Past winners

The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design, Third Place

For the 2,000 displaced youth scattered throughout the city, life on the street can be dangerous and threatens their long-term potential for growth and success. Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture’s design for Teen Living Programs’ new center and shelter in Bronzeville strives to meet these challenges by creating a safe and comfortable space for young homeless people.

Private bedrooms for its residents, welcoming communal spaces, a computer lab and a common kitchen for staging cooking and nutrition classes highlight this visually-stimulating, low-rise masonry building. Its facade stands out against nearby buildings, and its bold vertical stripe of floor-to-ceiling glass windows, creates a distinct and inviting landmark to attract youth. Precast concrete was used throughout the building for its durability and insulating nature, and the building’s red exterior presents an inviting atmosphere for residents.

The facility utilizes outdoor space with a landscaped, protected courtyard, complete with a garden terrace, indigenous plants and a teaching vegetable garden. Large, private offices on the lower level give space for case managers to conduct intake interviews for new residents, setting goals and addressing concerns. Teen Living Programs is able to celebrate the achievements of its residents with a large multipurpose room used to host graduations, meetings and provide a core gathering space.

For its vision in providing young people with a safe and welcoming environment as they confront enormous challenges, Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture is this year’s Third Place recipient of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design.