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This Home Tour is Anything But the Usual Suspects — It’s AIA Weekend

BY // 10.16.18
photography Benjamin Hill Photography

Each year, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Houston Home Tour lets us indulge in a little architectural voyeurism — a sneak peek into residences designed by some of the most accomplished Houston architects.

An AIA-appointed jury of industry experts selects seven of the finest examples of modern and contemporary residential architecture completed within the last five years, based on the criteria of design excellence, quality and craftsmanship, innovative design solutions and use of materials, and sustainability of design.

This year’s selection committee included Enrique Montenegro, AIA (SHM Architects), Amy Wynne Leveno, AIA (OFFICIAL), and Braxton Werner, AIA (Wernerfield).

The self-guided tour is open to the public and attracts approximately 3,000 people each year over the two-day period. The AIA home tour operates with generous permission from homeowners, community cooperation, 200 volunteers and architects eager to share each home’s design.

This year’s homes — designed by Cusimano Architect, Brett Zamore Design, Intexure Architects, Dillon Kyle Architects, studioMet, RD Architecture, and JT ARC Studio — will be open this Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21, noon to 6 pm. Houses include:

  • An Oak Forest modern/traditional family home at 1909 Gardenia Drive, 4,166 square feet, by Cusimano Architect;
  • a Heights neighbor-shared pool house and pool at 2040A Arlington Street, 350 square feet with 850 square feet of decking, by Brett Zamore Design;
  • a Rice-area modern treehouse-inspired family retreat dubbed “the Birds” at 2171 University Boulevard, 4,000 square feet, by Intexure Architects;
  • a Southampton minimalist contemporary home at 2326 Tangley Street, 5,316 square feet, by Dillon Kyle Architects;
  • a Highland Village concrete, stucco, steel, glass, and ipe-wood U-shaped home at 2923 Drexel Drive, 5,400 square feet, by StudioMet;
  • a Spring Branch classic ranch turned contemporary, LEED-certified (the new home was built in the footprint of the original home) home at 8725 Banzer Street, 3,500 square feet, by RD Architecture; and
  • a Spring Branch Asian-inspired, gable-roofed marvel at 8913 Friendship Road, 2,700 square feet, by JT ARC Studio.

PaperCity serves as media sponsor of the invitation-only pre-tour party.

AIA Houston Home Tour, Saturday and Sunday, October 20-21, 2018, 12-6 p.m. each daylocations above and at aiahouston.org. Full-tour tickets $25 in advance for adults, $15 for children 12 and under thru October 17; $35 on the weekend of the tour; for bike riders, $25 in advance, $30 on the weekend of the tour;  $10 single-home ticket available at door. Tickets and information, aiahoustonhometour.org

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