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Announcing the Winners of the 2016 HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing Competition

First Place: University of Texas at Austin
Runner-Up: University of Maryland

Congratulations to the winners, and to all the members of the final four teams on their outstanding solutions!

Watch the webcast here.

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Announcing the Finalists for the 2016 Innovation in Affordable Housing Competition:

  • Team 61 - University of Maryland
  • Team 24 - University of Kansas
  • Team 80 - Harvard University
  • Team 18 - University of Texas at Austin

Thank you to all the teams that participated in this year’s competition, and congratulations to the finalists! Read the full announcement.

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).

Read more about the team requirements.

2016 Competition Calendar

Registration Open 10/01/2015
Registration Deadline 12/10/2015
Phase I Begins 12/11/2015
Phase I Submittal Deadline 02/08/2016
Final Four Teams Announced 02/19/2016
Site Visit for Finalists 03/09/2016
Phase II Submittal Deadline 04/15/2016
Final Presentations and Winners Announced in DC 04/19/2016


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View this video to learn more about IAH: