Earlier this week Perkins and Will announced the winners of its 2020 Phil Freelon Design Competition. This year’s competition looked for innovative and sustainable co-living designs that responded to current housing shortages. Entrants were given three sites in New York, Denver, and Los Angeles to respond to.
Vangel Kukov and Hala El Khorazaty took first prize for Arroyo, a design for a housing project in New York City’s West Village. Kukov and El Khorazaty imagined the building’s residents getting subsidized rents in exchange for community service.
Two projects tied for second place: Living Closer, designed by Giancarlo Gastaldin and Gaia Cella; and Our Backyard, designed by Foad Faizi, Smith Marks, and Allen Pratt. Both teams designed modular housing systems.
Three projects won honorable mentions: Aspen Cooperative, designed by Richard Schunemann, Vaia Vakouli, and Thomas Henderson Schwartz; Pivot, designed by Mahdiar Ghaffarian, Hannah Gibson, Alyssa Quiring, and Rick Browner; and The Sponge, designed by Max Hu, Qian Yu, and Zhoufan Chen. Aspen Cooperative was a streamlined, sustainable housing design; Pivot was another modular proposal, and The Sponge was a prefab model.
The Phil Freelon Design Competition used to be called the Design Leadership Council Design Competition, but it was renamed in 2019 in honor of the late Phil Freelon, who joined the firm’s North Carolina practice in 2014.
More information is available on the competition’s website here.