The 30th anniversary of the AIA Homes Tour showcases the city’s brightest architectural talent.
Among the standouts of this year’s AIA Homes Tour include the innovative home of architects Rick and Cindy Black on a triangular half-lot.
Austin architects love a challenge, and the 30th anniversary of the city’s AIA Homes Tour (October 15–16) celebrates some of the best examples of overcoming the odds. The tour by the Austin chapter of the American Institute of Architects is a self-paced event that showcases 12 of the most unique, modern, and inspiring architectural projects across the city. “Sustainability is no longer unique,” says AIA Austin Executive Director Ingrid Spencer.
“These homes have an extra ‘wow’ factor.” Among the highlights is the 1,090-square-foot North Loop home that architects Rick and Cindy Black built for themselves, and later renovated, on a triangular half-lot in 2003 after the city approved a small-lot amnesty program. “The mandate gave us the chance to explore ideas about relative size and scale, creating a house that is at once cozy and grand,” says Cindy. In Bouldin, Webber + Studio had a different challenge: A family of four wanted to live on a lot that seemed unbuildable because it was riddled with imposing live-oak roots. A barbell-shaped footprint led the way to a stunning 1,700-square-foot home. “We continue to push the envelope of what a home can do,” says Spencer. “The tour is meant to be inspiring.”