AIAVT Affordable Housing Charrette

AIAVT Affordable Housing Charrette

Date: 3/25/22 12:30 PM
Location: Randolph, VT

Event Schedule:

12:30-1 pm: Arrival/ Registration

1-2 pm: Panel Discussion (1 LU|HSW)

2:30-4:30 pm: Charrette (2 LU|HSW)

4:30-5pm Reception

This event is designed to educate architects and designers, and offer an opportunity to help towns and non-profits envision affordable housing projects in a hands-on way through a design charrette.

The lack of affordable housing in Vermont poses a significant challenge to our state. Vermonters in need of housing can face a variety of barriers, including high prices, low availability, and the sixth-largest affordability gap in the nation, which means the average income does not provide residents with enough earnings to be able to afford the average rents.

This complicated issue is one that impacts many Vermonters and is influenced by things like funding, subsidies, taxes, tourism, zoning regulations, construction costs, and more. To help us better understand the ways in which these issues overlap, and where there might be opportunities for improvement, we will be joined by a group of experts for a panel discussion.

Panelists include:

Maura Collins, Executive Director, Vermont Housing Finance Agency
Commissioner Josh Hanford, the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development
Kathy Beyer, Senior Vice President – Real Estate Development, Evernorth
Eric Farrell, Real Estate Developer, Farrell Properties
Erik Hoekstra, Real Estate Developer, Redstone
Bob Duncan, Architect, Duncan Wisniewski Architecture (Moderator)

The Charrette
Attendees will be teamed up to take part in the design charrette. Attendees can note their project preference when registering, or we can plan to assign you to a charrette project. Each project will have an AIAVT volunteer liaison and a project representative to provide all needed background info, existing conditions, zoning requirements, etc. The following projects were selected to take part in the Affordable Housing Charrette:

A Shelter Pod Village in the City of Burlington
A Cabot Creamery Workforce Housing Project with the Cabot Community Association in the Cabot village center
Farm Community Housing on 25 acres in Stannard, VT with the Developmental Disabilities Housing Initiative
Mad River Meadows Cottage Homes with Downstreet Housing & Community Development
The Next Step Neighborhood at the Good Samaritan Haven campus in Berlin
Development of the Historic Lyndon School Apartments in the Town of Lyndon

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. In the interest of the health and safety of attendees, AIAVT will follow all VTC COVID protocols.


Thank You to our Underwriter:


Thank You to our Gold Sponsors:

Gordon's Window Decor

Huber Engineered Wood

Thank You to our Sponsors:


Windows & Doors by Brownell

rk Miles


Passive House

Atlantic Plywood

Contact: Sarah O Donnell
Email: sarah.odonnell@