HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) is looking for interested PHAs to participate in the 2020 Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition (IAH). IAH invites teams of graduate students from multiple disciplines to submit plans in response to a real life affordable housing design issue.
PHA Involvement: PD&R will work with a PHA that owns and operates a site that is designated for the student teams. PD&R will work with the PHA to develop the necessary project briefing materials, including a comprehensive problem statement, background information on the project, community information, and relevant existing design proposals. The PHA will also help facilitate a site visit with the student finalist teams. All expenses will be covered by PD&R, but the PHA will need to have some staff time available to host the event. PHA staff will be invited to the final competition event at HUD Headquarters. PD&R and the PHA partner will sign a Memorandum of Understanding outlining all responsibilities of each party.
An informational webinar will be held for PHAs in August. Please email IAH@huduser.gov to express your interest in receiving webinar information as it becomes available.