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Design Leadership Institute


The Affordable Housing 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? 

This year’s program features a keynote presentation by Julie Eizenberg, FAIA, Founding Principal of Koning Eizenberg Architecture. Eizenberg brings an empathetic perspective to design that translates seemingly mundane programs into places of ease and generosity.


Tuesday, July 12
3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Site Tour and Kick-off Dinner
Wednesday, July 13
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Work Session Day One
Keynote Lecture by
Julie Eizenberg, FAIA and Dinner
Thursday, July 14
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Work Session Day Two

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
Brian Loughlin, Director for New Construction, New York City Housing Authority
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

Past Institutes

Find the projects and case studies of past AHDLI participants.