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Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Competition

Calling all graduate students! Create multi-disciplinary teams to form a plan and make a real world impact. Submit innovative ideas to address a real life issue faced by a public housing authority.

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Total Cash Prizes Offered: $30,000
Type of Challenge: Creative (design & multimedia)
Submission Start: 11/12/2014 12:00 AM ET
Submission End: 12/18/2014 11:59 PM ET

This challenge is externally hosted.

You can view the challenge details here:


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

Multidisciplinary teams must be comprised of a minimum of three students and a maximum of five, plus one faculty advisor. Each team must have members representing three different graduate level programs; one of which must be from an architectural or design-related program, and one of which must be from a non-architectural program. There are many acceptable permutations; here is one example for clarity:

  • 2 M. Architecture candidates
  • 1 M. Planning or Public Policy candidate
  • 2 MBA candidates


  • Encourage research and innovation to create high-quality affordable housing that strengthens the social and physical fabric of low- and moderate-income communities and neighborhoods.
  • Raise practitioner and future practitioner capacity to produce more livable and sustainable housing for low- and moderate-income people.
  • Foster cross-cutting team-work within the design and community development process.


Prize Money
Cash Prize Amount: $30000
The winning team will receive $20,000 and the runner up will receive $10,000.