Small Project Forum Journal
A Publication of the Small Project Practitioners Knowledge Community | July 15, 2005

Letter From the Chair

The Small Project Practitioners Advisory Group is pleased to present Journal No. 34, "Small Project Awards." The subject of this eJournal is possibly the most important effort the Small Firm Forum, now the Small Project Practitioners, has yet to offer. For nearly two years, the advisory group has planned and programmed a viable means to acknowledge the many outstanding contributions to our communities and our profession in architecture design and project delivery. The result of this effort is the Small Project Awards, which we offer here.

In a national call, we received more than 80 submissions representing a wide range of project types, styles, scale, and construction value: residential, commercial, whimsical, traditional, and cutting edge. A jury, made up of members of the Committee on Design and led by moderator Charles Matta, FAIA, met in Washington in February. After a full day of consideration, the jury selected nine projects to receive the Small Project Award. At a reception held during the AIA national convention in Las Vegas, the projects and project architects were presented with their awards.

It is with great pleasure that we share with you those winners in this issue. Quality architecture, no matter the scope, duration, or budget, has great value to our profession and to our community, and needs to be recognized when appropriate and shared with our peers and the public. We hope you will enjoy viewing the award winners but, more important, we hope you will consider sharing your best projects with us next year.

Small Project Forum Journal


David C. Hughes, AIA
2005 Chair

2005 Small Project Awards

The Toolbox
Bruce Roadcap Architecture

Architect’s Comments
The “Toolbox” is a new covered parking, storage, and workbench space replacing a 1920s single-car garage for a bungalow residence. The program dictated squeezing parking for two cars between a massive pecan tree and the back corner of the property. The existing slab was re-used and the new slab additions minimized to prevent damaging the large tree.

The project is open on all sides to reduce scale and provide ventilation and natural light. The workbench is visually separated from the structure and opens completely to the covered slab beyond two pairs of rolling metal doors. The doors are suspended from a laminated wood beam supported on poured-in-place concrete columns, which provide lateral support for the open structure. Wood studs and trusses are spaced 24 inches apart to maximize storage of tools and equipment between and within the thickness of the walls. A canvas panel is stretched over the last truss and pulled taught within the web to express the structural form. Bolts, screws, and all structural hardware are oversized and extended to accentuate connections. The small view port in the workbench area is sized to the wood siding and the stud spacing, providing a direct view to the children's play area. The wood siding (no. 105) and color match the original 1920 house, while the corrugated galvalume roofing and louvers recall the former garage.

Jury Comments

  • “A nicely scaled outdoor space for working and parking. The simple, clear details and skillful use of materials work well together. Every square inch of this little building was functional.”
  • “The Toolbox was a clever project further strengthened by the sensitive use of ordinary materials. This was a favorite of the jury.”
  • "This was a crisp and finely detailed project. We liked the clearly articulated elements and the successful integration of the various materials, particularly the canvas infill in the gable."

Small Project Awards Jury

Ronnette Riley, FAIA, Chair
Ronnette Riley Architects
New York

David Brems, AIA, Vice Chair
Gillies Stransky Brems Smith PC
Salt Lake City

Carol Bentel, FAIA
Bentel & Bentel Architects and Planners
Locust Valley, NY

Louis Pounders, FAIA
Williamson Pounders Architects