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

The second annual HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition (IAH) 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).


2015 IAH Competition Updates

Announcement: The Finalists Have Been Selected for the 2015 Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition!

The final four teams are:

  • Team 59 - University of Kansas
  • Team 82 - University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Team 97 - New York University
  • Team 124 - University of Minnesota

These teams will move on to Phase II of the competition, culminating in a final presentation, which will be delivered live in front of the competition jurors and a public audience on April 21, 2015 in Washington, DC. Thank you to all the teams that participated in this year's competition, and congratulations to the finalists!

Read the press release


All program details for the 2015 competition have been released!

  • The housing authority and site location is...Houma-Terrebonne Housing Authority (HTHA) in Houma, Louisiana!
  • The current site contains an eleven-story senior housing facility, with 300 dwelling units. Competitors may choose to either substantially rehabilitate or replace the existing structure, which was first completed in 1971.

The deadline for teams to submit the Phase I solution is February 9, 2015. All of the information needed for Phase I has been posted on the 2015 Competition Information page

Please note: Participants are not permitted to contact the housing authority directly. All questions should be sent to IAH2015@huduser.org.


Important Dates:


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



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

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