Awards and Certifications
Awards + Media
PhilaNOMA Honors Philly Native Michael Johns
September 26, 2018 - Michael Johns has led the planning and design of every major housing project that has graced the ever-evolving Philadelphia landscape over the last several years.
PHA Working with Partners to Develop 1150 Homes - Philadelphia
November 21, 2016 – (St. Francis Courtyard) The Philadelphia Housing Authority has found a way to accelerate the pace of developing and preserving homes for low-income families, seniors, and disabled citizens...assisting with designs by Michael Johns, AIA.
PlanPhilly | Mayor Nutter appoints first Civic Design Review Committee
October 25, 2012 - “Establishing the Civic Design Review Committee demonstrates our ... architect and Planning Commissioner; Michael Johns, architect, former Zoning Code Commissioner, and deputy director of operations for the Philadelphia Housing Authority.
PlanPhilly | Ridge Flats gets okay from Civic Design Review
June 1, 2016 - Still, the Civic Design Review Board (CDR) eased the way for Ridge Flats,... Michael Johns, an architect and Housing Authority executive,...
Mixed design review for projects in Brewerytown, Pennsport
August 31, 2017 - January’s Civic Design Review kicked off 2017 with a bang. .... that’s my first thought,” said Michael Johns, senior executive vice president of the PHA.
Philadelphia City Council
September 6, 2017 Citation from Philadelphia City Council for 25 years of outstanding service and for his contributions to the City of Philadelphia.
Newspaper series extols PHA’s impact
December 4, 2005- The New Urban Landscape (Philadelphia Inquirer PHA series) Rising from ruins, mixed blessings, blueprint for success...
Served as Jury. 2020 AIA National Awards
The 2020 Architecture program celebrates the best contemporary architecture regardless of budget, size, style, or type. These stunning projects show the world the range of outstanding work architects create and highlight the many ways buildings and spaces can improve our lives.
Community Design Collaborative
Projects Headed by Nominee
The Philadelphia chapter of the American Institute of Architects Recognizes PHA Sustainable Project (AIA)
October 14, 2010 - recognized Markoe Street Homes in West Philadelphia with one of its 2010 Awards for Design Excellence.
PHA receives American Institute of Architects award for sustainable
October 26, 2010 - For design - Architect: Jibe - Markoe Street.
2006 Martin Luther King Plaza Architect Tori –Gallas receives AIA award recognized for regional and urban design
For Martin Luther King Plaza, Phila.
National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Organizations NAHRO
The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) is the leading housing and community development advocate for the provision of adequate and affordable housing and strong, viable communities for all Americans
PHA’s Norris Apartments Win Regional Award - Philadelphia Housing
May 21, 2018- The Philadelphia Housing Authority’s LEED Gold Norris Apartments, located next to Temple University, have been recognized for outstanding achievement by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO).
PHA’s Oakdale Street Apartments Recognized for Excellence
May 14, 2016 – The Middle Atlantic Regional Council of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Organizations (MARC-NAHRO) has recognized the Oakdale Street Apartments in the historic Strawberry Mansion neighborhood with an Outstanding Achievement award for project design.
"Outstanding Achievement" awards for its green development
October 2012 Mantua Square, Plymouth Hall, addresses indoor air quality health issues with the materials used to build the site. The redevelopment of the site created more open space, a sense of community, and improved safety.
PHA Celebrates Housing America Month with Opening of Mantua Square
October 11, 2011-The Philadelphia Housing Authority formally opened the award-winning Mantua Square at 35th Street and Fairmount Avenue in West Philadelphia today as part of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) “Housing America” month celebration. The development stands on the former site of an outdated 18-story high rise building demolished in March 2008.
PHA Celebrates Successful Developments with Five Industry Awards
October 21, 2013-honored PHA’s Paschall Village honored with an award of Merit. Paschall Village is totally self-sufficient with geothermal heating and cooling, solar electric, and solar hot water.
Several PHA Development’s with awards for design, maintenance, and community presentation
December 2002 -The Pennsylvania Apartment Association and the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Organizations.
The Pennsylvania Association of Housing and Redevelopment Agencies
The Pennsylvania Association of Housing and Redevelopment Agencies (PAHRA) is an affiliation of Pennsylvania’s housing authorities, redevelopment authorities, community development agencies, nonprofit corporations, and for-profit companies providing products and services for the housing and community development industry.
PHA Celebrates Developments with 5 Awards (Norris Apartments - Certificate of Achievement
October 21, 2013 – The Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) continues to receive recognition as a stand out development leader among U.S. Housing Authorities. The most recent received award recognition from several industry organizations showcases four PHA developments: Norris Homes.
