Submission: October 25, 2021
Registration: October 25, 2021
Prizes: Please see details below
HUD PD&R invites teams from accredited educational institutions in the United States to participate in its Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition. Teams must be comprised of students enrolled in a graduate degree program.
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).
The Importance of a Team Approach
This competition is designed to encourage research and innovation in affordable housing, to raise practitioner and future practitioner capacity, and to foster cross-cutting team-work within the design and community development process. The IAH will join the suite of annual PD&R awards for community planning, historic preservation, and affordable housing design.
Multidisciplinary teams must be comprised of a minimum of three students and a maximum of five, plus one faculty advisor. Each team must have members representing three different graduate level programs; one of which must be from an architectural or design-related program, and one of which must be from a non-architectural program. There are many acceptable permutations; here is one example for clarity:
- 2 M. Architecture candidates
- 1 M. Planning or Public Policy candidate
- 2 MBA candidates
The faculty advisor may be from any of the team-represented disciplines and serves only in an advisory role, not as an active team participant.
The winning team receives $20,000; the runner-up team receives $10,000; the two remaining finalist teams each receive $5,000.
- All team members must be enrolled in a graduate degree program from an accredited educational institution in the United States.
- All team leaders must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
- All teams must be comprised of at least three citizens or permanent residents of the United States.