AHDLI Participants and Projects

The Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute (AHDLI) equips community development leaders to become stewards of design excellence. We bring mission-driven developers together with experts in design, development, policy, planning and finance to address urgent local problems while building design-thinking skills for people who work in community development organizations.

The Institute features two days of intensive charrette sessions focused on improving affordable housing projects, a public keynote address given by a prominent designer, and a mobile workshop. At each Institute, community developers with projects in the conceptual design phase present their work and receive feedback from their peers and the Design Resource Team. Developers improve their projects and gain fluency in design thinking. The experiential learning component of the Institute is supplemented by brief workshops from the Design Resource Team on a topic of expertise. The workshops cover a curriculum that surveys key concepts from architecture, landscape architecture, site planning, urban design, and arts-based community engagement.

Past Institutes