The winners of this year’s prestigious award are known for testing design boundaries in a variety of settings.

The best architects, builders, and designers have a style that sets them apart. This year’s inductees into the Wm S. Marvin Hall of Fame for Design Excellence embody that sense of uniqueness with one-of-a-kind projects that go beyond meeting clients’ need for shelter. Their finished products set new standards for residential design excellence.

For 2017, the program honors two architects—Lorcan O’Herlihy and Paul Masi—and two builders: Louis Conrad and Ben Lemieux of Houston’s Surge Homes. Read on to learn what it is about each of these design professionals that makes them stand out from the crowd.

Photo credit: Colin Lenton

Lorcan O’Herlihy
Known for his urban infill work, the Los Angeles architect doesn’t shy away from difficult sites, limited budgets, or grumpy neighbors.

Photo credit: Colin Lenton

Paul Masi

The East Hampton, N.Y.-based architect takes a holistic approach to design, from the materials palette to microclimate.

Surge Homes

The founders of Surge Homes have shaken up Houston’s condo market with an international point of view and a forward-thinking vision.


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Written by BUILDER employees