There are no specific educational or professional
credentials required to participate in the Affordable Housing
Development Competition. Graduate students of diverse backgrounds
are encouraged to compete.
Students with educational or professional
experience in design, planning, public policy, law, management,
and advocacy will contribute different aspects to a development
proposal. We do request that participants have some familiarity
with housing issues and a strong desire to learn about affordable-housing
Finding Teammates and a Development
Graduate students who wish to participate in the Affordable
Housing Development Competition should submit
an application to the student coordinating committee.
- Sam Carson
Harvard Kennedy School
- William Monson
MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning
- Adam Tanaka
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Interested undergraduate students will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please see student registration for more information.
The student coordinating committee will help students form
teams through a database and introductory
sessions. The sessions will explain how the competition
works and introduce students to one another. Once a group
of students has formed a team (mid-February), they must register
as a team via this web site.
Students do not need to establish a relationship with
a development organization before registering their team. The competition sponsors and the student coordinating committee
will host meetings to:
- Introduce the organizations and the development
- Finalize the pairings of student teams and development
Attendance at these meetings is required to participate
in the competition. Please refer to the timeline for dates and locations.
Students who currently have a working relationship with a
development organization are invited to encourage that organization
to participate. Interested organizations should apply online. For more information on what's involved, please see
To Participate section or contact Carol Marine of CHAPA
At least two Boston-area universities must be represented
on each team. Based on past experience, each team must have
a minimum of five graduate student members to successfully
participate in the competition. Six graduate students seems
to be the ideal team size. However, a team can
include more than six members.
Each team also needs a faculty advisor. Students are
free to invite any faculty member to participate, whether
he or she is listed in the Resources section or one who the students already have a relationship
Your team should be able to address some technical issues
related to architectural design, project pro formas, and financial
feasibility. We recommend that you draw from diverse educational
and professional backgrounds. Teams should expect to spend
about 15 hours per week developing their proposals, with more time as the proposal deadline approaches.
At present, up to eight teams will be allowed to compete. The number of teams may be increased depending on student interest.