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John & Jill Ker Conway Residence

Supportive Housing for Vulnerable Populations

Project Location

Washington, D.C.


87,000 SF


Architecture and interior design

Social Impact

On-site accommodations for residents living with mental health issues and disabilities

The tragedy of chronic homelessness is that it’s completely preventable. This belief led to an unprecedented collaboration between public, private, philanthropic, and nonprofit partners in the opening of the John and Jill Ker Conway Residence – a permanent supportive housing development that provides sorely needed affordable shelter in a housing market that excludes many.

Our design for the 14-story project engages its historic context with a slim, modulated massing that takes advantage of views to the west and south, including the U.S. Capitol and the Washington Monument. The extensive use of glazing throughout maximizes natural light in common corridors, enlivening interior spaces and connecting residents to the larger urban context. Creating a healthy and inspiring environment is critical for the sensitivities of residents transitioning out of homelessness.

The residence comprises 124 units, with 60 permanent supportive housing units for formerly homeless veterans, 17 units for tenants referred by the District’s Department of Behavioral Health, and 47 units for other low-income residents at or below 60 percent area median income. The development includes management offices, on-site social services, a lounge, a fitness center, conference space, and ground-floor retail. The architecturally distinctive residence was designed with numerous accommodations that address the needs of residents living with mental illnesses and physical disabilities, including traumatic brain injury and PTSD, and provides on-site support services that address these needs as well.

91Ʋ provided architecture and interior design services.


A Sweet Surprise This Season

This holiday season, we’re gathering with friends new and old for our very first giveaway! In collaboration with Accidentally Wes Anderson and Oh! You Pretty Things cookies, three winners will receive custom cookie decorating kits to create some magic of their own. Inspired by bringing design into homes in a fun and unique way, this is an opportunity for friends and family to be creative together.

See the kits in action and enter the giveaway on our Instagram.

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