Pennsylvania Association of Housing and Redevelopment Agencies (PAHRA)
September 2015- recognized PHA with a Certificate of Merit for its Oakdale Street Apartments development in North Philadelphia.
Paschall Village Wins Award for Design Excellence - Philadelphia
October 9, 2012 - captured the Bellamy Award for Housing, which recognizes the very best in design and new construction by affordable housing agencies across the state. The award is given by Pennsylvania Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities (PAHRA). Only one housing authority can win this award.
Paschall Village was recognized with the Bellamy Award
September 2012-This is the top award for design and construction that only one housing authority can win. Pennsylvania has 89 housing authorities.
Neighborhood friendly and green Mantua Square public housing
October 11, 2011 ... Michael Johns, the General Manager of Community Design and Development for PHA, describes why PAHRA appreciated Mantua Square so much. They liked that the “new facility fits into the overall character of the neighborhood,” says Johns. Johns adds that the award also reflects how the housing enhances the aesthetic of the area.
Mantua Square – “Best Practices Award” The Pennsylvania Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities
September 2011- For Design and New Construction.
PAHRA (Pennsylvania Association of Housing & Redevelopment Authorities)
September 2010 - Recognized Warnock Village with a Certificate of Achievement for Project Design-New Construction.
PHA Awarded Tax Credit Financing for Strawberry Mansion ...
July 27, 2016-The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) has awarded 9 percent Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) worth over $13 million toward the construction of the new development. The total cost of the Strawberry Mansion Apartments is estimated at $23 million.
Blumberg Redevelopment Awarded Tax Credit Financing
February 20, 2014-The award will allow the agency to raise $12.6 million through private investment and will cover over 60 percent of the total construction cost of the first phase of redevelopment, which is estimated at $20.5 million.
US Department of Housing and Development (www.HUD.gov): PHA Awarded Choice Neighborhoods Grant to Redevelop Bartram
February 28, 2018 - Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Grant from the U-S Department of Housing and Urban Development toward the redevelopment of Bartram Village and the surrounding Kingsessing neighborhood in Southwest Philadelphia.
Bartram Village wins $1.3 million grant, kickstarting redevelopment
March 6, 2018 - The Philadelphia Housing Authority has won a $1.3 million federal grant that ... The Choice Neighborhoods program was a signature program of the ... to PHA for the redevelopment of the Sharswood neighborhood in North Phila.
North Central Philadelphia Wins $30 Million HUD Grant
June 30, 2014 Norris/North Central Phila: PHA Deputy Executive Director Michael Johns and OHCD Deputy Director for Melissa Long explain how rail lines tend to break break up neighborhoods.
PHA Receives Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant
November 22, 2013 - U-S Department of Housing and Urban Development Awards PHA $500,000 for Blumberg/Sharswood.
PHA cuts the ribbon on $31 million in stimulus-funded housing around the city
December 14, 2010 – Philadelphia Housing Authority General Manager of Community Development and Design Michael Johns set to work getting applications in for as many projects as he could. From fixing blight in Mill Creek to the construction of the Mantua Square development in West Philadelphia, many of PHA’s wishes have since been answered. This week, PHA cut the ribbon on 340 rehabbed housing units scattered across the city. The development is PHA’s largest stimulus-funded project to date and provides homes for people once living in shelters or on the street.
“Pioneer in Housing Award” – Nan McKay Housing Awards
December 2012- in recognition of PHA’s commitment to tackling critical environmental, and energy issues with an entrepreneurial approach. The award honors agencies that build bridges to the future and create real change in their communities and the affordable housing industry.
PHA’s Norris Apartments was recognized with a Commonwealth Award
June 2011 - 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, a group dedicated to smart growth and sustainability. Norris is PHA’s first ever LEED Gold development.
Commonwealth Award Winners for Design Announced
June 10, 2009- An environmental group devoted to “smart growth” across the state, recognized two PHA developments with Commonwealth Awards for Design. The group recognized Ludlow Scattered Sites Hope VI and Nellie Reynolds Gardens with Bronze Awards. 2006 Martin Luther King Plaza won commonwealth Design award. The awards showcase the best examples of smart growth design from across Pennsylvania.
FAIA: American Institute of Architects College of Fellows
NOMA: National Organization of Minority Architects
LEED-AP: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional
MBE: Certified Minority Business Enterprise
DBE: Certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
ICC: International Code Council – member
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