This year, 38 graduate students with educational or professional experience in design, planning, public policy, and management partnered with five developers in the Greater Boston area compete in the 12th Annual Affordable Housing Development Competition. The awards ceremony is the culmination of a seven-week competition in which students, acting as development consultants, produce proposals that take their project from conception through community planning, design, financing, and ultimately development.
The $10,000 first-place award went to Caribbean Integration Community Development and their team comprised of students from Harvard and Northeastern University. The team's winning proposal envisioned a mixed-use development, which created 45 affordable residential units for families and seniors and included an arts center, non-profit business incubator, music studio, and a commercial kitchen and cafe. The team received its award on May 2 at the awards ceremony at the Boston Society of Architects.
A team from Boston Architectural College and Harvard University with the Holyoke Housing Authority won the second place award for Lyman Gardens. The third-place winner was Millicent Place located between Chinatown and the South End in Boston, Massachusetts. Their development partner was Asian Community Development Corporation.
Aaron Gornstein, the undersecretary for the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and the former executive director of Citizen's Housing and Planning Association, was the keynote speaker.
The competition was sponsord by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, the Boston Society of Architects/AIA, Kevin P. Martin & Assocates, P.C., CHAPA, and ICON architecture, inc.
If you are interested in learning more about the competition, participating as a developer, or becoming a sponsor, please contact Tobi Goldberg or go to http://www.fhlbboston.com/compete
Fig 1. - First-Place Team