Architectural Awards


2011 – Governor’s Award for Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for Sustainable Communities for Wolf Creek Lodge Senior Cohousing Community in Grass Valley, CA, which is now under construction. Download a press release hereFor more information on Wolf Creek Lodge:

2010 – Affordable Housing Finance magazine – Readers’ Choice Finalist for Petaluma Avenue Homes in Sebastopol, CA for family housing. 

2010 – Gold Nuggett Award for Best Affordable Housing under 30 DU per Acre sponsored by the Pacific Coast Builders Conference for Petaluma Avenue Homes, designed by McCamant & Durrett Architects. Click here for more information on the project and award.

2009 – Green Architect Award of The Sierra Nevada Deep Ecology Institute was awarded to McCamant & Durrett Architects. According to the Institute, “M&D’s dedication to sustainable building practices & cohousing has been an inspiration worldwide, & the local community has benefited greatly from their commitment to providing this service locally.”

2009 – “Top 10 in Fresno” for the Unitarian Universalist Church, Fresno, California. Chosen as one of ten best architectural projects of the decade in Fresno. The reviewer notes that a commitment to sustainability and community, is “masterfully combined in a building that pays equal attention to interior and exterior spaces. The roof lines, materials choices and color palette give the building a contemporary and earthy feel that sets it apart from other churches . . . This was Fresno County’s first LEED-certified building”, and indeed the first LEED-certified building in all of central California. For the complete review visit Top 10 in Fresno.

2009 – Award of Merit for affordable senior housing for Silver Sage Cohousing in Boulder, Colorado. The competition was sponsored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) to highlight innovative solutions for affordable housing for seniors. The project was completed for Wonderland Hill Development in collaboration with Bryan Bowen Architects. It will be published in the AIA’s Design for Aging Review.

2008 – The City of Fresno’s Award for Excellence for a Sustainable In-fill Project given to Fresno Cohousing/La Querencia, Fresno, CA.

2008 – “Best of 50+ Housing Award” from the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) for Silver Sage Cohousing, Boulder, Colorado. NAHB 50+ Housing Conference, New Orleans, LA.

2008 – “Silver Energy Value Housing Award” from the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) for La Querencia Cohousing, Fresno, CA.

2008 – “Silver Energy Value Housing Award” from the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) for the design of the most energy-efficient multi-family housing project completed in 2007, for Nevada City Cohousing, International Builder’s Show, Orlanda, FL.

2007 – “Regional Leaders’ Vision 2020 Award” from the Sierra Business Council awarded to McCamant & Durrett Architects as “visionaries of the Sierra, for their commitment to promoting a unique solution to affordable high quality housing”, Truckee, CA.

2007 – “Best Green Project”
The Unitarian Universalist Church in Fresno – a MDA project – was named “the most energy efficient church in the Fresno area and one of the more efficient projects to come along in a long time” by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. UUCF also won the Gold award for the “Best Green Project” at the Central Valley Real Estate Awards sponsored by the Fresno Business Journal.

2006 – “Energy Value Housing Award” from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy, for contribution in the Multi-Family Category: Hot Climate, for Cotati Cohousing, Cotati, CA.

2005 – Best New Housing Award of Excellence “ from Berkeley Design Advocates for Sacramento Senior Homes in Berkeley, CA.

2004 – “Best In American Living Award – Best Smart Growth Community” from the National Association of Home Builders, for Cotati (Frogsong) Cohousing, Cotati, CA.


2004 – “Design Award Citation” by the American Institute of Architects, Redwood Empire Chapter, for Cotati Cohousing, Cotati, CA.

2003 – “Best of Sonoma County” by the Land Use & Transportation Coalition for Cotati Cohousing.

2001 – “Mixed-Use/Mixed Income Development Award” by The American Institute of Architects for East Lake Commons, a cohousing project, Atlanta, GA.


2001 – “World Habitat Award” presented at the United Nations World Habitat Day in Fukuoka, Japan, for East Lake Commons Conservation Community, Atlanta, GA.

2001 – “The Rudy Bruner Award” for Excellence in the Urban Environment. Silver Medal for Swan’s Marketplace, Oakland, CA.

1997 – “Award of Excellence” from Berkeley Design Advocates in Berkeley, CA, for Berkeley Cohousing.

1997 – “Certificate of Recognition” in the Best In American Living Award Competition from the National Association of Home Builders Professional Builder Magazine for duplex design at Berkeley Cohousing, Berkeley, CA.


1997 – “Director’s Choice Award” from Early Childhood News Magazine, for the developmentally-appropriate design of the diaper-changing table and infant loft. Firm received two of the three awards given that year in the furniture category.

1997 – “Distinguished Achievement Award” from The Educational Press Association of America for the publication of Landscapes for Learning: The Impact of Classroom Design on Infants and Toddlers.

1996 – “Outstanding Commercial Rehabilitation Award” from the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association for the Adeline Street Office Building.


1996 – “Building Innovation for Home Ownership Award” by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), for the Berkeley CoHousing Community in Berkeley, CA.

1996 – “Building Innovation for Home Ownership Award” by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), 1996 for the Synergy CoHousing in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

1999 – “Best Social Innovation in Housing Award” from the Institute of Social Innovations in London.