To build a home is perhaps the most primal form of architecture. A place of complete particularity to human existence, houses both influence and incubate individuality. A house situates the fragile territory between container and creator, “the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace” (Bachelard). This selection of 20 houses by Patrick Tighe shows a diverse spectrum of work, all tied by the shared West Coast occupation. Highlighting the dramatic variance that can exist within residential architecture, each project is approached organically and intuitively but held by the familiar siting among the “smoke and goldenness of the late afternoon of time” (Kerouac, Out/West).
The highly acclaimed namesake firm, Patrick Tighe Architecture, is committed to creating an authentic, contemporary architecture informed by technology, sustainability, and building innovation. Since its inception, the firm has produced a strong and diverse body of projects that includes city developed affordable housing, commercial, mixed-use projects, installations, and award winning interiors. The firm’s work has received over fifty design awards, including eight National AIA Honor Awards, American Architecture Awards, a Progressive Architecture Award, Los Angeles Architecture Awards, West Side Prize, Best of Year Awards, as well as local AIA Honors. In 2011 Patrick Tighe was elevated into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, the highest honor bestowed by the AIA. Patrick was awarded the prestigious Mercedes T. Bass Rome Prize in Architecture. and is a Fellow of the American Academy and The MacDowell Colony. Patrick is currently being honored with the 2017 Star of Design award from the Pacific Design Center.