Esteemed architect David Hovey Jr., AIA, president and principal architect of the luxury real estate development firm Optima, was internationally recognized this month with two prestigious awards honoring his proprietary Optima DCHGlobal modular building system including the 2019 Architecture MasterPrize and the 2019 American Architecture Award.

Hovey Jr.’s Arizona Courtyard House, a private residence in Paradise Valley, won the 2019 Architecture MasterPrize for Architectural Design/Residential Architecture.  Completed in 2017, the home was built in less than five months using the Optima DCHGlobal system that Hovey Jr. patented, and demonstrates the flexibility of the system to create a home of linear volumes.  The site is strategically arranged to define a private courtyard, with the main house to the south and east, a fitness center and lap pool to the north, and serene mountain views to the west.

David Hovey Jr. is the president and principal architect of Optima Inc., a luxury real estate developer with several local properties including their most recent community in Scottsdale, Optima Kierland Center.

Whale Bay House, a private residence in Kerikeri, New Zealand also designed by Hovey Jr., took home the 2019 American Architecture Award in the private homes category, which is among the organization’s top honors. Designed using his Optima DCHGlobal modular housing system, the home is situated on a 50-acre site overlooking Whale Bay and sits lightly on the land with cantilevered floors that minimize sight disruption and connect to nature through dissolving the division of interior and exterior space. In 2018, Whale Bay House also won the Architecture MasterPrize for Architectural Design/Residential Architecture and Architecture Magazine’s 2018 Residential Architect Design Award.

“Both the American Architecture Awards and the Architecture Masterprize have a reputation of year after year awarding the best of the best in American and international architecture and it’s an honor to be a recipient,” said Hovey Jr.

The Optima DCHGlobal building system is a patented architectural system that is flexible in both horizontal and vertical directions, sustainable up to the net-zero level, multi-generational, and can be built in any location, climate or terrain. The system synchronizes standardization with design flexibility through a set of manufactured structural and architectural components made from the latest in steel technology which are corrosion resistant and are made from 99 percent recycled metals.

The Architecture MasterPrize award, by the Farmani Group, celebrates creativity and innovation in the fields of architectural design, landscape architecture and interior design. This respected award receives submissions from renowned architects all around the world and this year, winners were selected by an esteemed jury of architects, designers, curators, academics and other leaders in the architecture industry.

Now in its 25th year, the American Architecture Awards is a centerpiece of The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies’ efforts to identify and promote best practices in all types of architectural development and to bring a global focus to light of the best new designs from the United States. As the nation’s highest public awards given by a non-commercial, non-trade affiliated, public arts, culture and educational institution, just 100 buildings from a shortlist of 400 were recognized with the prestigious 2019 American Architecture Awards for the best new architecture designed and constructed by American architects and by international architects with offices in the United States.  

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