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Design Leadership Institute


The Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute: Design Camp

Join us in Detroit July 12-14. Now accepting applications for community developer participants! Apply by May 27th.

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? 

Over the course of the Design Camp, 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

  • May 27, 2016 - Applications due (Deadline Extended)
  • June 1, 2016 - Notification of selected participants
  • July 12, 2016 - the Institute kicks off in Detroit

Selection Criteria

AHDLI seeks a geographical and typological diversity of projects, with a target of four developers and projects from the City of Detroit. 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 of the Institute (the project should have a site and program, even if in early stages).
  • The project presents design challenges that speak to issues including but not limited to sustainability, transit-access, community engagement, and resiliency.
  • The applying organization has a proven track record in completing successful real estate projects, and strives to build culturally and environmentally sustainable developments which rely on meaningful community participation.
  • The individual participant demonstrates leadership capacity, commitment to innovation, and ability to implement lessons from the Institute 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.


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Past Institutes

Find the projects and case studies of past AHDLI participants.