AIA-McKn-logoThis architectural design award is supported by the McKnight Foundation. Its goal is to recognize and encourage innovative, high-quality design for affordable housing.

2018 Affordable Housing Design Award Recipient

AIA Minnesota and The McKnight Foundation are proud to announce that RS EDEN’s Emanuel Housing, designed by Cermak Rhoades Architects, is the 2018 recipient of the Affordable Housing Design Award. The project provides permanent affordable housing in a vibrant neighborhood, with health care and supportive services available on site.

Recognized with RS EDEN and Cermak Rhoades are Frerichs Construction; Pierce Pini + Associates; Spencer Jones Landscape Architect; Mattson Macdonald Young; and Emanuelson-Podas, Inc.

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Past Recipients

2016  Recipient

Dominium Development’s Schmidt Artist Lofts is the winner of the 2016 Affordable Housing Design Award.Located in St. Paul, this long-vacant landmark was transformed into a dynamic, affordable live-work location for local artists, while simultaneously maintaining the historically intrinsic features of the brewery.

Recognized for the award is Dominium Development; BKV Group; Weis Builders; Peer Engineering; MacRostie Historic Advisors; MacDonald & Mack Architects; Loucks Associates; Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates; Pfister Associates; The Weidt Group; US Bank; Alliant Capital; Cornerstone Real Estate Advisors; St. Paul PED; Ramsey County; the Metropolitan Council; and MN DEED.

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2015 Recipient

Trolley Quarter Flats, located in Wausau, WI, is a historic former trolley shed that was given new life as part of a 40-unit affordable housing complex (pictured above.) Designed by architectural firm MSR and its community partner MetroPlains, LLC.

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2014 Recipient

Clare Midtown, in Minneapolis — designed by architectural firm Cermak Rhoades Architects, Inc., and their community partner, Clare Housing, Inc.

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2013 Recipient

Renaissance Box, in St. Paul — designed by the architectural firm LHB, Inc., and their community partner, Aeon. 

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2012 Recipient

Higher Ground – Homeless Shelter & Permanent Housing, in Minneapolis — designed by the architectural firm Cermak Rhoades Architects, Inc., and their community partner, Catholic Charities.

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