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Registration for the 2022 competition will open on September 13, 2021.

Competition Schedule

Registration opens for student teams 09/13/2021
Deadline for teams to register: Noon Eastern Standard Time 10/25/2021
Phase I site information, guidelines and criteria released 10/26/2021
Deadline for teams to submit Phase I proposals 01/24/2022
Finalists announced; Phase II information released 02/17/2022
Site visit for finalists Early March 2022
Phase II submission due Mid-April 2022
Final presentations, awards event at HUD Mid-April 2022

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Transforming our Communities

The need for quality, affordable housing has never been greater. At its best, housing can help strengthen the social and physical fabric of communities and neighborhoods. It is the hope of HUD and PD&R that by initiating and funding this competition, a new generation will advance the design and production of livable and sustainable housing for low- and moderate-income people through research and innovation.


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Making it Actionable

The IAH competition has been designed to replicate a real-life approach. Multi-disciplinary teams comprised of graduate students in architecture, planning and policy, finance and other areas will be asked to address social, economic, and environmental issues in responding to a specific housing problem developed by an actual public housing agency (PHA).


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PHA Information

PD&R works with a PHA that owns and operates a site designated for the affordable housing design issue. PD&R works with the PHA to develop the necessary project briefing materials, including a comprehensive problem statement; background information on the project; community information; and relevant existing design proposals. More information for PHAs is available here.




OMB Control Number: 2528-0324
Expiration Date: 11/30/2022