Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute Program Overview & Impact
In an affordable housing ecosystem compressed by timing and financial constraints, design is often an afterthought. The lost value this represents comes into focus when you recognize that an affordable housing project may be one of the biggest resource infuxes a low-income neighborhood sees.
For the past eight years, the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute (AHDLI) 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 beyond for some of America’s most vulnerable communities. Through AHDLI, over a hundred designers and developers have improved plans for 50 projects across the country, creating high quality homes and neighborhood assets for thousands of people.
The homes they have partnered to improve are as diverse as four unit historic buildings serving a primarily refugee neighborhood in Buffalo, New York to single family homes for 300 Native American families in Arizona. To accomplish this, AHDLI uses a powerful charrette-based convening model paired with a design curriculum. In just two and half days, the Institute changes the trajectory of development projects, while producing a new class of design and development leaders who are champions of design excellence in affordable housing.