2018 Institute 

On July 17-19th, 2018, Enterprise’s Design Team and Pacific Northwest Market Office partnered to host the 9th Annual Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute (AHDLI) in Seattle.  The 2018 Institute continued to champion the critical value of cross-sector collaboration and the importance of finding moments to pause in the design and development processes to reflect on what else might be possible for the individuals and communities that these development projects serve.

INNOVATION TOUR: The week kicked off with an affordable housing design innovation tour, which visited the Low Income Housing Institute’s Marion West project and Capitol Hill Housing’s 12th Avenue Arts building. The Marion West was a special destination, as the project participated in the 2012 Institute and has since received numerous design awards.

PROJECT CHARRETTE SESSIONS: In the afternoon of the first day, the Class of 2018 started intensive project charrettes of the seven participating developers’ projects. Working sessions were spread across two locations: the South Lake Union Discovery Center and El Centro de la Raza’s Centilia Cultural Center, both providing active examples of Seattle’s diverse neighborhoods and development scenarios. The 2018 development teams ranged in scale and type from mid-sized housing authorities and regional developers to land trusts and a tribal economic development agency. Each development team presented a project in pre-development, which received customized design, construction, and community engagement feedback from the design resource team.  The Design Resource Team members presented on topics ranging from the inclusive community engagement techniques being used in Seattle’s AfricaTown project to case studies of how design has been leveraged to produce safe, inclusive and warm senior housing.

PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS: An important component of the Design Leadership Institute is engaging the development community, public officials, and the city at large at large in the important role that design plays in housing. Outside of the charrette sessions, the week included an opening night reception hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Terri Ludwig, Enterprise’s CEO, opened the evening and Katie Swenson – Enterprise’s VP of Design and Sustainability – delivered a presentation on her forthcoming book, which traces the impact of Enterprise's Rose Architectural Fellowship across America.
In addition, the 2018 Institute featured a keynote at the Seattle Art Museum, delivered by Steven Lewis, a former president of the National Organization of Minority Architects, and the City of Detroit’s Urban Design Director for the Central Region. The lecture, entitled “The Spirit of Detroit,” reflected on how the City of Detroit has framed design as an essential tool within their housing strategy. 


The program for the 2018 Institute is available for download.

2018 Resource Team

Development Resource Team

Design Resource Team


The 2018 Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute was made possible by generous support from JP Morgan Chase and U.S. Bank, with additional support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Kendeda Fund.



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