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High Desert Retreat

On a rocky plateau outside of Palm Desert, overlooking the Coachella Valley and San Jacinto Mountain Range, this residence tightly nestles into a constellation of existing boulders. The building is a composition of three fundamental elements: a floating roof plane, a collection of wooden volumes, and a pair of concrete anchor walls.

2022 Design Awards Winner

AIA California

2021 Interior Architecture Award

AIA National

2021 Honorable Mention

Architecture MasterPrize

2021 Project of the Year

Residential Design Magazine

2021 Frame Awards Finalist

Frame Magazine

2021 Interior Design Competition Finalist

IIDA National

2021 Best of Show

IIDA Northern California

2021 Regional Winner for Contemporary Architecture

Luxe Magazine RED Awards

2020 Record Houses

Architectural Record

2020 American Architecture Awards

The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture & Design

2020 Architecture Citation Award

AIA San Francisco

2020 Winner

Blueprint Awards

2020 Best of Year Awards Winner

Interior Design Magazine

2020 Residential Merit Award

AIA California

2020 National Design Excellence Award

Society of American Registered Architects

2020 Gold Award

International Design Awards

2020 Custom Design Award

Builder Magazine

2020 Honorable Mention, Residential Architecture

San Francisco Design Week Awards

D.W. Johnston Construction

General Contractor

Strandberg Engineering

Structural Engineer

Monterey Energy Group

Mechanical Engineer



FAD Architecture Design

Furniture & Art Selection

Sladden Engineering

Geotechnical Engineer

Custom Controls Inc.

Low Voltage Design

Feiro Engineering, Inc

Civil Engineer & Surveyor

Adam Rouse


Joe Fletcher