4th Annual Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute


In July of 2013, Enterprise convened the fourth annual Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute (AHDLI) in Chicago, a city well known for its commitment to community development and architectural excellence. The Institute built off of this local work and facilitated an exchange of ideas and knowledge between national leaders in the community development field. Hosted by Cannon Design, the Institute explored the role of design through the lens of seven development projects and intensive dialogue between developers and architects. The Institute began with a keynote lecture on July 23 followed by a two-day work session that included design team presentations highlighting best practices and charrettes focusing on each schematic development project.

The Multiplier Effect

summary of the proceedings from the 2013 Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute (AHDLI) highlights the effect that well-designed buildings and spaces can have on increasing real estate prices and bringing activity and commerce back to neighborhoods in need of revitalization.

2013 Resource Teams

Development Resource Team

Sol A. Flores, Founding Executive Director, La Casa Norte, Chicago, Ill.
Kimberlie Jackson, Executive Director, Lawndale Christian Development Corp., Chicago, Ill.
Cassandra Law, Senior Director of Supportive Housing, Presbyterian Senior Care, Oakmont, Pa.
Amanda Novak, Associate Vice President of Development, CommonBond Communities, Minneapolis, Minn.
Rose Olson, Director of Housing, West Hollywood Community Housing Corp., West Hollywood, Calif
Bryan Shumway, Development Director, Wishrock Investment Group, Portland, Maine
Victor Smeltz, Executive Director, Renaissance Neighborhood Development Corp., New Orleans, La.

Design Resource Team

Tina Brooks, Executive Vice President, LISC, New York, N.Y
Pete Landon, Founder & Principal,Landon Bone Baker Architects, Chicago, Ill.
Patricia Saldaña Natke, President & Design Principal,UrbanWorks, Chicago, Ill.
Amit C. Price Patel, Associate, David Baker + Partners Architects, San Francisco, Calif.
Deidre LAL Schmidt, Principal, One Roof Global Consulting, Minnesota, Minn.
Richard Sciortino, Co-founder & Principal, Brinshore Development, Chicago, Ill.
Matthew Urbanski, Principal, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, New York, N.Y.


A special thank you to our generous sponsors:

  • The McKnight Foundation
  • The Kendeda Fund
  • The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
  • LISC Chicago

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