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Registration for the 2021 IAH Competition is now closed.

Competition Schedule

Competition launch; registration opens; guidelines and criteria announced 09-14-2020
Deadline for teams to register: Noon Eastern Standard Time 11-02-2020
Detailed Program Site and Housing Authority announced 11-03-2020
Deadline for teams to submit Phase I: Noon Eastern Standard Time 01-25-2021
Finalists announced; Phase II released* 02-12-2021
Site visit for finalists (travel conditions permitting) Early March 2021
Phase II submissions due 04-12-2021
Final presentations and awards ceremony in DC (travel conditions permitting) April 14, 2021

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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