MVE & Partners co-founder Ernesto M. Vasquez says every architect should be required to spend some time as a planning commissioner or a county commissioner. “It reminds you that you’re creating community,” he says. That’s the key to the success of Irvington Terrace, the affordable rental component of a mixed-use master plan community. Simple forms reduced costs, and color boosted curb appeal. An interior courtyard provides breathability and safe open spaces for children’s play areas.

CATEGORY: Affordable housing 
ENTRANT/ARCHITECT: MVE & Partners , Irvine, Calif. 
BUILDER: L&D Construction, San Jose, Calif. 
DEVELOPER: Bridge Housing Corp., San Francisco 
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: PGA Design, Oakland, Calif. 
INTERIOR DESIGNER: Kallaway Design, San Rafael, Calif.

Learn more about markets featured in this article: San Francisco, CASan Jose, CA.