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How to Join the Development Team


How to Join the Development Team

2013 Institute

The fourth annual Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute will convene in Chicago, Ill. on July 23-25, 2013. The 2013 Development Resource team will be comprised of seven community developers, selected through an open application process. Enterprise is seeking development leaders that exhibit a strong commitment to design excellence, green building and engagement of community residents. Additionally, the development project that they bring to the Institute should pose substantial design challenges that lends itself to constructive and creative advice.

Below is an overview of the process for the selection of the developer participants and schematic projects. When you apply to join the development team in the next Institute, you'll be asked to submit several pieces of information:

Organizational Information

Provide details about your organization’s mission, activities, service area and commitment to architectural design and green building principles.

Proposed Development Project

Describe the development project your organization proposes to bring to the Institute and the key design challenges and opportunities that the project presents. 

Aspirations and Goals

Explain how you will improve the design quality and “greening” of projects to engage more resident involvement in design and planning, and to encourage other organizations to adopt and promote these best practices more broadly, and the challenges you expect to face in doing so.

Your Individual Role

The individual submitting the application should explain his or her role in the organization, interest in leadership and innovation and ability to make change within the organization. We strongly encourage executive directors to serve as the lead participant but encourage up to 3 representatives from each organization to attend.

Selection Criteria

Once you have submitted your application, a committee comprised of Enterprise staff and AHDLI partners will review the submission and select seven developer team members. Applicants will be notified 3-4 weeks after the submission deadline. Selection of the participants will be based on the following criteria:
  • The proposed development is a realistic, buildable project which will be in the schematic design phase by the time of the Institute.
  • The organizational applicant demonstrates a commitment to design excellence and green building strategies.
  • The organizational applicant has a proven track record in completing successful real estate projects that promote neighborhood and community development and rely on meaningful community participatory processes throughout the design and development stages.
  • The individual participant demonstrates a leadership capacity, commitment to innovation and ability to implement lessons from the Institute within their organization.
  • The Institute will seek a geographical and typological diversity of projects, with a goal of having 2-3 participants/projects from the Chicago area.
  • A strong working relationship with local or regional Enterprise offices (desirable but not required).

Cost to Attend

The cost of the Institute is $750. This includes the keynote lecture, a private dinner afterwards, and two day-long sessions, including meals. Out of town participants will be able to book hotels under Enterprise’s room block (price and location TBD). Developer participants must pay for their own travel to the Institute. Please contact us with any questions.
Application Period is Closed
Notifications: May 15