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Design Leadership Institute


2016 Institute: Design Camp






Hosted by Enterprise Design Initiative, in partnership with City of Detroit, Enterprise’s seventh annual Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute (AHDLI) took place in Detroit in July, 2016. The theme for the 2016 Institute was "Design Camp," a unique training opportunity to discuss real-world development projects. The theme of this year’s Institute answered 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? 

The keynote lecture of this year's Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute: Design Camp featured 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.

The program for ADHLI 2016, including in-depth project profiles and resources team bios, is available for download.


2016 Resource Team

Development Resource Team

Andrew Creamer, Managing Member, Nova Development Group Detroit, MI
Aviva Rothman-Shore, Community Life Director, The Community Builders Boston, MA
Eliza Datta, Regional Vice President of Development, The Community Builders Boston, MA
Emily Roush Elliot, Design and Development Lead, Delta Design Build Workshop Greenwood, MS
Felicia Turner, Executive Director, Amandla CDC Detroit, MI
Noquomas Wilson, Program Manager, West Angeles CDC Los Angeles, CA
Phil Eide, Senior V.P. Housing and Community Development, Hope Enterprise Corporation Jackson, MS
Steven Flum, Founder, Steven C. Flum, Inc. Detroit, MI
Valerie V. Weatherly, V.P. Business Development, Anchor Team Detroit, MI

Design Resource Team

Julie Eizenberg, FAIA, and Founding Principal of Koning Eizenberg Architecture (KEYNOTE) Los Angeles, CA
Bryan Lee Jr., Director, Place + Civic Design, Arts Council New Orleans New Orleans, LA
Jennifer Pehr, Urban Design Manager, Skidmore Owings & Merrill New York, NY
Kofi Boone, ASLA, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, NC State Raleigh, NC
Patricia Gruits, Director, MASS Design Group Boston, MA
Rob Bennett, CEO, EcoDistricts Portland, OR
Tim Love, Principal, Utile Boston, MA
Tim McDonald, Founder and CEO, Onion Flats and Professor, Temple University Philadelphia, PA


The 2016 Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute is made possible by generous support from The Kendeda Fund, The McKnight Foundation, HED, Hannessey Engineers, Inc., Huntington and our partners at the City of Detroit.

Past Institutes

Find the projects and case studies of past AHDLI participants.