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LA Architects Making LA Better: Habitat for Humanity Design Competition

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And now a story for the cold-hearted design lover and the affordable housing enthusiast both: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles held a competition for new and "aesthetically pleasing" designs to add to their pattern book, and they've named five winners, mostly locals, natch. The competition, co-sponsored by the Southern California Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America (Yes, they often employ an acronym), sought designs in "Southern California vernacular styles" to "inform and inspire affordable, neighborly, sustainable homes that can be readily built by Habitat volunteers." The winning entry is a Spanish Colonial by Los Angeles architect Cindy Grant, in collaboration with Venice's Tierra Sol y Mar and Brooke Gardner Interior Design. Locals William Hefner and KAA Design Group also placed, and San Antonio's Michael G. Imber Architects rounded out the top five. Habitat called the competition "a unique opportunity to direct the skill and attention of design practitioners to meet an urgent social need and to reduce the 'not in my backyard' community response to many affordable housing initiatives."
· Design Competition Winners [Building a Greater Los Angeles]