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Design Leadership Institute


Design Leadership Institute: Design Camp

Join us in Detroit July 12-14.

Co-hosted by the City of Detroit, the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute (AHDLI) presents a unique training opportunity to discuss real-world development projects. The theme of this year’s Institute is “Design Camp”, and seeks to answer the following questions:

  • How can collaboration between developers, designers, and city agencies result in exceptional affordable housing projects?
  • Which design strategies help to strengthen neighborhood fabric? 
  • How do we design to meet resident needs and achieve specific impacts?
  • How can Detroit become a national model for comprehensive community development? 

Keynote Presentation

Julie EizenbergRSVP for the keynote lecture of this year's Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute: Design Camp. This year’s program features a keynote presentation by Julie Eizenberg, FAIA, and Founding Principal of Koning Eizenberg Architecture. Eizenberg brings an empathetic perspective to design that translates seemingly mundane programs into places of ease and generosity.

Julie Eizenberg teaches and lectures around the world, is on the board of Public Architecture. Her forthcoming book, titled “Urban Hallucinations,” takes on the idyll of “local” and “neighborhood” through the design of recent projects in the Los Angeles region. Under her leadership, Koning Eizenberg has earned over 135 design and sustainability awards and been widely published. The practice has been honored as AIA California’s Firm of the Year, and Julie and founding partner Hank Koning were awarded the 2012 AIA Los Angeles Gold Medal in recognition of a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture.


Full Schedule for this year's Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute: Design Camp

Tuesday, July 12
3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Arrival and Registration
Aloft Detroit
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Site Tour
Eastern Market Corporation
Detroit RiverFront Conservancy
Jefferson East, Inc.
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Welcome Dinner
N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art
Wednesday, July 13
8:10 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.

Work Session Day One
Kid Rock Commons - Shed 5 - Eastern Market
10:45 a.m. - 4:40 p.m. Work Session Day One
Detroit Regional Chamber
5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Keynote Lecture by Julie Eizenberg, FAIA
College for Creative Studies
Refreshments at 5pm
Thursday, July 14
8:30 a.m. - 3:40 p.m.
Work Session Day Two
Detroit Regional Chamber

Development Team:

Amandla CDC | Detroit, MI
Hope Enterprise Corporation | Jackson, MS
Nova Development Group | Detroit, MI
Resurrection CDC | Detroit, MI
The Community Builders | Boston, MA
West Angeles CDC | Los Angeles, CA

Design Resource Team:

Tim Love, Principal, Utile
Kofi Boone, ASLA, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, NC State
Gulgun Kayim, Director of Arts, Culture, and Creative Economy, City of Minneapolis
Patricia Gruits, Director, MASS Design Group
Dan D’Oca, Principal and Co-founder, Interboro Partners
Tim McDonald, Founder and CEO, Onion Flats and Professor, Temple University
Rob Bennett, CEO, EcoDistricts
Bryan Lee Jr., Director, Place + Civic Design, Arts Council New Orleans
Jennifer Pehr, Urban Design Manager, Skidmore Owings & Merrill
Atyia Martin, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Boston

Past Institutes

Find the projects and case studies of past AHDLI participants.