2015 AIA Michigan and MIplace “MISSING MIDDLE” Michigan Housing Design Competition

An open Design Competition intended to spur the development of creative, mixed-income, and affordable “Missing Middle” Michigan Housing Developments in our State’s Downtowns and along key transit corridors.


As the demand for living in urban environments continues to strengthen across the State of Michigan, the need to accommodate the growing contemporary housing market has become much more apparent. While certain types of housing have been developed to meet the demand, such as adaptive re-use conversions and higher density single-family residential projects, there are still a number of housing typologies that have not been commonly built. This “Missing Middle” Housing type is one that consists of very affordable medium density residential units, typically inserted into tight sites in previously developed areas and within pedestrian-oriented environments.


Prizes and Recognition: The top 1st place winning entry across all three sites, as determined by the jury, will receive the top cash prize of $10,000.00.  Additional cashes prizes will be awarded by the jury not to exceed $5,000.00. The competition’s winning entries and designers to receive broad public exposure in Michigan and they will be recognized and celebrated at one or more significant industry events in 2015.


Upcoming Deadlines:

Timely Registration Deadline: Monday, March 16, 2015, 4:00pm EDT
Late Registration (+50%) Deadline: Monday, April 6, 2015, 4:00pm EDT
Submission Deadline: Monday, May 11, 2015, 4:00pm EDT
Winners Advised: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Awards Symposium (Tentative): June 25, 2015, Location TBA

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Emilie Evans, MHPN and National Trust for Historic Preservation Specialist, Accepts opportunity with PlaceEconomics as the Director of Rightsizing Cities Initiative
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It is with mixed feelings that we announce Emilie Evans, who has served as Detroit Preservation Specialist since May 2013, will be moving on from MHPN and the National Trust at the end of March. Emilie will be joining PlaceEconomics as the Director of the Rightsizing Cities Initiative. In her time with MHPN and the Trust, Emilie has accomplished so much, including her work on the Detroit Historic Resource Survey, Jefferson-Chalmers Preservation Demonstration Project, and Vacant Not Blighted video, as well as numerous other projects. While we will miss Emilie’s passion for historic preservation and enthusiasm for Detroit, we are excited for her future venture and we plan to keep Emilie involved with MHPN through new and ongoing Detroit projects moving forward.

Ellen Thackery, MHPN and the National Trust Southeast Michigan Field Representative, will be increasing her time in Detroit as we look to once again fill the position of Detroit Preservation Specialist.

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