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Design Leadership Institute


AHDLI 2015: Connecting to Opportunity

AHDLI  2015

Join us in Atlanta November 3-5. Now accepting applications for community developer participants! Apply by September 16.

Co-hosted by the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Architecture, the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute (AHDLI) presents a unique opportunity to discuss real-world development projects. The Institute aims to:

  • Help community development leaders put into action best practices in community design, transit-oriented development and green architectural design
  • Brainstorm new ways to solve policy, finance, design and construction challenges together
  • Share new development models through exploring case studies and new perspectives with local and national leaders

Over the course of AHDLI, developer participants receive critical feedback on an affordable housing project in their pipeline. The highly interactive workshops bring together two teams:

  • The Development Team a group of seven forward-thinking developers with projects in the schematic design phase
  • The Design Resource Team, a group of seven expert design innovators

Application Timeline

  • September 16, 2015 - Applications due
  • September 30, 2015 - Notification of selected participants
  • November 3, 2015 - the Institute kicks off at the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Architecture in Atlanta

Institute Theme

The theme for this year's AHDLI is "Connecting to Opportunity," highlighting the full promise of transit-oriented neighborhoods to improve quality of life for low-income residents and communities. The 2015 Institute seeks to address the following questions:

  • How can each building strengthen the neighborhood’s urban fabric and help to build sustainable, equitable, connected communities?
  • How can practitioners outside of community development engage housing professionals given the impacts housing can have on resident health, social cohesion and resilience?
  • What role do a variety of affordable housing and transportation options play in creating an economically competitive city? How do we ensure that economic development benefits low-income residents?
  • How can Atlanta become a national model for equitable transit-oriented development?

Selection Criteria

AHDLI seeks a geographical and typological diversity of projects, with a target of three developers and projects from the Atlanta area and Southeast region. We encourage executive directors to apply as the primary participant from each organization, but directors of real estate (or equivalent) are welcome to apply as well. Selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • The proposed development project is realistic and buildable and will be in the schematic design phase by the time AHDLI begins (the project should have a site and program, even if in early stages)
  • The project fits this year's theme and presents design challenges that speak to issues including but not limited to sustainability, transit-access, community engagement and resiliency
  • The organizational applicant has a proven track record in completing successful real estate projects that are well-designed, culturally and environmentally sustainable and rely on meaningful community participation
  • The individual participant demonstrates leadership capacity, commitment to innovation and ability to implement lessons from AHDLI within their organization
  • A strong working relationship with local or regional Enterprise offices (desirable but not required)

Developer participants must pay for their own travel and can use the hotel rate under Enterprise’s room block. More information to follow.


Submit a completed application and all required attachments to



Past Institutes

Find the projects and case studies of past AHDLI participants.