2015 Institute: Connecting to Opportunity


Hosted by our Enterprise Atlanta team, in collaboration with Georgia Tech and MARTA, Enterprise’s sixth annual Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute (AHDLI) took place in Atlanta in September, 2015. The theme for the 2015 Institute was "Connecting to Opportunity," Enterprise is committed to the generational goal of ending housing insecurity in the United States. Doing so means more than just having enough units to satisfy demand; it means having high-quality homes with connections to good schools, jobs, transit and health care. The Atlanta Beltline is an example of a visionary infrastructure project that is connecting people to the greater resources of Atlanta. 

Our keynote lecture, "Connecting to Opportunity: City Building by Design" was delivered by Maurice Cox, Director of Planning for the City of Detroit and former Design Director at the National Endowment for the Arts. Maurice is a co-founder of AHDLI, identifying the need for community development and design leadership to come together, just as mayors and designers have been for 35 years at the Mayors’ Institute for City Design. 

The program for ADHLI 2015, including in-depth project profiles and resources team bios, is available for download.

2015 Resource Team

Development Resource Team

Charlene Andreas, Director of Building Development, LUCHA, Chicago, IL
Brent Elrod, Director of Projects, Urban Housing Solutions, Nashville, TN
Angela Hurlock, Executive Director, Claretian Associates, Chicago, IL
Sharon Lee, Executive Director, Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI), Seattle, WA
Jon Toppen, Managing Principal, Tapestry Development Group, Atlanta, GA
Leah Whiteside, Project Manager, Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation, Dorchester, MA

Design Resource Team

Maurice Cox, Director, Department of Planning and Development, City of Detroit (KEYNOTE), Detroit, MI
Nette Compton, Senior Director of ParkCentral & City Park Development, The Trust for Public Land, New York, NY
Janae Futrell, Senior Principal Planner, Atlanta Regional Commission, Atlanta, GA
Ryan Gravel, AICP, LEED AP, Founding Principal, Sixpitch, Atlanta GA
Rashmi Ramaswamy, LEED AP, Principal and Co – Founder, SHED Studio, Cambridge, MA
Robert Reed, Director, Residential and Community Sustainability Services, Southface, Atlanta, GA
Daniel Simons, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, David Baker Architects, San Francisco, CA
Walker Wells, AICP, LEED AP, Vice President of Programs, Director of Green Urbanism Program, Global Green, Santa Monica, CA
Robyn Zurfluh, RA, LEED AP, Senior Associate, Smith Dalia Architects, Atlanta, GA


The 2015 Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute is made possible by generous support from The Kendeda Fund, The McKnight Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Autodesk Foundation, our host, the Enterprise Atlanta Team and Co-host The Georgia Institute of Technology, College of Architecture & Marta. 

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