The Housing Committee of AIA Philadelphia has been established to provide an avenue for discussion, exploration, and continued education on all aspects of housing with a specific interest towards Philadelphia and the surrounding region. Planned activities include lunch presentations with local housing officials, panel discussions, as well as joint events with Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia. The committee is open to anyone with a shared interest in pursuing better housing outcomes for all.

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AIA Philadelphia Housing Committee
Meetings are held the last Wednesday of every month at 8 AM
via Zoom

2021 Monthly Meeting Schedule:

Jan 27 - Housing Committee Kick Off
Housing Development - January 2021 

Feb 24 - Bright Common and Future & Sons 

Mar 31 - Pathways to Housing & Furniture Bank
Christine Simiriglia

Apr 22 - Design Dialogues - Joint Presentation with Design Committee 

Livable + Affordable + Sustainable: Three Case Studies

  • Thursday, April 22nd, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM 
  • John Ronan, John Ronan Architects
  • Amanda Loper, David Baker Architects
  • Marissa Hebert, WRT

This Design Dialogue presents three recent case studies of well-designed housing projects that exemplify progressive approaches to building both sustainably and affordably.  From passive house principles to transit-oriented developments, each presenter will explore how their project implemented thoughtful designs that prioritize an integrated architectural response to issues of housing, affordability, and climate justice.

Jun 30 - Caci Cambruzzi Jaeger of Ascent Real Estate Capital will join us to share their tremendously successful approach to affordable housing in Charlotte, NC. Their work was recently featured in a fascinating article by FastCompany, "Charlotte may have cracked the code on affordable housing. Here’s how." The ULI Young Leaders Group will be participating in this conversation as well. We are looking forward to cross pollination of ideas!

Jul 28 - Nikil Saval, Pennsylvania State Senator will join our committee to discuss his initiative to build, preserve, and convert 1,000,000 units of affordable housing. Read about Nikil's ambitious plans here.

Aug 25 - Rural Studio | Auburn University

Rusty Smith, Mackenzie Stagg, Elizabeth Garcia

The Front Porch Initiative aims to develop a scalable, agile, and resilient delivery process for beautiful, well-designed high-performance homes titled as real property while supporting an industry of home building in under resourced communities.

Read about their Front Porch Initiative here.

Sept 29 - Tentative

Oct 27 - Tentative

Nov 12 - Forum on Architecture + Design: Housing Forum

Dec 29 - No programming


Alex Bruce, AIA, CPHC 
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