3rd Annual Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute


The 2012 Institute convened at the Parsons the New School for Design in New York July 17-19. The Institute explored a new approach to housing development in which housing operates as the platform for success that links to a network of systemic resources, including health care, education, social and cultural assets, transportation, employment and the environment. The over the course of two-and-a-half days, participants discussed this concept of opportunity and how to design, develop and implement projects that will allow individuals and families to thrive. 

Design for Impact

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A summary of the proceedings from the 2012 Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute (AHDLI) highlighting eight principles to guide developers in achieving design excellence in their affordable housing projects around the country.

Media Coverage

2012 Resource Teams

Development Resource Team

James Bernardo, Presbyterian Senior Living, Dillsburg, Pa.
Donovan Duncan, Western Reserve Revitalization Management Company, Cleveland, Ohio
Laura Tavormina, West Side Federation of Senior and Supportive Housing, New York, N.Y.
Betsy Hunter, Housing and Community Services Agency of Lane County, Eugene, Ore.
Sharon Lee, Low Income Housing Institute, Seattle, Wash.
Beth Pfiefer, The Cornerstone Group, Minneapolis, Minn.
Kelly Weiss, Austin Habitat for Humanity, Austin, Texas

Design Team

Bryan Bell, Public Interest Design Institute, Raleigh, N.C.
Marc Norman, UPSTATE: Center for Design, Research and Real Estate, Syracuse, N.Y.
Mark Ginsberg, Curtis and Ginsberg Architects, New York, N.Y.
Toni Griffin, J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City, New York, N.Y.
Ernie Wong, Site Design Group, Chicago, Ill.
William Morrish, Parsons The New School for Design, New York, N.Y.
Adèle Naudé Santos, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.


A special thank you to our generous sponsors:

  • Deutsche Bank
  • The Kendeda Fund
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • New York State Homes & Community Renewal

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