Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute – Class of 2019

2019 Institute

On July 16-18th, 2019, Enterprise’s Design and Ohio Market Teams partnered to host the 10th Annual Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute (AHDLI), with collaboration from Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Ohio AIA and the Kent State University-Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative.

The 2019 Design Leadership Institute continued to champion the idea that more ideas and diverse perspectives don’t add complexity to the design process, they clarify it -- increasing what might be possible for the individuals and communities that projects serve.

INNOVATION TOUR: The Institute kicked off with a Cleveland Design Innovation Tour led by Cleveland Neighborhood Progress (CNP) staff, including Wayne Mortensen, director of design and development and an Enterprise Rose Fellow alumnus. The tour visited wide-ranging sites around Cleveland, including the Aspen Place, a leading-edge transit-oriented development project developed by Detroit Shoreway Community Development. Another stop was at Maximum Accessible Housing of Ohio, visiting a model unit featuring the latest in accessibility best-practices.

PARTICIPANTS: Seven developer teams with projects in various stages of pre-development were selected from a national applicant pool to participate in the 6-month long program, which included the three-day convening. The 2019 developer teams ranged in scale and size from 20 units of farm-worker's housing in rural Bastrop, Louisiana, to a 20-acre project in Las Vegas, NV slated for 262 units of senior housing and 220 units of multi-family housing. 

Following in-depth leadership training in how to drive a more effective and impactful design process, developers convened with the 2019 design resource team, composed of industry leaders in sustainable design, landscape architecture, equity, community engagement, economic development and urban design, as well as with 13 Enterprise Rose Fellows, who served as partners to the developer teams to deepen the teams’ outcomes. 

INNOVATION SESSIONS: Each developer team presented their project’s current plans and pending challenges. 

After each project presentation, the design team, in a collective burst of creative energy, generated wide-ranging, customized suggestions for each developer to consider on how they might solve their challenges, as well as reduce costs, maximize site-use and elevate resident needs and goals.

Interspersed between the charrette sessions, design team members provided additional design curriculum through succinct, thought-provoking presentations based in their individual field of study.

PUBLIC KEYNOTE: Additionally, the 2109 Institute featured a keynote at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland, delivered by John Cary, author of Design for Good. The lecture, entitled “Designing for Dignity” underscored the importance of prioritizing the human dignity in the design and development process. To ground the ideas in Cleveland, Katie Swenson, Enterprise’s VP of Design, moderated a panel discussion with John, and Cleveland-based leaders August Fluker, principal at City Architecture, Khrys Shefton, director of real estate at Famicos Foundation, and Wayne Mortenson, director of design and development at Cleveland Neighborhood Progress. 

The program for ADHLI 2019, including in-depth project profiles and resource team bios, is available for download.

2019 Resource Team

Development Resource Team

Design Resource Team

  • Catherine Baker, Principal, Landon Bone Baker
  • Andrew Dobshinsky, Planning Associate, OLIN
  • Jonathan Evans, Senior Architect, MASS Design Group
  • Brandon Jones, Program Director of Cultural Resilience, Enterprise Community Partners
  • Michael Haggerty, Associate, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners
  • Terry Schwarz, Director, Kent State – Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative
  • Abe Kruger, Principal, SK Collaborative
  • Jeana Dunlap, Former Policy Advisor, City of Louisville Office of Resilience
  • Caroline Souza, Architect, David Baker Architects
  • John Cary, Author, Design for Good, KEYNOTE Speaker
  • Dr. Lily Song, Lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Design
  • Jonathan Kurtz, Principal/Co-founder, JKURTZ Architects

Click here to learn more about out 2019 Design Resource Team



The 2019 Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute was made possible by generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Cleveland Foundation, and the Kendeda Fund, in partnership with Cleveland Neighborhood Progress and the Kent State University-Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative.


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