Jim Spearman, AIA, LEED-AP, the S27 Project Manager for the La Casa Permanent Supportive Housing Project in Washington, DC, will be a participant on "Value and Design Excellence in Supportive, Affordable Housing," a panel discussion hosted at the District Architecture Center.
Homelessness in DC increased by 13% from 2013 to 2014, a far greater figure than in eight surrounding jurisdictions. So, what can architects do to help? AIA|DC is launching an initiative to address ongoing homelessness through permanent supportive housing solutions. Mr. Spearman will be sharing his expertise, along with Sorg Architects and LA-based Koning Eizenberg Architecture to explore three case studies that combine affordability, programming, and great design. The discussion will include an overview of how architects can improve housing for underserved populations, how cost-effective materials and techniques can be transposed to other types of projects, and how affordable housing can add value to our neighborhoods through high quality design.
This discussion is part of a series being developed by AIA|DC's Shelter with an Agenda. The overall mission of this committee is to use design professionals' skills to combat chronic homelessness. The DC Department of Housing and Community Development is eager to establish lines of communication with Shelter with an Agenda.