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Housing and Innovation: Lessons From the Ivory Prize

Dates: 

November 15, 2019
1:00pm - 5:30pm

Location: 

Harvard Graduate School of Design
Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium
42-48 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Despite robust demand across the country for affordable starter homes and rental units, stringent land-use regulations, high construction costs, and an ongoing shortage of skilled laborers have made it difficult, if not impossible, to profitably produce middle-market housing. 

Innovative strategies to overcome these challenges will be the focus of this half-day conference, which will feature the finalists from the inaugural Ivory Prize for Housing Affordability. The finalists, which include private, non-profit, and public entities, were honored for their “ambitious, feasible, and scalable” efforts to change how American housing is designed, built, financed, and/or regulated.

The presentations and discussions are designed not only to increase awareness of innovations in housing, but to spur connections and conversations that can advance new, innovative approaches to solving our country’s housing affordability crisis.

All attendees must register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/housing-and-innovation-lessons-from-the-ivory-prize-tickets-67794861255

This event is free and open to the public, and will also be livestreamed on the GSD website: https://www.gsd.harvard.edu/events/

Agenda

WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS

  • Christopher Herbert, Managing Director, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies; Member, Ivory Prize Advisory Board
  • Clark Ivory, Chief Executive Officer, Ivory Homes; Founder, Ivory Prize in Housing Affordability

INNOVATIONS IN CONSTRUCTION AND DESIGN

  • Rehab with a Heart,
    • David Alade, Managing Partner, Century Partners, Detroit
  • Momentous Modular,
    • Larry Pace, Chief Operating Officer, Factory OS, San Francisco
  • Reinventing the Construction Process with Containers,
    • Pete Gombert, Executive Chairman, indieDwell, Boise
  • Moderated by Jenny French, Assistant Professor in the Practice of Architecture, Graduate School of Design; Member, Joint Center for Housing Studies Faculty Advisory Board

INNOVATIONS IN FINANCE

  • Boosting Homeownership for Teachers,
    • Alex Lofton, Co-founder, Landed, San Francisco
  • Making Equity More Equitable,
    • Bill Young, CEO, Home Partners of America, Chicago
  • Building Homeownership, Block by Block
    • Jada McLean, CEO and Co-founder, Hurry Home
  • Moderated by Carol Galante, I. Donald Terner Distinguished Professor in Affordable Housing and Urban Policy; Faculty Director, Terner Center for Housing Innovation, College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley; Member, Ivory Prize Advisory Board

INNOVATIONS IN PUBLIC POLICY AND REGULATORY REFORM

  • Creatively Using Surplus Land,
    • Mardie Oakes, President, Hello Housing, Oakland
  • A Systematic Approach to ADUs: Austin’s Alley Flat Initiative
    • Nicole Joslin, Executive Director, Austin Community Design and Development Center, Austin
  • A Big City Approach on Housing in Buncombe County, North Carolina
    • Nathan Pennington, Planning Director, Buncombe County Planning and Development Department
  • Creating the Recipe Book for Modular Housing
    • Matthew Laase, Principal, Jackson | Main Architecture, Seattle
  • Moderated by Kent W. Colton, Senior Research Fellow, Joint Center for Housing Studies; Chairman, Ivory Prize Advisory Board

MOVING FORWARD: LESSONS FROM OREGON, MINNEAPOLIS, AND MASSACHUSETTS

  • Andrea Brennan, Director of Housing Policy and Development, City of Minneapolis
  • Taylor Smiley Wolfe, former Policy Director for Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek
  • Janelle Chan, Undersecretary of Housing and Community Development, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Moderated by Christopher Herbert, Managing Director, Joint Center for Housing Studies

Closing Reception

Co-Sponsor(s): Ivory Innovations

 

Registration fee: 

Free

Type of event: 

Partner Events

Learning area: 

Real Estate Development
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