Today the American Institute of Architects announced the latest winners in the AIA/HUD Secretary Awards, an annual program produced with the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that recognizes exemplary residential projects. The program is divided into four categories, outlined below. This year's winners include a multifamily project for seniors in Oakland, Calif., a housing and cultural center in Chicago, a post-hurricane rebuilding effort in Houston, and an accessible single-family residence in Port Townsend, Wash.
This year's jury was comprised of chair Jamie Blosser, AIA, the director of Atkin Olshin Schade Architects' Santa Fe, N.M. office; Ariella Cohen, editor-in-chief of Next City; Kevin Harris, FAIA, who heads Kevin Harris Architect in Baton Rouge, La.; David Lee, FAIA, the president and managing partner of Stull and Lee in Roxbury, Mass.; Rachelle Levitt, the director of the Research Utilization Division of HUD's Office of Policy Development; Lynn Ross, the deputy assistant secretary of HUD's Office of Policy Development; and Suman Sorg, FAIA, the senior principal at DLR Group | Sorg in Washington, D.C.
Excellence in Affordable Housing Design
Lakeside Senior Apartments
David Baker Architects
This 107,892-square-foot project, completed in 2014, contains 92 affordable units for seniors. "This project brings dignity and beauty to people in their twilight years, most of whom have had very difficult and stressful lives," the jury notes.
Creating Community Connection Award
Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative
Landon Bone Baker Architects
Finished in 2014, this project converted an old housing project into 32 restored units plus an arts center. "A strong example of employing renovation verses obliteration in an existing neighborhood fabric," the jury notes.
Community-Informed Design Award
Disaster Recovery Round 2
Funded by a $125 million grant from the Texas General Land Office, Houston’s second Disaster Recovery Program, launched by the city's Housing and Community Development Department, repaired 35 houses and constructed another 240 following damage from 2008's Hurricane Ike. "The scale of this is very impressive, and the approach monumental in terms of community engagement," the jury notes.
Housing Accessibility | Alan J. Rothman Award
Port Townsend Residence
Port Townsend, Wash.
Designed for a couple, one of whom is in a wheelchair, this 1,325-square-foot house features an open plan that aims to be accessible to both clients. "They have successfully edited simple interiors that invite resident personalization," the jury notes.
View more information and images about present and past winners of the AIA/HUD Secretary Awards in ARCHITECT's Project Gallery.