The McGregor Foundation last weekend presented awards to three architectural firms — including a shared first and second place to Dorsky Hodgson Parrish Yue of Beachwood, Ohio — at the conclusion of a weekend public competition to design affordable multi-family housing for seniors in Cleveland’s inner city. A panel of five judges chose the winners Sunday at an awards ceremony in the spacious Community Room on McGregor’s 32-acre campus in East Cleveland, where the unique competition took place.
Known as the Greater Circle Seniors Design Charrette, the competition focused on three neighborhoods around University Circle — Cleveland’s cultural, academic, and medical core — where the Cleveland Foundation is also supporting efforts to improve housing. McGregor had two objectives to create excitement about designing affordable housing for inner city seniors by demonstrating the wealth of possibilities that such design competitions present and to identify buildable projects that it can then help prospective owner/operators to realize. Dorsky Hodgson, which entered two design teams, shared first place with City Architecture of Cleveland. Second place was shared by Dorsky Hodgson and Perkins Eastman of Pittsburgh. In the People’s Choice Awards — those conferred independently by neighborhood residents — Dorsky Hodgson won for designs at two sites. City Architecture and Robert P. Madison International, Inc. of Cleveland won for designs at the other two sties.
"Housing for low income seniors is one of the great challenges of our time, and this weekend we have moved the ball forward," said R. Robertson Hilton, president and chief executive officer of The McGregor Foundation, at the awards ceremony attended by some one hundred architects, residents, and community leaders.