Scattered Sites: Seeking Housing Justice

When:  Feb 6, 2023 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (ET)
Scattered Sites: Seeking Housing Justice
$0 | 1LU|HSW

Session Description:
A continuation of an exploration of Baltimore’s hyper-segregated housing market, specifically public  housing and the subsequent impact on its physical nature; its location, context, and architecture relative  to other forms of government housing subsidies highlighting inequities regarding perceptions and access  to single-family homes in neighborhoods throughout the greater metro Baltimore region. In addition, we  will facilitate an understanding and awareness of housing as a right and underscore value based on  social justice beyond aesthetics.  

Problem Statement: 

The affordable housing need for low-income residents is rising. Public housing across the country has  lost approximately 400,000 units in the last twenty-five years while demand has increased, creating  waiting lists of several years. And while there is a constant and pressing need to “find” a solution to the  housing crisis; vacant properties languish, existing public housing units decay due to lack of funding for  operations and maintenance, and low-income residents already facing devastating odds against their  futures are assigned blame for derelict conditions not of their making or within their control. The stigma  of living in public housing in the US is rife with classist and racist undertones.  

The solution to affordable and equitable housing is not a single approach and needs to be as diverse as  the population it serves while addressing the wide range of conditions in the built environment. After  decades of social and design experimentation at the expense of people’s lives, a simpler, sustainable,  and more humane approach to public housing is being implemented. Scattered site design, locating  residents into “communities of opportunity” (defined by community health and economic and  educational opportunity) is at the forefront of providing equitable and just housing to an underserved  community.  

“Scattered Sites; Seeking Housing Justice” will look at the history and evolution of public housing from  its beginnings in the early 1930’s to today using Baltimore as a background and the City’s current  approach to providing public housing, albeit mandated by consent decree, through integration of rental  single-family homes in communities of opportunity. 


Kathleen M. Lechleiter, AIA , President and Founder, Twopoint Studio, LLC,  Baltimore, MD  
Adjunct Professor, School of Architecture + Planning, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD  

Kathleen Lechleiter, AIA is an experienced professional with over 30 years of practice as a  registered architect including work in the mid-Atlantic region with a focus on affordable and public  housing. She centers her practice around providing residents stable places to live, building equity and  achieving economic opportunity. Kathleen is an adjunct faculty at Morgan State University teaching in  both the graduate and undergraduate program including the Housing Studio for the School of  Architecture + Planning. She serves as the Board Chair for the Women’s Housing Coalition, a non-profit  supporting families and individuals with permanent and affordable, service-enriched housing and as  President of the Fells Point Design Review Committee advising on historic district projects.  

Elsa Haarstad , Building & Sites Graduate Intern, Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, CA  

Elsa Haarstad is a Getty Graduate Intern at the GCI working with the Conserving Modern  Architecture Initiative in Los Angeles. She is a recent graduate of the Master of Arts in Art History  program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has her M.A. in Historic Preservation from  Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. Elsa’s research focuses on the history and theory of twentieth century housing and its preservation. She is interested broadly in mass housing as a site of significance  and its mediation through art, film, design, and media. Before her graduate studies, Elsa was the  Marketing and Research Coordinator for Twopoint Studio, an architecture firm in Baltimore.