AIA Housing & Community Development KC Virtual Forum 2021

When:  Oct 11, 2021 from 01:00 PM to 06:00 PM (ET)

AIA Housing & Community Development KC Virtual Forum 2021

Monday October 11, 2021, 1pm-6pm EST 

The AIA Housing and Community Development Knowledge Community (HCD) is a network of architects and allied stakeholders that promotes equity in housing, excellence in residential design, and sustainable, vibrant communities for all, through education, research, awards, and advocacy. This symposium will give the participants the opportunity to engage in various subject matters related to the housing and community development knowledge community ongoing agenda. The goal of this one-day symposium will cover a wide range of topics including HCD housing awards, current policies, and public engagement.

Session 1:  Housing Policy in the US today
Monday, October 11, 2021, 1:15–2:15pm ET

Emily Roush Elliott, AIA, Social Impact Architect, Delta Design Build 
Kara Kempski, Director of Federal Relations at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 
Karen Kubey, Urbanist Specializing in Housing and Health 


The Neighborhood Homes Investment Act and The Green New Deal for Public Housing are two policies that will help create cleaner, affordable communities. In this session, we'll hear from HCDKC members about the broad range of housing policies that advance these initiatives. 

Learning Objectives: 

Participants will learn to: 

  • Learn AIA’s federal housing campaign and how that has been part of our broader infrastructure work
  • Examine policies related to Green Building Retrofit of Section 8 public housing
  • Examine the Neighborhood Homes Investment Act new federal tax credit in rural areas.
  • Understand how policies help create cleaner, affordable communities.
      Session 2: Housing Only Succeeds Through Partnerships
      Monday, October 11, 2021, 2:15–3:15pm ET
      1 LU|HSW


      Kathleen A. Dorgan, FAIA, LEED-AP principal of Dorgan Architecture and Planning of Storrs
      Denise Everson, Assoc. AIA, LEED-AP, ThinkBox
      Simon Ha, AIA, LEED-AP, Managing Partner for Los Angeles and Steinberg Hart 


      The welfare of 1.6 billion people with inadequate housing is not being ignored. All over the world, effective partnerships are building sustainable and inclusive communities using both local knowledge and cutting edge technology. This session will explore lessons from UN Habitat’s Tenth World Urban Forum: Cities of Opportunity: Connecting Culture and Innovation. Initiatives with the most vulnerable communities, such as Indigenous Peoples and Small Island Developing States, will be discussed. Participants will learn to access resources for case studies, goal setting, evaluation, and further education. 

      Learning Objectives: 

      Participants will learn to:
      • Identify housing and housing-related challenges
      • Employ the UN Sustainable Development Goals
      • Access tools for establishing goals and evaluating progress
      • Plan for ongoing capacity building 

      Session 3:  AIA Strategic Council Housing and Infrastructure Area of Study (AOC) 

      Monday, October 11, 2021, 3:30–4:30pm ET
      1 LU|HSW

      • Donna Dunay, FAIA, Professor of Architecture, School of Architecture + Design, Virginia Tech
      • Victoria Carpenter, AIA, Cuppett Kilpatrick
      • Yanitza Brongers-Marrero, AIA, Principal of Moody Nolan                 

      Etty Padmodipoetro AIA, Principal of Urban Idea Lab, Boston, Immediate Past Chair, HCD  Knowledge Community 


      In 2020 the Affordable & Equitable Housing study group (within the AIA Strategic Council) initiated a deep dive into issues associated with the housing crisis. The study focused on key aspects of Housing including Climate Action, Equitable Housing, Housing policy, and Essential Infrastructure.  

       For any equitable housing to thrive it must be an integral part of a larger healthy community; the infrastructure for environmental, social, and economic context must be considered. Currently, the demand for affordable and equitable housing is rising at a faster rate than the design and construction industry can meet. 

       AIA can position itself to leverage its knowledge base to develop new tools that are outward-facing to support its members.  Consequently, this will position architects as a resource to community leaders and the public as thought leaders regarding the integration of equitable housing in support of community economic, social, health, and wellbeing. 

      Learning Objectives: 

      • Share recent initiatives by the HCDKC and explore areas of alignment and future collaboration with the Strategic Council. 
      • Discuss the relationship between a strong healthy community and equitable housing. 
      • Discuss the various tools to support architects’ efforts to affirm the right to equitable housing. 
      • Recommend actionable measures that can be undertaken at the National, State and local levels to address concerns regarding housing policy, sustainability, resiliency, and healthy community development. 

      Session 4:  AIA National Housing Awards  

      Monday, October 11, 2021, 4:30–5:30pm ET
      1 LU|HSW

      Katherine Williams, AIA, Registered Architect, Fifth Generation Holdings 
      Christina Bollo, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, University of Illinois 
      Ceara O’Leary, Co-Executive Director, Detroit Collaborative Design Center, 2021 Jury Chair 
      Etty Padmodipoetro, AIA, Principal of Urban Idea Lab, Boston - 2022 Jury Chair 

      Melissa Daniel, Assoc. AIA, Architectural Designer, AIA HCD KC, Secretary  


      The HCDKC and partners at AIA, CRAN, and HUD have been celebrating excellence in housing design at a variety of scales for over two decades. Projects showcase leaders in high-performing well-designed homes for single families and multifamily alike, celebrating affordable, universal, and specialized housing while setting a bar for the field. This session will shed light on the awards process over the years, including takeaways from a recent related research study, share highlights from 2021 winners, and discuss this year's application process. 

      Learning Objectives: 

      • Apply lessons in affordable and universal housing design to their work, including approaches to multi-family housing design strategies and accessible living. 
      • Interpret and integrate best practices in sustainable and resilient housing design including climate, energy, and water considerations as well as other efficiencies.  
      • Gain tools in the consideration of design for specialized housing, including dorms, senior housing, veterans housing, universal design, and more. 
      • Understand the lessons to be applied in practice, with particular attention to context-appropriate housing design, effective collaboration, and working toward equitable communities. 

        Session 5: HCD webinars    

        Monday, October 11, 2021, 5:30–6pm ET                                                                      

        A discussion on HCD webinars 


        Bryant Lui is currently a Job Captain and Architectural Designer at Group 4 Architecture Research + Planning in South San Francisco. Bryant focuses on the design of civic spaces and  is rooted around sustainable architectural design solutions that combat and reverse the effects of climate change.