Announcing the 2017 Senior Housing News Architecture & Design Awards Winners

More than 80 organizations competed for top honors in the 2017 SHN Architecture & Design Awards, and we’re pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Senior Housing News (SHN) Architecture & Design Awards. 

Senior living communities nationwide submitted their communities for consideration in the fifth annual SHN Awards, a contest that recognizes excellence by celebrating projects that improve the lives of seniors through innovative design.

“We’re thrilled to have so many entries this year and the winners are incredible examples of the future of senior housing,” said SHN Publisher and Founder George Yedinak. “Additionally, the judges were thrilled to have so many interesting student submissions from around the world. It’s exciting for everyone to see the enthusiasm and passion for architecture and design in senior living.”

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From the more than 80 organizations that entered their communities in this year’s competition, only nine projects were selected as 2017 SHN Architecture & Design Awards Winners for their unique approaches to senior living design. The competition evaluates communities through a scoring system that looks at various categories including design elements specific to each project type, community integration, amenities and lifestyle features.

The 2017 competition was sponsored exclusively by Kwalu, a provider of senior living furniture solutions to communities across the United States.

“Architecture and design for senior living communities continue to evolve and grow to meet the needs of seniors both today and for tomorrow,” said Kwalu CEO Michael Zusman. “It’s exciting to see current trends and styles in communities that show innovation in design and community integration. Kwalu is proud to help support more interest in the business of senior housing.

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SHN is pleased to announce the 2017 Awards Winners:

Affordable (2 Entries):

Winner: Kreider Commons

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Runner Up: Forest Village Estates

Memory Care (7 entries):

Winner: The Mooring on Foreside

Runner Up: Mill Hill Residence

Third Place (Tie): Generations at Ahwatukee & Sheridan At Creve Coeur

SNF / Post Acute (9 entries):

Winner: The Springs At The Hacienda At The River

Runner Up: The Goodwin House

Third Place: Woodlands At John Knox Village

Student (8 entries):

Winner: Benjamin Jensen, Noah Mediavilla, Elizabeth Campanella and Tessneem Elkhateeb – University of Kansas

Runner Up: Team Yasmin Badawi, Dubis, Hassler, Mundil – University of Kansas

Third Place: Chian Ying Xuan – University of Sheffield, UK

Independent (10 entries):

Winner: Willow Valley Living – The Vistas and Chautauqua Hall

Runner Up: One Wingate Way

Third Place: Williams Place

Renovation (12 entries):

Winner: Kingswood Senior Living

Runner Up: La Loma Village

Third Place: The Cafe At Edenwald

International (4 entries):

Winner: Sun City Kobe Tower

Runner Up: Amica at Edgemont Village

Third Place: Maison Senior Living

Assisted Living (25 entries):

Winner: Aegis Gardens of Newcastle

Runner Up: Hacienda Homes at The Hacienda at the River

Third Place: American House Coconut Point

CCRC (12 entries):

Winner: Sun City Kobe Tower

Runner Up: Timber Ridge At Talus

Third Place: Generations at Ahwatukee

Since the November 13 submission deadline, a panel of senior living industry experts analyzed each entry, basing their final judgments on several criteria including Design & Aesthetics, Community Integration and Amenities & Lifestyle.

For more information about the SHN Awards and to view the 2017 Winners, visit