The Virginia Housing Development Authority, a self-supporting, non-profit created by the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1972, helps Virginians attain quality, affordable housing. Their goals include increasing affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income households; under-served minority populations; people with disabilities; and the frail elderly. They also work to ensure an ongoing inventory of affordable housing.
Recognizing that architects can provide the solutions they seek, the VHDA is sponsoring the 2013 student prize. The Virginia Society AIA Prize presented by Virginia Housing Development Authority is held annually near the start of the year. Students will spend the weekend of Feb. 1–3 designing a response to a problem created by faculty from one of Virginia’s architecture schools in collaboration with the VHDA.
Each school’s faculty reviews the submissions and sends up to 10 finalists to Richmond for final judging, which is expected to take place in early March.