The weekend of October 21-22, 2017, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Houston will hold its 2017 Annual Home Tour featuring 10 area homes selected by a jury of industry experts to represent the finest in new residential architecture.
The two-day, self-guided tour is open to the public and offers attendees a rare opportunity to walk through and view an impressive assortment of privately-owned residences designed by accomplished Houston architects.
Open to the general public, the tour attracts approximately 3,000 people each year and operates with generous permission from homeowners, community cooperation, 200 volunteers, and architects eager to share each home’s design.
“Every year, I am pleased to see the diversity of homes on display. There is a mixture of style, size, budget and complexity that speaks to the diversity of people in our city,” says Home Tour Chair Kiza Forgie, AIA of m+a architecture studio. “My favorite part is pretending I’m a tourist when I visit the houses. I love listening to the stories behind each individual design and how it came to fruition. This year, the home tour is more important than ever because we have a selection of homes that did not flood, at a time when flooding is on everyone’s mind.”
The featured home at 5007 S. Braeswood Boulevard in the Brays Bayou floodplain was spared flood damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, emerging as a great example of designing for resilience. The pre-existing mid-century house had flooded previously and the homeowners worked with studioMET Architects to design a new, modern house, built five feet above the ground. Read more about the project.
All of the homes on the tour are located within the Houston metropolitan area, designed by an AIA architect, and completed within the last five years.
This year’s selection committee includes former AIA national President Elizabeth Chu Richter of Richter Architects (Corpus Christi), Elizabeth Price of Upchurch Architects, Inc. (Brenham), and Dan Shipley of Shipley Architects (Dallas).
The criteria used to select homes for the tour include design excellence, quality and craftsmanship, innovative design solutions and use of materials, and sustainability of design. The selection committee reviewed all submittals and made the final selection of homes to include on the tour.
“It’s one thing to pass by and admire these stunning homes from the outside, but an entirely heightened experience to step inside and be captivated by the remarkable thought and talent that went into each design,” adds AIA Houston Executive Director Rusty Bienvenue.