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2010 AIA/HUD Secretary’s Award Recipient

Category 1: Excellence in Affordable Housing Design

Paseo Senter at Coyote Creek

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    A delightful project showing an
    exuberance of life and culture.

    Its admirable translation of the
    plaza and paseo prototypes
    contribute a human scale and
    sense of place. This is housing
    that makes a community, where
    one was sorely needed. 


    2010 AIA/HUD
    Secretary’s Awards

    Andrew V. Porth, AIA, chair
    Porth Architects, Inc.
    Red Lodge, Mont.

    Natalye Appel, FAIA
    Natalye Appel + Associates

    Geoffrey Goldberg, AIA
    G. Goldberg and Associates

    Grace Kim, AIA
    Schemata Workshop

    Jane Kolleeny
    Architectural Record

    New York City

    Luis F. Borray, Assoc. AIA
    U.S. Department of Housing
    & Urban Development
    Washington, D.C.

    Regina C. Gray, PhD
    U.S. Department of Housing
    & Urban Development
    Washington, D.C.



David Baker + Partners, Architects



Charities Housing/ The CORE Companies



San Jose, Calif.

Notes of Interest

This project proposed to create a “place” in a disconnected, somewhat forgotten section of the city. Historically a pomegranate orchard, the 4.7 acres of land had become a series of abandoned and neglected parcels compromised by a floodplain and unusable by the city or community. The developer facilitated a land swap between the city and a private owner to preserve the continuity of the open green space to the south of the development and to enable the building of dense, resource-rich urban housing near the roadway.

A new urban district, this affordable neighborhood fronts a newly created main walking street, or paseo, that connects the arterial roadway to the area’s adjacent park. At its midpoint, the paseo widens into a public plaza that holds the main entries to the two residential districts. Lined at ground level with active uses, the paseo bustles with activity of entry stoops and retail-style social services, including a community room, Native American library, social worker spaces, gym, pool, playground and daycare center. The property is 100% handicapped- and wheelchair-accessible, and the pool features an automatic lift.

The bold color palette has proved extremely popular with residents and the community, who consider the project a signature addition to the neighborhood. The lively colors and configurations of this project have transformed the area by inspiring absentee landlords to improve adjacent properties.

The project begins to fill a real need in the community: At its opening, 3,100 applications were received for the 218 rental units. There are units reserved for

single-parent households, formerly homeless tenants, and victims of domestic violence. Additionally, the development features high density for a mainly suburban area: 44 units per acre. It exceeds Title 24, California’s already strict energy-efficiency standards, by 15%. Energy use is very low, reducing the utility costs borne by low-income residents.




Guiliani & Kull
Belden Consulting Engineers




OLMM Consulting Engineers


General Contractor


CORE Builders


Photo Credit


© Jeffrey Peters/Vantage Point Photography
© Anne Hamersky, Photographer


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