Home of the Year:   Le Château de Lumiere, Great Falls, Virginia;.The Building Group, James McDonald Associate Architects. © Bradley Caricofe.
Community of the Year: Potomac Shores, Woodbridge, Virginia; NVR, SunCal. © Bradley Caricofe.
Green Building: Fenwick, Silver Spring, Maryland; Insight Property Group, SK+I Architecture, Hord Coplan Macht. © Max Zhang, Iris22 Productions.
Design and Architecture, Detached Home (lots under 7,000 square feet), $300,000 - $400,000:  Passport at Celebrate, Fredericksburg, Virginia; Pulte Homes. © Maxine Schnitzer.
Design and Architecture, Detached Home (lots under 7,000 square feet), $700,001 - $850,000:  Keswick at Vinehaven, Herndon, Virginia; Evergreene Homes, W.C. Ralston Architects. © Stacy Marans.
Design and Architecture, Detached Home (lots under 7,000 square feet), $600,001 - $700,000:  Hadley at EastView, Chantilly, Virginia; Van Metre Homes. © John Moseley.
 Design and Architecture, Detached Home (lots under 7,000 square feet), over $850,000:  Regency Park at Crown, Gaithersburg, Maryland; Wormald Homes. © Adam Leviton.
Design and Architecture, Detached Home (lots 7,000 square feet and over), $400,001 - $500,000:  Calahan at Aspen North at Lake Linganore, McLean, Virginia; Miller & Smith, The Creaser Group. © Jim Kirby.
Design and Architecture, Detached Home (lots 7,000 square feet and over), $500,001 - $600,000:  Silverton at Aspen North at Lake Linganore, New Market, Maryland; Miller & Smith, The Creaser Group. ©  Jim Kirby.
Design and Architecture, Detached Home (lots 7,000 square feet and over), $600,001 - $700,000:  Sierra at Falconaire, Leesburg, Virginia; Mid-Atlantic Builders. © Alan Goldstein.
Design and Architecture, Detached Home (lots 7,000 square feet and over), $700,001 - $850,000:  St. Andrews at Rosedale, Aldie, Virginia; CalAtlantic Homes. © Gray Street Studios.
Design and Architecture, Detached Home (lots 7,000 square feet and over), $850,001 - $1,000,000:  Oxfordshire I at Willowsford Greens, Aldie, Virginia; K. Hovnanian Homes. © Maxine Schnitzer.
Design and Architecture, Detached Home (lots 7,000 square feet and over), $1,000,001 - $1,400,000:  Oakton at Willowsford, Aldie, Virginia; Drees Homes. © Maxine Schnitzer.
 Design and Architecture, Detached Home (lots 7,000 square feet and over), over $1,400,000:  Pembrook at Bethesda Mews, Bethesda, Maryland; Michael Harris Homes, Lessard Design.
Design and Architecture, Attached Home, Including Townhouses, Two-over-Twos, Back-to-Back Townhouses, Duplexes, Fee Simple and Condo-Ownership, under $300,000:  Wakefield at Oakview Village, Glen Burnie, Virginia; Brookfield Residential, Lessard Design. © Alan Goldstein.
Design and Architecture, Attached Home, including Townhouses, Two-over-Two’s, Back-to-Back Townhouses, Duplexes, Fee Simple and Condo-Ownership, $300,000 - $350,000: Bluemont at Celebrate, Fredericksburg, Virginia; Pulte Homes. © Maxine Schnitzer.
Design and Architecture, Attached Home, including Townhouses, Two-over-Twos, Back-to-Back Townhouses, Duplexes, Fee Simple and Condo-Ownership, $350,001 - $400,000:  Grand Central at Signal Hill Station, McLean, Virginia; Miller & Smith, KTGY. © Jim Kirby.
Design and Architecture, Attached Home, including Townhouses, Two-over-Twos, Back-to-Back Townhouses, Duplexes, Fee Simple and Condo-Ownership, $400,001 - $500,000:  Grand Ashcroft at Eastchurch, Frederick, Maryland; Wormald Homes. © Adam Leviton.
Design and Architecture, Attached Home, including Townhouses, Two-over-Twos, Back-to-Back Townhouses, Duplexes, Fee Simple and Condo-Ownership, $500,001 - $600,000: Rockland at Crescent Place, Leesburg, Virginia; Knutson Companies, Lessard Design. Photography: Studio Trejo.
