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Houzz News - Meet Our Future of Architecture Winners

Houzz and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) this year launched the Future of Architecture Residential Design Contest and Showcase to increase public awareness of the impact that good design can have on our lives. One of the biggest challenges for architects early in their careers is getting visibility for their work — the type of exposure that brings opportunities for jobs or a first built project. So Houzz and the AIA teamed up to spotlight talented emerging architects and share their work with Houzz’s 30 million users.


The contest, open to new architects and architecture students, had participants vying for a chance to collaborate with Houzz on a community revitalization project. Other prizes included $5,000 to invest in their architecture career and an expenses-paid trip to the 2015 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in Atlanta. Winners were determined by the Houzz community, and they are …

Universal Design winner: Felix Ziga of Ziga Design Build
Project: Tierra de Dios (God’s Land)

The team at Ziga Design Build has created an approach to communal living with baby boomers in mind. With stated benefits such as aging with camaraderie, laughter, understanding, support of a close group of family/friends, good food from their own gardens, green living and shared activities, one can begin to see why many are choosing this type of arrangement.

The Tierra de Dios (God’s Land) project sits on a 5.6-acre tract in a quiet and semiprivate subdivision of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, just northwest of San Antonio. Shared patios, lookout towers, community gardens, water catchment/conservation systems, greywater systems and passive solar architectural strategies are all clear goals in the design of this project.


Bryan Anthony
Houzz Editorial Staff; writer, design enthusiast, reader, softball player.