Home Matters® announces the three winners of its “Re-defining Home Challenge”

September 16, 2015

Affordable housing is a growing concern for the San Francisco area and the nation as a whole. Home Matters®, wants to make Home a reality for all, and today announced three winners of its Re-defining Home: A Design Challenge contest. This contest is the first US-wide competition that aims to address affordable and sustainable housing. The competition, supported by the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation, the Autodesk Foundation and in partnership with San Francisco Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIASF), challenged architects and designers to re-imagine the Home of the future and curb our nation’s housing crisis.

“The 1st Place winner did an exceptional job of designing a project called “HomeWork” which pairs home with work, providing both housing units and space for small businesses for individuals and families that need support to start or run their own business. This live work model is combined with shared amenity spaces to encourage community building, and that truly grabbed all the judges’ attention,” said Home Matters’ CEO Dave Brown.

The program’s core movement hopes to spark a powerful public dialogue about making better homes and communities for all. Research studies have shown that having an affordable, stable home and community can greatly affect one’s life – from better health and educational outcomes to improved public safety, economic indicators and personal success. The program hopes to inspire practical solutions that change the way that society thinks about shelter and community by introducing this bold new approach. The three winners were selected because their designs went beyond housing and animated the connections between housing and other important social factors of community life.

An entire community of partners across the country made this contest a reality including: AIASF to AIA Atlanta, AIA Austin, AIA California Council, AIA Chicago, AIA Denver, AIA Dallas, AIA Los Angeles, AIA New Orleans, AIA Northern Virginia, American Architecture Foundation, Autodesk Foundation, Boston Society of Architects/AIA, Enterprise Community Partners, Public Architecture, SPUR and the Urban Land Institute.


1st Place Winner: Geoff DeOld & Emily Andersen of DeOld Andersen Architecture, LLC with their project entitled “HomeWork”. They received $10,000 in prize money. “HomeWork” brought out fundamental ideas of the Home Matters message: that wherever you call Home in this country, it should be a safe and nurturing place to live – Geoff and his team really captured that with their design.”

2nd Place Winner: Jerry Kler, A.I.A of Jerry Kler Architects with their project entitled, “Cross Pollination”. He received $5,000 in prize money.

3rd Place Winner: Ben Tillman, an Architectural Designer with his project entitled “New Leaf”. He received $3,000 in prize money.

Emily Andersen of DeOld Andersen Architecture, LLC, on receiving the 1st place award, commented, “We entered this competition because we care about urbanism, and good housing is a key component of a good city, and affordable housing is a huge issue in many cities. Creating good urbanism means creating a mixture of uses that can eventually reinforce communities. We used this competition to test these ideas.”

The Home Matters® movement was launched in 2013 by a group of visionary housing professionals and leaders that identified a gap in public discourse. Fundamental social challenges in our nation – from health to education, to public safety, the economy and individual success – all have a common denominator: their connection to Home. With a high-level, holistic approach to housing, Home Matters underlines the link between Home and these core societal issues such as health, education, safety, individual success and the economy.

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