Sustainable Multifamily Housing Models Session 1

Case study of complex mixed use residential projects. Developer/architect partnerships were created for these projects, which focused on sustainability.


This course showcases several new mixed use residential developments undertaken by developers who have forged a multi-project collaborative relationship with their architectural firms. These developer/architect partnerships are tackling large and complex sites, and adopting sustainable approaches to their work, while responding to neighborhood context and meeting specific market housing needs through site and building design innovations.

Working within the Market Octavia plan, this 182 rental project design with ground floor retail contains four and five story buildings and encompasses most of a large city block. The sponsors had to provide a number of public amenities including reconstruction of an alley and a through block pedestrian mews. Avalon Bay selected three architectural firms for different parts of the site to provide architectural variety and different building typologies. The three firms collaborated in linking all three projects to a common shared underground garage, and to the shared inner courtyard open spaces.

This course is provided in cooperation with AIA San Francisco.

Learning objectives

  • Describe the unique aspects of the developer/architect collaboration in the Avalon Bay project
  • Explain some of the challenges the architects and developers faced in implementing this project, including pedestrian scale and water capture for reuse
  • Discuss the sustainable approaches considered and selected for this project
  • Describe unique challenges and solutions identified to address the context and the housing needs of the neighborhood
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 $40  non-member
 $25  member
2.00 LUs
  • HSW
  • RIBA


  • R. Thomas Jones


    Professor of Architecture, Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo

    R. Thomas Jones, AIA is currently Professor of Architecture at Cal Poly State University, San Luis...
  • Adrienne Steichen



    As a Principal at PYATOK, Adrianne brings more than 15 years of experience in student and...
  • Peter Waller



    For more than 20 years, Peter Waller, AIA has been leading the design of large-scale multifamily...

Course details

Contents: Video, quiz, evaluation

Duration: 2:00

Passing Score: 80% on quiz