California Senior Housing Design Competition


Top 5 Finalists
Gonzalez Goodale Architects (Ali Barar), Pasadena, CA
A2 Studios, Inc. (Jessie Whitesides), Santa Rosa, CA
Nardi Associates LLP, Monrovia, CA
Suisheng Chan, AIA, Chang Architects LLC, Chicago, IL
J. Bruce Cashin, AICP, Irvine, CA

Honorable Mentions
Dahlin Group Architecture Planning (Donald Ruthroff), Pleasanton, CA
Schwartz and Architecture with Mona El Khafif, San Francisco, CA
Group 70 International, Honolulu, HI
Standard LLP (Jeffrey Allsbrook & Silvia Kuhle), Los Angeles, CA
Mark Perry, Sonoma, CA
Blostein/Overly Architects, Columbus, OH
MACY Architecture, San Francisco, CA
Baldauf, Catton, Von Eckartsberg, Architects, San Francisco, CA

Special Recognition for Senior Services Planning
Mike Mense, FAIA + James Bowen, AIA, Portland, OR

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SALT and NFH are sponsoring an open competition to develop ideas that optimize their siteʼs potential uses, including ideas that address the need for senior housing in a suburban setting. The Project site is located in the City of Novato, Marin County in a recently developed area known as “Bahia.” Construction is planned to begin upon securing financing.

Category Project Competition / Competition Result
Type International, Project, Open, Two-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Housing
Country United States
RegDeadline 15 November 2009 GoogleCal iCal
4 December 2009 (Must be Postmarked) GoogleCal
Eligibility First Stage: All design professionals; Second Stage teams must include at least one Architect licensed in the State of California. Association of out-of-state professionals with California-licensed colleagues (preferably those within an hourʼs drive to th

Designers are encouraged to develop and present ideas that reflect SALTʼs mission: assisting low-income individuals and families to secure good housing, become homeowners and improve their economic position by working with donors of land to maximize and leverage tax advantages and benefits generated in the course of developing a full array for land use options for each parcel, including affordable homes, jobs, recreation, agriculture and open space. Site planning and housing designs must demonstrate: innovative sustainable solutions that can also be applied to meet future housing needs, a zero net energy goal, multiple benefits including job creation, carbon and cost reduction, and opportunities for local food production/agriculture.

Michael Pyatok, FAIA President, Pyatok Architects, Inc. Oakland, CA
Cheryl Barton, FASLA FAAR, LEED AP Principal, The Office of Cheryl Barton Landscape Architects, San Francisco
Lynn N. Simon, FAIA, LEED AP President, Simon & Associates, Inc. Green Building Consultants, San Francisco.
Jim Leland Mayor, City of Novato, CA
Dietrich Stroeh Community Representative, CSW/Stuber–Stroeh Engineers, Novato, CA
Douglas Krah Cost Consultant, former Regional President Standard Pacific Homes
Avis Licht Co-Founder of the Commonweal Garden, Bolinas CA and Landscape Designer
Russell A. Colombo President and CEO Bank of Marin
Whitney Merchant Marin Field Representative Greenbelt Alliance

Five finalist team: US$10,000

Final Approvals:
It should be noted that final approval of the design that will be built rests with SALT and NFH, and may be subject to funding and to regulatory agenciesʼ approvals. In the event SALT and NFH select a design to implement other that the one recommended by the Jury, the author(s) of the design recommended by the Jury will receive an award of $10,000 (US) in addition to the Honorarium described above.

Entry Fee

maximum of two 24" x 36" boards (approx. 60 cm x 90 cm)

Submission Address
William H. Liskamm, FAIA, Competition Advisor
350 Ignacio Boulevard, Suite 200
Novato, CA 94949
Phone No. for shipping label only: (415) 382 2530

Initial Jury Review: January 30, 2010
Second Stage Submissions Due Late March
Public Exhibit: Late March
Presentations to Jury, Board & Public, Jury Recommendation of Winner: Early April

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