Design and Architecture, Attached Home, including Townhouses, Two-over-Twos, Back-to-Back Townhouses, Duplexes, Fee Simple and Condo-Ownership, $600,001 - $700,000: Copeland at Westside at Shady Grove Metro, Rockville, Maryland; EYA, Lessard Design. © Thomas Arledge.
Design and Architecture, Attached Home, including Townhouses, Two-over-Twos, Back-to-Back Townhouses, Duplexes, Fee Simple and Condo-Ownership, $700,001 - $850,000:  Davis at Westside at Shady Grove Metro, Rockville, Maryland; EYA, Lessard Design. © Thomas Arledge.
Design and Architecture, Attached Home, including Townhouses, Two-over-Twos, Back-to-Back Townhouses, Duplexes, Fee Simple and Condo-Ownership, over $850,000 (tie):  Marshall at Grosvenor Heights, Bethesda, Maryland; EYA, Lessard Design. ©  Thomas Arledge.
Design and Architecture, Multi-Family Boutique Construction (tie): The Crossing at Ballston, Arlington, Virginia; HJL Properties, W.C. Ralston Architects. ©  Anice Hoachlander.
Design and Architecture, Multi-Family Mixed-Use (tie):  VITA Tysons Corner Center, Tysons Corner, Virginia; Kettler Homes, Macerich, Donohoe, Shalom Baranes Associates. © John Cole.
Design and Architecture, Attached Home, including Townhouses, Two-over-Two’s, Back-to-Back Townhouses, Duplexes, Fee Simple and Condo-Ownership, over $850,000 (tie); Design and Architecture, Multi-Family Boutique Construction (tie); Design and Architecture, Best Adaptive Reuse:   Morton Street Mews, Washington, DC; OPaL, GPS Designs. Photography: Maxine Schnitzer.
 Design and Architecture, Multi-Family New Construction:  The Frasier, Alexandria, Virginia; Bozzuto Homes, KTGY.  © Sam Kittner.
Design and Architecture, Multi-Family Mixed-Use (tie):  Crescent Place, Leesburg, Virginia; Knutson Companies, Lessard Design. Rendering: ArchiBIM.
Green Building: Fenwick, Silver Spring, Maryland; Insight Property Group, SK+I Architecture, Hord Coplan Macht. © Max Zhang, Iris22 Productions.
Design and Architecture, Detached Home (lots under 7,000 square feet), $300,000 - $400,000:  Passport at Celebrate, Fredericksburg, Virginia; Pulte Homes. © Maxine Schnitzer.
Design and Architecture, Detached Home (lots under 7,000 square feet), $700,001 - $850,000:  Keswick at Vinehaven, Herndon, Virginia; Evergreene Homes, W.C. Ralston Architects. © Stacy Marans.
Design and Architecture, Detached Home (lots under 7,000 square feet), $600,001 - $700,000:  Hadley at EastView, Chantilly, Virginia; Van Metre Homes. © John Moseley.
 Design and Architecture, Detached Home (lots under 7,000 square feet), over $850,000:  Regency Park at Crown, Gaithersburg, Maryland; Wormald Homes. © Adam Leviton.
Design and Architecture, Detached Home (lots 7,000 square feet and over), $400,001 - $500,000:  Calahan at Aspen North at Lake Linganore, McLean, Virginia; Miller & Smith, The Creaser Group. © Jim Kirby.
Design and Architecture, Detached Home (lots 7,000 square feet and over), $500,001 - $600,000:  Silverton at Aspen North at Lake Linganore, New Market, Maryland; Miller & Smith, The Creaser Group. ©  Jim Kirby.
Design and Architecture, Detached Home (lots 7,000 square feet and over), $600,001 - $700,000:  Sierra at Falconaire, Leesburg, Virginia; Mid-Atlantic Builders. © Alan Goldstein.
Design and Architecture, Detached Home (lots 7,000 square feet and over), $700,001 - $850,000:  St. Andrews at Rosedale, Aldie, Virginia; CalAtlantic Homes. © Gray Street Studios.
Design and Architecture, Detached Home (lots 7,000 square feet and over), $850,001 - $1,000,000:  Oxfordshire I at Willowsford Greens, Aldie, Virginia; K. Hovnanian Homes. © Maxine Schnitzer.
Design and Architecture, Detached Home (lots 7,000 square feet and over), $1,000,001 - $1,400,000:  Oakton at Willowsford, Aldie, Virginia; Drees Homes. © Maxine Schnitzer.
 Design and Architecture, Detached Home (lots 7,000 square feet and over), over $1,400,000:  Pembrook at Bethesda Mews, Bethesda, Maryland; Michael Harris Homes, Lessard Design.
