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Shaker Design Competition Announces Winners

Designs will transform vacant lots into sustainable middle-income housing

Dateline: January 23, 2017 – The tradition of architectural excellence in the City of Shaker Heights continues with the announcement of winners in the Shaker Design Competition. Three teams—one international, one national and one local—will receive the top prizes at an awards ceremony on February 10 from 6-8 pm at The Dealership, 3558 Lee Road in Shaker Heights.

The Competition challenged architect-builder teams to design innovative, energy-efficient, middle-income housing for specific lots in the southern Moreland neighborhood. This vibrant and historic neighborhood was hard hit by the housing crisis and economic downturn, resulting in the availability of 50+ vacant lots. The City obtained tax abatement on the vacant lots in preparation for future development. The Shaker Design Competition invited teams to be at the forefront of development in this neighborhood by submitting groundbreaking designs for these lots to entice a new generation of homeowners to Moreland. Twelve teams submitted proposals.

The team of Donnelly Eber Architects (New York City) and Simcon Homes (Cleveland) are the first-prize winners. The proposed design reinterprets the rhythm and pattern of the street’s existing exterior architecture and introduces an interior that is a distinct departure with its open, loft-like feel. This proposal includes an accessory space above the garage, a nod to the City’s traditional carriage houses.

The team of Decent Goodfellow Architects LTD (London, UK) and Blossom Homes LLC (Cleveland) earned the second prize. The design distills the lines of the classic gable roof, balconies, and porches found throughout the neighborhood into their simplest forms. Large, contemporary windows punctuate the spare exterior elevations and complement the minimalist façade. The naturally lit interior offers flexible space that can be configured to accommodate live/work options.

Moreland Collaborative—a team comprising builder and Shaker Heights resident Michael Peters; architects Matthew Wolf, Irwin Lowenstein and Christopher Maurer; designer Kenneth Hejduk; Case Western Reserve University Strategic Innovation Lab Co-Directors Patrick Doherty and Mark “Puck” Mykleby; and marketing professional Sara Gilbertson—won the third prize. This holistic submission offered a highly energy-efficient design, coupled with a broader vision for an EcoDistrict. The flexible designs for the housing component include single family and distinctive mews-style townhouses that are a modern take on classic design, and offer the benefits of Passive House, among the highest standards in energy-efficient building.

A jury of nationally and regionally recognized housing, design, and urban planning professionals reviewed the submissions. Winners earned a cash prize and participants are qualified to enter into development and use agreements for construction in Shaker Heights. Winning designs are considered concepts that will inform the final product.

“The submissions demonstrated the feasibility for energy-efficient, flexible housing,” said Mayor Earl M. Leiken. “We look forward to incorporating these progressive designs into the Moreland neighborhood.”

The awards ceremony is free and open to the public, but registration is requested: For more information on the Shaker Design Competition, and to see all the entries, visit

Wednesday, June 20, 2018


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