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Registration for the 2020 IAH Competition has ended.

HUD is pleased to announce the Four Finalist Student Teams that will go on to compete in Phase II of the 2020 Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition!

Congratulations to the four finalist teams!

Team #180 – University of Maryland, College Park (Team Lead: Margaret C.)
Team #184 – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Team Lead: Joshua C.)
Team #187 – University of California-Berkeley (“Berkeley Blue”)
Team #207 – Yale University (Team Lead: Jackson L.)

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

Phase II Events:

March 12-14, 2020 Finalist teams travel to Santa Fe County Housing Authority for site visit
April 16, 2020 Presentations and Awards Ceremony at HUD Headquarters

The four finalist teams will go on to compete for First and Second place awards on April 16th, 1:00-4:30 at HUD Headquarters in Washington D.C.

  1. First place team will receive $20,000
  2. Second place team will receive $10,000
  3. The two other participating teams will each receive $5,000 each

Registration information for the April 16th Presentations and Awards Ceremony is forthcoming.

HUD and the competition jurors thank all the teams that submitted proposals this year.

Competition Schedule

Competition launch; guidelines and criteria announced 11-01-2019
Deadline for teams to register 12-23-2019 (noon)
Detailed Program Site and Housing Authority announced 12-24-2019 (COB)
Deadline for teams to submit Phase I 02-14-2020
Finalists announced; Phase II released 02-25-2020
Site Visit for Finalists 03-12-2020
Final presentations and winners announced in Washington, D.C. 04-16-2020


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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.


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Competition Awards

$20,000 will be awarded to the first-place team; $10,000 to the runner-up; and $5,000 to the two remaining finalists.



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