Process at Casa Caldera – video

November 1, 2020

To understand what we mean when we talk about building a space, take a look at this video produced by Ford & Brown featuring our Casa Caldera project. From security concerns to leveraging the ambient environment for cooling, this home was designed as a response to the context of the land and site and all…

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Texas Society of Architects – 2022 Design Awards

May 12, 2022

Marfa Suite located in Marfa, Texas was selected as one of the winners for the Texas Society of Architects- 2022 Design Awards. For Cade and Jesus the connection to West Texas is personal, both graduated from Texas Tech, and Cade was born and grew up a few hours north. “This beautifully executed project strongly conveys…

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Marfa Suite in AR Shortlist House Awards 2021

January 1, 2022

Completed winter 2020, the Marfa Suite located in Marfa, Texas was in the November 5, 2021 shortlist winners for Architectural Review House Awards. “The private house occupies a unique position in both the history of architecture and human imagination. Beyond its core function of shelter, it is an object of fantasy, a source of delight,…

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DUST in AN Interior Top 50 Architects

October 16, 2021

D U S T was selected in the 2021 Architects Newspaper Interior’s annual top 50 architects. Along with the a wide scope of participating practices from regions across the United States, Mexico and Canada, D U S T is proud to be included in a list providing a more inclusive vision. It is in the…

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Marfa Suite featured on Dwell.com

September 29, 2021

Completed winter 2020, the Marfa Suite located in Marfa, Texas was featured on Dwell.com’s story West Texas Couple get a Compressed Earth Block Addition that syncs with the landscape. Tucson based DUST Architects returns to Texas to design a compact stand-alone retreat for a home in the Chihuahuan Desert.

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Marfa Suite in The New York Times

August 10, 2021

Completed winter 2020, the Marfa Suite located in Marfa, Texas was featured in the August 10, 2021 story “How Do You Add On to the Perfect Small House? You Don’t.” in The New York Times. In the end, they arrived at a stand-alone primary suite made from compressed earth-and-cement blocks that are similar to adobe but can withstand the elements…

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2021 Jeff Harner Award

May 16, 2021

Casa Caldera and DUST wins 2021 Jeff Harnar Award for Contemporary Architecture in the Southwest  D U S T has been awarded the top prize by the University of New Mexico School of Architecture + Planning and the Thornburg Foundation: the 2021 Jeff Harnar Award for Contemporary Architecture in the Southwest. “We were very impressed…

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Sustainable Architecture as Ethos

November 20, 2020

We’ve talked before about ‘modern’ architecture and the things that go along with that school, that era of design and construction, and for us, the new, true modern architecture needs to be one thing: sustainable. It needs to be responsive to its environment. Sustainable Design & ConstructionIt starts with the design. Speaking from our own…

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Scoria at Casa Caldera – video

November 20, 2020

This documentation and video produced by Jay Ritchey of Jay Bird Films details some of the processes for how we built Casa Caldera, specifically the scoria walls. Jay worked with us, swinging the hammer, pushing wheelbarrows, and keeping the coffee flowing, all while putting together this wonderful piece. Scoria, or lavacrete, is made up of…

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Musings on a Question

August 15, 2020

We get asked about what kind of architecture we design. Often the question is, “commercial vs. residential,” others specifically inquire about style, such as contemporary, modern. It is hard for us to speak about the work in singular and narrow terms such as modern architecture, sustainable architecture, etc. We have an aversion to categorizations because…

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Thinking Beyond Modern Architecture

January 8, 2020

When people think about modern architecture, it conjures several common elements in their mind. Buildings that make heavy use of glass and steel. Shapes that might not traditionally be associated with buildings, drastic curves, angles, or even flat rectangular surfaces. Let’s talk about what modern architecture is, so we can seek beyond it. ModernismModern architecture…

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Rammed Earth Construction – Process & Strengths

January 7, 2020

Rammed earth constructions are a tried and true method of architectural work throughout history. The process is used in cultures across the globe and has just as many names. It is an elemental methodology for building, by its very nature borrowing from the land, harnessing strength and shaping purpose to create a dwelling that is…

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Through the Lens of Vernacular Architecture

January 7, 2020

Vernacular Architecture – Traditionally SpeakingWhat is vernacular architecture? Vernacular architecture is a school of design, principles, and practices that represent the essence of local traditions, materials, and builders. It’s a mode of building that is rooted in place – made, through a specific tradition, with specific materials. It’s the power of a place and it’s…

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