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Photo by Tim Hursley The Oak Ridge House in Jackson is shaped to draw the outdoors in and lure the family out. Boundaries of space are indeterminate, alive and negotiable. At night and from the inside, a view of the living room is projected out into the trees; from the outside, the trees and the sky are cast into the house.

3 Mississippi firms win national housing design honors

The American Institute of Architects Housing Design Awards program recognized only 14 projects from around the nation this year, but three Mississippi architectural firms designed two of them — a carefully detailed modern home in Jackson by Duvall Decker Architects, P.A. and a catalog of replacement housing in six neighborhoods of Houston after Hurricane Ike by unabridged Architecture PLLC in Bay St Louis, and Mississippi State University’s Gulf Coast Community Design Studio in Biloxi.

» AIA/HUD Secretary Award: Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro selected Disaster Recovery Round 2 for the Award for Community-Informed Design, one of four projects recognized for excellence in affordable or accessible housing design. The architects include unabridged Architecture PLLC in Bay St Louis, and Mississippi State University’s Gulf Coast Community Design Studio in Biloxi, in partnership with bcWorkshop in Houston, Texas. Disaster Recovery Round 2 in Houston was launched five years after Hurricane Ike devastated the Texas Gulf Coast in 2008. The design team documented six target neighborhoods to inspire modern designs that evoke the historic character of each neighborhood. The three-year project constructed 275 new houses on homeowner’s lots, restoring six historic neighborhoods and maintaining the community’s strength and cohesion.

Courtesy of unabridged Architecture Disaster Recovery Round 2 in Houston led to the construction of 275 new houses, including the Moton family home, which was the first to be completed in the Old Spanish Trail neighborhood of Houston.

Courtesy of unabridged Architecture
Disaster Recovery Round 2 in Houston led to the construction of 275 new houses, including the Moton family home, which was the first to be completed in the Old Spanish Trail neighborhood of Houston.

The Gulf Coast Community Design Studio is a professional service and outreach program of Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art + Design. unabridged Architecture is a woman-owned small business led by architects. Allison and John Anderson.

» AIA Housing Award: The AIA Housing Award National Jury selected The Oak Ridge House by Duvall Decker Architects, P.A. for its recognition. It is one of four homes in the United States recognized for its design quality in 2016. The house takes advantage of Mississippi’s natural environment, and creates places for interaction with friends and family. The firm is led by principals Roy Decker and Anne Marie Decker.

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