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AIA Houston 2019 Home Tour Showcases Assortment of Stunning Yet Practical Designs that Empower Today’s Lifestyles

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HOUSTON - The weekend of October 19-20, 2019, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Houston will hold its 2019 Annual Home Tour featuring eight area homes selected by a jury of industry experts to represent the finest in new residential architecture. The two-day, self-guided tour is open to the public and offers attendees a rare opportunity to walk through and view an impressive assortment of privately owned residences designed by accomplished Houston architects. Open to the general public, the tour attracts approximately 3,000 people each year and operates with generous permission from homeowners, community cooperation, 200 volunteers, and architects eager to share each home's design.

“This year’s tour features a wide diversity of homes, from traditional, to “classically modern,” to very contemporary,” says Home Tour Chair Bob Robinowitz, AIA of McIntyre + Robinowitz. “The tour is a unique opportunity to see firsthand, and go inside, this wonderful range of high quality homes. The ultimate success of each home is the result of an intense collaboration between each individual homeowner with their architects and builders. We especially want to thank the homeowners for opening up these collaborations to the public.”

This year’s selection committee is Ada Corral, AIA (Jobe Corral Architects), Tim Cuppett, AIA (Tim Cuppett Architects), Hugh Randolph, AIA (Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects), and Stuart Sampley, AIA (Stuart Samply Architect). The criteria used to select homes for the tour include design excellence, quality and craftsmanship, innovative design solutions and use of materials, and sustainability of design. The selection committee reviewed all submittals and made the final selection of homes to include on the tour.

"It’s one thing to pass by and admire these stunning homes from the outside, but an entirely heightened experience to step inside and be captivated by the remarkable thought and talent that went into each design,” adds AIA Houston Executive Director Rusty Bienvenue.

Watch a video overview of the AIA Home Tour.


See map of featured homes.

Collaborative Design Group Architecture & Interiors: 707 E. 9th Street

Surprisingly Spacious Modern, Sustainable Home Complements Lifestyle While Honoring Older Neighborhood Location

707 E. 9th Street, Houston, TX 77007 - 5,298 square feet, Collaborative Design Group Architecture & Interiors

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Unobtrusively welcoming guests from a friendly one-story-appearing elevation from the street, this Heights home becomes more impressive at the rear to incorporate a second floor. A center courtyard showcases a swimming pool, summer kitchen, and outdoor living space equipped with a fireplace and fire pit. Floor-to-ceiling expansive windows and doors give all the main rooms of the dwelling views of the inviting space. A children’s play area is tucked behind a stunning black artisan privacy fence, which allows enticing peeks into the home’s private spaces. Read more.

Collaborative Designworks: “House 1519” 1519 Indiana Street

Forward-Thinking Vision and Meticulous Execution Provide Simplicity, Efficiency and Accessibility 

1519 Indiana Street, Houston, TX 77006 - 4,198 square feet, Collaborative Designworks

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First impressions are formed at the front door of House 1519, with its striking automotive finish, and an exterior that blends a fluid stucco volume with accents of brick and white ash treated wood. Upon entering, a simple, airy and light-filled ambiance permeates the space, which presents the yard and pool, with a hot tub and tanning ledge, as focal points. Visitors will immediately note the pneumatic elevator and open kitchen. Read more.

studioMET Architects: 1622 Missouri Street

Empty-Nest Enclave Delivers Comfortable Luxury in Intimate Size and Setting

1622 Missouri Street, Houston, TX 77006 - 3,000 square feet, studioMET Architects

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Conceptualized as an urban retreat for an energetic couple who recently became empty-nesters, the Missouri Street house is designed to engage six stunning, mature oak trees that line the perimeter of this Montrose-area corner property. The homeowners had perfectly articulated what they desired from their new home, saying, “I want to come home and feel like I just checked in to a boutique hotel. Everyday.” As a result, the focus of this home was not size, but quality of space. The scale of the structure also needed to fit within the context of the neighborhood, which predominantly includes one-story 1950s bungalows. A financially friendly design approach and the use of low-maintenance materials supported the homeowners’ lifestyle. Read more

Mirador Group: 6 Courtland Place

110-Year-Old, Historic European Home Surprises with Updated, Fresh Feeling

6 Courtland Place, Houston, TX 77006 - 9,800 square feet, Mirador Group

Photos, Credit Divya Pande

Located within the Courtlandt Place Historic District, this 1909 Colonial Revival is on the National Registry of Historic Places and is a Designated Landmark. For a number of years, the homeowners dreamed about the structure before acquiring it to restore it to its intended grandeur.

