Paseo Senter at Coyote Creek in San Jose, with its plaza and pedestrian roadway flanked by retail-style social service space, has earned the excellence in affordable housing design by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Designed by David Baker + Partners Architects, it is one of four projects receiving the HUD Secretary’s Housing and Community Design Award given in conjunction with the American Institute of Architects. Paseo Senter was developed by Charities Housing and The Core Cos.

This year’s other recipients are:

  • Congo Street Initiative in Dallas for community-informed design: Designed by buildingcommunity WORKSHOP, the project involved the redevelopment of homes in a distressed neighborhood. A “holding house” was created to house the family whose home was under renovation, allowing the homeowner to stay in the community and work with the team to reconstruct their house. The homes were rebuilt with materials salvaged from the existing house.
  • Arbor Lofts in Lancaster, Calif., for creating community connection: Designed by PSL Architects and developed by InSite Development, the 21-unit complex for artists is the first urban infill project completed after a new city downtown plan. Arbor Lofts includes live/work lofts for artists, a nonprofit gallery, and an outdoor exhibit/gathering space.
  • Madrona Live/Work in Seattle received the Alan J. Rothman Award for Housing Accessibility: A storefront from the 1900s was converted into live/work space for a couple with an extensive art collection. The main living space has a single-level polished concrete slab for unrestricted wheelchair access. However, the office is raised four steps to be flush with the sidewalk at the rear of the site to satisfy the client’s desire to “commute to work” around the perimeter of the building.