The awards from the International Affordable Seniors Housing Ideas Design Competition hosted by ASHRA that were announced last month at the 2009 Atlantic Seniors Housing Needs Conference. The competition was designed to show new and innovative concepts for affordable seniors housing design and various entries were received from across Canada – as far west as British Columbia and as far east as Newfoundland – as well as from the United States. The First place prize of $5,000 was awarded to Burka Architects of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The design, called GENERATIONS LIVING, was described by the judges as an exceptional mixed used community with green filled atriums and a focus on wellness and affordability for older persons.
The $3,000 second place prize was awarded to Paul Thomas Becher Architecture Inc. of Calgary and $2,000 for best student entry was awarded to Kevin Jae Jin Lee, Carleton University School of Architecture.