Developed by:
  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

In cooperation with:
The American Institute of Architects
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston
The Local Initiatives Support Corporation
The National Congress for Community Economic Development
The Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation

Bringing the Power of Design to Affordable Housing
Welcome to the Affordable Housing Design Advisor

If you're part of the solution to America's critical affordable housing challenge, this site is for you. The Affordable Housing Design Advisor brings together experience and ideas from successful affordable housing projects all over the country, and the people who developed, designed and built them.

Good design can make a world of difference for the people who will live in the affordable housing you help build, and for the neighborhood surrounding it. The Affordable Housing Design Advisor is here to help you at every step.

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WHAT is good design?
The essential tests of good design in affordable housing, plus a short course in design fundamentals.
WHY is good design important?
Making the case for the value of good design in affordable housing.
HOW to achieve good design
Step by step through the process of designing and delivering great affordable housing, from the people who've done it.
A tool, resource, idea bank and step-by step guide to Design in affordable housing.

Please take our survey and let us know what and how you are building. We've used this information to create the Affordable Green Academy, which you can access below. Click Here to take survey

What's New

The Affordable Green Academy is here!
Green Housing
AIA Affordable Green Guidelines

229b Key ideas and strategies for achieving design excellence, with hundreds of drawings and photographs showing how it's done.
Designing excellent affordable housing isn't easy, but it's definitely been done. Ideas, inspiration and know-how from around the country.
Demystifying Density
What is density? What does it look like? How can it benefit your neighborhood? Follow this link for two new lectures on the benefits of compact housing.

Bringing the power of Design to
affordable housing.