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Conference On Affordable Architecture To Be Held At U.Va. School Of Architecture March 28-30

March 14, 2003-- How do architects work with communities to create affordable housing?

The University of Virginia School of Architecture, in collaboration with the non-profit group, Design Corps, will host a conference, “Structures for Inclusion 3,” highlighting the role architects can play in providing affordable community design. Experts and practitioners will present case studies illustrating both specific solutions and prototypical systems.

Discussions will examine alternative ways projects can move from idea to reality and the potential architects have to bring about social change. Speakers will illustrate opportunities and methods for pursuing alternative community-based design strategies.

Mabel O. Wilson, associate professor of architecture at California College of Arts and Crafts, will give the keynote address, “Domestic Encounters,” on Friday, March 28, at 5 p.m. in Campbell Hall, Room 153.

Other participants include Victoria Ballard Bell of Victoria Bell Design in Raleigh, N.C.; Jeanine Centuori, director of the Hollywood Center for Community Research and Design; Monica Chadha, instructor at Archeworks, an alternative design school in Chicago; Gail Della Piana, associate professor and coordinator of the Ghana outreach studio at Miami University in Ohio; Rosanne Haggerty, executive director and Nadine Maleh, design and construction manager, of Common Ground Community in New York; Michael Haverland, co-director of the Yale Urban Design Workshop; Eric Naslund, founding partner and principle of Studio E architects in San Diego; Jay Sanders, instructor at The Rural Studio at Auburn University in Alabama; and Cameron Sinclair, founder and executive director of Architecture for Humanity in New York.

Conference sponsors include the National Endowment for the Arts Design Arts program; VMDO Architects, Landscape Architects in Charlottesville, Va.; U.Va. School of Architecture; National Organization for Minority Architecture Students; and the American Institute of Architecture Students.

The cost for attending the conference is $10 for AIAS and NOMAS members, and U.Va. students; $20 for other students; $40 for interns; $150 for professionals; and $250 for sponsors. Conference details and registration information are available on the Web at— e-mail Will Hartzog at

Members of the media are invited to attend the conference free of charge. To make arrangements to attend, contact Will Hartzog at (434) 295-8352 or

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services


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