The judges of this year’s awards had a tall order, to say the least.

More than 200 nominations were received and carefully weighed, and pound for pound, the quality was so great that there were few, if any, runaway winners. And that’s good news for all of us, even those who weren’t chosen, because in many ways, our annual awards serve as a bellwether. Many of last year’s winners were characterized by financing challenges brought on by the recession, for instance. But this year’s crop shows that the industry has returned to full health. The following pages highlight some of the smartest and most stunning communities this industry has ever produced, and prove that the apartment business is about so much more than bricks and sticks—it’s about passion, creativity, and vision.

Bob Greer, president, Michaels Development Co., photographed in Marlton, N.J., on August 21, 2012.
Ian Londin/Sublime Management Bob Greer, president, Michaels Development Co., photographed in Marlton, N.J., on August 21, 2012.
Executive of the Year

Bob Greer
After nearly 40 years in affordable housing, Bob Greer, MFE’s 2012 Executive of the Year, isn’t about to stop now.

Wayne Burke, August 27, 2012
Ian Londin/Sublime Management Wayne Burke, August 27, 2012

Rising Star

Warren Burke
Campus Apartments’ Warren Burke is MFE’s 2012 Rising Star of the Year thanks to his leadership on some key additions to his company’s portfolio.

2012 Merit Award Winners

  • Mixed-Income: Ashley Auburn Pointe, Atlanta
  • Low-Rise Walk-Up (1 to 4 stories): Fusion, Sunnyvale, Calif.
  • Mid-Rise Podium or Wrap (4 to 6 stories): Montgomery Heights, Newark, N.J.
  • Green: Primera Terra, Playa Vista, Calif.
  • Adaptive Reuse: 220 Water, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Senior: Dana Strand Senior Apartments, Los Angeles
  • Green: Northwest Gardens, Phase I, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Affordable: Ramona Apartments, Portland, Ore.
  • Student: Centennial Hall and Falcon Heights, Bowling Green, Ohio
  • Low-Rise Walk-Up (1 to 4 stories): Austin Ranch Phase V, The Colony, Texas
  • Best Reuse of Land: FloCo Fusion, Minneapolis
  • Marketing and Advertising: Corporate Housing: Less Corporate, More Housing, San Mateo, Calif.
  • Best Reuse of Land: Trinity Commons, Durham, N.C.
  • Community Service: Post HOPE Foundation, Atlanta