Virtual Connect Series

Housing Affordability 

A Northern Colorado Conversation
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Join the discussion with local component leaders to discuss how to improve housing affordability. Housing affordability is a crisis across the country, and especially in the quickly growing Front Range towns and cities of the AIA Colorado North Section. Housing instability and homelessness directly harm the health, safety and welfare of all Colorado residence. Providing more affordable housing and better housing affordability is a critical mission of AIA Architects. This Town Hall panel will discuss and brainstorm with local experts to share best practices and urgent action items that architects can take to improve the situation. This breakout session will include brainstorming with housing experts about how architects can effectively work on policy, planning and building science levels to make housing more affordable.

Panelists: 
Macon Cowles, Esq., LEED AP, as Planning Board Member, three times elected City Council Member and DRCOG Board Member. Macon worked with planners and governmental officials in many planning jurisdictions in order to shape the legal infrastructure of urban level development. He is the founding editor of Boulder Housing Network, whose goal is supporting the creation in Boulder of attainable housing for people earning up to $150,000 a year. 

Pete Weber, AIA, NCARB, LEEP AP - A Principal with Coburn, Pete has been a leader of the firm for over 20 years. Pete has run projects which have won awards from the Colorado Sprawl Action Center, the Urban Land Institute, the City of Boulder, and Historic Boulder, among others. An accomplished Urban Planner and Designer, Pete helped spearhead the introduction of New Urbanist planning and principles in Colorado. He has taught at the University of Colorado, is a LEED AP, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Flatirons Chapter of the Habitat of Humanity. Pete has extensive experience in urban planning, mixed use neighborhoods and buildings, multifamily, affordable housing, breweries, commercial office, retail, custom homes, and mountain projects. 

Laura Sheinbaum is the Director of Real Estate Development for Boulder Housing Partners (BHP). She oversees development and redevelopment of affordable housing for the organization. Laura has 28 years of experience in affordable housing including eighteen with BHP. In the past five years, she has worked to develop 250 new units of affordable housing, has nearly 600 additional units in the pipeline, and led on acquisition of 255 units of existing housing that was converted to affordable housing from market rate units. Further, Laura and her team have renovated comprehensively another 650 units within the BHP portfolio. 

Moderator: Scott Rodwin, AIA, and Lauren Folkerts, AIA
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