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AIA Announces 2006 "Show You're Green" Winners

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Housing and Custom Residential Knowledge Community has recognized eight affordable green housing projects in its 2006 “Show You’re Green” awards. Winners were selected based on how they address AIA’s ten affordable green housing guidelines: community context, site design, building design, water conservation and management, energy efficiency, reduced and sustainable material use, recycling during construction and post-occupancy, indoor environmental quality, quality assurance and commissioning, and innovative design strategies. The winners are listed below. For more information, visit For more on green affordable housing, see


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• Cobb Hill Cohousing in Hartland, Vermont, designed by Jeff Schoellkopf Design. Cobb Hill features two refurbished barns, seven single-family houses, five duplexes, one shared house, and a common house with three apartments, all clustered around a common green space. A single wood-gasifying boiler heats the buildings using a forced-hot-water district distribution system.

• Plaza Apartments in San Francisco, designed by Paulett Taggart Architects, AIA, in association with Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects. This nine-story building includes more than 100 low-income studio apartments, retail space, and a black-box theater. The building, which features natural ventilation and daylighting, is within walking distance of bus and subway lines.

Located in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, which commands some the city’s highest rents, Pantages rents at 18% to 52% below market rates.

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• Pantages Apartments in Seattle, designed by Stickney Murphy Romine Architects, PLLC. Pantages includes a new five-story building and a rehabilitated two-story home originally built in 1907. It provides 49 housing units for households earning 30% to 50% of the area median income. It sits within blocks of several bus lines and a planned light-rail station.

• Cabrini First Hill Apartments in Seattle, designed by GGLO. This six-story mixed-use building includes street level commercial space and 50 apartments, along with several community spaces for low-income, independent seniors. Built on the site of a former hospital, Cabrini is directly accessible via several

bus lines.

• High Point in Seattle, designed by Mithun. This redevelopment of a former housing project includes 1,600 homes, half of which are reserved for low-income residents. All of the homes were designed to exceed local energy codes by 30% to 50%. A natural drainage system, including four miles of vegetated swales, filters and slows stormwater drainage.

• Wentworth Commons in Chicago, designed by Harley Ellis Devereaux. Wentworth Commons, in Chicago’s Roseland neighborhood, provides 51 apartments for recently homeless families and individuals. The four-story building includes space for a housing program, employment training, case management, and other support services. It also features a large photovoltaic system and a heat-recovery system.

• HIP’s Artists’ Housing in Mount Rainier, Maryland, designed by Wiencek + Associates Architects + Planners, PC. This renovation provides 12 units for the Housing Innovative Partnership, Inc. (HIP) in the Gateway Arts District of Prince George’s County, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C. A new roof garden and bioretention pond provide stormwater management.

• Timothy Commons in Santa Rosa, California, designed by Katherine Austin, AIA, Architect. This development offers 32 units for low- and extremely low-income residents. Because the project was built on an infill site contaminated with petroleum distillates, all building slabs have waterproof membranes to collect fumes and direct them into vents. A community building provides a laundry, office, and community kitchen, along with space for workshops, after-school programs, and parties.

Published June 7, 2006

Boehland, J. (2006, June 7). AIA Announces 2006 "Show You're Green" Winners. Retrieved from

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