186 the i donald terner prize

Posted: Aug 05, 2008

The I Donald Terner Prize

Category:Design Contests > Architectural Design
Entry Fee:Free
Entry Deadline
Aug 18 2008

Competition Details

The Terner Prize recognizes successful and innovative affordable housing projects and their leadership teams. The purpose is to spread Terner’s vision and principles to the planning, design and development professions as well as to public officials, community representatives, housing activists, and government and private funders by identifying best practices in the field.

The Terner Prize is being inaugurated to commemorate Don Terner on the tenth anniversary of his death. It will be awarded biennially to the affordable housing project and leadership team that best exemplifies the spirit of Don Terner’s work, commitment to affordable housing.

One winner will be chosen to receive the First Prize Award of $25,000. Five finalist teams will be awarded leadership stipends of $5,000 so that they may “light the light” for the next generation of leaders in the affordable housing industry by participating in conferences, seminars, or colloquia.

A jury to select the finalists and winning team is comprised of people from the fields of planning, architecture, development, finance, government, academia and media. They are chosen for their demonstrated integrity, expertise and commitment to the guiding principals of the Terner Prize.

The Terner Prize is administered by the Center for Community Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley.

An application may be submitted by anyone involved in the planning, development or operation of a project, but must include the approval of the original project sponsor, developer, and the architect. Eligible projects must be located in the U.S. and have been in operation for a sufficient amount of time to demonstrate success. The 2008 deadline for submission is August 18, 2008.

The jury consists of professionals from the fields of planning, architecture, development, finance, government, academia and the media. The six-member jury reviews all applications, selects the finalists, conducts site reviews and chooses the First Prize winner.

Applications will be judged according to the following primary criteria:

1. Design and construction quality (e.g., sustainability, durability),
2. Number of affordable housing units produced,
3. Income-levels and social needs served by the projects,
4. Positive impact on the lives of residents and the community, and
5. Innovation (e.g., creative financing techniques, partnership arrangements, use of density to increase project impact and affordability, mix of land uses, mix of income levels).

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