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.
First place: $10,000
Second place: $7,000
Third Place: $4,000
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 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.
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!