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Announcing the Winners of the 2021 Innovation in Affordable Housing Competition
First Place: Pratt Institute and New York University
Runner-Up: University of Michigan and Harvard University
Congratulations to the winning teams and to all of the finalists for their hard work and innovative solutions!
Stay tuned for information regarding the 2022 IAH student competition.
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.
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).
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.