Awards / News

Grand Opening of DESC’s The Estelle

EstelleFebruary 2018

SMR celebrated the grand opening of DESC’s The Estelle on February 27, 2018. Located in Rainier Valley, The Estelle provides permanent supportive housing for 91 formerly homeless men and women living with serious mental illness or other disabling conditions. A result of a unique partnership between DESC and Harborview Medical Center, The Estelle provides supportive housing and quality healthcare within the same building. 15 units are dedicated to people exiting the hospital with healthcare needs that exceed the services offered in conventional residential care systems, and on-site healthcare services is available to all residents. Click Here to Read More


Employees Participate in Count Us In

Count Us In 2018_webJanuary 2018
King County Point In Time Count

SMR Architects participated again this year in the Point In Time Count for King County. The count, which took place in the early hours of Friday, January 26th, is an annual effort to collect data on people currently living unsheltered in our community. Click Here to Read More


SMR Receives Friend of Housing Award

Friend of Housing Award

October 2017

SMR Architects was honored to receive a Friend of Housing Award by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission during an awards ceremony held on October 3, 2017 in conjunction with the Housing Washington Conference. Since 1994, the Commission has honored individuals or organizations who have made exceptional contributions to creating or supporting affordable housing in the state. Click Here to Read More


Grand Opening of Hoa Mai Gardens

HMG Grand Opening

September 2017

SMR attended the grand opening of the Seattle Housing Authority’s Hoa Mai Gardens on September 29, 2017. Located between the Yesler Community Center and Yesler Hillclimb, Hoa Mai Gardens is a three-building, 111-unit family housing development and is the third new building in the redevelopment of Yesler Terrace. SMR Architects served as the architect of record, and our employees donated books to create a small library in the building’s community room.


Plaza Roberto Maestas Receives VISION 2040 Award

Plaza Roberto Maestas

September 2017

The Puget Sound Regional Council awarded Plaza Roberto Maestas with a VISION 2040 Award on September 26, 2017. SMR is proud to have been a project partner with El Centro de la Raza on this innovative and nationally recognized development.

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SMR’s John Putre Graduates from HDC’s Leadership Course

LDI Graduation for Website

June 2017

SMR’s John Putre was part of the 2017 class of the Leadership Development Survey Course, a seven-month program hosted by Housing Development Consortium (HDC). The course is part of HDC’s Leadership Development Initiative which offers emerging leaders in affordable housing field the tools they need to access both technical and professional management skills and to understand the importance of leveraging partnerships across various sectors. Connecting participants with leaders in the field of affordable housing, the course provides participants with a broad overview of leadership principles and exposure to the many and varied roles of leaders in mission and value-driven organizations.


Plaza Roberto Maestas Wins AIA/HUD Secretary’s Award


May 2017
Plaza Roberto Maestas, El Centro de la Raza

SMR Architects is proud to announce that Plaza Roberto Maestas was recently selected as the recipient of the 2017 AIA/HUD Secretary’s Creating Community Connection Award. The award recognizes projects that incorporate housing within other community amenities for the purpose of either revitalization or planned growth. SMR Architects accepted the award on behalf of the project team at the 2017 AIA Convention in Orlando, FL. Plaza Roberto Maestas is a landmark equitable transit-oriented development project in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood that transformed a surfacing parking lot into a multicultural hub for the neighborhood.

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SMR Employee Speaks at Annual HDC Celebration

Megan Espinoza Speaks at HDC CelebrationMarch 2017
Housing Development Consortium (HDC) Celebration, Washington State Convention Center

SMR Architects was happy to celebrate the work of HDC during the annual “Celebration” luncheon held on March 7, 2017, and SMR’s Megan Espinoza was one of three featured speakers for the event. Speaking to a crowd of more than 900 community partners, she told her story of how she decided to become an architect, how her experience building homes in Africa helped to shape her belief in accessible housing for all, and her desire to support a community-focused vision where everyone feels valued and cared for. Thanks to the generous support of attendees and sponsors, HDC raised over $240,000 during the event to support its mission of providing safe, healthy, affordable homes for all. SMR is proud to support the important work of HDC! 

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