Event Pick: AIA Austin Homes Tour

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31st Annual AIA Austin Homes Tour

Various Locations
October 28 & 29


by Parker Yamasaki
Photographs by Leonid Furmansky

Have you ever caught yourself glancing at the newest home on the block and ending up staring straight across someone else’s dinner table, invading a “how was your day, honey” from the other side of the window pane? We’ve all become the unacknowledged third person at the table, especially since the introduction of floor-to-ceiling windows.

Who is responsible for your unintended intrusion? Is it your fault for stopping to stare at the modernist marvel or the fault of the homeowners for having it in the first place? Well there’s another force at work: the architect. The fine mind that sketched and cut and placed the glass window that you’re staring through now, and the walls beside it, and the fence you’re standing at. Please, stay off the lawn.

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Left: Barley Pfeiffer Architecture, Right: Tim Brown Architecture

They also created, for all of our convenience, a front door. And on October 28 and 29, you’re invited to step through it, into the 31st annual American Institute of Architects (AIA) Homes Tour. This year’s tour spotlights the collaboration between the homeowner and the architect and features homes from thirteen local firms, including this year’s Design Award winners, A Parallel Architecture and Tim Cuppett Architects. The homes themselves serve up a wide range of styles, from townhouse to farmhouse, classic craftsman to modernist marvel.

As the saying goes, two’s company and three’s a crowd, while four is a party. And who doesn’t like a good party? So stop gazing from beyond that perfectly placed picket fence and come on in. The door is wide open, make yourself at home. Advance tickets are on sale now for $35, day-of tickets will be available for $40.

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AIA Austin Homes Tour

October 28 & 29

Various Locations

aiaaustin.org
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