rescued From Ruin: An Issaquah Home Gets New Life – Schemata Workshop (Mar 2015)

A Cozy Cabin in the Woods Encourages Relaxation – Bosworth Hoedemaker Architects (Jan 2015)

2014 Homes of Distinction

A Light and Bright Remodel in Madrona – Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young Architects (Nov 2014)

Industrial and Green Design Collide in a Capitol Hill Loft – Graham Baba Architects (Sept 2014)

A West Seattle Waterfront Home Brings the Outdoors In – Stillwell Hanson Architects (July 2014)

Magnolia Home with a Spa-Like Feel – CTA Design Builders (Mar 2014)

A Dreamy Kitchen Re-Do in Mount Baker – Graham Baba Architects (Jan 2014)

Call for Submissions

AIA Seattle Member Firms and licensed AIA members in the Puget Sound region are invited to submit innovative residential design solutions to be highlighted in Shelter, a bi-monthly section inside Seattle magazine.

Projects of all scales that were completed in the last five years will be considered for publication, including designs for new or renovated homes of all architectural styles, single rooms, outdoor spaces, and even furniture, hardware, or design objects.

AIA Seattle will issue two calls each year (in January and in June) for Home of Distinction submissions. Each Call for Submissions will include a set of themes or focuses provided by Seattle magazine.

Through this partnership, AIA members can share their work with thousands of readers and connect to local clients who are interested in working with an architect.

      • Each selected residential design solution will be presented as a “Home of Distinction” in Shelter and on seattlemag.com.
      • Seattle magazine will publish resources to connect their 270,000+ readers and 175,000+ monthly website visitors with the Seattle architects behind the designs.
      • Each Home of Distinction will also be featured on the AIA Seattle website and social media platforms.

Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions were due July 26 – the next round will be due February 28  More information here.


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