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Winners of the 2020 Competition

First Place: Yale University
Runner-Up: University of Maryland, College Park

Congratulations to the winning teams and to all of the finalists for their hard work and innovative solutions!

First place receives $20,000
Runner-up receives $10,000
Two remaining finalist teams receive $5,000 each

The Final Four Teams for the 2020 IAH Competition!

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.

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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

Note: Guidance documents, except when based on statutory or regulatory authority or law, do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. Guidance documents are intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.