Design and Architecture, Attached Home, Including Townhouses, Two-over-Twos, Back-to-Back Townhouses, Duplexes, Fee Simple and Condo-Ownership, under $300,000:  Wakefield at Oakview Village, Glen Burnie, Virginia; Brookfield Residential, Lessard Design. © Alan Goldstein.
Design and Architecture, Attached Home, including Townhouses, Two-over-Two’s, Back-to-Back Townhouses, Duplexes, Fee Simple and Condo-Ownership, $300,000 - $350,000: Bluemont at Celebrate, Fredericksburg, Virginia; Pulte Homes. © Maxine Schnitzer.
Design and Architecture, Attached Home, including Townhouses, Two-over-Twos, Back-to-Back Townhouses, Duplexes, Fee Simple and Condo-Ownership, $350,001 - $400,000:  Grand Central at Signal Hill Station, McLean, Virginia; Miller & Smith, KTGY. © Jim Kirby.
Design and Architecture, Attached Home, including Townhouses, Two-over-Twos, Back-to-Back Townhouses, Duplexes, Fee Simple and Condo-Ownership, $400,001 - $500,000:  Grand Ashcroft at Eastchurch, Frederick, Maryland; Wormald Homes. © Adam Leviton.
Design and Architecture, Attached Home, including Townhouses, Two-over-Twos, Back-to-Back Townhouses, Duplexes, Fee Simple and Condo-Ownership, $500,001 - $600,000: Rockland at Crescent Place, Leesburg, Virginia; Knutson Companies, Lessard Design. Photography: Studio Trejo.
Design and Architecture, Attached Home, including Townhouses, Two-over-Twos, Back-to-Back Townhouses, Duplexes, Fee Simple and Condo-Ownership, $600,001 - $700,000: Copeland at Westside at Shady Grove Metro, Rockville, Maryland; EYA, Lessard Design. © Thomas Arledge.
Design and Architecture, Attached Home, including Townhouses, Two-over-Twos, Back-to-Back Townhouses, Duplexes, Fee Simple and Condo-Ownership, $700,001 - $850,000:  Davis at Westside at Shady Grove Metro, Rockville, Maryland; EYA, Lessard Design. © Thomas Arledge.
Design and Architecture, Attached Home, including Townhouses, Two-over-Twos, Back-to-Back Townhouses, Duplexes, Fee Simple and Condo-Ownership, over $850,000 (tie):  Marshall at Grosvenor Heights, Bethesda, Maryland; EYA, Lessard Design. ©  Thomas Arledge.
Design and Architecture, Multi-Family Boutique Construction (tie): The Crossing at Ballston, Arlington, Virginia; HJL Properties, W.C. Ralston Architects. ©  Anice Hoachlander.
Design and Architecture, Multi-Family Mixed-Use (tie):  VITA Tysons Corner Center, Tysons Corner, Virginia; Kettler Homes, Macerich, Donohoe, Shalom Baranes Associates. © John Cole.
Design and Architecture, Attached Home, including Townhouses, Two-over-Two’s, Back-to-Back Townhouses, Duplexes, Fee Simple and Condo-Ownership, over $850,000 (tie); Design and Architecture, Multi-Family Boutique Construction (tie); Design and Architecture, Best Adaptive Reuse:   Morton Street Mews, Washington, DC; OPaL, GPS Designs. Photography: Maxine Schnitzer.
 Design and Architecture, Multi-Family New Construction:  The Frasier, Alexandria, Virginia; Bozzuto Homes, KTGY.  © Sam Kittner.
Design and Architecture, Multi-Family Mixed-Use (tie):  Crescent Place, Leesburg, Virginia; Knutson Companies, Lessard Design. Rendering: ArchiBIM.

Best in Show

The Great American Living Awards recognize the best in home design and community planning in Maryland, DC and Virginia

Each year, a panel of building-industry professionals is selected to judge new homes and communities in the Mid-Atlantic region, and to choose their nominees for the Great American Living Awards. Sponsored by the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association, the Washington Metropolitan Sales & Marketing Council and the Maryland Building Industry Association, the GALA awards, held last fall at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, honor excellence in new home architecture, interior design, sales and marketing in our region. The 2016 entries filled 43 categories; those pertaining to architecture and design included single- and multi-family homes, townhomes and condominiums, and custom-home and remodeling projects.

Home & Design covered the winners in the custom-builder categories in the November/December issue; the photos above spotlight the remaining Grand award-winners in the architecture and design categories.