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Design is a key element of successful affordable housing development. Our Design Leadership initiative provides tools, programs and research to support developers in mastering their design process, allowing them to drive positive resident and community outcomes, solve increasingly complex development challenges and control costs.

Our programs and tools to support developers include the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute (AHDLI), The Rose Fellowship, the Design in Development Framework and Curriculum, Policy Research and wide-ranging project case studies.

AHDLI Wins 2018 AIA Collaborative Achievement Award  [Read more].
 

Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute

For the past eight years, the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute (AHDLI) has brought together development and design leaders to share best practices and to take on affordable housing’s increasingly complex construction, policy and finance challenges. As a result, developers have amplified their projects to improve the lives of the residents and communities they serve.

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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.

Institute Curriculum

AHDLI is a short-burst intensive learning experience, culminating in a 3-day in-person convening that builds organizations’ skills and confidence in managing the design process. The Institute curriculum – both in-person and online – is based on both research and real-life projects and is outcome-oriented. At the completion of the Institute, developers reflect on what they learned and map strategies to make large and small changes in their development process.

The Institute curriculum consists of:

  • 3-day in-person convening of developers, designers, city officials and policy makers. Here participants engage in interactive design charrettes with real-life development projects and learn creative and innovative approaches to design, construction, policy and finance challenges.
  • 5 online modules provide a foundation for integrating design principles into the challenging affordable housing development process and feature real-life case studies

Learning Modules teach developers:

  • To identify and achieve resident and community outcomes
  • To skillfully lead the design process and collaborate with designers
  • To innovatively respond to cost constraints
  • To use the 9 core design strategies

Download the Fact Sheet
Read about Past Participants’ Outcomes

2019 Institute

Please check back in spring of 2019 for details on participating.

2018 Institute

The Ninth Annual Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute (AHDLI) took place in Seattle on July 17-19th, 2018. Learn more.

Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute Class of 2018
Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute – Class of 2018

Design & Policy Agenda

In addition to directly supporting affordable housing developers to enhance their design skills and processes, the Enterprise Design Team, in partnership with our policy team, researches and advocates for local and national policy solutions that support design innovation and excellence. As part of this agenda, in 2017 Enterprise partnered with the Harvard Joint Center on Housing on a paper called, Creating Well-Designed Affordable Housing: Opportunities and Obstacles.  Read more about the results of that research.