AIA Homes of the Year







The Southern Arizona Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and Tucson Lifestyle Home & Garden present the Home of the Year and the Interior Architecture Home of the Year.


Jessica Hutchison,
AIA, Urban Design Associates

Carlos Murrieta,
AIA, Merge Architectural Group

Matthew Trzebiatowski,
AIA, Blank Studio, Inc.

Home of the Year:
Casa de Plegado
Rob Paulus Architects
Photography by Dave Olsen

The approach to Casa de Plegado (the Spanish word for “to crease, fold or bend”) embraces the Santa Catalina Mountains and the home’s surroundings. Folding roof forms of prefinished metal open and close to the sky above and terrain below. Earth-toned walls of textured masonry and smooth stucco wrap through the terrain allowing the landscape to fold between the masses of the residence, heightening the connection to the surrounding desert. The home also was sited to control views and limit solar gain from east and west orientation. Sustainable components and water conservation strategies were used throughout the project.

Interior Architecture Home of the Year

HK Associates
Photography by Logan Havens

This design is a renovation of a 1964 Edward Nelson, FAIA modernist home in the foothills. The design concept was to reveal the affinities between old and new, inside and outside, through the use of light, material and attention to detail. The renovation took the home back to its bones — Douglas Fir posts and beams within a brick perimeter. The kitchen and master bedroom suite were reconceived, along with the bathrooms. The balance of the home was rejuvenated. The pool, exterior terraces and plantings also received an update to better connect the home to its surrounding panorama of city and mountain views.