105th ACSA Annual Meeting | Housing and Community Development Workshop

Avenues of Exchange: Professionals, Educators and Communities Building Equitable, Healthy, and Resilient Cities
A partnership between the AIA Housing and Community Development Network & ACSA

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 | Detroit, Michigan
Workshop participants will explore the role of community design centers, both nationally and locally, with an in-depth tour to learn how community groups in Detroit have successfully worked with design centers and professionals. Other panel sessions will focus on housing and resiliency as critical factors in improving community health and well-being. Speakers will share their best practices in teaching, and participants will discuss strategies for practice and education they can bring back to the academic studio.

 Up to 7.5 CEU (HSW: TBD)

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Our 2017 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 webinars:

March Webinar: Equality of Energy Efficiency for Low-income Housing in the Mississippi Delta

Past webinars:

Webinar archive


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



Join Housing Knowledge Community in Orlando. Register early and save.

    • WE306 - Healthy Communities and Housing: Lessons from the Field
      April 26 | 1-5pm | 3.75 LU/HSW/RIBA | Learn more
      Panels will address health impact assessments in housing, high-performance housing in southern climates, and community development efforts in distinct Florida cities. Hear from several experts, including a local multifamily housing practitioner, and discuss projects and ideas with peers.

    • EV311 -  The Best in AIA Housing Design Awards Reception
      April 28 | 6:30-8:30pm | Orlando Museum of Art | Learn more
      Celebrate the 2017 Housing and HUD Secretary's Award recipients and their remarkable achievements in affordable housing design, neighborhood design, and accessibility, as selected by AIA and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

    • FR301 - Building Better Environments with Habitat III
      Friday, April 28 | 3:30-4:30 PM | 1 LU/HSW/RIBA | Learn more

      UN Habitat III has championed the New Urban Agenda, embracing urbanization to improve quality of life through policy, equity, urban planning, and sustainability. Join us to hear how you are uniquely positioned to serve, or even help lead, this movement.

    • ET128b - Affordable Housing: Art-in-Architecture
      Thursday, April 27 | 2:45 - 5:45 PM | 1.5 LU/HSW/RIBA | Learn more

      Round out the workshop with a tour of housing initiatives in Orlando.

Explore the conference schedule with 500+ sessions by clicking here.


2016 Housing Awards Book

2016 AIA Housing Awards and AIA/HUD Secretary's Awards

Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.

The Housing Awards program, now in its 16th 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 10 projects for AIA Housing Awards and 4 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.

Latest Discussions

  • All: Below is a message to me from my colleague John Peavey in AIA Codes and Standards Policy (Government Advocacy Team) requesting Housing members to volunteer for the NGBS Consensus Committee ...

  • All, The latest issue of YAF Connection has been released! This is our December issue with a focus on Lifelong Learning. Issue Here: YAF Connection 14.06 . Download Here . ------------------------------ ...

Latest Blogs

  • Posted in: Housing Knowledge Community

    Tuesday was a rush of adrenaline here at the UN Habitat III convening in Quito, Ecuador, and throughout the day I felt an overwhelming sense of exhilaration by being amongst such esteemed and earnest ... more

  • Posted in: Housing Knowledge Community

    In an article from the New York Times by Anna Holmes, the meaning of diversity highlighted a disconnection. It takes more than a simple box-ticking to tackle this issue. Important questions need to ... more