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The Triumph Ward 8

American Architecture Award-Winning Family Housing


District of Columbia Department of Human Services


38,000 SF


Planning, programming, architecture, interior design


2020 American Architecture Award

The six-story compact building design sensitively accommodates the full programmatic requirements, including a maximum unit count of ten per floor. The building integrates to the residential context with an articulated volumetric façade to create residential units of human scale, surrounded by low-rise residential buildings to the east and taller four-to-five story structures to the north and west by shifting the building westward, tucked away from the street and into the surrounding hillside.

It also provides an opportunity for a large, landscaped forecourt to act as an attractive green buffer between the street and the building. Shaded by trees and the softness of sustainable natural habitats, the design brings green space to a dense neighborhood fabric, creating a community-oriented social fabric for the residents to enjoy.

Project Milestone
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District of Columbia’s Ward 8 Celebrates the Triumph

November 12, 2018

A new short-term housing facility will serve 50 families experiencing homelessness. Our design for the facility integrates within the residential neighborhood and eliminates the negative institutional perception often associated with similar projects.

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Design Awards

Award of Excellence in Commercial Architecture, 2019

AIA Northern Virginia

Multifamily Housing / Urban Catalyst Residential Design

AIA Washington DC

The 2020 American Architecture Award

The Chicago Athenaeum

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