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Call for submissions
2019 AIA Housing Awards Program



AIA Housing Awards

It’s a life necessity, a sanctuary for the human spirit, and many people’s first and most personal encounter with architecture: the house. By recognizing the best in home design, AIA Housing Awards show the world how beauty, safety, sustainability, and comfort can come together.
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AIA/HUD Secretary's Awards
Affordable, accessible, and well-designed housing sets important benchmarks in the industry and proves that good design is not exclusive. The Office of the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development teams with AIA’s Housing Knowledge Community to celebrate projects that demonstrate these traits.
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Announcing the recipients!
2018 New Urban Agenda Local Chapter Grant

The New Urban Agenda (NUA) was adopted at the United Nations (UN) Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Quito, Ecuador, on October 20, 2016, and endorsed by the UN General Assembly on December 23, 2016. The NUA provides a path for international efforts for the next 20 years, to provide a right to safe and decent housing and communities for everyone.

We wanted to learn about the best projects and programs offered by AIA chapters that support the New Urban Agenda vision. Congratulations to this year's recipients!

1st place  | AIA Seattle
AIA Seattle lead with a strong declaration of housing as a human right and their proposal had a very clear agenda based on that. Their three pronged approach of using member engagement, advocacy and outreach engages policy and legislation deeply thereby showing architects and the AIA chapter in comprehensive leadership role.

Read AIA Seattle's proposal >


2nd place | AIA Baltimore & AIA Chicago
These are two excellent examples of how design competitions can begin to impact communities and ideally policy. They demonstrate the value of design to the NUA and we especially appreciated that they engaged with youth—whether students or homeless LBTQ.

Baltimore: Baltimore worked to improve the existing historic neighborhood and community context. They engaged the community widely and addressed resilience as well.
Chicago: Chicago ability to create a built model and having the municipality move it forward was very impressive.

Read AIA Baltimore's proposal >
Read AIA Chicago's proposal >



3rd place | AIA San Francisco
AIA SF built awareness by branding their NEXT conference on NUA and by highlighting speakers and pointing members and the public to NUA's message. AIA SF demonstrated leadership by working on this initiative before AIA issued their statement. 

Read AIA San Francisco's proposal >


The AIA at World Urban Forum (WUF9)

HCD has been involved with the New Urban Agenda for several years. First, as semifinal delegates to Habitat lll in Quito and most recently to attend the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur. The report offers and overview of the NUA and examples of implementation drawn from all over the world that are already under way.

See the full report >

 

Research Grant Final Report:
2016 AIA Innovation and Practice in House Design


Congratulations to Tricia Stuth, AIA and Ted Shelton, FAIA for their winning propsal, Leveraging Existing Custom Fabrication Abilities in the Design of Small Affordable Houses.

Project narrative: Calling on custom fabrication abilities widely available in the timber home and roof truss manufacturing industries, this research explores their potential for architectural expression and space making in small, inexpensive, light wood framed houses.

Read the full report.
Read the full proposal.


They will continue to work and document new developments in a blog.

Ongoing work includes:
  • Interoperability experiments with a truss manufacturer to see how easily their software talks to Revit and/or Sketchup. (in process)
  • Several upcoming blog posts on lessons learned at the SBC convention (in process)
  • Development of our selected house design and, working with a component manufacturer, creation of an associated DD set of drawings



About the grant:

The AIA Small Project Practitioners (SPP) and Housing Knowledge Community (HKC) are proud to offer the 2016 AIA Innovation and Practice in Housing Design Research Grant. This grant will fund one design professional to conduct research on a topic related to residential design on a small scale or by small firms.

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Our 2018 webinar series

Our partnerships are what make this series possible. Our partners include the Open Architecture Collaborative, a mission aligned international network of interdisciplinary professionals working to make architecture and design services more accessible in their local communities and EDI International, a global architecture, interior design and planning firm. We look forward to growing our resource library together.

Upcoming webinar
Nov. 12 (Rescheduled): Hurricane Replacement Housing from Two Direction


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2018 Housing Awards Book

The Housing Awards program, now in its 18th year, was established to recognize the best in housing design and promote the importance of good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit and a  valuable national resource.


The esteemed jury of architects, educators, and writers recognized 11 projects for AIA Housing Awards from a very competitive pool of entries.  This publication celebrates and is part of our ongoing effort to document this good work.


Peer to Peer Network


The AIA Peer Network is a program developed for the architectural profession and its leaders who recognize the need to sharpen skills, share experiences, offer advice, and learn from peers better ways to run a successful business. Members help each other tackle the day-to-day complexities of working in a time when the architecture industry is faced with many difficult challenges. Network members will share experiences and hard lessons learned over the years.


Latest Discussions

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