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2012 AIA/HUD Secretary's Awards

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The Housing and Custom Residential Knowledge Community of the AIA, in conjunction with HUD, recognizes excellence in affordable housing architecture, neighborhood design, participatory design, and accessibility. Good design is a cornerstone of thriving homes and communities of all incomes and backgrounds. These awards demonstrate that design matters, and provide examples of important benchmarks in the housing industry.

The categories of the program include (1) Excellence in Affordable Housing Design Award (2) Creating Community Connection Award (3) Community-Informed Design Award (4) Housing Accessibility - Alan J. Rothman Award. View all 2012 AIA Awards Recipients.

Category One: Excellence in Affordable Housing Design Award

Drs. Julian and Raye Richardson Apartments

Drs. Julian and Raye Richardson Apartments


In the heart of San Francisco, this mixed-use SRO building provides 120 permanent, supportive studio apartments for very-low-income, formerly homeless residents, many with mental and physical disabilities. The five-story sustainable infill development remediates the site of a collapsed freeway with green homes, street improvements, and neighborhood-serving retail.

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Category Two: Creating Community Connection Award

Bud Clark Commons

Bud Clark Commons


The shelter has an abundance of natural light and wood finishes inside. FSC certified douglas fir is used throughout to create a warm, inviting atmosphere.

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Category Three: Community-Informed Design Award

Boston Public Library

Boston Public Library, Mattapan Branch (Urban Branch Library)


Located in a 96% minority neighborhood with a significant immigrant population, this Urban Branch Library follows the Mayor’s iniative to bring important civic buildings to the City’s more diverse neighborhoods.

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