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2010 AIA/HUD Secretary’s Award Recipient

Category 2: Creating Community Connection Award

Arbor Lofts

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    Multiple uses of the outdoor
    gallery and storefront spaces
    provide many opportunities for
    the community to participate in
    this project. Also, in terms of
    height of ceilings and other
    proportions, the different scales
    of the project make it quite
    unique and attractive.

    HUD encourages communities
    to invest in existing
    infrastructure, and this is an
    infill project which embodies
    that principle, revitalizing the
    community by taking existing
    valuable resources and re-
    purposing them in a unique and
    innovative way.


    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.



PSL Architects



InSite Development



Lancaster, Calif.

Notes of Interest

This 21-unit affordable housing development for artists is the first urban infill project to be completed since the city implemented its new Downtown Specific Plan to transform this mostly vacant city area into “a place of historic, cultural, social, economic and civic vitality.”

Seldom frequented by pedestrians in recent times, the historic core of the city is now host to community events such as farmer’s markets and street fairs.

The program includes 21 live/work loft apartments for artists, a non-profit gallery, and an outdoor exhibit/gathering space. The public face of the building above the gallery has an iconic curvilinear massing, which opens views deep into the site to encourage visual and physical exploration of the courtyard exhibit space.

In response to the potential needs of the intended user group, many enhancements were included in the design of the 21 two-story living units, including high ceilings, abundant natural light, natural and mechanical ventilation for fresh air, finished concrete floors, a 220-volt outlet for equipment such as a kiln, etc. The non-profit gallery is curated by the tenants as an outlet to show and sell their artwork.

The design incorporates many sustainable design methods; among these, the use of high efficiency mechanical systems qualifies the design to exceed California Title 24 Energy Code requirements by 20% and the lighting system exceeds the requirements by 24% which significantly reduces the use of energy. Additionally, the project received the support of the City and financing through Low-Income Housing Tax Credits.




S.Y. Lee Associates, Inc
Antelope Valley Engineering Inc.




MDI Engineering


General Contractor


CAL-MOR Construction Management, INC.


Photo Credit


© Panic Studio LA
© Tom Varden


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