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 2013 AIA/HUD Secretary Awards. The categories of the program include (1) Excellence in Affordable Housing Design (2) Creating Community Connection Award (no recipient selected this year) (3) Community-Informed Design Award and (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.

The jury for the 2013 AIA/HUD Secretary Awards includes: Kathleen Dorgan, AIA, Chair, Dorgan Architecture & Planning; Luis Borray, Assoc. AIA, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development; Elizabeth A. Cocke, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development; John Isch, AIA, RWA Architects, Inc.; R. Thomas Jones, AIA, California Polytechnic State University; Stephen Sharpe, Hon. AIA; and Charles L. Travis, AIA, The Housing Studio, P.A.

“These developments prove that you can push the boundaries of design while still creating something very special that folks can actually afford,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “These projects took innovative visions from the drawing board and made them a part of how we live today.”For more details click here ..

Category One: Excellence in Affordable Housing Design Award:Via Verde – The Green Way; Bronx, New York Dattner Architects and Grimshaw Architects

Category Three: Community-Informed Design Award:Community Learning Center; Leominster, Massachusetts Abacus Architects + Planners

Category Four: Housing Accessibility – Alan J. Rothman Award:New Accessible Passive Solar Housing; Stoneham, Massachusetts
Abacus Architects + Planners