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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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2018 New Urban Agenda Local Chapter Grant

Calling on all AIA Local Chapters to share your success!

Deadline extended to Aug 13.

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.

Many of the principles of the New Urban Agenda have long been espoused by the architectural profession. We want to learn about the best projects and programs offered by AIA chapters that support the New Urban Agenda vision. Through the 2018 NUA Local Chapter Grant, the AIA Housing and Community Development Network will not only reward these efforts, but will share your great work with our over 10,000 members.

First place $4000
Second place $2500
Third place $1500

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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.

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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
Sept 17: Housing as Intervention: Architecture towards Social Equity

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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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