Tiny Houses: Big Potential for Owners, Architects & Communities

Explore the emerging world of tiny houses, and their implications for residents and communities.


Tiny houses have quickly transitioned from fad to trend, becoming a viable alternative to traditional lifestyle housing. Tiny houses can be used to strategically increase density, access, and diversity around transit, education, and other nodes. 

In this AIAU course you'll explore the challenges and potential of tiny houses. You'll explore the various types of tiny houses along with their building code, planning, zoning, and governance issues. 

With a focus on site-built structures (rather than the media-popularized tiny houses on wheels) you'll explore how communities, architects, and local governments can change the urban fabric to meet shifting housing demand. 

Learning objectives

  • Learn to identify potential code and feasibility barriers to tiny house construction while discovering ways to overcome such barriers.
  • Gain practices for how to meet codes for tiny house construction.
  • Explore anticipated zoning and planning issues related to tiny house construction.
  • Discover how tiny house advocacy can overcome community challenges such as impervious surface, flooding, urban heat island, and sewer infrastructure.


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Average: 4.2 (366 votes)
 $45  non-member
 $30  member
1.00 LU
  • HSW
  • GBCI
  • RIBA


  • Ted Miltiades

    Ted Miltiades

    Director of State Construction Codes and Industrialized Buildings | Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA)

    Ted has a diverse background in legislative, regulatory, administrative and lobbying experience....
  • Robert Reed

    Robert Reed

    Assoc. AIA

    Senior Director, Regenerative Places + Spaces | Southface

    Robert E. Reed, III, Senior Director of Regenerative Places and Spaces at Southface, a non-profit...
  • Ryan  Taylor, AIA

    Ryan Taylor


    President | Ryan Taylor Architects LLC

    Ryan Taylor, an architect and HERS rater, founded Ryan Taylor Architects LLC in 2002 to change the...