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The 2006 AIA/HUD Secretary's Housing and Community Design Awards winnowed a pool of 80 entries to declare three winners. William Wilson Architects prevailed in the Mixed-Use/Mixed-Income Development category for Esther Short Commons, a 160-unit project in downtown Vancouver, Wash. Jurors applauded the project's assimilation of low-income residents, its siting atop a regional farmers' market, and its integration with adjacent commercial space. The location, said the jury, puts more “eyes on the street.” The Community Building by Design award went to Blake Street Flats, a Denver infill project from Humphries Poli Architects. The jury noted that the project's brightly colored corrugated-metal-and-concrete design “takes back and energizes the neighborhood.”

Koning Eizenberg Architecture took the Housing Accessibility: Alan J. Rothman Award for Waterloo Heights Apartments, an 18-unit complex for disabled veterans, senior citizens, and HIV-positive residents in Los Angeles. The jury praised the “understated and sophisticated” design and “the safe community” it provides.