Affordable Living: A Requirement for Sustainable & Equitable Cities

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 | Noon ET

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Description: 

Cities and towns across the nation are grappling with a crisis of affordable living. While some symptoms and strategies are universal, each geographical, social, economic, and political context requires a tailored approach in developing more equitable and resilient communities. Design professionals, public health specialists, policymakers, and community members alike must all come together to best ensure the places we call home are designed in the best interest for all. This panel will explore the topic of housing affordability in three distinct locales through the lenses of architects and planners, both in private practice and non-profit organizations, sharing the common goal of developing quality and affordable housing for all.  Hosted by Regional and Urban Design Committee (RUDC).

Learning objectives

After attending this program, participants will be able to:

  • Reimagine the roles of architects and other design professionals in the development of affordable housing projects and neighborhoods.
  • Explore how community engagement in design and development processes can contribute to more equitable and affordable communities.
  • Identify what “affordable housing” means, who it is designed for, and how that differs across geographic and political contexts in the United States.
  • Investigate the interaction of design and policy in the pursuit of more affordable living.

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Instructors

  • Scott Archer, AIA

    Scott Archer

    Senior Associate | Beyer Blinder Belle

    Scott Archer is an Architect, Urban Designer, and Certified Planner in Beyer Blinder Belle’s...
  • Dr. Erika Eitland

    Dr. Erika Eitland

    Director of the Human Experience Lab

    Dr. Erika Eitland is the Director of the Human Experience Lab at Perkins&Will where she focuses...
  • Cierra Higgins

    Cierra Higgins

    NOMA

    Health Fellow and Designer I | Perkins and Will

    Cierra is a native of Kansas City, MO, and recently graduated from Washington University in St....
  • Margaret Knight

    Margaret Knight

    AIA

    Architect

    Margaret is a licensed architect at Seattle-based Runberg Architecture Group, a past member of AIA...
  • Anna Lake-Smith

    Anna Lake-Smith

    Development Project Manager

    Anna Lake-Smith, Project Manager at Foundation Communities, works with the real estate development...