Form a Team. Create a Plan. Make a Real-World Impact.

The second annual HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition challenges multi-disciplinary, graduate student teams to respond to a real life affordable housing design and planning issue. The competition is sponsored by HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R).

Multidisciplinary teams must be comprised of a minimum of three students (no more than five) plus one faculty advisor, representing at least three graduate level programs:

  • architecture
  • planning / public policy
  • business / real estate / social entrepreneurship


  • Encourage research and innovation to create high-quality affordable housing that strengthens the social and physical fabric of low- and moderate-income communities and neighborhoods.
  • Raise practitioner and future practitioner capacity to produce more livable and sustainable housing for low- and moderate-income people.
  • Foster cross-cutting team-work within the design and community development process.

Important Dates:

April, 2015

Registration Opens
Competition launch (problem & criteria released)
Deadline for teams to register
Phase I questions released (site and HA information)
Deadline for teams to submit Phase l solution
Finalists announced; Phase ll released
Site visit for finalists
Final jury and winners announced in DC (TBD)



$20,000 to the winning team
$10,000 to the runner up

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