Maria Song, AIA LEED AP, has received the honorable mention from the International Design Awards for the design of The Monarch Apartment Homes, a 60-unit affordable housing community currently under development by the Community Housing Opportunities Corporation (CHOC). The award underscores the critical nature design plays in the development and creation of affordable housing. The first affordable housing complex to break ground in the area in over a decade, completion is slated for January, 2023.
Interactive Design is honored and humbled to be a part of this team – client, agencies, investors, designers, engineers, and contractors – which has been recognized by the International Design Awards,” said Song, a principal with Palm Springs-based Interactive Design Corporation. “We’re hopeful this honor continues to bring attention to the need for housing at all economic and social levels. Well-designed and affordable housing is essential for emotional and physical health. Every person deserves housing that is stable, beautiful, and livable.”
Awards are chosen from thousands of entries that came from more than 80 countries around the world. IDA seeks out truly visionary designers who showcase creativity and innovation.
“We saw a large number of designers reflecting on the current state of the world including the pandemic, social distancing, sustainability, climate change, and circular economies all of which were clearly evident,” said Jill Grinda, Vice President, Marketing and Business Development for the IDA. “The jury had an enormous task in selecting the winners from some truly outstanding design submissions. The IDA has always been about seeking out truly visionary designers showcasing creativity and innovation.”
This complex, which broke ground last October, is located on a 3.62-acre vacant parcel of land at the Southeast corner of N. Indian Canyon and San Rafael Drive in the Upper Westside One Palm Springs Neighborhood. In partnership with the city, the rental apartments consist of one-, two- and three-bedroom units. All units will have balconies or patios with a community building for a computer classroom, a rental office, and a community lounge that can be used for group functions. Amenities include a Monarch splash pad adjacent to a children’s play area, as well as two BBQ areas.
“Once we broke ground on the Monarch Apartment Homes, we knew this development marked a significant opportunity to help change lives in the community,” said CHOC Southern California Regional Director Joy Silver, who was elated to hear about the recognition by this global design authority. “IDC has proven that affordable housing design is a key factor in community economic and regional integration, and serves to purge the dated notions of those who cling to the Not In My Backyard (NIMBY) philosophy. My sincere congratulations to Maria Song. I’m proud to be a part of this monumental effort of beauty and innovative community development. It will impact families now and generations to come.”