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2018 AIA Housing Awards Presentation Grant Open

Calling all Housing Award and AIA/HUD Secretary’s Award winners!

Submit proposals for grant assistance to present your award-winning projects for publication, public group presentation or presentation at conferences and seminars. The HCD Knowledge Community wants to encourage opportunities for these projects to be shared both with other architects and the general public in order to broaden conversations about quality design in housing.

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  • EV408 -Best in Housing 2018 Awards Celebration
    June 22 | 7:30-9pm | 7.5 LU/RIBA | Learn More
    Join us as we honor and celebrate the 2018 Housing and HUD Secretary's Award recipients. Learn about your peers' remarkable achievements in affordable housing and community design, as selected by AIA and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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The AIA at Habitat III

In October 2016, AIA delegates and AIA Housing Knowledge Community (AIA HKC) leaders attended the United Nations Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador. This book contains information from the United Nations and writings from the AIA representatives. It summarizes AIA’s participation, describes the personal experiences and lessons learned, and explores opportunities in aligning the values of the New Urban Agenda with the American Institute of Architects.


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.

Latest Resources

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
July 9: Resilient Equity Hubs: Policy, Finance and Design in the Face of Sea Level Rise

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2017 Housing Awards Book

2017 AIA Housing Awards and AIA/HUD Secretary's Awards

Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.
The Housing Awards program, now in its 17th 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 AIA/HUD Secretary's Awards recognizes excellence in affordable housing architecture, neighborhood design, participatory design, and accessibility. 

The esteemed jury of architects, educators, and writers recognized 14 projects for AIA Housing Awards and 3 projects for the AIA/HUD Secretary's 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.

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