High Design for Low Income-Housing

New models are transforming affordable and low-income housing into cutting-edge architecture.


Until the 1980s, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development built almost all low-income affordable housing in the country. The resulting fortress-like structures were cheaply built and soulless. 

Today, more and more architects are striving to create affordable housing that incorporates creative social programming, cutting-edge forms and materials, sustainable design and a keen sense of aesthetic. Join us for this session to learn about new models that are transforming affordable and low-income housing into cutting-edge architecture. 

As you'll discover, good design can be a cornerstone of thriving homes and communities—no matter what the occupants' incomes.

Learning objectives

  • See how design excellence in affordable housing incorporates the latest innovations in design, materials, and building techniques, and has yielded encouraging alternatives that create substantial assets for both residents and their communities.
  • Learn that higher design quality may be the most cost-effective strategy available today to improve the quality, asset value, and acceptance of affordable housing.
  • Find out how good design not only is about aesthetics, but also contributes directly to the quality and livability of a development.
  • Discover that the design excellence of America's architects is increasingly leading to affordable housing that is durable, environmentally sensitive, comfortable, attractive, and economical.
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  • David Baker

    David Baker


    Founder | David Baker Architects

    David Baker, FAIA, founded David Baker Architects in 1982, and in 1996 was selected as Fellow of...
  • Jeffrey Huber

    Jeffrey Huber


    Principal | Brooks + Scarpa

    Jeffrey E. Huber, AIA, LEED ap, NCARB is an Assistant Professor at Florida Atlantic University...
  • Lawrence Scarpa

    Lawrence Scarpa


    Principal | Brooks + Scarpa

    Lawrence Scarpa is the recipient of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Award in...
  • Katie Swenson

    Katie Swenson


    Vice President of Design | Enterprise Community Partners

    Katherine W. Swenson is a nationally recognized design leader, researcher, writer and educator....