2016 Homes of the Year

Our independent panel of judges recognizes three local, unique residences as our Homes of the Year in the categories of New Build, Renovation and Green.

In Lawrenceville, Home of the Year Renovation winner Lauren Levant, owner of Lauren Levant Interior, acted as her own contractor — even ripping out walls and pipes herself — to restore the row house she shares with her husband. It was her first project after moving to Pittsburgh two years ago, and it now houses offices for her growing design firm. Read more here.


In the heart of Downtown, the winners of the Home of the Year New Build category created a nature-inspired oasis in their sophisticated condo. Among its highlights is an indoor water feature added as a way to bring the outdoors in. Read more here.


In a new feature this year, a mod prefab home on Pittsburgh’s North Side also earned a Judges’ Distinction/Green award. Read more here.

To ensure fairness and neutrality, an independent panel of Cleveland-based professionals in the design and architecture industry handled this year’s blind judging process. The criteria they considered for this year’s winning entries included innovative or creative design and construction work; use of green technology and materials; and sensitivity to landscape or historical significance. All construction or renovation was required to have been completed in 2015.

Meet Our Judges

A registered architect with William H. Childs, Jr. & Associates Inc., which specializes in traditional residential architecture, William H. Childs Jr. is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and serves on the board of the regional chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. The recipient of 10 Landmark Preservation Awards, Childs’ firm has earned a national reputation for traditional architecture.

A Yale University graduate, Jack Alan Bialosky Jr., AIA, LEED AP, leads Bialosky + Partners Architects, an AIA Ohio Gold Medal company. Bialosky’s service to Cleveland through Design Review, an initiative of the Cleveland City Planning Commission, has beautified, enhanced, preserved and expanded the city. He presently serves as the president-elect of AIA Cleveland. He was honored with the AIA Ohio Mentorship Award in 2015.

With more than 25 years experience, Stephen M. Schill, of Schill Architecture, LLC, is a preeminent architect in Northeast Ohio. Schill’s residential projects have a strong influence from his studies of architecture at Villa Schifanoia in Florence, Italy, where he developed his understanding of scale, proportion and details. He has designed luxury multimillion-dollar lakefront and estate homes throughout Northern Ohio.

​Westleigh Harper is a cofounder of the Cleveland-based Horton Harper Architects, which specializes in a full spectrum of residential project types. Since his studio’s formation in 2011, Harper has been engaged in the city’s design dialogue through formal commissions, competitions, academic juries and other positions.


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