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Since 1967, the Yale School of Architecture has offered its students the opportunity to design and build a structure as an integral part of their graduate education. Unique among architecture schools, this program is mandatory for all first-year students. This year, the school has partnered with Neighborhood Housing Services, a local nonprofit agency devoted to affordable housing development, to build a two-family house in a low-income neighborhood in New Haven.

This year’s brief called for a 2500 square foot house on a narrow lot at 456 Orchard Street, with approximately 900 square feet devoted to a rental unit. The design for this two-family house takes seriously the notion of affordability to create spaces that are both intimate and luxurious within a small building footprint and tight envelope.

The final design of the building project house was decided upon by a mix of both representatives from Neighborhood Housing Services and members from the Yale School of Architecture. Designs for the final selection were produced by six teams—each with their own specific approach to the problem of low-income housing in New Haven—split from the graduate class of 2013.

Class of 2013

    • Daisy Ames
    • Christina Agyros
    • Teoman Ayas
    • Adrienne Brown
    • Derek Brown
    • Tegan Bukowski
    • Alexander Chabla
    • Todd Christensen
    • Carl Cornilsen
    • Cortez Crosby
    • Owen Detlor
    • Antonia Devine
    • Stephen Dinnen
    • Aaron Michael Dresben
    • Sarah Durfee
    • Neil Flanagan
    • Sarah Gill
    • Eric Gronstal
    • Caitlin Gucker-Kanter
    • Brandon Hall
    • Raven Hardison
    • Brittany Hayes
    • Matthew Hettler
    • Christine Lara Hoff
    • Brian Hong
    • Owen Howlett
    • Ed Hsu
    • Ann Morrow Johnson
    • Nicholas Kehagias
    • Amy Kessler
    • Linda Lee
    • Gary Leggett
    • Andrea Leung
    • Hao Li
    • Jing Liu
    • Talitha Liu
    • Peter Logan
    • Michael Mills
    • Noah Morganstern
    • Jack Morley
    • Henry Ng
    • Ollie NZ
    • Christopher Parkinson
    • Altair Peterson
    • Jordan Piece
    • Talia Pinto-Handler
    • Otilia Pupezeaby
    • Teo Quintana
    • Amrita Raja
    • Jonathan Reyes
    • Benjamin Sachs
    • Ryan Salvatore
    • Aaron Schiller
    • Christopher Seifert
    • Daria Solomon
    • Katharine Storr
    • Mathew Suen
    • Yasemin Tarhan
    • Nika Taubinsky
    • R.J. Tripodi
    • Lexi Tsien-Shiang
    • Rushyan Yen

Management Team

  • Project Management
  • Sarah Gill
  • Cortez Crosby
  • Fundraising
  • Altair Peterson
  • Ryan Salvatore
  • Budget Coordination
  • Raven Hardison
  • Photography / Archiving
  • Peter Logan
  • Website
  • Mathew Suen
  • Engineering Coordination
  • Katharine Storr
  • Detail Coordination
  • Brittany Hayes
  • Construction Documentation Coordination
  • Matthew Hettler
  • Christine Hoff
  • Field Crew Management
  • Daisy Ames
  • Aaron Dresben
  • Chris Parkinson
  • Otilia Pupezeanu
  • November 1st 2011 - Finished Photos

  • September 11th 2011 - The Finishing Touches

  • July 25th 2011 - Cladding, Insulation and Drywall

  • June 26th 2011 - Wrapping and Windows

  • From no shows to heros

  • June 13th 2011 - The Roof

  • June 9th 2011

  • May 27th 2011 - Framing the Third Floor

  • May 22th 2011 - Framing the Second Floor

  • May 12th 2011 - Framing the First Floor

  • May 7th 2011 - Construction Begins

  • Keep up the hard work guys

  • Down and dirty in the concrete

  • April 20th 2011 - Final Review

  • And the winner is...

  • ...Team D: Minimal!

  • April 7th 2011 - Mid Review

  • March 28th 2011
    Team Selection: The Competition Begins

  • Lunch on the steps

  • Benny, great job on the rhino site model!

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