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2012 Institute


3rd Annual Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute

The 2012 Institute convened at the Parsons the New School for Design in New York July 17-19. The Institute explored a new approach to housing development in which housing operates as the platform for success that links to a network of systemic resources, including health care, education, social and cultural assets, transportation, employment and the environment. The over the course of two-and-a-half days, participants discussed this concept of opportunity and how to design, develop and implement projects that will allow individuals and families to thrive. 

Design for Impact

Design for Impact A summary of the proceedings from the 2012 Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute (AHDLI) highlighting eight principles to guide developers in achieving design excellence in their affordable housing projects around the country.

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A special thank you to our generous sponsors:
  • Deutsche Bank
  • The Kendeda Fund
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • New York State Homes & Community Renewal

2012 Resource Teams

Development Resource Team  
James Bernardo, Presbyterian Senior Living Dillsburg, PA
Donovan Duncan, Western Reserve Revitalization Management Company Cleveland, OH
Laura Tavormina, West Side Federation of Senior and Supportive Housing New York, NY
Betsy Hunter, Housing and Community Services Agency of Lane County Eugene, OR
Sharon Lee, Low Income Housing Institute Seattle, WA
Beth Pfiefer, The Cornerstone Group Minneapolis, MN
Kelly Weiss, Austin Habitat for Humanity Austin, TX


Design Team  
Bryan Bell, Public Interest Design Institute Raleigh, NC
Marc Norman, UPSTATE: Center for Design, Research and Real Estate Syracuse, NY
Mark Ginsberg, Curtis and Ginsberg Architects New York, NY
Toni Griffin, J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City New York, NY
Ernie Wong, Site Design Group Chicago, IL
William Morrish, Parsons The New School for Design New York, NY
Adèle Naudé Santos, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA

Design for Impact: Opening Night Lecture

Through a moderated panel, three nationally recognized leaders in housing and community design presented their vision for the future of community development and the role of design in creating strong, vibrant communities of opportunity. 

Carol Coletta specializes in developing cities and creative communities. She leads ArtPlace, a new national initiative to accelerate creative placemaking across the U.S. 
Prior to joining ArtPlace, Carol was president and CEO of CEOs for Cities, a national network of urban leaders building and sustaining the next generation of great American cities. 
For ten years, she hosted and produced a nationally syndicated public radio show, Smart City. She also served as executive director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the American Architectural Foundation.
Jonathan Kirschenfeld is principal of Jonathan Kirschenfeld Architect PC, a practice internationally recognized for design excellence over a wide range of environmentally- and socially-sustainable projects. 

Design recognition for the firm's housing work includes the 2011 Building Brooklyn Award for Affordable Housing for the 72-unit Domenech, as well as a 2005 AIA Housing Design Award and 2004 Building Brooklyn Award for the 50-unit Marcy Residence. 

Jonathan also lectures widely and has taught at graduate programs including Columbia University's School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, Pratt Institute and New Jersey Institute of Technology. He has been selected twice as first-alternate for the Rome Prize, and has recently founded the Institute for Public Architecture (IPA) a not-for-profit think-tank and residency colony for architects.
Jonathan F.P. Rose is founder and president of Jonathan Rose Companies LLC, a multi-disciplinary real estate development planning, consulting and investment firm and a leading green urban solutions provider. 

The firm has won awards from a wide range of notable organizations including: the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Global Green USA, the Urban Land Institute, the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Architects.

Jonathan is a trustee of the Urban Land Institute, the Natural Resources Defense Council and vice chair of Enterprise Community Partners. He serves on the leadership councils of the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the Yale School of Architecture, and chairs the Trust for Public Land’s National Real Estate Council.

Lowering the Cost to Develop and Sustain Affordable Housing

In response to a AHDLI alumnus’ desire for a forum to explore the regulatory barriers to achieving design excellence, Enterprise partnered with Deutsche Bank to host a day-long conversation on July 17, “Lowering the Cost of Housing,” which looked at policy, finance, design and construction issues affecting the high cost of housing.  This convening was the first step of a sustained effort to produce tangible results in adding value and lowering the cost of affordable housing. Visit the Lowering Cost web page for details.