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Announcing the Winners of the 2018 Innovation in Affordable Housing Competition

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

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

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Announcing the Final Four Teams for the 2018 IAH Competition!

  • Team 22: University of Maryland
  • Team 44: University of Colorado Denver
  • Team 62: University of Texas at Austin
  • Team 71: Pratt Institute

Thank you to all teams that participated in this year’s IAH Competition, and congratulations to the final four teams! We look forward to seeing the innovative Phase II solutions in Washington, D.C.

Information for Registered Teams

All necessary program documents and site-specific information for this year’s competition located in Dover, NH, are located on the 2018 Competition Information page. New documents will be posted as they become available, so be sure to check back frequently.


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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.

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).

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.

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.

2018 Competition Calendar

Registration Open 10/02/2017
Registration Deadline 12/11/2017
Phase I Begins 12/12/2017
Phase I Submittal Deadline 02/05/2018
Final Four Teams Announced 02/19/2018
Site Visit for Finalists 03/07/2018
Phase II Submittal Deadline 04/16/2018
Final Presentations and Winners Announced in DC 04/18/2018


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