Brambleton Town Center, winner of the Award of Merit for Community of the Year.
Chancellor's Row, which was named Winner in the Community of the Year category.
Wedderburn Estates won Home of the Year, Detached.
A rendering of North Bethesda Market, which won the Award of Merit for Community of the Year.
The Indigo Model at Brambleton, which was named Winner in the Home of the Year, Attached, category.
The Award of Merit, Home of the Year, Attached, went to Pierrepont at Brownstones of Brambleton.

The 2011 GALA Awards

An annual competition recognizes the best in home design and community planning in Maryland, DC and Virginia

The 2011 GALA Awards JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2012

Throughout the summer of 2011, a panel of 67 judges comprised of experienced building industry professionals visited new homes and communities in the Mid-Atlantic region that had been nominated for the annual Great American Living (GALA) Awards. Sponsored by the Maryland-National Capital Building Industry Association (MNCBIA), the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA) and the Washington Metropolitan Sales & Marketing Council (WMSMC), the GALA Awards—formerly Monument Awards—honor excellence in new home architecture, interior design, sales and marketing in our region.

“The GALA program is the most prestigious residential design, sales and marketing competition in the metropolitan Washington market,” says Jane Lyons, a principal of Lyons & Sucher Advertising and longtime member of GALA’s planning committee. “A number of industry professionals, from builders to architects, have judged these awards for more than 50 years. To win a GALA is considered the ‘Best of the Best.’”

This year’s festivities were held at the Sheraton Premiere in Tysons Corner, Virginia, on October 27. Entries filled 90 categories; those pertaining to architecture and design included single- and multi-family homes; town homes and condominiums; custom home and remodeling projects; and land and site planning. 

With approximately 150 award winners in total, the coverage on the following pages is limited to those in the architecture and design categories (scroll down to see the full, alphabetical list of winners in these categories); pictured are some of the Grand Award winners, which include the categories of Home and Community of the Year. The three Grand Award-winning companies receiving the award for Winner included Courtland Homes, Dreamhouse Studios and Smith Associates, which together won in the category of Home of the Year, Detached, for a home in Wedderburn Estates. This is a new community about two miles from the busy Vienna/Tysons Corner, Virginia, area that features 23 semi-custom houses, many of which back onto the Washington and Old Dominion hiking and biking trail. Like the winning model, the homes all come in a range of traditional brick-and-fieldstone façades that ensure a distinctive look for each house. 

Home of the Year, Attached, went to Miller and Smith and Creaser O’Brien Architects for the Indigo model at Brambleton, part of the Grand Vista Collection of townhomes in Loudoun County, Virginia. The Indigo model is built in the Prairie style, with three bedrooms and modern accents; like its counterparts in the community, the home features a wall of windows and 2,900 square feet of space.

The winner of Community of the Year was Chancellor’s Row, a set of four-level town homes in the Northeast Washington, DC, neighborhood of Brookland near Catholic University. Sustainable, rowhouse-inspired home designs include exposed brick walls and brick stoops with wrought iron rails; rooftop terraces and professional landscaping are part of the package. 

Peter Gulick, president and CEO of Gulick Group, Inc., received a Lifetime Achievement Award. 

The Winners
The following companies were winners in one or more of the 2012 GALA Awards’ design and architecture categories:

Architecture Collaborative

Augustine Homes

Banks Development Company

BeaconCrest Homes


The Building Group

Carlyn and Company

The Christopher Companies 

Clark Builders Group

Courtland Homes

Creaser O’Brien Architects

Dreamhouse Studios

D.R. Horton

Encore Development

Evergreen Homes


GPS Designs


GTM Architects

Gruver Cooley Corporation

James McDonald Associate  Architects

The JBG Companies

Joy Custom Build

KTGY Group

Lessard Design

Miller and Smith


Peabody Architects

Pinnacle Design & Consulting

Renaissance Conservatories

Residential Design Group

Schwartz Enterprises

Sekas Homes

Smith & Associates

Soave Real Estate

Southern Management 


Steuart-Kret Homes 

Thomas French Architect, PC

Torti Gallas & Partners

Trammell Crow Residential

W.C. Ralston Architects

The Wormald Companies

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