Up for the Challenge: Multi-Family Housing Meets Multiple Goals

Whether meeting the challenges of COVID-19, restricted urban infill lots, or the needs of underserved communities, these projects show you how it’s done.
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Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the podium construction design for 72Foster in Portland, Oregon.
  2. List the strategies used by New Destiny to assist tenants so they remain housed, safe, and on the road to economic independence.
  3. Summarize strategies which enabled the Continental to exceed the California Energy Code by 16.9 percent.
  4. Describe strategies for creating COVID-safe, healthy buildings in affordable multi-family projects.


1 AIA LU/Elective
AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
This course can be self-reported to the NSAA
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia

This course is part of the Multifamily Housing Academy

Below are a set of links to building type studies from Architectural Record, which are in-depth analyses of particular kinds of buildings, with photos, drawings, specifications, detailed descriptions, and design solutions. Click on each link below, read the article then complete the quiz to earn your credit and certificate of completion.

Multi-family and affordable housing is experiencing a major shift from the days of government-funded high-rise towers. Architects and designers are making socially conscious choices, and with those, great strides in improving the homeless population in some cities, as well as the sustainability and resiliency in multi-family housing, all while meeting increasingly stringent sustainability goals.

South Bronx Housing by Alexander Gorlin Architects
Completed last year, this brick-clad nine-story multifamily residence is an uplifting addition to a neighborhood once considered a poster child for urban blight.
Linda C. Lentz

The Continental by Jonathan Segal, FAIA
The Continental, an 8-story building envisioned and completed last January—with 42 mostly south-facing studios, two commercial storefronts, and a four-story owners’ townhouse—offers abundant sunlight, outdoor space, and distinctive architecture for every tenant.
Sarah Amelar

The Future of San Francisco’s Transbay District
At Mira, 155 of the 392 condominiums are reserved for buyers who make between 80 percent and 120 percent of the area’s median income.
John King

Affordable Multifamily Housing Projects Adapt to Covid-19
By designing the Golden Circle with Covid—or future pandemics—in mind, the firm believes it is demonstrating its “commitment to cities,” Bohn says, “making housing livable, safe, and equitable,” and available to those of modest means—not just the wealthy.
James McCown

Stone Garden by Lina Ghotmeh
The 165-foot Stone Garden survived a blast in Beirut’s port, emerging as an echo of the years of civil war the city had been through, an architecture that is laid bare by its context.
Joumana Ghandour Atallah

XS House by ISA
SA was able to make the most of a tiny, odd-shaped urban lot, creating a building that includes a one-bedroom basement apartment, four “micro-lofts,” each with a sleeping mezzanine, and a pair of two-bedroom duplexes.
Joann Gonchar, FAIA

72Foster by Holst Architecture
A dignified affordable-housing complex in Portland, Oregon, targets multiple generations.
Miriam Sitz

Stone Garden

Photo © Iwan Baan

Stone Garden


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Originally published in May 2021