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The Cabin Fever 2012 Design Competition entries are now live on our website.  Enjoy viewing the amazing work of the architects...and please share!

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Barker O’Donoghue is thrilled to announce the 2012 award winners of our Cabin Fever design competition.

The announcements were made, and the designs revealed for the first time, in a celebration last night with the team, jurors, advisors and friends.

To say that we were blown away by the effort, creativity and enthusiasm of the Cabin Fever 2012 architectural teams is an understatement.  A telling sign of how compelling we find them is that, even after having them in hand for a couple weeks now, Crispin still sits nightly at his dining room table paging through the designs.  Our deepest gratitude to all the teams for bringing the “wow“.

We will be posting all the entries on the Cabin Fever page for your viewing pleasure shortly—we’ll send another post when they’re live—along with some photos and links.

Without further ado…




First Place:


Honorable Mentions:

Spirit Awards:


First Prize, Jury Award:

First Prize, Architecture for Humanity Award:


Tomorrow evening we have the great good fortune to gather for the Cabin Fever awards reception with the brilliant architects and jurors who have collaborated to make our first year of this new design competition so successful. That in and of itself will be mad and fabulously fun.

The highlight of the evening will be the announcement of our winning entries for each of the competition categories: “DNA Cabin” and “Temporary Housing Module”. It will also be the teams’ first look at the other entries, as we’ve kept it all quite hush-hush.

Look for a proper announcement right here on Friday!


The second of our two charette weekends for Cabin Fever participants starts today!

The remaining six architecture firms will be transported to our idyllic Gold Country competition site to begin scheming their entries for the DNA Cabin and Transitional Housing Module.

The property looks down at this scenic, 1-mile long, winding lake through a forest of Ponderosa pines…we love California.



It’s time we let the cat out of the bag…

The eleven fabulous firms who are participating in the Cabin Fever 2012 design competition are:


Andy Rodgers Design Studio

Apparatus Architecture

Boor Bridges Architecture

ChrDAUER Architects

Envelope A+D

John Lum Architects

jones haydu

Levy Art + Architecture

Sagan Piechota Architecture

William Duff Architects


Game on!


The  first of our two Cabin Fever 2012 charette weekends starts today!

To kick off our Cabin Fever design competition, all participating architectural firms are attending one of two charette weekends out at the project site this month, the first of which is this weekend.

Barker O’Donoghue is transporting everyone to the land where the winning cabins will be built for a fully hosted, rustic stay, and setting them free to explore, sketch and relax, and to scheme about their competition entries.  We’ve been hard at work up there preparing, and look very much forward to the weekend’s festivities.

We will be posting updates about the competition as we go; check back early next week for images and anecdotes from charette #1!


Barker O’Donoghue is humbled and thrilled to be joined in our inaugural year of CABIN FEVER by a fantastic group of jurors.

for both awards:

Joshua Aidlin, Aidlin Darling Design

John Randolph, Randolph Designs

Sharon Risedorph, Sharon Risedorph Photography

William Stout, William Stout Architectural Books / William Stout Publishers

and, joining the above for the emergency shelter award:

Cameron Sinclair, Architecture for Humanity


moderated by Catherine Dauer, Straightforward Creative




After much dreaming and imagining, we are very excited to be launching our design competition this year!

Dubbed “CABIN FEVER”, we have invited a group of fantastic local architects to re-imagine the cabin and design what they will to be built on a remote parcel of California’s gorgeous Gold Country.

CABIN FEVER 2012 has two categories:  emergency shelter, and off-the-grid cabin.  For the former, we hope to contribute to the next generation of smart solutions.  For the latter, we seek to fuel collaborations and fabrications far outside the box.

Stay tuned for more details!