Awards / News

El Centro de la Raza’s Plaza Roberto Maestas Receives ULI’s Jack Kemp Awards

September 2019

Plaza Roberto Maestas was honored as one of only three recipients of the Urban Land Institute’s prestigious Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Awards. The awards competition began in 2008 and recognizes exemplary developments that meet affordable and workforce housing needs and help to create mixed-income communities of opportunity. Winners were announced during ULI’s Fall Meeting on September 19, 2019. 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. Click Here to Read More | Photo is courtesy of William Wright Photography.


Imagine Housing’s 30Bellevue Receives VISION 2040 Award

September 2019

The Puget Sound Regional Council recognized 30Bellevue with a VISION 2040 Award on September 16, 2019. SMR was honored to partner with Imagine Housing and St. Luke’s Lutheran Church on this 63-unit affordable housing development for families, including students, seniors, and veterans. 30Bellevue serves as a shining new example for future, comprehensive partnerships between organizations to provide affordable housing and aid to low-income individuals and families in an equitable, sustainable, and healthy environment. The VISION 2040 Awards recognize innovative projects and programs that help ensure a sustainable future as the Puget Sound region grows. Click Here to Read More


SMR Promotes Five to Associate

July 2019

SMR Architects Architects is proud to announce the promotion of David Albers, Michael Davis, Megan Espinoza, Demian Minjarez, and John Putre to the position of Associate. The Associates’ new responsibilities include leading project teams and contributing to SMR’s strategic planning. These employees embody the values and culture of the firm and have helped to cultivate an environment in which other professionals can grow.

David joined SMR in 2012 and focuses his practice on affordable and market rate multi-family developments. He offers a passion for creating buildings that meet client needs while enhancing the lives of the residents. Michael joined SMR in 2015 and has worked with a number of affordable housing providers on various new construction and rehabilitation projects. He is committed to creating possibilities for people of all backgrounds. Megan’s belief in accessible housing to all and her desire to support a community-focused vision led her to SMR in 2012. Since that time, she has led many award-winning affordable and supportive housing developments. Demian credits his deep dedication to affordable housing and advocacy to his family, who show a commitment to social work. He joined the firm in 2011 and has experience with family, supportive, senior, and farmworker housing projects. With a passion for socially conscious design, John joined SMR in 2012 and focuses his practice on providing architectural services that promote the client’s core mission through efficient, thoughtfully executed spaces. Click Here to Read More


SMR Architects Promotes Three to Associate Principal

July 2019

SMR Architects is proud to announce the promotion of Andrew Phillips, Kate Smith, and Rumi Takahashi to the position of Associate Principal. All three individuals have contributed to SMR’s growth while displaying exemplary leadership and professional skills.

Andrew joined SMR in 1996 and specializes in renovation, historic preservation, and adaptive reuse projects. Since starting with the firm in 2006, Kate has designed diverse permanent supportive and affordable housing projects. Rumi joined SMR in 2014, designing housing and community-based buildings that provide places of dignity and inclusion for our community’s most vulnerable members.

Each Associate Principal brings a unique perspective and background to SMR’s commitment to creating a better world through its work, and they participate in various advocacy activities for the advancement of affordable housing, preservation, social equity, and efforts to end homelessness. Click Here to Read More


Grand Opening of Imagine Housing’s 30Bellevue

June 2019

SMR celebrated the grand opening of Imagine Housing’s 30Bellevue on June 4, 2019. 30Bellevue provides 63 affordable homes for families, seniors, and veterans on an existing surface parking lot behind St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in the North Towne neighborhood of Bellevue. The development has four residential floors with a parking garage and two community rooms. Click Here to Read More


The Cambridge Apartments Project Receives ABC of Western Washington’s Excellence in Construction Awards

May 2019

The rehabilitation of the Cambridge Apartments was recognized in this year’s ABC of Western Washington’s Excellence in Construction. The project won the category of Historic Renovation ($10 – $25 million) and also won the Eagle of Excellence Award which honors the overall best project submitted. SMR enjoyed working with Bellwether Housing and Rafn Company on this complex rehabilitation project. Click Here to Read More | Photo is courtesy of William Wright Photography.


SMR Project Receives Judges Special Award of Excellence from the Gold Nugget Awards 

Gold Nugget

May 2019

Judges for the 2019 Gold Nugget Awards have named SMR Architects as a Judges Special Award of Excellence recipient for the design of Cosecha Court II in Granger, WA. The annual competition honors architectural design and planning excellence and draws entries from throughout the United States and internationally. 

Cosecha Court II is a seasonal farmworker development owned and operated by the Yakima Housing Authority with the Office of Rural and Farmworker Housing assisting with the project development.

Chosen from the Merit Award winners, Grand Awards for each category will be announced on May 31st. Now in its 56th 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 600 entries from around the world. Click Here to Read More


Grand Opening of DESC’s Clement Place

April 2019

SMR celebrated the grand opening of DESC’s Clement Place on April 9, 2019. Located in the Aurora-Licton Springs neighborhood, Clement Place creates safe, permanent homes and a support system for individuals experiencing homelessness and employs the Housing First model. The six-story building has 100 studio units above an inviting, open courtyard, with offices, meeting rooms, and a bike storage area on the first level. Click Here to Read More


Employees Participate in Count Us In

Count Us In 2019January 2019
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