2012 AIA/HUD Secretary Housing Awards

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2012 AIA/HUD Secretary Housing Awards

Postby David Owen » Tue Jun 05, 2012 2:03 pm

AIA/HUD Secretary Awards Recognize Three Outstanding Housing Projects

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), has recognized three recipients of the 2012 AIA/HUD Secretary Awards. The categories of the awards this year are (1) Excellence in Affordable Housing Design, (2) Creating Community Connection Award, and (3) Community-Informed Design Award. These awards demonstrate that design matters, and the recipient projects offer examples of important developments in the housing industry.

Bud Clark Commons, a LEED Platinum-certified low-income housing, shelter, and day-center facility in downtown Porltand, Oregon, designed by Holst Architecture. Photo: David Owen/ Artifice Images

Creating Community Connection Award
Bud Clark Commons; Portland, Oregon
Holst Architecture

Covered in "New Northwest Architecture," ArchitectureWeek No. 555, 2012.0404

Through a combination of low-income housing tax credits, urban renewal funding, and HUD Recovery Act dollars, Bud Clark Commons, a service and shelter for the homeless project opened in 2011. It is now setting a new standard for services by joining permanent supportive housing and temporary shelter with a community resource center. Bud Clark Commons offers a day center with access to services, a temporary shelter for men, and apartments for homeless adults seeking permanent supportive housing.

Centrally located at the gateway to downtown Portland and adjacent to light rail, buses, and an historic train station, this project combines the rigorous programmatic requirements of a coalition lead by the municipal client, a progressive design approach, and sustainable building practices. The building has a LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, and the energy-efficient technologies are estimated to achieve savings of $60,000 per year. Using the Housing First approach, the mission of Bud Clark Commons is to provide a continuum of services to help transition homeless individuals from an unstable condition to a permanent living arrangement.

Community-Informed Design Award
Boston Public Library, Mattapan Branch (Urban Branch Library); Boston
William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.

Covered in "AIA/ALA Library Awards 2011," ArchitectureWeek No. 518, 2012.0518

With significant amounts of glass looking onto a major urban street, this stone and brick building creates a strong civic presence that is decidedly open and inviting to the community. The building’s interior reflects this same sense of invitation in each of its major spaces. The main reading room, with its high ceiling, warm wood shelving, and “sun grillage,” creates a welcoming space for adults to work quietly. The children’s room and young adults’ room each provide colorful and active spaces flanking an outdoor courtyard. A community room, wrapped in warm wood, allows the library to serve the community beyond library hours. Reflecting the importance of the teenage population to the local community, this library provides the largest young adults’ space of any regional public library. Its young adults’ room has been designed as an oasis, a lively space with robust technology encouraging heavy use after school and during the weekends.

Excellence in Affordable Housing Design Award
Drs. Julian and Raye Richardson Apartments; San Francisco
David Baker + Partners Architects

As a mixed-use single room occupancy building, it provides 120 permanent supportive studio apartments for formerly homeless residents, many of whom have mental and physical disabilities. The design is responsive to their needs, balancing independence with security, maximizing a constricted site to meet program needs, and creating attractive homes and community spaces. This five-story structure draws inspiration from its surroundings, both standing out and fitting in with the neighborhood fabric. Focus on the natural beauty of materials — zinc, concrete, and salvaged wood — and on the iconic corner, entry, and shared spaces has created a building with a strong identity and sense of place. A landscaped courtyard, second-level deck, and roof garden provide social opportunities and address community concerns about loitering. Well-lit sidewalks, permeable paving, plantings, and bike racks make for a safe, active addition to the streetscape. The retail corner is to house a social-service bakery/café that will offer jobs and job training to residents.

Awards Jury

The jury for the 2012 AIA/HUD Secretary Awards includes: Sandra A. LaFontaine, AIA, (chair), LaFontaine Architecture and Design; Allison Arieff, New York Times; Luis Borray, Assoc. AIA, U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development; Sara E. Caples, AIA, Caples Jefferson Architects; Regina C. Gray, PhD, U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development, Jerome King, FAIA, The Office of Jerome King, and Bill Moore, AIA, Sprocket Design Build, Inc.

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