Webinar: Architects, Affordable Housing, & Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

When:  Nov 4, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (ET)

Webinar: Architects, Affordable Housing, & Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) - 1 HSW/LU

The Benefits and Barriers to Accessory Dwelling Units: A National Perspective
Sue will share the results of an ongoing multi-state, multi-sector partnership focused on the multiple social, economic, and ecological benefits to ADUs; the demographic data and market demand for ADUs; state, local, and national policies that pose barriers to meeting that demand; and initiatives currently underway around the country to overcome those barriers.

Case Study: A Multi-sector ADU Partnership in Portland Oregon
Salazar Architect will discuss their designs for the Equity First Affordable Small Homes (EFASH) project, a program to create affordable ADUs for low-income renters and homeowners in Portland, Oregon. EFASH focuses on creating low-cost, energy efficient ADUs that meet Portland’s innovative zoning codes, while creating business and job training opportunities in low-income communities-of-color. The work is part of a long-term strategy to build equity and mitigate gentrification and displacement in culturally specific neighborhoods, and is being developed through a collaboration of local Community Development Corporations with funding from Meyer Memorial Trust. EFASH is currently in development and holds promise as a model for other communities around the country.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be better able to manage and participate in multi-sector partnerships for affordable housing in professional practice 
  2. Participants will be better able to analyze code and policy requirements, constraints, and opportunities for ADUs in their service area 
  3. Participants will be able to reference the zoning and building code opportunities and constraints set by Portland as a model for other jurisdictions 
  4. Participants will develop an understanding of the EFASH balanced sustainability, affordability, and durability in design and selection of materials



Alex Salazar, AIA, Principle, Salazar Architects, Inc., Portland OR.

Alex has 25 years of experience in housing, including renovations, new construction and community planning. He has designed dozens of buildings including affordable, market rate and university housing, as well as commercial developments and urban design master plans. Alex has practiced public interest design since 1993 when he spent a year in India as a Graham Foundation Fellow working with community-based organizations. In 2000 he was a founder of Causa Justa Just Cause (a tenant rights organization), before establishing his architectural practice in 2007. Besides practice, he occasionally collaborates with the Center for Public Interest Design at Portland State University where he has been affiliated since 2015.

Susan (Sue) Thering, Ph.D. Executive Director, Design Coalition Institute, Madison WI

Sue founded Design Coalition Institute in 2011 to continue the technical assistance partnerships she developed when she was a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sue has 20+ years experience, spanning professional, academic, small business, and nonprofit settings. She holds professional degrees in architecture and landscape architecture, focused on safe, healthy, accessible, energy-efficient housing and communities, and a PH.D. in Environmental Studies, focused on political science and public administration. Sue has devoted most of her career to working with communities that rarely have access to professional services. Sue is a mother and a grandmother, and an author of both academic articles and natural science-based fantasy fiction.




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