Affordable housing can be successfully integrated with other urban land uses.


An application may be submitted by anyone involved in the planning, development or operation of a project, but must include the approval of the original project sponsor, developer, and the architect. Eligible projects must be located in the U.S. and have been in operation for a sufficient amount of time to demonstrate success. The deadline for submission will be in August.

The jury consists of professionals from the fields of planning, architecture, development, finance, government, academia and the media. The six-member jury reviews all applications, selects the finalists, conducts site reviews and chooses the First Prize winner.

Applications will be judged according to the following primary criteria:

  1. Design and construction quality (e.g., sustainability, durability),
  2. Number of affordable housing units produced,
  3. Income-levels and social needs served by the projects,
  4. Positive impact on the lives of residents and the community, and
  5. Innovation (e.g., creative financing techniques, partnership arrangements, use of density to increase project impact and affordability, mix of land uses, mix of income levels).