About HKC

Housing Knowledge Community


The AIA Housing Knowledge Community tracks housing issues and develops relationships with industry stakeholders to encourage and promote safe, attractive, accessible, and affordable housing for all Americans.

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Local & State Chapters

Local and State Chapters


Connect with local components that have specific Housing related initiatives or subcommittees and join a network of successful local groups from which to draw ideas and inspiration.

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Webinar Series

Webinar Series

The AIA Housing Knowledge Community explored the ways that architects use research to enhance the health, safety, social, economic and environmental performance of buildings as well as the experiences of housing residents.
 At this time, the archived webinars are not available for on-demand CE credit.

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The AIA Housing Knowledge Community tracks housing issues and develops relationships with industry stakeholders to encourage and promote safe, attractive, accessible, and affordable housing for all Americans.

Innovation and Practice in House Design Research Grant


Copyright © 2012 InHouse Design

The AIA Small Project Practitioners and the AIA Housing Knowledge Community are proud to announce Jason Fleming,Assoc. AIA, Peter Muessig, Assoc. AIA, and Andrew Daley, Assoc. AIA, as recipients of the 2012 AIA Innovation and Practice in House Design Research Grant for their project InHouse-OutHouse. Read the complete announcement. View research materials.

Research Webinar Series

The AIA Housing Knowledge Community explored the ways that architects use research to enhance the health, safety, social, economic and environmental performance of buildings as well as the experiences of housing residents. View the series. At this time, the webinars are not available for on-demand CE credit.


Awards

AIA Housing Awards
AIA/HUD Secretary Awards
>> 2012 Recipients: Housing and HUD
>> 2011 Recipients: Housing and HUD
>> 2010 Recipients: Housing and HUD

Best in American Living Awards

Show You’re Green Archive: Design Advisor for past award recipients in case study format and 2009 Show How You Re-Green: Green Housing Awards Program information.

Latest Resources


Announcements

Research Grant: Innovation and Practice in House Design

The AIA Small Project Practitioners (SPP) and Housing Knowledge Community (HKC) are proud to offer the 2014 AIA Innovation and Practice in Housing Design Research Grant. This grant will fund one emerging professional (defined below) to conduct research on residential design practice in small architectural firms or a topic of direct applicability to these firms. Applicants are encouraged to research emerging approaches to the professional practice of architecture.

- The Researcher will have the opportunity to undertake comprehensive professional research on residential and housing design in practice.
- The Researcher's completed work will be published on AIA websites.
- The Researcher will be funded in the amount of $7,000 for a research effort that is the equivalent to a 12-week full time architectural internship.

Please join us this year in submitting your project! Applications are due no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on May 23, 2014.

Free Housing Webinar Series

Join AIA Housing Knowledge Community this fall with the free webinar series for AIA Continuing Education credits on various topics including research and public interest design.

Registration is now open!

InHouse OutHouse Team Receives AIA Innovation and Practice in House Design Research Grant

The AIA Small Project Practitioners and the AIA Housing Knowledge Community are proud to announce Jason Fleming, Assoc. AIA, Peter Muessig, Assoc. AIA, and Andrew Daley, Assoc. AIA, as recipients of the 2012 AIA Innovation and Practice in House Design Research Grant for their project InHouse OutHouse.

Upcoming Events

  1. Policy Context for Housing Development in China (HKC Free Webinar)

    Thursday, April 24, 2014, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))
    United States
  2. Historical and Cultural Significance of House and Home In Yunnan

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))
    United States
  3. Housing Test Registration

    Thursday, June 26, 2014, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Central Time (US & Canada))
    Chicago, IL, United States

AIA National Convention Events


Multifamily Housing, Community Design, and Neighborhood Revitalization: Lessons from Chicago

Wednesday, June 25 | 8:30 AM-5:30 PM | Fee: $350 | Earn 9.0 AIA HSW LUs + GBCI + RIBA

This daylong session will focus on the development and revitalization of public housing in Chicago, including the infamous Cabrini-Green housing development, as an extended case study of urban transformation and change. Architecture and design have been critical components both of the perceived social failures of high-rise public housing and of the hoped-for successes of the redeveloped neighborhoods. Chicago's public housing has undergone perhaps the most extreme redevelopment, and certainly at the largest scale. The failures as well as the successes have been studied in detail over the past decades, and so it is an excellent place to learn about community redevelopment and change. Additionally, because of Chicago's architectural history, it is also an excellent place to study the role of design and specifically modern design in making successful, diverse communities. 

