American Institute of Architects Homes Tour

2 10 2007

If you’re not headed out to the Red River Shootout this weekend, I highly recommend buying a ticket to the 22nd Annual AIA Austin Homes Tour. This isn’t your typical run of the mill Saturday open-house-marathon… these homes aren’t for sale, yet. This is a two day self-guided tour that showcases the work of Austin’s most sophisticated and forward thinking architects, interior designers, craftsmen and material suppliers.

Whether you’re looking for inspiration for home improvement ideas, or searching for a professional designer at the top of their game, or simply out to get your fix of refreshing design, you won’t be disappointed. What I really like about the tour is that you get to engage and talk to almost everyone that has a stake in the homes (architect, builder, interior designer, homeowner, etc.). However, keep an eye out for competing architects on the tour as well, they’re usually the ones sneaking from house to house sneering as they go… very funny to watch.  

When you purchase your ticket, you’ll receive a brochure with a small map of the tour and more detailed information regarding each home. In the meantime, for my fellow design enthusiasts, I attached a pdf version for you to plan your trip ahead of time. Also, here are few tips to chew on:

  1. Start backwards.The homes at the beginning of the tour can get really crowded at the start of the day. I recommend starting at home #11 on the list and work your way backwards. Or pick one in the middle and go from there.

  2. Don’t rush it. Photography is prohibited on the tour, so take your time and enjoy the designs. Also, take a note pad to capture a few ideas from each house.  

  3. Look deeper. If you’re looking for ideas to implement in  your own home before you sell it, absorb as much as you can about the design and construction materials used, but also take note of the more subtle qualities in each home. How does the landscaping make you feel when you approach the front door. How does it compare to your home’s curb appeal? What about lighting and colors used? How do the lighting and colors make you feel when you enter each particular room? Buyer’s are always attentive to the subtle features of a home and if you’re thinking about selling, you should be too.


11 homes were exclusively selected for this year’s tour. This year my wife and I are helping David Manning and his team docent the house on Turkey Creek Drive on Saturday. Hope to see you there! Here are the featured architects and their respective works:


TICKET INFO: $25 in advance; $30 at the door

Austin Center for Architecture

801 W. 12th St.


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