Awards / News

The Estelle Selected as a Finalist in AHF’s Readers’ Choice Awards

The EstelleJuly 2018

DESC’s The Estelle has been named a finalist in Affordable Housing Finance (AHF) Magazine’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards in the special-needs category. This year’s competition began with over 150 nominations which were narrowed down to 36 finalists based on their innovation and impact in a total of 10 categories. AHF magazine and newsletter subscribers can vote for the winners from July 2 until August 3 (voting restricted to subscribers as of June 29). The winners will be announced in September and then honored at AHF Live in November at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Click Here to Read More


Hoa Mai Gardens Earns Gold Nugget Grand Award

Gold Nugget AwardsJune 2018

Judges for the 2018 Gold Nugget Awards have named Seattle Housing Authority’s Hoa Mai Gardens a Grand Award Winner in its annual competition which honors architectural design and planning excellence. Hoa Mai Gardens was selected for this award in the Best Affordable Housing Community (60 to 100 du/acre) Category. The awards ceremony took place on June 28th in San Francisco.

Hoa Mai Gardens is a dynamic, family-centric community that honors the neighborhood’s richness and is the third new building in Seattle Housing Authority’s redevelopment of Yesler Terrace. Providing 111 affordable units for families, Hoa Mai Gardens features a lending library, units designed for in-home daycare, office space for social services, an outdoor play structure, 20 p-patches, and a commercial space occupied by a youth creative writing service organization. Pictured: SMR Principal Scott Starr accepts the Gold Nugget Grand Award on behalf of SMR Architects and the project team. Click Here to Read More


SMR Celebrates Ribbon Cutting for Cosecha Court II

Cosecha Court Ribbon CuttingJune 2018

On June 27th, SMR Architects celebrated the ribbon cutting for Yakima Housing Authority’s newly constructed seasonal farmworker housing, Cosecha Court II. Located in Granger, WA, Cosecha Court II consists of 6 units that will provide housing for up to 96 seasonal H2A farmworkers. The development also will house homeless families during the winter months.

Yakima Housing Authority completed the project in partnership with the Office of Rural and Farmworker Housing, and funding for the development included an award from the Washington State Department of Commerce’s Housing Trust Fund and construction and permanent financing from Banner Bank.


Four SMR Projects Receive Gold Nugget Awards of Merit

Gold Nugget

May 2018

Judges for the 2018 Gold Nugget Awards have named SMR Architects as an Award of Merit winner in its annual competition, which honors architectural design and planning excellence and draws entries from throughout the United States and internationally. SMR Architects earned its merit honors for four affordable and supportive housing developments

DESC’s The Estelle and Plymouth Housing Group’s Plymouth on First Hill were selected as winners in the Best Supportive / Transitional Housing category, and Seattle Housing Authority’s Hoa Mai Gardens and Compass Housing Alliance’s Ronald Commons were recognized in the Best Affordable Housing Community (60 to 100 dwelling units per acre) category.

Chosen from the Merit Award winners, Grand Awards for each category will be announced on June 28th. Now in its 55th year, the Gold Nugget Awards is the largest and most prestigious competition of its kind in the nation. Winners this year were chosen from over 700 entries from around the world. Click Here to Read More

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