Here are the finalists in the 2017 Life of an Architect Playhouse Design Competition! We reviewed over 300 entries to bring you these amazing playhouse designs
The 2017 Life of an Architect Playhouse Design Competition had its first round of judging last Friday – and it was probably the most difficult process we’ve experienced so far. That’s not to say we didn’t have a good time, it had more to do with the extraordinary number of quality entries that were submitted. This year, the competition was the most diverse of all the years I have been doing this. We had over 1,100 registrations representing 85 different countries – and the overall quality of the designs is also improving. Last year, there was a large number of designs that were submitted that completely ignored the size restrictions (which unfortunately results in an immediate disqualification). We did not have that problem this year.The biggest issue we came across this year, which is pretty much the main issue we face every year, is one of scale. While most of the judges are not architecturally trained, even they could spot a design that had scale issues. In fact, it dominated the conversation.Let’s meet the judges, shall we"The judges for this round consisted of:Andrew Hawkins ? Licensed Architect, owner of Hawkins Architecture, and frequent playhouse judgePoul and Priscilla Ober ? Poul is a professional photographer (check out Poul’s site) and Priscilla is a Graphic Designer and Director Creative at Mary KayChris and Christa Dahlander ? Chris is the founder and CEO at Snappy Salads, which has several amazing restaurants in the Dallas area, and Christa has an extensive background in radio, but now focuses her attention on the family businessMichelle Borson ? for the first time, I asked my wife to participate because due to her relationship with me, she might be the most knowledgeable playhouse judge in the room. When she isn’t keeping me in the right p...