"Design by Community" Design Charrettes Program

A Design Charrette is an intensive, hands-on pre-development workshop that brings people from different disciplines and backgrounds together to explore architectural and development options for a particular area or site. In 2018, Housing Colorado and University of Colorado College of Architecture and Planning will continue the Design by Communities Design Charrette series focused on affordable housing. This series began at the 2010 Housing Colorado NOW! Conference. Since then we have continued to offer this program on an annual basis, serving communities throughout the state. Many of the projects which have participated in the Design by Communities Charrettes have made significant progress in their affordable housing development.

The Design by Communities Design Charrette provides an opportunity for non-profit housing developers and Housing Authorities to benefit from pro bono pre-development services for an affordable housing project in your community. A team of professionals led by architects and landscape architects will create affordable housing concepts for a site in your community. Additional team expertise will include finance professionals, development professionals, sustainable design and building/ construction professionals, municipal staff and resident representatives. Collaboratively, these experts will work with your community to create unique design solutions for your site. 

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Charrette RFP Will Be Released in Spring 2018 

We invite nonprofit organizations or housing authorities who are current members of Housing Colorado to submit a project and site for the 2018 Design by Community Design Charrette. Please return to this page in Spring of 2018 for application.

Helpful Related Links:  

- Questions about the program? Contact Sara Reynolds 

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