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Transforming our Communities

The need for quality, affordable housing has never been greater. At its best, housing can help strengthen the social and physical fabric of communities and neighborhoods. It is the hope of HUD and PD&R that by initiating and funding this competition, a new generation will advance the design and production of livable and sustainable housing for low- and moderate-income people through research and innovation.

Making it Actionable

The IAH competition has been designed to replicate a real-life approach. Multi-disciplinary teams comprised of graduate students in architecture, planning and policy, finance and other areas will be asked to address social, economic, and environmental issues in responding to a specific housing problem developed by an actual public housing agency (PHA).

Read more about the team requirements.


Registration will begin on October 1, 2015; sign up to receive competition updates.

2016 Competition Calendar

Registration Open 10/01/2015
Registration Deadline 12/10/2015
Phase I Begins 12/11/2015
Phase I Submittal Deadline 02/08/2016
Final Four Teams Announced 02/19/2016
Site Visit for Finalists TBD March 2016
Phase II Submittal Deadline 04/15/2016
Final Presentations and Winners Announced in DC TBD April 2016


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