Carbon Challenge Baltimore: We Have a Winner!


The iconic row house is a touchstone of Baltimore’s historic sense of place.  A sustainable  face-lift along a vacant block in the Oliver neighborhood may be coming thanks to winning designs from the Carbon Challenge Baltimore.

Grand prize winner Phillip Jones modernized the traditional row house (see above) with an open floor plan to maximize daylight and a wider, semi-enclosed front stoop. Other  innovations include a roof deck with covered and uncovered leisure areas, a green roofing system, and solar hot water collectors.

Cash prizes totaling $10,000 were awarded to winners across multiple categories:

• Grand Prize ($5,000): Phillip Jones — Cho Benn Holback + Associates, Baltimore
• 2nd Prize ($2,500): Alexander Dzurec — autotroph, Huntington, Md.
• 3rd Prize ($1,000): Drew Sulijak, Kelly Krob & David Lopez — studio RED / hord | coplan | macht, Baltimore
• Best Use of Wood ($500): Chris Melander & Ross Smith — RTKL Associates Inc., Baltimore
 Best Curb Appeal ($500): Randy M. Sovich & Jojo Duah — RM Sovich Architecture, Baltimore
• Most Cost-Effective ($500): Jay Orr — ARQ Architects, Balitmore
• Special recognition, Best Social Statement: Lisa M. Feretto & Kallie Sternburgh — hord | coplan | macht, Baltimore; Janice Romanosky — Pando Alliance, Millersville, Md.; & Prescott Gaylord — Entellis Collaborative / Hamel Builders, Elkridge, Md.

The Forest Products Laboratory and APA – The Engineered Wood Association have honored architects’ winning designs for the Baltimore project and a similar Providence, R.I. project. The annual home-design competition challenges participants to consider environmental impacts and disaster resilience in building construction, focusing on wood as an integral component of sustainable design.