rendering of AlmaViva,
first-place winner of the 2014 competition. AlmaViva provides 33 rental units — mostly two- and three-bedroom apartments — for very low-income and extremely low-income families. The new construction and historic rehabilitation will restore the streetscape along the neighborhood's traditional commercial corridor. A neighborhood education center, bike shop and cycling advocacy center, and an early childhood day care center will help meet community needs.
First place: $10,000
Second place: $6,000
Third Place: $3,000
Each award is shared equally between the student team and the developer.
What: 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.
Who: Graduate students interested in architecture, planning, finance, and policy.
Why: Gain real-world experience, make contacts, receive credit, and help critical housing projects get off the ground.
When: The 15th annual Affordable Housing Development Competition begins February 2015.
First Place: AlmaViva, Lawrence, Massachusetts. A student team from Boston University, Harvard University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology collaborated with the nonprofit Lawrence Community Works.
Second Place: Xin-50, Boston, Massachusetts. A student team from Harvard University and Northeastern University collaborated with the nonprofit Asian Community Development Corporation.
Third Place: Jackson Spring, Boston, Massachusetts. A student team from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology collaborated with the nonprofit The Community Builders.
Sponsored by: The Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston; Kevin P. Martin & Associates, P.C.; Boston Society of Architects/AIA; ICON architecture, inc.; and Citizens' Housing and Planning Association.
We welcome your interest and participation!