John Staub Awards 2012

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) recognized projects across the state for their achievements and contributions to preserving and advancing the classical tradition in architecture, urbanism, and the allied arts. The 2012 John Staub Awards for Residential Architecture were presented for the following five projects.

Rancho Del Cielo
Michael G. Imber Architects, San Antonio
Rancho del Cielo presents a compelling and elegant vernacular solution inspired by the best West Texas traditions. Constructed upon the site of a 1940s ranching outpost lost to fire in 1995, the project successfully addressed the challenge of designing a residence twice the scale of the original while maintaining the delicate relationship to the landscape and existing compound structures.

Casa de las Lomas
Michael G. Imber Architects, San Antoinio
Built into a hillside overlooking Austin, the Casa de las Lomas is organized around a central courtyard with public rooms on the upper level. The double-height concrete dome of the library connects the upper level to the lower level where private rooms are organized around a secondary courtyard. Rough-hewn, decorative tile and traditional plastering techniques are integral to the interior finishes.

Pedernales Ranch House
Don B. McDonald Architect, San Antonio
The structures of the Pedernales Ranch House are each composed of a single room with direct access to exterior porches that provide wonderful connections between the individual spaces. Entirely clad in stone and unfinished cypress, the house is simple and spartan in detailing, but materially rich.

Boot Ranch House
Don B. McDonald Architect, San Antonio
An architectural palette displaying English Romanesque roots, refined stonework, and native materials all combine to allow this homestead to fit comfortably into its unique region of Gillespie County. The residence is closely tied to its surroundings through the landscape design, which is composed of intimate pathways, grassy lawns, and a “tree-trunk” trellis.

Bonney Brier Residence & Gardens
Curtis & Windham Architects, Houston
This Houston residence shows ties to a rural Texas vernacular. The variety in scale and detail of the bracketed porch supports and eave details, along with the natural texture of the wood siding and brick, are unified with a coat of whitewash. The effect of the composition and materials suggests alterations and enlargements of the residence over time.


Published in Texas Architect, January/February 2013