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Design Leadership Institute


Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute

Two Teams, Two-and-a-Half Days, One Extraordinary Opportunity to Improve Affordable Housing

The Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute brings together leaders on the frontline of affordable housing design and development for a two-and-a-half day session focused on innovation and best practices in community design. The goal of the gathering is to improve upon the design practices in the affordable housing arena and raise development leaders' capacity to produce more livable and sustainable housing for low- and moderate-income people living in the United States.

AHDLI features two teams: a Design Resource Team of seven expert design innovators and a Development Team of seven forward-thinking developers with projects in the schematic design phase. These sessions help community development leaders put into action best practices in community design, transit-oriented development, and green architectural design. Over the course of the Institute developers will participate in highly interactive workshops and receive feedback on an affordable housing project in their pipeline.

Each developer presents a project in the schematic design phase for feedback, yet ultimately this forum goes beyond a strict focus on these projects. The Institute encourages each participant to think creatively, share challenges and ultimately, facilitates a cross-pollination of ideas and knowledge between designers and developers.

Past Institutes

Find the projects and case studies of past AHDLI participants.