2012 AIA National Convention

Small Project Practitioners + Custom Residential Architects Network + Housing Knowledge Community Reception
Thursday, June 26 | 6:00-8:00 PM

For the past several decades, architects have abandoned the Design Build delivery method because the AIA considered it unethical and a conflict of interest for the architect. This is no longer the case. Now the time is right for more emerging professionals and small practitioners to join the ranks of those who have been practicing as Design Build with great success. This workshop brings mature companies to enlighten young professionals to the merits of Design Build as a profitable delivery method. Design Build project delivery is cutting edge because we dare to reposition residential architects as leaders in the burgeoning custom home industry, and bring quality design to the forefront of communities on a local as well as national level.

2012 AIA National Convention


Best in Housing: 2014 Awards Celebration
Friday, June 27 | 11:30 AM-1:00 PM | Fee: $0 - Free to attend

Join the 2014 recipients of the AIA Housing Awards, AIA/HUD Secretary's Awards, and residential architect Design Awards as we honor and celebrate excellence in housing and community design.

2012 AIA National Convention

Powering a New Generation: Exploring Energy-generating Affordable Housing
Friday, June 27 | 6:00-7:00 PM | Earn 1.0 AIA HSW LUs + GCBI + RIBA

Exploring aged public housing in a new light provides creative solutions for designers to redvelop, repurpose, and reuse buildings. The seminar will discuss Langston Dwellings, a D.C.'s first public housing project and opportunities for energy-generating solutions.

2012 AIA National Convention

The Best of 2014: AIA Housing Award Winners
Saturday, June 28 | 7:00-8:00 AM

The AIA gives out awards each year in housing design. It is important that architects learn the nuances of what makes the award-winning projects stand out. This presentation will go beyond the photos and portray to audience the details that made each project an award winner. Audience members will learn techniques that they can apply to their own housing designs to increase design quality. Additionally, memebers of the award jury will share what deisgn characteristics stood out for them when they examined the submissions.

2012 AIA National Convention

Latest Discussions

  • Mr. Eugenio Aburto, AIA

    Rental Crisis by Nicolaous Philipsen, FAIA

    Posted in: Housing Knowledge Community

    I read the beginning of your post in the AIA HKC, of Nicolaus Philipsen, FAIA and send you some ideas to him get rid of the homeless, which are build concrete-máché houses, invite architectural students...

  • Mr. Eugenio Aburto, AIA

    concrete houses

    Posted in: Housing Knowledge Community

    Concrete poured in place: more than 2000 years of proven efficacy one sample of several ones is the Roman Coliseum. Concrete used by the Romans was masonry and mortar using the natural volcanic...

  • Mr. Allen E Neyman, AIA

    RE:Masonry Paving Question

    Posted in: Housing Knowledge Community

    Alexander Context is important, so a lot more information may be needed. But random field stone for a walway sounds like the first rpoblem. If you want to stick with stone in the redo, go for sedimantary...

Latest Blogs

  • Mr. Eugenio Aburto, AIA

    about myself

    Housing Knowledge Community

    I guess I am the new boy in the AIA HKC, to start I want to tell a little about myself. I love the fluid stone: concrete for that I first practice by building using my idea of masonry concrete... more

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    HUD Green Academy and the AIA Housing Knowledge Community partner to provide continuing education

    Housing Knowledge Community

    The HUD Green Academy includes the following courses: Course 1: Introduction to Green Building for Affordable Housing (1 ½ days) provides training and knowledge to best incorporate... more