Blueprint for Better: Affordable Housing

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Blueprint for Better: Affordable Housing


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Plaza Theatre
1049 Ponce de Leon Ave
Atlanta, GA 30306

Film is an excellent way to educate, inform, and inspire the public about architecture and the positive impact architects make on a community. With that idea in mind, the AIA Film challenge was born. We are excited to host Georgia’s first viewing of some of the short films entered into the American Institute of Architect’s 2016, 2017, and 2018 competition years as well as a first look at Tiny House Atlanta’s new short film on Accessory Dwelling Units.

After work on Friday, come wind down at the Plaza Theater and hear from local leaders dedicated to affordable housing and how architects and students across the country are getting their hands dirty for the cause.

Design has become an important foundation for decisions of members of the growing mobile economy, but it also comes as a concern for those who live at or under the national median income. Design elements both outwardly visible, and those visible only to experts: mayors and city officials, planning commissions, architects, engineers and others are key. They are crucial to a city’s literal health and wellbeing. These are the design elements that make a city resilient to environmental, social and economic stress. Because, invariably, it comes. And when it does, the well-designed city knows how to adapt and pivot—in real time—as industries rise and fall.

The most vibrant, resilient cities in America make design a central aspect of governance strategy. Some civic and business leaders are legendary for their commitment to architecture and design and while we understand those positions don’t last forever, we hope they inspire stewardship. It’s about building a coherent, sustainable architecture and design strategy for our cities. One that is differentiated, leverages our uniqueness: location, climate, culture, economy, and so on; and one that is enduring. A design “baton” you can hand off to the next mayor, the next architect, the next director, or the next community leader.

The AIA has more than 90,000 members across the country. Here, in Georgia, we have 2,100 architects and designer members who have lived and worked in the state for decades. Our members are trained to look broadly at problems and find practical solutions. To tackle affordable housing, collaboration with creative problem solvers is essential. Architects and designers can help to create a healthier, happier, prosperous, more livable city for the people who already make it a wonderful place and for the new ones we want to attract.

This is a FREE event.


  • Kathryn Bedette, AIA – Moderator | Associate Professor of Architecture at Kennesaw State University
  • Tim Keane | Director of Planning and Community Development for the City of Atlanta
  • Dwayne Vaughn | Vice President of Housing Policy and Development
  • Will Johnston | Executive Director of the MicroLife Institute
  • Ai-Lien Vuong | Architectural Design Staff at Lord Aeck Sargent

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*Earn (2)  AIA approved LUs



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