Extended Pyramid Skylight

2003 Merit Award, Residential Architect Magazine, Renaissance 2002 Grand Award, Remodeling Magazine

Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Ralph Cunningham, AIA, Principal, Cunningham & Quill Architects


To increase the kitchen’s natural light and connect the isolated rooms of this 1930’s residence. In the original design, a small window overlooking a stairwell provided the kitchen’s only natural light.


The new kitchen has a high ceiling with a Wasco Architectural Series skylight, clerestory windows, and a large window above a breakfast nook that seats four. Adding natural light to this room was the key ingredient to an award winning renovation. By providing the missing piece, this kitchen addition opens the main living spaces to one another and lends them supplementary natural light.

Architect, Ralph Cunningham adds, “The granite countertops and backsplashes provide clean lines and unbroken surfaces to reflect the light, while the cabinetry rises to the ceiling and frames the clerestory windows. The family room, dining room, and kitchen all enjoy views and natural light from the clerestory, skylight and large window at the end of the axial addition.”

This project was key in Home Magazine’s decision to award Wasco the 2004 American Building Products Award for its Architectural Series skylights.

Ralph Cunningham, AIA

Ralph Cunningham, AIA, holds a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University. His projects have received numerous design awards, including The Award of Excellence from the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the AIA/ Washingtonian Residential Design Award, the “Best of the Year” Renaissance Award from the National Association of Home Builders, and the Custom Home Award from Custom Home magazine.

Cunningham + Quill Architects PLLC • 1054 31st Street NW, Suite 315 • Washington, DC 20007 • (202) 337-0090