FINALISTS_LUIS OCHOA JOHN WHITCOMB
HUD ANNOUNCES FINALISTS IN STUDENT DESIGN AND PLANNING COMPETITION
UCLA team is one of four selected to participate in final design presentation to take place on April 21 in Washington D.C.
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) – Team members Laura Krawczyk, John Whitcomb, Luis Ochoa, Edith Medina Huarita, and Precy Agtarap proposed a gut retrofit of Bayou Towers. The rehab features universal and active design throughout, as well as a rooftop community garden and digital literacy intergenerational programming.
HUD’s Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition seeks to encourage research and innovation in affordable housing, to raise practitioner and future practitioner capacity, and to foster cross-cutting team-work within the design and community development process.
“These young minds are the future of affordable housing,” said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. “By hosting this competition, we hope to stimulate new ways to tackle old challenges and open more doors to opportunity for years to come.”
HUD and the Houma-Terrebonne Housing Authority (HTHA) challenged multi-disciplinary teams of graduate students to consider the complex challenges associated with rehabbing the current structure or demolishing it and creating new construction. These student participants needed to consider design, community development, and financing elements in order to provide an all-encompassing plan and solution that would allow HTHA to meet its goal of offering safe and sustainable affordable housing to area seniors. Students also needed to understand the needs of the intended residents, the zoning restrictions, and leveraging opportunities.
The finalists will visit the project site on March 18th and hear from local HTHA staff. The competition will culminate on April 21 in a final presentation at HUD’s Headquarters in Washington. A jury of five academics, practitioners, planners, and architects will hear the presentation of the student finalist teams. The jury will come to a decision and the first place team will receive $20,000 and the runner up will receive $10,000.