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Announcing the Winners of the 2017 HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing Competition

First Place: Rutgers University
Runner-Up: University of Michigan

Congratulations to the winners, and to all the members of the final four teams on their outstanding solutions!

Watch the webcast here.

Announcing the Finalists for the 2017 Innovation in Affordable Housing Competition:

  • Team 17 - University of Michigan
  • Team 55 - Yale University
  • Team 61 - Rutgers University
  • Team 71 - New York University/Columbia University

Thank you to all the teams that participated in this year’s competition, and congratulations to the finalists! Read the full announcement.

About the Site

The site for the 2017 IAH Competition is Woodhill Homes, a 478-unit multifamily property located in Cleveland, Ohio that is owned and operated by the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA).

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 and $10,000 to the runner-up.

2017 Competition Calendar

Registration Open 10/03/2016
Registration Deadline 12/12/2016
Phase I Begins 12/13/2016
Phase I Submittal Deadline 02/06/2017
Final Four Teams Announced 02/21/2017
Site Visit for Finalists 03/07/2017
Phase II Submittal Deadline 04/16/2017
Final Presentations and Winners Announced in DC 04/18/2017


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View this video to learn more about IAH:

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