AIA Small Project Awards 2009
by Brian Libby
When Nanette and Jerry Stump bought a wooded property in Evansville, Indiana, to build an accessible retirement home, they turned to a young architect fresh out of school: their son.
Parental faith in a designer without a completed project to his name did not go unrewarded. The Stumps have enjoyed living in their Luminous Bodies Residence for the last two years, and the design was recently honored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in its 2009 Small Project Awards.
The house was recognized in the category of accessible residential design, this year's wild-card category. The "objects" category includes smaller elements, such as furniture and fixtures, with construction budgets of up to a $50,000, while for general structures, the budgets may reach a maximum of $500,000.
Luminous and Universal
The commission given to Reggie Stump was unusual: to design a living space for his divorced parents, who wanted to live together upon retirement, one of whom has cerebral palsy. The younger Stump left his job with well-known New Mexico architect Antoine Predock to design the home.
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