People’s Choice 2015 Awards

For the People’s Choice Awards, the public serves as jury, and everyone participates in the selection process. This award program provides an opportunity for the public to vote on which architectural projects are of most appeal in a range of categories.


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Your favorite house to LIVE.


Private Residence, Guilford, CT, Patriquin Architects, New Haven, CT

Photographer: Olson Photographic, LLC

Private Residence, Guilford, CT
Patriquin Architects, New Haven, CT


Description: This outdoor living room incorporates a stone terrace, cedar pergola, lap pool and kitchen. Despite the challenge of a steeply-sloped site, a thoughtful layout provides unobstructed views to the surrounding landscape.





Your favorite space to STUDY.


Visual and Performing Arts Center – Western Connecticut State University, Amenta Emma Architects & Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture, Hartford, CT

Photographer: Robert Benson Photography

Visual and Performing Arts Center, Western Connecticut State University
Amenta Emma Architects, Hartford, CT and Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture, New York, NY


Description: This 137,000-square-foot building’s form and expression showcase the significance of the arts to WSCU, housing music, theater and visual arts in a facility the University has called a “game-changer.” Inside and out, the architectural design highlights the distinct identities of the departments through material and color, while integrating each area into a cohesive form. The programs are brought together visually by the center’s continuously curved exterior wall. The circular nature of the building makes it visible and approachable from all sides, a nod to the facility’s diverse character and a response to the site.



Your favorite space to WORK.


New England Farm, Newtown, CT, PH Architects LLC, Newtown, CT

Photographer: Tim Williams

New England Farm, Newtown, CT
PH Architects LLC, Newtown, CT


Description: This New England Farm, located in Newtown, CT consists of a Horse Stables building, Indoor Arena Building, Farrier Building, outdoor Sand Ring, and a grass Grand Prix Field. As a horse facility for hunters and jumpers, this 37,000 square foot new construction was designed as a series of buildings and spaces carefully proportioned and scaled to operate individually and work as a cohesive group.




Your favorite place to PLAY.


Water’s Entertainment Terraces, RMB Designs Inc./Robert M Berger, AIA, Westport, CT

Photographer: Melani Lust Photography

Water’s Entertainment Terraces
RMB Designs Inc./Robert M. Berger, AIA, Westport, CT


Description: Organic shaped water features and private terraces connect the indoor/outdoor pavilion to entertainment terraces with fire-pit, pergola and BBQ.





Your favorite place that creates a sense of PEACEFULNESS.


Incarnation Chapel, Ivoryton, CT, Duo Dickinson Architect, Madison, CT

Photographer: Mick Hales

Incarnation Chapel, Ivoryton, CT
Duo Dickinson Architect, Madison, CT


Description: Having under $200,000 to replace a 700sf structure built 50 years ago, a new 2,300sf outdoor Chapel satisfies one essential unmet need: accommodating an entire sleep away camp population under one roof for services. The site is a sensitive lakefront in central Connecticut that required extensive site engineering involving groundwater management, native species site plantings and minimal site disruption.  Paths and the interior “floor” use gravel from an onsite quarry. All design and engineering services were pro bono.






The Glass House, New Canaan, CTThe Glass House, New Canaan, CT


Description: Fairfield County – A delightful 50-acre landscaped site in New Canaan speckled with 14 separate structures. Designed by Philip Johnson as his own personal weekend retreat, it was constructed over six decades. Now a historic museum this represents one of Connecticut’s most popular treasures.