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AIAHUD Secretary Awards Recognize Three Outstanding Housing Projects

AIA/HUD Secretary Awards Recognize Three Outstanding Housing Projects

 |  by Levent Ozler
The American Institute of Architects' (AIA) Housing and Custom Residential Knowledge Community, in conjunction with the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), recognized three recipients of the 2011 AIA/HUD Secretary Awards.

The categories of the program include (1) Excellence in Affordable Housing Design (2) Creating Community Connection Award (3) Community-Informed Design Award (no recipient selected this year) (4) Housing Accessibility - Alan J. Rothman Award.

These awards demonstrate that design matters, and the recipient projects offer examples of important developments in the housing industry.

New Carver Apartments 01

New Carver Apartments 02

Excellence in Affordable Housing Design
New Carver Apartments, Los Angeles
Michael Maltzan Architecture
Located just south of the downtown core of Los Angeles, the New Carver Apartments pushes the boundaries of what affordable housing should look like and how architecture can transform individuals and communities. The building provides permanent supportive housing for 95 formerly homeless residents who earn less than 50% of the area median income while reviving an under-utilized neighborhood where there is a critical shortage of affordable housing stock. By incorporating medical and social services support facilities on the ground level and integrating shared public spaces throughout the building, the architecture encourages its residents to not only reconnect with each other but to the larger city beyond. Financing was provided by the Los Angeles Housing Department, State of California Department of Housing and Community Development, along with stimulus funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Haven for Hope

Creating Community Connection Award
Haven for Hope, San Antonio
Overland Partners Architects
The stakeholders' goal was to not only provide services that treated the causes of homelessness but to create a flexible campus that would allow for the expansion of programs and the development of new ones. This $60 million project includes 15 buildings of approximately 300,000 square feet of total space, with 998 beds and the capacity to sleep an additional 500+ individuals in the courtyard. It is the largest and most comprehensive homeless facility in the United States and has already been visited by delegations from more than 40 cities, quickly becoming recognized as a new national model for homeless transformational centers.

Magnolia Mid Mod 01

Magnolia Mid Mod 02

Housing Accessibility - Alan J. Rothman Award
Magnolia Mid-Mod, Seattle
rom architecture studio
This project, a whole-house interior renovation of a mid-century modern home, had no choice but to adhere to universal designed concepts. It belongs to a family of three, two of which are wheelchair-users. The family needed more useable space within the existing exterior walls. As a result, the home became a laboratory for solutions that are both highly functional and universally-appealing, with the intent to inspire others to consider the investment potential, both financial and experiential, of planning for a broad range of mobility over a long period of time.
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