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HUD Announces Winner in Student Design and Planning Competition

HUD Announces Winner in Student Design and Planning CompetitionThe graduate student team from Ohio State University is the winner of HUD’s inaugural Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition. The competition challenged students to create a plan for the development of a Revolutionary War-era structure in Bergen County, New Jersey into new permanent supportive housing for homeless veterans. HUD selected a collaborative team from New York University and Columbia University as runner up.

At the Final Four Jury and Awards Presentation on May 6, 2014, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan stated, “Too often, the contributions of young people are viewed through the prism of the future. But these young minds are demonstrating they can make a real and meaningful difference in the here and now. By developing key partnerships in their planning process, they’ve shown there is room for innovation in the nation’s affordable housing movement that can inspire us all.”

Read the press release and view event photos.

View project highlights from the winning submissions:

The Ohio State University | New York University/Columbia University

HUD PD&R would like to extend a special thanks to the Housing Authority of Bergen County (HABC), the Housing Development Corporation of Bergen County (HDC), and the American Legion, for their participation in the competition.

Student Finalists Participate in Site Visit to Emerson, New Jersey


On March 26, 2014, the four student finalist teams traveled to Emerson, New Jersey, to visit the project site. The site visit provided a valuable opportunity for students to walk through the site, study its topography, and see the surrounding neighborhood. Students were also able to see the American Legion building’s historic elements firsthand, including the original house built in 1770, which now serves as the kitchen.

The site visit also served as an opportunity to discuss the second phase of the competition, in which the finalists will be asked to further refine their plans and innovative solutions for the project site. Finalists will present their plans at HUD’s Washington, DC headquarters on May 6, 2014, where the jury will make its final selection of the winner and runner-up teams. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan will announce the winners at the event.


Congratulations to the 2014 HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition Finalists

Graduate student teams from the New York University/Columbia University, New York University, University of Michigan, and the Ohio State University will compete in the final phase of the inaugural Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition. The four teams will make their proposals for development of veterans affordable housing in Emerson, New Jersey on May 6 at HUD Headquarters.

Read the press release here.


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