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What design tools do we need to create safe, dignified housing for all? How should we measure the success of affordable housing developments?

Join us for a moderated conversation, a guided tour, and a presentation and workshop with students and faculty of the University of Oregon School of Architecture & Environment Spatial Justice Initiative, showcasing leading national housing precedents.

Participants will be the first to preview draft case studies from Good Neighbors II, an upcoming comprehensive guide to affordable housing design in the United States, updating the seminal 1997 publication of the same title.


This event will include:

+ a small exhibit with U of O research on affordable housing design precedents and social, economic, health, and racial equity.

+ a moderated panel discussion with speakers including a non-profit affordable housing developer, a community development corporation, architects, and community leaders (see below).

+ small group working sessions that give participants the chance to reflect on content from the original book, and to offer input to inform the design tools of the new publication.

+ a guided tour of St. Francis Park Apartments, a groundbreaking supportive housing project by MWA Architects.


Supported by MWA Architects and the U of O Design for Spatial Justice Initiative.

Free admission. Food and drink provided.

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Festival Event registration opens on June 1, 2020.


This organizer is still confirming dates + details. You will get updates no later than June 1!


Community Room // St. Francis Park Apartments


Venue is ADA accessible.


MWA Architects // University of Oregon School of Architecture & Environment

Karen Kubey is an urbanist specializing in housing and health and a Faculty Fellow in Design for Spatial Justice at the University of Oregon. She is the editor of Housing as Intervention: Architecture towards Social Equity (Architectural Design, 2018) and served as the first executive director of the Institute for Public Architecture. Holding degrees in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and the Columbia University Graduate School for Architecture, Preservation and Planning (GSAPP), Kubey is leading students at the U of O in housing research connected with Good Neighbors II. This new publication is supported by an AIA New York Arnold W. Brunner Grant for Architectural Research.

MWA Architects has been designing affordable housing projects for over 30 years. They embrace social equity as a foundation of sustainable design and believe it creates stronger and more resilient communities. MWA believes in the unique integrity inherent in each site. Their designs, as expressed in the St. Francis Apartments, are simple yet dynamic and foster a sense of community.