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HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design & Planning Competition 2019

Calling all graduate students! Create multi-disciplinary teams and make a impact by submitting innovative ideas to address real-world issues faced by a public housing authority.

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Type of Challenge: Ideas
Submission Start: 12/11/2018 12:00 AM ET
Submission End: 02/04/2019 12:00 AM ET

This challenge is externally hosted.

You can view the challenge details here:



Registration for the 2019 IAH Competition is open! Enter a team.

Looking for teammates? Use the Team Finder forum to connect with other students.


Transforming our Communities

The need for quality, affordable housing has never been greater. At its best, housing can help strengthen the social and physical fabric of communities and neighborhoods. It is the hope of HUD and PD&R that by initiating and funding this competition, a new generation will advance the design and production of livable and sustainable housing for low- and moderate-income people through research and innovation.


Making it Actionable

The IAH competition has been designed to replicate a real-life approach. Multi-disciplinary teams comprised of graduate students in architecture, planning and policy, finance and other areas will be asked to address social, economic, and environmental issues in responding to a specific housing problem developed by an actual public housing agency (PHA).


PHA Information 

PD&R works with a PHA that owns and operates a site designated for the affordable housing design issue. PD&R works with the PHA to develop the necessary project briefing materials, including a comprehensive problem statement; background information on the project; community information; and relevant existing design proposals. More information for PHAs is available here.


Competition Awards

$20,000 will be awarded to the first-place team; $10,000 to the runner-up; and $5,000 to the two remaining finalists.


2019 Competition Calendar


Registration Open 10/01/2018
Registration Deadline 12/10/2018
Phase I Begins 12/11/2018
Phase I Submittal Deadline 02/04/2019
Final Four Teams Announced 02/18/2019
Site Visit for Finalists 03/06/2019
Phase II Submittal Deadline 04/15/2019
Final Presentations and Winners Announced in DC 04/17/2019


Competition Awards
Cash Prize Amount: $40000

$20,000 will be awarded to the first-place team; $10,000 to the runner-up; and $5,000 to the two remaining finalists.