Now Announcing: Senior Housing News Architecture & Design Awards Winners 2017

Share Article

More than 80 organizations competed for top honors in the 2017 SHN Architecture & Design Awards. We're excited to announce the winners.

2017 SHN Awards Logo
"We’re thrilled to have so many entries this year and the winners are incredible examples of the future of senior housing," said SHN Publisher and Founder George Yedinak.

Senior Housing News, an Aging Media Network publication, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Senior Housing News (SHN) Architecture & Design Awards.

Senior living communities nationwide submitted their communities for consideration in the fifth annual SHN Awards, a contest that recognizes excellence by celebrating projects that improve the lives of seniors through innovative design.

"We’re thrilled to have so many entries this year and the winners are incredible examples of the future of senior housing,” said SHN Publisher and Founder George Yedinak. “Additionally, the judges were thrilled to have so many interesting student submissions from around the world. It’s exciting for everyone to see the enthusiasm and passion for architecture and design in senior living.”

From the more than 80 organizations that entered their communities in this year's competition, only nine projects were selected as 2017 SHN Architecture & Design Awards Winners for their unique approaches to senior living design. The competition evaluates communities through a scoring system that looks at various categories including design elements specific to each project type, community integration, amenities and lifestyle features.

The 2017 competition was sponsored exclusively by Kwalu, a provider of senior living furniture solutions to communities across the United States.

“Architecture and design for senior living communities continue to evolve and grow to meet the needs of seniors both today and for tomorrow,” said Kwalu CEO Michael Zusman. “It’s exciting to see current trends and styles in communities that show innovation in design and community integration. Kwalu is proud to help support more interest in the business of senior housing.

SHN is pleased to announce the 2017 Awards Winners:

Affordable (2 Entries):
Winner: Kreider Commons
Runner Up: Forest Village Estates

Memory Care (7 entries):
Winner: The Mooring on Foreside
Runner Up: Mill Hill Residence
Third Place (Tie): Generations at Ahwatukee & Sheridan At Creve Coeur

SNF / Post Acute (9 entries):
Winner: The Springs At The Hacienda At The River
Runner Up: The Goodwin House
Third Place: Woodlands At John Knox Village

Student (8 entries):
Winner: Benjamin Jensen, Noah Mediavilla, Elizabeth Campanella and Tessneem Elkhateeb - University of Kansas
Runner Up: Team Yasmin Badawi, Dubis, Hassler, Mundil - University of Kansas
Third Place: Chian Ying Xuan - University of Sheffield, UK

Independent (10 entries):
Winner: Willow Valley Living – The Vistas and Chautauqua Hall
Runner Up: One Wingate Way
Third Place: Williams Place

Renovation (12 entries):
Winner: Kingswood Senior Living
Runner Up: La Loma Village
Third Place: The Cafe At Edenwald

International (4 entries):
Winner: Sun City Kobe Tower
Runner Up: Amica at Edgemont Village
Third Place: Maison Senior Living

Assisted Living (25 entries):
Winner: Aegis Gardens of Newcastle
Runner Up: Hacienda Homes at The Hacienda at the River
Third Place: American House Coconut Point

CCRC (12 entries):
Winner: Sun City Kobe Tower
Runner Up: Timber Ridge At Talus
Third Place: Generations at Ahwatukee

Since the November 13 submission deadline, a panel of senior living industry experts analyzed each entry, basing their final judgments on several criteria including Design & Aesthetics, Community Integration and Amenities & Lifestyle.

For more information about the SHN Awards and to view the 2017 Winners, visit

About the SHN Architecture & Design Awards

The Senior Housing News Architecture & Design Awards recognize cutting-edge design, excellence and innovation in senior living. Returning for its fifth year, the annual awards contest celebrates unique projects and companies that are improving the lives of seniors through innovative design. Visit for more information about this year's contest, as well as past winners.

About Aging Media Network / Senior Housing News

Aging Media Network is an innovative publishing company based in Chicago, IL, and is the publisher of Senior Housing News, Reverse Mortgage Daily, Home Health Care News and Skilled Nursing News.

Senior Housing News is the leading independent source for news and information covering senior housing and senior living.

With a global reach of more than 30,000 industry professionals, SHN's audience includes senior housing operators, developers, banking institutions, real estate investment trusts, private equity and service providers catering to the industry. Visit for more information.

About Kwalu

Kwalu is the leading provider of furniture to senior living in the U.S. Its products are Designed to Last® and will continue to look like new, year after year — which is so important right now, given the trend of residents' rising acuity levels and the resultant ongoing beating the furniture takes from walkers, wheelchairs and the like. When attracting new residents and maintaining high satisfaction levels for existing residents is important, Kwalu's senior living furniture can make the difference.

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

George Yedinak
Follow >
Visit website