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Announcing the Final Four Teams for the 2024 IAH Competition!

Team #359 – University of Maryland, College Park
Team #362 – Harvard University
Team #369 – University of California, Berkeley
Team #370 – University of California, Berkeley

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

Teams receiving Honorable Mentions will be announced during the Innovation in Affordable Housing 2024 Final Presentations and Awards Ceremony, on April 18, 2024, beginning at 9:00 am EDT. Find event information, including registration details here.

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

The Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition is an exciting initiative from HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R). Now celebrating its eleventh year, the competition invites teams of graduate students from multiple disciplines to submit plans in response to a real life affordable housing design issue.

After the submission of initial applications, a jury of five industry subject matter experts will select four student team finalists. These finalists will visit the site of the affordable housing design and planning project they are addressing, and further refine their applications.

Several weeks after the site visit, all jurors and finalists will travel to Washington, D.C. for the final competition event at HUD Headquarters. At this event, finalist teams will present their revised project solutions in front of the jury and an audience. Following the presentations, the jury will deliberate and select the winners and runners-up. The winning team will receive $20,000, the runner up team will receive $10,000, and the remaining two teams will receive $5,000 each.

For additional information, please visit the About the Competition page.

Activity 2023-2024
Registration opens for student teams 09/11/2023
Informational webinar for faculty/students 09/21/2023
Phase I site information, guidelines and criteria released November 2023
Deadline for teams to be finalized: Noon Eastern Standard Time 01/08/2024
Deadline for teams to submit Phase I proposals: Noon Eastern Daylight Time 01/29/2024
Finalists announced; Phase II information released 02/16/2024
Site visit for finalists 3/7 & 3/8/2024
Phase II submissions due: Noon Eastern Daylight Time 4/15/2024
Final presentations, awards event at HUD 4/18/2024

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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), tribe or tribally designated housing entity (TDHE).


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PHA Information

PD&R works with a PHA, tribe or TDHE that owns and operates a site designated for the affordable housing design issue. PD&R works with the PHA, tribe or TDHE 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, tribe or TDHE is available here.




OMB Control Number: 2528-0324
Expiration Date: 01/31/2026