News, Awards, and Features

Staff Feature: Masoomeh Sharifi Soofiani Serves Her Community

Masoomeh Sharifi Soofiani has been appointed to the Planning Commission by the Richmond City Council this month and will be serving her community for the next two years. "I look forward to sharing my knowledge and experience with the planning commission to help build up an equitable, […]

Project Feature: Veterans Village – How Affordable Housing Can Serve Those That Have Served Us

Veterans Village is an innovative housing model that provides safe, permanent affordable housing coupled with on-site medical care and social services to meet the complex needs of formerly homeless Veterans. Health-focused design principles and an enhanced services model create a restorative environment for residents to […]

Community Feature: Meet the Residents of Colma Veterans Village

Affordable housing Developer Mercy Housing took the time to talk to and memorialize the stories of several new Veterans Village residents at the dedication ceremony. Those interviewed include Mr. Wilson, an aircraft radio operator who followed his older brother in joining the Airforce along with […]

Staff Feature: Ben Chuaqui, El Cerrito Community Leader

VMWP's Ben Chuaqui, has been serving the City of El Cerrito Parks Board for six years and the Design Review Board for three years.  When asked why he serves his community, he said "I hope to promote good design within El Cerrito. On the parks side, […]

Staff Feature: Lauren Daley, Serving the City of Loveland

Congratulations to Lauren Daley who was elected Chair of the City of Loveland's Affordable Housing Commission! Lauren has been serving on the Affordable Housing Commission since July 2017, and was elected Chair in July of 2020. "I joined because I wanted to change policy and help […]

Staff Feature: Lauren Daley Connects Architect with Resident at Affordable Housing Project in West Denver

By Lauren Daley "What makes a resident truly happy boils down to how someone makes them feel, not a building, unit, or space, but a positive connection to another person." When I transferred from VMWP’s San Francisco office to VMWP’s Denver office back in 2016, I was […]

Staff Feature: Jeos Oreamuno Reflects on His Military Service During National Veterans Month

Colorado architect, Jeos Oreamuno, reflects on his military service during National Veterans Month Source: AIA Colorado Colorado architect, Jeos Oreamuno, AIA began his career by virtually constructing complete cities within a matter of two weeks. In early 2000, Oreamuno enlisted in the United States Air Force as an engineering […]

Community Feature: CBM, Homeless Shelter in Denver, Colorado

CBM, Homeless Shelter in Denver, Colorado Christ's Body Ministries or CBM is a homeless respite and day shelter in Denver. They provide clothing, food, and supplies to Denver's population in need. "They are an incredible group of people with an exceptional mission" says VMWP's Brett Jacques. […]

Community Feature: Woman, 90, Creates Scale Model for Whistlestop Project in San Rafael

Woman, 90, Creates Scale Model for Whistlestop Project in San Rafael By Kate Fitzimmons Sally Lewis turned down a request to create a scale model of the proposed Whistlestop building planned for San Rafael. She is no stranger to creating scale models of buildings. She even spent a […]

REDI meeting Community Feature: 10 Years of the Real Estate Diversity Initiative

This is the 10th year for the highly successful Real Estate Diversity Initiative (REDI), which is a comprehensive real estate development training and mentorship. Throughout the program, participants work in teams with mentors to create a development phasing plan using a pro forma and market […]
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