The 2013 Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute Report

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A summary report of the proceedings from the 2013 Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute (AHDLI) highlighting seven principles to guide developers in achieving design excellence in their affordable housing projects around the country.

Enterprise convened the fourth annual Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute (AHDLI) in Chicago from July 23-25th, 2013. Hosted by Cannon Design, this three-day event explored the role of design in the affordable housing field through the lens of seven development projects and intensive dialogue between community developers and architects. The Institute kicked-off with “The Multiplier Effect of Design,” a keynote lecture led by Robert Ivy, the Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Together, the panelists and audience explored how design can contribute to improved health outcomes and stronger neighborhoods.

This document shares the lessons learned through the 2013 AHDLI design presentations and charrette feedback. The seven development projects included senior affordable housing in suburban Pennsylvania, supportive housing in Chicago and rehabilitation of a historic highrise in New Orleans. Project stages varied from preliminary site plans to fully rendered drawings. Accordingly, designer insights offered both breadth and depth, ranging from questions of feasibility to site considerations and façade suggestions. The following pages present the top design principles shared throughout the two-day charrette sessions.

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