May 9, 2018

Seven Developers selected for 2018 Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute 

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Marion West rooftop garden with people tending the plants

Photo: The Marion West in Seattle, brought to the Design Leadership Institute by LIHI in 2015; photo courtesy of Michael Walmsley

Enterprise Community Partners will host the ninth annual Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute July 16-18 in Seattle. 

Since 2007, the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute has brought together the nation’s leading designers and affordable housing developers to collaborate on buildings that impact the health, wealth creation, community cohesion and more for some of America’s most vulnerable communities.

This year’s class of developers, selected for their commitment to innovation and design as a tool to positively impact residents and communities, will include:

Through eight previous classes, the Design Leadership Institute has convened over a hundred designers and developers. Together these individuals have worked to improve the plans for more than 50 projects across the country, supporting the creation of high quality homes and neighborhood assets for thousands of people. 

This year in Seattle, participants will take part in the Design Leadership Institute’s powerful charrette-based convening model, as well as participate in tours of cutting edge affordable housing and workshops given by multidisciplinary designers. Over just two and half days, the Institute works with developers to impact the trajectory of a current project in each developer’s pipeline. In addition, this year’s development teams will participate in a five-module design curriculum, based on a year of research into the typical barriers to good design in affordable housing.  

Acknowledging the deep impact of convening the design and development communities to partner for communities, in 2018 the American Institute of Architects awarded the Design Leadership Institute the Collaborative Achievement Award. It is our hope to continue that trajectory of collaborative problem solving with the Design Leadership Institute’s Class of 2018. 

Enterprise’s Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute is presented by JPMorgan Chase with premiere sponsorship from US Bank. We are grateful for this generous support. In addition, the 2018 Design Leadership Institute is partnering with Enterprise’s Home and Hope Initiative. Home and Hope was launched In King County, Washington, with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the City of Seattle, King County, and JPMorgan Chase, to identify and secure underutilized public and tax-exempt land to advance affordable housing and early childhood education. At this year’s Institute, we look forward to tackling some of the design challenges involved in developing the type of high-performing mixed-use and mixed-income projects that the Home and Hope Initiative sets out to catalyze.