Georgi Todorov Recognized at International Design Competition – Low-Rise LA



Earlier this year, several PH staff members entered in the Low-Rise: Housing Ideas for Los Angeles Design Challenge, proposing urban residential design and planning solutions for various Los Angeles neighborhood contexts. Four PH teams took on this challenge to engage in imaginative thinking and derive targeted solutions for affordability, quality of life, and community enhancement.

Georgi Todorov and Petya Petrova's ABC (Affordable Back Cottage) proposal was recognized with an Honorable Mention in the Subdivision category with the jury stating their proposal “...has the potential to produce housing solutions for Los Angeles with wide impact”.

Georgi’s active engagement in creative, thoughtful solutions for our diverse urban environments are at the heart of his body of work - both in his work at PH and in his engagement through outlets such as Low-Rise LA. We are thrilled Georgi has received this well-deserved recognition and proud of the great work by all of the teams from PH.

Click on the links below to see all PH submissions!

The ABC (Affordable Back Cottage)

Team Members: Georgi Todorov, Petya Petrova

Honorable Mention, Subdivision Category

Despite being the smallest structure, we believe the subdivision category will have the biggest impact globally on LA while keeping existing buildings intact. Property owners would have the opportunity to sell land and generate savings, while lower-income individuals would have the opportunity to get significantly more affordable homes by investing in a small piece of land with existing infrastructure. Following the recommendations from the community engagement listening sessions, our proposal strays from too modern of a look in order to avoid the sense of gentrification and displacement in the community. Without focusing on a particular site, our design merges seamlessly in the wide variety of sub-characteristics of the different LA lower-income neighborhoods.

Go to Georgi's design submission >


Team Members: Peter Evanich

Fourplex Category

DAYBREAK seeks to reintroduce nature into low-income developments by providing a communal courtyard that can be programmed by the residents. This outdoor space can be arranged in a multitude of ways including a barbecue and lounge or shared micro-farm. Three of the four units look directly onto this shared space, while the fourth unit gets a direct view of the street and front yard. The plantings in the front yard soften the street facade and provide shade along the sidewalk, contributing to a cooler local climate.

Go to Peter's design submission >

Modern Bungalow Courtyard

Team Members: Greg Klosowski

Corners Category

This proposal is a modern reinterpretation of a classic southern California typology, the bungalow courtyard. The approach takes a classic layout with a shared circulation and community space and adapts it to provide a variety of unit types and sizes. This permits a broader cross-section of neighbors, from affordable to missing-middle, to market rate, who would make this development their homes. This also places great importance on the central landscaped circulation, fostering greater resident interaction and connectivity through shared areas for exercise, outdoor dining, and gardening.

Go to Greg's design submission >

The Common

Team Members: David Mata, Adam Lavey, Georgi Todorov

Fourplex Category

The COMMON is a contextual courtyard development that introduces a higher density model that can be utilized in many different neighborhoods. It strives to address affordable housing needs by empowering an aspect of communal living within its own milieux. The intent is to connect to city infrastructure in a flexible and social manner.

Go to The Common team's design submission >

Two PH Projects Recognized at NAHB Best in American Living Award

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Two PH projects were recognized at NAHB Best in American Living Award on February 25th, 2021. The Grand Palmer Lodge and Motley School Apartments received Gold and Silver awards respectively in the Multifamily Adaptive Reuse category. We are grateful to the wonderful clients and partners we had the opportunity to collaborate with on each of these projects. Congratulations to both project teams!

The Grand Palmer Lodge Team: Ranquist Development, Campbell Coyle Real Estate, New Era Chicago, MC Construction Group
Moteley School Apartments Team: Svigos Asset Management
PH Project Team: Ken DeMuth, Luke Marczewski, Elliot Schwarz

Visit the NAHB Best in American Living Award page!

1425 N. Milwaukee Receives City Of Chicago 2020 Preservation Excellence Award

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1425 N. Milwaukee is a proud recipient of the 2020 Preservation Excellence Award from the City of Chicago's Landmarks Commission. 1425 N. Milwaukee is one of nine projects recognized for its contributions to the preservation of the city's architectural heritage. It is an honor to have been a part of this project team and we are grateful to all of our consultants and collaborating team members.

"The Milwaukee Avenue District includes one of Chicago's most historic commercial quarters. The street reads as a patchwork of heights, colors, and textures. The three buildings at 1421 and 1427 date from the 1880s to 1910 and were each designed in a different architectural style: classical revival, renaissance revival, and italianate respectively. These three buildings were previously interconnected to accommodate the Meyor Furniture warehouse which operated there until the 1960s. Continental Furniture occupied the space for the subsequent decades up until 2014. For decades the windows were filled with glass blocks. As part of the rehabilitation, all the glass block was removed and replaced with new historically appropriate windows. New compatible storefronts were inserted on the first floor and all the masonry was gently cleaned, repaired, and re-painted as necessary. The newly renovated buildings have retail on the first two floors and apartments above. Because the project is seeking 20% federal rehabilitation tax credit, a number of original interior features were retained as well as including the original tin ceilings in the first floor retail spaces. What was once a collection of underutilized buildings, is now an outstanding example of architecture in the district."

Project Architect: Jon Young

Read more about the award here.
Watch the award ceremony here.