The Winners of the 2018 AIA/HUD Secretary’s Awards
By Sara Johnson
July 28, 2018
Photos courtesy Mariko Reed; Shawn Records
The American Institute of Architects announced in July the two winners of this year's AIA/HUD Secretary’s Awards, an annual program presented with the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that recognizes exemplary affordable housing projects. Both winning firms—David Baker Architects and DAO Architecture—are led by graduates of the College of Environmental Design.
David Baker Architects, led by alumnus and principal David Baker, FAIA, (M.Arch ‘82), was the winner of the Excellence in Affordable Housing Design Award for Five88, a mixed-use complex in San Francisco and the largest affordable housing building built in the city in the last decade.
Form-based code guidelines provided the 224,370-square-foot building with its basic outlines, but the design details employed on the project give it a distinct presence. “Make big moves,” says Baker of his firm’s strategy. Marking the southern edge of a residential stretch north of the park, the five-story-tall volume clad in Cor-Ten steel sits above glazed ground-level retail spaces and playfully detailed concrete columns. These “dancing columns,” as the architects call them, have become popular on Instagram: “People love textured concrete,” Baker says.
Standard storefront doors lead to dual lobbies (one at the north end of the building and one at the south), which are open to the elements as covered portions of an internal courtyard. The building’s 200 apartments feature three residential unit types: one one-bedroom and two two-bedroom layouts. The architects varied the double-loaded interior corridors, but intentionally end most of them with a window. “You can see light down the hall,” Baker says. “It makes a difference in livability.”
Building amenities—including a gym, common room, lounge, and laundry room—are located in a two-story pavilion that sits in the semi-private central courtyard. “It becomes a parterre garden,” Baker says. A children’s play area on the second floor eschews playground equipment, opting instead for a blue artificial turf from Fieldturf.
DAO Architecture, led by alumni and co-principals Joann Le (M.Arch ‘89) and David Horsley (M.Arch ‘90), was the recipient of the Housing Accessibility–Alan J. Rothman Award Station 162 Apartments in Gresham, Oregon.
Station 162 is a transit-oriented affordable housing project, providing 44 highly accessible residential units for a unique blend of low income adults with severe physical disabilities and other senior/workforce tenants. The project’s developer, QUAD, Inc., owner of several similar facilities, has a history of serving adults in wheelchairs who have limited upper body strength and arm/hand function, requiring 24-hour availability of personal assistance, but who otherwise live independently.
The architecture of the building uses a mixture of three-dimensional massing projections, material textures and colors, and landscaping to create a lively but cohesive appearance, appropriate to its context on 162nd Avenue. Station 162 is intended to serve as a national model, combining affordable, accessible housing with in-house and community-based supportive services. Its goal is to provide a workable, affordable model to serve the needs of disabled and senior tenants who want and deserve a new alternative to traditional care settings. This facility builds upon QUAD, Inc.’s extensive experience in promoting autonomy, self-direction, and independence for an amazing population of tenants.
The jury for the 2018 awards was comprised of chair Victor Mirontschuk, FAIA, of the New York office of EDI International; Elizabeth Cocke, the director of HUD's affordable housing research and technology division; Katie Gerfen, editor of design for ARCHITECT; Luis Jauregui, FAIA, of Texas-based Jauregui Architecture Interiors Construction; Rachelle Levitt, director of HUD's research utilization division; Adrianne Steichen, AIA, Oakland, Calif.–based Pyatok; and John Thatch, AIA, of Dahlin Group Architecture Planning, which has offices in California, Washington, and China.