All original details were preserved and new materials were required to match the old elements such as mahogany, old-growth cypress and cedar-shake shingles. While the home’s ambiance is European in nature, the furnishings and finishes are contemporary in style, contributing to the impressive yet warm and welcoming feel. By today’s standards, what would seem compartmentalized, in reality, creates an abundantly comfortable and intimate life in an otherwise incredibly large home. For a 110-year-old dwelling, it is surprisingly updated and fresh. Read more

Reagan | Andre Architecture: 1915 North Boulevard

Indoor/Outdoor Connection with Balance of Traditional and Modern Elements Creates Warm, Inviting Space

1915 North Boulevard, Houston, TX 77098 - 6,400 square feet, Reagan | Andre Architecture

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Situated amidst the esplanade of live oak trees in the Boulevard Oaks Historic District, this house was designed to meet the homeowners’ contemporary sensibilities while creating a home that would fit seamlessly into the eclectic styles of the neighborhood. The character of the house was balanced with the homeowners’ desire to have thoughtful space for their family of four, graceful entertaining spaces, and a strong relationship to the outdoors and pool. Read more

CONTENT Architecture: 2250 Albans Road

Modern, Open Home Offers Distinct Rooms While Maintaining Visual Connection

2250 Albans Road, Houston, TX 77005 - 4,129 square feet, CONTENT Architecture

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Refined yet elegant and durable yet comfortable, this home was conceived as a series of independent “stones,” each containing a different aspect of the program and linked through the movement of the occupants. The weight of the brick exterior gives shelter against a busy adjacent street, providing intimacy to the courtyard, which opens to the eastern morning light. Blended brick imparts a sense of both solidity and fluidity, breaking down the mass of each stone and uniting them in a single visual gesture. The tilted, playful metal roofs alter the perception of the size of the house depending upon the vantage, keeping it at the scale of its older neighbors. Read more

Paul N. Brow Architect, LLC: 5530 Longmont Drive

New Construction Echoes Original Home Elements, Avoids Trends and Achieves Timeless Appeal

5530 Longmont Drive, Houston, TX 77056 - 5,500 square feet, Paul N. Brow Architect, LLC

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As a child, she played under the canopy of the three now-mature live oaks planted by her grandparents. Years later, she and her husband purchased the property and considered remodeling the original ranch house, but concluded a new house would better meet their needs. The home wasn’t to feel new and needed to avoid current trends in style and materiality as well as the giant scale on most new builds. Finally, it was to be nestled into the live oaks’ canopy—appearing to be a survivor from a previous era. Read more

studioMET Architects: 8718 Westview Drive

Showpiece Oaks Take Center Stage in Multi-Generational Gem

8718 Westview Drive, Houston, TX 77055 - 5,375 square feet, studioMET Architects

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Located on a corner lot along a busy street, this home looks inward to a lush backyard with a large pool, covered patio, and stately oak tree—one of two grand oaks that enchanted the homeowners. The siting of the house and overall massing was driven by these two centerpieces, one situated in the front and one at the back of the home. A second driving force for the project was a desire for multi-generational living, currently on the rise and becoming the new normal for many families. Read more


  • $25 Full-Tour Advance Ticket thru October 17, 2019 at 4:00pm; or $35 on the weekend of the tour
  • $20 Full-Tour Advance Ticket for Bike Riders thru October 17, 2019 at 4:00pm; or $30 on the weekend of the tour
  • $15 Full-Tour Advance Ticket for Children 12 and under
  • $10 Single House Ticket (Single house tickets will not be available for pre-sale)

The Full-Tour and Single House Tickets can be purchased at any of the participating houses during tour hours and are good both days of the tour.

Full-Tour tickets may be purchased in advance online at

After purchasing tickets online, please bring your email receipt to any of the tour homes (you may visit the homes in any order you choose); you will then receive a wristband that allows entrance to all of the homes.

The home tour is a nonprofit fundraiser and supports various AIA Houston initiatives throughout

the year.


The American Institute of Architects Houston is the professional organization for more than 1,800 architects and other design professionals in the greater Houston area. Its mission includes service to members and to the public.


Open to the public, the AIA Houston Home Tour showcases the finest residential architecture in the Houston area, as designed by licensed architects. Houses are chosen to showcase a variety of design styles demonstrating that excellence in design is not limited by size or dollars.

The home tour is a nonprofit fundraiser and supports various AIA Houston initiatives throughout the year. For more information, visit:

Watch a video overview of the AIA Houston Home Tour.

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