2020 Winners

Congratulations to the 2020 Pillars Awards Winners!

The Pillars Awards are broken down into five groups: Developer, Affordable, Marketing, Individual and Firm, with subcategories. Each group has its own page listing the finalists.

Below are all of the projects and the categories in which they won. Click on the photo for more detail about the winning project! To see a listing of finalists by group, click on the name of the grouping.

Multifamily Community of the Year

 to be eligible to be considered for 'multlifamily community of the year' the nominee must be a winner in one of the developer or affordable categories. the project that is selected as multifamily community of the year represents the best of the best for that year!


Kirkpatrick Park        

Smith Gee Studio                                        

Developer Awards

Developer Awards encompass the full spectrum of market-rate and for-sale multifamily products ranging from garden, mid-rise and high-rise apartments and condos to adaptive reuse, student housing, mixed-use communities, green building concepts and more. 

Best Garden Apartment Community


Kirkpatrick Park        

Smith Gee Studio                                        

Best Low-Rise Apartment Community


Broadstone Arden

AO and H. Hendy Associates 

Best Mid-Rise Apartment Community


Wynwood 25                                          

Related Group and East End Capital                                    

Best High-Rise Apartment Community


Liberty Harbor East

Bozzuto and Hickok Cole Architects

Best Condominium Community 


Novel Park at Great Park Neighborhoods             

Five Point                                       

Best Student Housing Rental Apartment Community (Tie)

City Centre

Humphreys & Partners Architects

The Academic and Residential Complex

American Campus Communities


Best in Green Market Rate Multifamily Community

Plaza Verde                           

American Campus Communities                    

Best 55+ Multifamily Development


Epoque Golden Apartment Community          

Lawrence Group         

Best Mixed-Use Community


255 Assay

Steinberg Dickey Collaborative

Best Adaptive Reuse



Affirmed Housing                        

Best Repositioning/Redevelopment of a Multifamily Community

Princeton Bradford Apartments                                 

Princeton Properties Management                                                         

Best Community Amenities

The Waterline Club

GID Development Group

Affordable Awards

Affordable Awards encompass products ranging from Affordable Apartment Community AND Acquisition/Rehabilitation, to Workforce Housing and more.  

Best Affordable Apartment Community (Up to 100 units)


Villas on the Park                                  

Dahlin Group             

Best Affordable Apartment Community (Over 100 Units)


Bluewater & Stella                         

Affirmed Housing                        

Best in Green Affordable Multifamily Community


Third Avenue Development           

Curtis + Ginsberg Architects


Best Supportive Services at an Affordable Apartment Community


Gardner House and Allen Family Center                       

Runberg Architecture Group                  

Marketing Awards

Marketing Awards draw attention to overall community marketing campaigns, product identity and corporate branding efforts that illustrate consistent messages and themes that reflect the core values of multifamily communities and development firms.

Best Interior Merchandising of a Common Area


The Angela

Streetlights Residential  


Best Interior Merchandising of a Model Unit        


Three Waterline Square - Model Residence 808

GID Development Group

Best Interior Merchandising of a Leasing or Sales Center

Ascend at Bridges

HPA Design Group

Best Overall Leasing or Sales Campaign for a Multifamily Community


NOVEL Deep Ellum - Perfectly Off Center             

Crescent Communities

Best Property Website



Gables Residential

Individual Awards

This award acknowledges rising stars in the multifamily industry. winners and finalists are considered the leaders of tomorrow, and have already made a significant impact on their organization through their hard work, dedication and leadership.

One to Watch


Demetrio Jimenez                            

Tropicana Properties        

Firm Awards

Firm Awards identify the best multifamily development firms, general contractor builders aND property management firms in the industry.

Multifamily Development Firm of the Year

Development firm entries are evaluated on the overall quality of projects that have been developed in the previous three years; innovative development strategies and practices; ability to overcome obstacles; and success in achieving the company’s vision and goals.


The Michaels Organization                        

Multifamily Builder of the Year

The Multifamily Builder of the Year is evaluated on multiple criteria. Candidates are judged on the quality of their development. The nominee’s reputation, history of completing projects on time, and history of completing projects on/under budget is also used in the evaluation.


The NRP Group


Property Management Firm of the Year

Property Management entries are evaluated on significant achievements in the previous three years; innovative management practices; success in achieving the goals of the property's owners, including financial performance, commitment to customer service, resident promotion and retention, and commitment to employees through training, development and advancement opportunities.

Bozzuto Management Company