Anne Torney Honored for Residential Design Excellence

Date Posted: 09.07.2018


Mithun partner Anne Torney has been inducted into the Wm. S. Marvin Hall of Fame for Design Excellence for her contributions to residential architecture and affordable housing, in particular. Anne joined with fellow honorees and ARCHITECT design editor Katie Gerfen for an awards event and panel discussion today about “Creating a Place Beyond Design” in Washington D.C.

Builder magazine celebrated the achievement with a profile on Anne that highlights her work to drive positive change as a leader of the housing practice at Mithun and as chair of the executive committee at San Francisco Housing Action Coalition.

“Making sure that the buildings relate to the neighborhood and blend in seamlessly is absolutely key,” says Torney, who has been working for 30 years to dispel negative stereotypes of affordable housing. “Architecture can be a stealth force for social equity.”

She continues to advance affordable housing, health and community through current projects throughout the West Coast: three buildings in San Francisco’s Mission District with ground-level spaces for local cultural institutions; a building in Seattle’s Central District that celebrates the neighborhood’s African-American history and culture; and housing for formerly homeless veterans that is designed to promote health.

Torney explains: “I’m excited to work on a project type that has the power to address such a broad range of pressing social and cultural issues in such a direct way, and on buildings that demonstrate how growth and increased density can be broadly beneficial and should be welcomed rather than feared.”

Read the full article: “2018 Marvin Design Award: Anne Torney.”