Honorable Mention: Civic Design


Honorable Mention: Civic Design


For years, folks looking for affordable housing in San Francisco have faced a difficult process to find a home. When we began our work, the search and application process was mainly paper-based. Applicants navigated a system with hard to find listings, unclear eligibility requirements, and applications often taking several days to complete. Every property had a different application.

The City of San Francisco partnered with Exygy to design an intuitive, transparent online experience to find and apply for affordable housing. The open source digital portal, “DAHLIA,” eases the process – using illustrations and jargon-free language to guide each applicant through the application. We tested the platform with veterans, seniors, homeless individuals, visually impaired individuals, bilingual housing counselors bi-weekly for two years. And the results are clear: 97% of affordable housing applications in San Francisco now come in online, even though a paper option is still available.

Key Team Members

San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development, Michael Solomon
San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development, Ashley Meyers
San Francisco Department of Information Technology, Barry Roeder
San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development, Maria Benjamin
San Francisco Digital Services, Emily Egan
San Francisco Digital Services, Andrea Shore
San Francisco Digital Services, Josh Rubenoff
Exygy, Roshen Sethna
Exygy, Jesse James
Exygy, Mari Toledo
Exygy, Dave Kaplan
Exygy, Chris Dolendo
Exygy, Grant Kinney
Exygy, Michael Enslow
Exygy, Wendy Fong
Exygy, Zach Berke
Exygy, Alice Yan
Exygy, Catherine Callaghan
Exygy, David Stavis
Exygy, Marcin Jedras
Exygy, Federico Dayan
Exygy, Rachael Estess
Exygy, Matt Luedke
Exygy, Sheba Najmi
Brave One, Lukas Snelling
Architecture, Altruistic

Gould Evans

Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Helena and Calistoga

Architecture, Residential

jmA | John Maniscalco Architecture

Dolores Heights

Architecture, Commercial

Walker Warner Architects

Quintessa Pavilions


Shihan Zhang

Symbiosis Carbon Future

Communications Design

Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

Giffords Gun Law Scorecard



Motiv Rings



UNICEF Kid Power Band





Square, Inc.

Square Capital Loan Application

Furniture Innovation

Galanter & Jones

Kosmos Heated Chair

Future of Foods


Cafe X

Interior Design, Office: Commercial

Studio O+A

Microsoft Envisioning Center

Interior Design, Residential

Studio SHK

The Great Exploration

Interior Design, Restaurant

Aidlin Darling Design





Student Innovation

B.Lab at AAU

Guerrilla Coffee Unit

Urban Mobility

Alta Motors

The Ultimate Urban Commuter: Alta Motors’ Redshift SuperMoto


Unity Technologies


Wild Card

UC Davis Center for Design in the Public Interest (DiPi)

Outpatient Radio

Interior Design, Office: Honorable Mention

Studio O+A


Interior Design, Residential: Honorable Mention

Studio O+A


Interior Design, Restaurant: Honorable Mention

Puccini Group

Cha Bei

IOT: Honorable Mention

Nokia Design

Health Mate

VirtualTech: Honorable Mention


RAPAEL Smart Glove