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The AIA Housing and Community Development Knowledge Community (HCD) is a network of architects and allied stakeholders that promotes equity in housing, excellence in residential design, and sustainable, vibrant communities for all, through education, research, awards, and advocacy.

Toward Housing Justice: Expanded Architectural Practice and National Policy Alliances 

10-19-2023 12:52 PM

Toward Housing Justice: Expanded Architectural Practice and National Policy Alliances 
Collaboration between architects and policy advocates is crucial in addressing the global housing crisis. To create diverse and sustainable communities, we must advocate for equitable policies. This requires architects to go beyond their traditional roles and leverage their expertise to make a significant impact. Unfortunately, architects are often overlooked in housing policy discussions, leading to a lack of knowledge about effective advocacy structures. By gaining access to information and joining broad coalitions, architects can empower themselves to contribute fully to improving the lives of those affected by the housing crisis. 
In this session, representatives from the AIA Right-to-Housing Working Group and the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) will share strategies for promoting the right to housing through expanded design processes and collaborations with policy advocates. Participants will learn about the NLIHC's Opportunity Starts at Home campaign and gain insights into how architects can act locally and effectively communicate with legislators to advance equitable and healthy affordable housing policies.

Karen Kubey, Assoc. AIA, University of Toronto
Alex Patricio Salazar, AIA, Salazar Architect
Chantelle Wilkinson, National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC)

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