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2017 Institute 

Since 2010, Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute (AHDLI) has brought together development and design leaders to share best practices and innovations. Together, participants learn new skills and elevate the outcomes of their affordable housing projects from around the country.

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By participating in the Institute, developers will...

  • Improve design processes and address design earlier in future projects
  • Build collaboration skills and more productive relationships with their architects
  • Amass compelling evidence to make the case for good design in affordable housing

Why attend?

AHDLI connects innovators: Participants make lasting connections with fellow developers and designers from across the country.
AHDLI sparks new methods: Throughout the forum, peers learn from one another’s break-through approaches to wide-ranging challenges.
AHDLI is solutions-oriented: Charrettes focus on real participant projects and the challenges that they have identified.
AHDLI promotes collaboration: Developers and designers have a unique opportunity to collaborate outside the client-consultant dynamic.

What can you expect?

The Institute curriculum consists of five on-line modules that address key design and affordable housing issues and explore real-life case studies, plus a 3-day convening of developers, designers, city officials policy makers. Through in-person charrettes and interactive workshops, participants exchange feedback on development projects, working through specific challenges related to design, construction, policy and finance.

Selection Criteria

Mission-driven developers of affordable housing are encouraged to apply.

Applications must show:

  • A development project in the schematic design phase that is realistic and buildable
  • A track record of completing real estate projects that are well-designed, culturally and environmentally sustainable and rely on meaningful community participation
  • A one- to three- person development team to participate fully in the Institute, ideally composed of the Executive Director and/or the Directors of Real Estate (or equivalent). Resident Services/Property Managers are also encouraged to participate.
  • Demonstrated leadership capacity, commitment to innovation, and eagerness to learn and implement lessons from the Institute within their organizations

Participation and Cost

The curriculum and charrette are delivered at no cost to the participant, and all meals and on-site event costs are included. Travel expenses to attend the Institute are the responsibility of the participant. All participants in the in-person Institute are expected to complete the required online sessions. Additional staff may be invited to the online sessions, but may not be substituted for the developer team.