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Affordable Housing Development Competition

Architectural rendering of Balch House, first-place winner of the 2016 competition. Balch House is a multi-use development that offers housing, Pine Street Inn office space, parking, a neighborhood cafe, health services, and training. The initiative includes 46 units for the formerly homeless, 32 mixed-income units, and commercial space.


  • 1st place: $10,000
  • 2nd place: $7,000
  • 3rd Place: $4,000

Each award is shared equally between the student team and the developer.

The competition pairs teams of talented graduate students with affordable-housing organizations to develop innovative and comprehensive development proposals addressing the needs of these organizations.

Graduate students interested in architecture, planning, finance, and policy.

Gain real-world experience, make contacts, receive credit, and help critical housing projects get off the ground.

The 17th annual Affordable Housing Development Competition begins February 2017.

Sponsored by:
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston; Kevin P. Martin & Associates, P.C.; Boston Society of Architects/AIA; Kuehn Charitable Foundation; ICON architecture, inc.; and Citizens' Housing and Planning Association.

2016 Winners

First Place:
Balch House, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.
A student team from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology collaborated with The Community Builders and the Pine Street Inn.

Second Place:
Millers Court, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
A student team from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology collaborated with the Cambridge Housing Authority.

Third Place:
Hazelton Terraces, Mattapan, Massachusetts.
A student team from Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Wentworth Institute of Technology collaborated with the nonprofit Urban Edge.

We welcome your interest and participation!


The Affordable Housing Development Competition celebrates 10 years.

Jamaica Plain Proposal Wins 2016 Affordable Housing Development Competition Award

The Competition Celebrates 15 Years

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