Residential Design

Education Session - Panel Format

FRI-A02 - Affordable Housing: Strategy, Policy, and Design Advancements

Friday, October 20
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM


Affordable housing crises exist globally. Policy efforts to address the problem vary internationally and locally. Community planning and design leadership by landscape architects is required to position solutions as aspiring responses to broad social, environmental, and economic challenges. Improved development patterns and associated public realm underpin multidisciplinary design efforts.

Learning Objectives:

Charles W. Ware

Planning and Design Consultant

Chuck Ware is Design Director at LPA in Irvine, California. Chuck is educated and practices across allied disciplines: planning, urban design, architecture and landscape architecture. With study in each of these fields, and broad practice experience, he leads work from large-scale planning through detailed design implementation. He has been sought to lead some of the industry’s most challenging projects. This work has brought him to Africa, China, South America, India, the Middle East and extensively across the United States. Chuck recently published a textbook titled Landscape Architecture Documentation Standards: Principles, Guidelines and Best Practices.


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David B. Carlson

Landscape Architect

David’s nearly 30 years of global work includes the design of thoughtful urban and suburban spaces for public and private clients alike. David has worked in many climates and bioregions throughout the world including Southeast Asia; the Middle East; and the Americas. David's involvement includes all phases of design, from initial conceptual design, through construction administration. He is respected for maintaining LEED accreditation; acknowledging a focus on sustainable design and smart growth. He has an unparalleled ability to generate ideas and transform spaces across a broad range of scales from garden design to city and regional planning.


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John V. Mutlow

ACSA Distinguished Professor
University of Southern California, John V. Mutlow Architects

Professor Mutlow is an architect, educator and researcher with an academic and professional focus on the design of affordable housing and community settings for the
less advantaged. He is an ACSA Distinguished Professor at the University of Southern California, is the Director of Global Studies and was previously the Chair of Graduate
Studies. His practice specializes in and he is nationally known for his leadership, lectures and design awards for projects on affordable housing with an emphasis on social considerations. In 2006 Residential Architecture Magazine recognized Professor Mutlow as one of 10 International Residential Architects who were "Making a Difference"


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David A. Smith

Chairman / CEO
Recap Real Estate Advisors / Affordable Housing Institute

David is the founder and CEO of the Affordable Housing Institute, which develops sustainable housing financial ecosystems worldwide. With more than 40 years’ experience in affordable housing, David uniquely combines the roles of practitioner and theoretician, participant and policymaker. His work as an international housing finance policy advisor/ program developer encompasses projects across many countries, and he is a much sought-after speaker on affordable housing issues around the world. In the USA, David provides high-quality analysis to Congress, the Millennial Housing Commission, CBO, HUD, and others. He is an award-winning author with more than 200 published articles and a textbook.


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Keenan E. Smith

City Lights Design Alliance

Keenan E. Smith, AIA is the founding Principal of City Lights Design Alliance. The practice focuses on the thoughtful integration of Architecture, Urban Design, and Community Planning at a wide range of scales- from the House to the Region.
Prior to establishing City Lights Design, Keenan was Manager of Urban Planning and Design for the Irvine Company in Orange County, California. He recently of completed Principal Urban Planner assignments for Parsons Corporation in Austin, Texas; Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; and Dubai, UAE. He received his MAUD from Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1990.


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FRI-A02 - Affordable Housing: Strategy, Policy, and Design Advancements

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