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Can Developers Solve the Affordable Housing Crisis?

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American Institute of Architects Chicago

35 E Upper Wacker Dr #250 · Chicago, IL

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Up the stairs to the right on the 2nd floor

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Come and join us in the first policy panel by Moxie, Can Developers Solve the Affordable Housing Crisis? - Solutions and Barriers to Affordable Housing Development

According to The Wall Street Journal (, Nine of the eleven most populous cities in the United States are dominated by renters. But in recent years, living in Chicago's historic neighborhoods has become less affordable for many. This panel conversation will feature two developers, one non-profit, and another market-rate, a member of the philanthropic community, as well as a Chicago Alderman. The evening will center upon market and regulatory barriers these developers face, and some potential solutions to these barriers as posited by a representative of the philanthropic community through a planned juried architecture competition on LGBT housing, as well as the ward perspectives of Alderman Ramirez-Rosa.


5:30 Meet and greet

6:00 Program

7:00 Audience Q & A

7:30 Program concludes


Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa was elected in February 2015 as Alderman of the 35th ward ( parts of Logan Square and Albany Park. He was elected in large part for his advocacy for more affordable housing opportunities for his community.

Brad White serves as the Associate Director of the Alphawood Foundation (, which supports architecture and preservation, the arts and arts education, promotion and protection of the rights of LGBT citizens and people living with HIV/AIDS, and other human and civil rights.

Anita (Mikki) Anderson is a Vice President of Development in Michaels Development Company’s ( Chicago office. She previously served as a Program Officer for Housing and Economic Development for the Steans Family Foundation, which is dedicated to the revitalization of the North Lawndale neighborhood in Chicago.

Nick Anderson is vice president of acquisition and development at Related Midwest ( He has been instrumental in several of the firm’s high-profile projects, including OneEleven, 500 Lake Shore Drive, as well as South Loop Luxury by Related. Most recently, he managed the acquisition process of 400 N. Lake Shore Drive, the site of the former Chicago Spire project.


Marisa Novarra directs the Metropolitan Planning Council’s ( housing and community development work, managing technical assistance and support to communities facing development challenges related to housing, transportation, environment and economic development.

Architects may apply for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through this program.

Refreshments generously provided by AIA Chicago (

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