On November 11, the AIANY Design for Aging and AIANY Woman in Architecture committees were pleased to host Akiko Kyei-Aboagye, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Urban Architectural Initiatives, Rachel Simpson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Associate, Magnusson Architecture and Planning, Laura Mascuch, Executive Director, The Supportive Housing Network of New York, Takisia L. Whites, Director of New Initiatives and Underwriting, Robert Sanborn Development; Principal and Founder, Urban Impact Capital Partners, and Emily Lehman, Assistant Commissioner, Division of Special Needs Housing, NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development on an important and timely discussion focused on design excellence in affordable and supportive housing in New York City, moderated by Jen Stencel, AIA, LEED AP, Associate Principal, Magnusson Architecture and Planning.

It was an inspiring presentation and discussion of how shared values lead the way to realizing healthy and affordable housing that will have a lasting impact. Leaders representing the architect, client, and public agencies demonstrated how close collaboration is essential in providing access to housing—a fundamental right—to our most vulnerable communities. As the industry works to respond to a health and economic crisis, we explored strategies to provide safe, equitable, and sustainable housing. In case you missed it, stay tuned for a video of the event with extensive notes posted to this site in 2-3 weeks.