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Architects from both Canada and the United States competed in an International Affordable Seniors Housing Ideas Design Competition hosted by ASHRA at the project’s 2009 Atlantic Seniors Housing Needs Conference, held May 27 – 29, 2009 at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax.

The competition was a contest of open ideas with the aim of showcasing these concepts through new and innovative, affordable seniors housing design. Competition entrants included both professional and student architects familiar with the field.  Submissions were received from across  Canada –  as far west as British Columbia and as far east as Newfoundland – as well as from the United States.

The judging panel was led by Professor Victor Regnier, FAIA Professor B.S. Engineering, B. Arch, Kansas State University, M. Arch, University of Southern California. Professor Regnier has directed 20 research projects dealing with the social and behavioral impact of the environment on older people, children, and the homeless.  His design findings have been presented at over 160 professional and scientific conferences, as well as more than 60 university symposia.

The First Place prize of $5,000 was awarded to Burka Architects of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  The design, called "GENERATIONS LIVING", was described by the judges as an exceptional mixed-used community with green-filled atriums and a focus on wellness and affordability for older persons. Thank you to all who participated!

1st Place Winning Design - $5,000:

Burka Architects, Toronto, Ontario

Design Book

Design Board

Second Place Design - $3,000:

Paul Thomas Becher Architecture Inc.

Design Overview

Honourable Mention:

False Creek Design Group Ltd., Vancouver, British Columbia

Design Book

Design Board

Student Winner:

Kevin Jaejin - Lee, Carleton University, Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism

Design Book and Design Board

Other Entries:

Manasc Isaac Architects, Edmonton, Alberta

Dahlin Group Architecture Planning, Pleasanton, California (USA)

Rajani Blaser Mannix Architecture, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Quadrangle Architects Ltd., Toronto, Ontario

3 Architects, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Renée Kuehnle (Student), University of Waterloo

Jared Sunderland (Student), Carleton University, Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism

Stantec, Toronto, Ontario

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