Tulane teams earn top 10 finishes in national housing competition

Three students working collaboratively on computers and writing on whiteboard

This spring, two teams of Tulane University students placed in the top 10 of the 2018 Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition (IAH) hosted by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development.

The IAH competition challenges multidisciplinary teams of graduate students to address social, economic and environmental issues connected to a housing problem identified by a public housing agency. This year’s real-world setting was a two-acre site in Dover, New Hampshire, where the Dover Housing Authority plans to build 154 new dwellings for seniors and persons with disabilities.

Tulane’s teams included students in architecture, sustainable real estate development, preservation studies and social work master’s degree programs. The groups produced development proposals incorporating a financial analysis, market research, design programming and preservation guidelines.

“For me, more importantly than winning was the process of putting together a proposal including a proforma, narrative, and plans for a real-life project; it was a great out-of-the-classroom learning experience,” said Deirdre Clein (MSRED ’18).

The members of each team are listed below.

Team 39:

  • Jessica Barnes (Social Work)
  • Lucas Elser (MSRED)
  • Riley Lacalli (M.Arch)
  • Katelin Morgan (M.Arch/MSRED)
  • Carter Righi (M.Arch/MSRED)

Team 86:

  • Christopher Bailey (MSRED)
  • Deirdre Clein (MSRED)
  • Amanda Coleman (MPS)
  • Sierra Eades (M.Arch/MSRED)
  • Isaura Perez (M.Arch/MSRED)