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Team UIC Wins HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition!

Team UIC at the final presentations and awards ceremony for the 2023 HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition.

CUPPA is thrilled to congratulate Bailey Werner, Alexandra Pollock, Emily Etzkorn, Michael Cullen, and Wen Po Hsu for winning FIRST PLACE in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Innovation in Affordable Housing student design and planning competition. This interdisciplinary group of five graduate students represent the Master of Urban Planning and Policy, City Design, Architecture, and Public Health programs at UIC. Dr. Rachel Weber, Professor of Urban Planning and Policy, served as their faculty advisor on the project.

Team UIC was one of four teams selected by a jury of five industry subject matter experts to advance to the finals based on their initial proposal. After a site visit and refining their proposal, the team travelled to HUD’s headquarters in Washington D.C. on April 12th to present their final proposal to the jury and audience. Team UIC will be awarded $20,000 for their winning design solution for an affordable housing development in Chicago’s Lincoln Park Community Area.