GBBN’s Affordable Housing Projects Are Turning Heads


GBBN has been getting a lot of attention for exceeding expectations when it comes to affordable housing.

Building Design + Construction recently ran a feature on the “21 Top Affordable Housing Projects for 2023,” and GBBN was the only firm to be featured twice.

Willkommen also recently won an AIA Cincinnati Honor Award, was lauded for the way it engages the historic fabric of Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood while creating compelling, contemporary design. It was designed for 3CDC (Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation) and Model Group.

Fifth & Dinwiddie West—a multifamily development that is preparing for construction in Pittsburgh’s Uptown EcoInnovation District—was celebrated for wedding affordability to sustainability with its pre-certified Passive House design. The client on Fifth & Dinwiddie West and its related development, Fifth & Dinwiddie East, is Bridging the Gap Development.

“It’s rewarding to see these projects shared in BD+C,” says Amanda Markovic, Market Design Leader for GBBN’s Community Development Market. “Whether we’re designing market rate or affordable housing, we bring the same creative thinking to all our projects. We want to ensure that our projects best support the people who live inside them and those that live in the communities around them.”

  • The projects were featured in a series of articles focusing on sustainability and affordable housing in historic districts. Read about them and the other designs that were featured here, here, and here.
  • You can also learn more about these projects by visiting the case studies for Fifth & Dinwiddie West, Fifth & Dinwiddie East, and Willkommen.
  • Bridging the Gap Development’s President and CEO, Derrick Tillman, was recently featured in The New York Times. Read that story here.