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Announcing the Final Four Teams for the 2021 IAH Competition.

Team #218 - University of Michigan and Harvard University
Team #228 - Pratt Institute and New York University
Team #230 - Columbia University
Team #246 - University of Michigan

All submitted proposals were evaluated by a panel of industry experts in a blind review.

Thank you to all of the teams that participated in Phase I of this competition, and congratulations to our four finalists!

Competition Schedule

Competition launch; registration opens; guidelines and criteria announced 09-14-2020
Deadline for teams to register: Noon Eastern Standard Time 11-02-2020
Detailed Program Site and Housing Authority announced 11-03-2020
Deadline for teams to submit Phase I: Noon Eastern Standard Time 01-25-2021
Finalists announced; Phase II released* 02-12-2021
Virtual site visit for finalists 03-11 and 03-12-2021
Phase II submissions due 04-12-2021
Virtual final presentations and awards ceremony 04-14-21

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Guests are invited to attend HUD's 2021 Innovation in Affordable Housing Final Presentations and Awards Ceremony on April 14, 2021 at 1:00 pm EDT.

Register in advance to attend the event: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_aVHbOI7BS5KSomey1sXC-Q

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing a unique link and information on how to view the event.

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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