The AIA has selected 10 recipients for the 2014 Housing Awards. The AIA’s Housing Awards program, now in its 14th year, was established to recognize the best in housing design and promote the importance of good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit and a valuable national resource. Learn more about these projects and firms on the AIA website.
One/Two Family Custom Housing
The One and Two Family Custom Residences award recognizes outstanding designs for custom and remodeled homes for specific client(s).
- Informal House; South Pasadena, CA / Koning Eizenberg Architecture
- Kicking Horse Residence; British Columbia / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
- Park Passive; Seattle / NK Architects
- Sol Duc Cabin; Seattle / Olson Kundig Architects
- Topo House; Wisconsin / Johnsen Schmaling Architects
The Multifamily Housing award recognizes outstanding apartment and condominium design. Both high- and low-density projects for public and private clients were considered. In addition to architectural design features, the jury assessed the integration of the building(s) into their context, including open and recreational space, transportation options and features that contribute to livable communities.
- 1221 Broadway; San Antonio / Lake|Flato Architects — This project has served as a catalyst for nearby urban redevelopment and neighborhood revitalization.
- Cherokee Studios; Los Angeles / Brooks + Scarpa — The main architectural feature of this project is the building’s owner-controlled operable double façade system.
- Merritt Crossing Senior Apartments; Oakland, CA / Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects — This project is a high-density residential development with a mix of studios; one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments that were thoughtfully fit into its downtown Oakland site between an inner city neighborhood and a freeway.
The Special Housing award recognizes outstanding design of housing that meets the unique needs of other specialized housing types such as single room occupancy residences (SROs), independent living for the disabled, residential rehabilitation programs, domestic violence shelters, and other special housing.
- 28th Street Apartments; Los Angeles / Koning Eizenberg Architecture — This project restores and adds to a distressed historic building. The project now houses two synergistic programs run by two nonprofits that co-purchased the building.
- Sweetwater Spectrum Community; Sonoma, CA / Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects — This project, created to be replicated nationwide, integrates autism specific design, universal design and sustainable design, and provides a permanent home for 16 adults with autism.
Image: Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles, by Brooks + Scarpa.