Skip to main content

Rick Mohler receives Architect magazine 2020 R+D award for housing access prototype ‘ADUniverse’

Published on August 20, 2020

Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU).
Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU). Image Credit: Daniel Ramirez (CC BY 2.0)

Rick Mohler, UW associate professor of architecture, has won a 2020 R+D Award from Architect magazine for a project designed with Seattle city planner Nick Welch to give local homeowners the information they need to plan and build accessory dwelling units on their property.

The two led a team at the UW Data Science for Social Good Program in creating a prototype app called ADUniverse, that uses neighborhood-level demographics and GIS data to help homeowners determine the physical and financial feasibility, on a parcel by parcel basis, of building a self-contained cottage or apartment.

Mohler and Welch’s project was one of seven honored in the magazine’s 14th annual R+D Awards, chosen from 90 submissions that, the magazine said, “are scalable, thought-provoking, and promising in achieving a more equitable and healthy built environment.”

Mohler is also a licensed architect with Mohler + Ghillino Architects and serves on the Seattle Planning Commission. Welch is senior planner with the Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development.

“The short-term goal is simply increasing the number of available housing units, but the longer-term goal is increasing equity,” Mohler said.

Originally written by UW News staff for UW News.
Search by categories

Twitter Feed