Awards / News

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

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

Hansen Building Honored at Historic Seattle’s Preservation Awards

Hansen Building_Historic Seattle AwardsSeptember 2018

Historic Seattle honored the Hansen Building with the Best Rehabilitation Award at its 10th Annual Preservation Awards Benefit. The award was presented to Laurie and Roger Lohrer and Dock Street Properties LLC for their voluntary seismic retrofitting of the Hansen Building, a contributing part of the Ballard Avenue Landmark District. SMR served as the architect for the project. Click Here to Read More  | Photo is courtesy of William Wright Photography.

DESC’s The Estelle Receives VISION 2040 Award

The Estelle VISION 2040September 2018

The Puget Sound Regional Council awarded DESC’s The Estelle with a VISION 2040 Award on September 12, 2018. SMR is proud to have been a project partner with DESC on this supportive housing development that provides housing for chronically homeless single adults, many of whom live with mental illness and/or other barriers to housing stability. 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 | Photo is courtesy of William Wright Photography.

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 voted for winners from the pool of finalists from July 2 until August 3. The winners will be announced in mid-September and then honored at AHF Live in November at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Click Here to Read More | Photo is courtesy of William Wright Photography.

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 six 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.