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Housing Works: Turning Research to Action for Equitable Housing

March 11 at 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm

2024 Housing Works Symposium

Housing Works brings together cutting-edge research and creative practices that are having a real impact in the development and provision of equitable housing. Addressing our national housing crisis requires profound changes in how we fund and build housing. These changes may involve overhauls of the existing regulatory system, significant expansion of different funding sources, and creative adoption of new design and construction methods. This symposium invites academic field-leaders to present their work toward enabling equitable housing across diverse domains and to share their experiences bridging academic institutions and public entities.


Panel: 3:30-5:30
“Enabling Equitable Housing: Examples from the field”
Dana Cuff, cityLAB, UCLA
Martha Galvez, Housing Solutions Lab, NYU Furman Center
Karla Sierralta, Hawai’i Housing Lab, University of Hawai’i at Manoa

Break: 5:30-6:00

Keynote: 6:00-7:30
“Housing Research from the Ground Up: Driving Equitable Policy Change in Residential Displacement and Infill”
Karen Chapple, Director, School of Cities, University of Toronto

This talk explores how academic researchers, by working closely with communities and cities, can design and implement research projects that impact decision-making – while still building academic knowledge. Using the cases of residential displacement and infill projects in California, Chapple will discuss how the research at the Urban Displacement Project and Center for Community Innovation has driven policy change at the municipal, regional, and state level.

Guest Speakers

Karen Chapple

Karen Chapple is the Director of the School of Cities at the University of Toronto, where she also serves as Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning. She is Professor Emerita of City & Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, where she served as department chair and held the Carmel P. Friesen Chair in Urban Studies. Professor Chapple also leads the Downtown Recovery research project, which is a collaboration between School of Cities and the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley.

Chapple studies inequalities in the planning, development, and governance of regions in the Americas, with a focus on economic development and housing. In 2023 Chapple received the Sir Peter Hall Award for Lifetime Contribution to the Field from the Regional Studies Association. Her recent books include Planning Sustainable Cities and Regions: Towards More Equitable Development (Routledge, 2015), which won the John Friedmann Book Award from the American Collegiate Schools of Planning; Transit-Oriented Displacement or Community Dividends? Understanding the Effects of Smarter Growth on Communities (with Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, MIT Press, 2019); and Fragile Governance and Local Economic Development: Theory and Evidence from Peripheral Regions in Latin America (with Sergio Montero, Routledge, 2018). She has published recently on a broad array of subjects, including the use of big data to predict gentrification (in Environment and Planning B), the fiscalization of land use (in Landscape and Urban Planning), urban displacement (in the Journal of Planning Literature and Cityscape), competition in the electric vehicle industry (in Local Economy), job creation on industrial land (in Economic Development Quarterly), regional governance in rural Peru (in the Journal of Rural Studies), and accessory dwelling units as a smart growth policy (in the Journal of Urbanism). In Fall 2015, she co-founded the Urban Displacement Project, a research portal examining patterns of residential, commercial, and industrial displacement, as well as policy and planning solutions. In 2015, Chapple’s work on climate change and tax policy won the UC-wide competition for the Bacon Public Lectureship, which promotes evidence-based public policy and creative thinking for the public good. Chapple also received the 2017 UC-Berkeley Chancellor’s Award for Research in the Public Interest.

Dana Cuff

Dana Cuff is Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Urban Planning, and Director of cityLAB at UCLA. Since receiving her Ph.D. in Architecture from Berkeley, Cuff has published and lectured widely about design and inclusion, the architectural profession, and affordable housing. She is a prolific writer, including books such as The Provisional City about postwar housing in Los Angeles, a co-authored text called Urban Humanities: New Practices for Reimagining the City, and most recently, Architectures of Spatial Justice (2023). Cuff has had greater public impact than most academics through the co-authoring of successful state housing legislation grounded in cityLAB’s research (AB 2299, 2016; AB2295, 2022). For over a decade, Dr. Cuff has led the Mellon-funded Urban Humanities Initiative at UCLA, one of the most innovative social justice curricula in the country. The significance of Cuff’s work is reflected in recent prestigious awards: Women in Architecture Activist of the Year (2019), Researcher of the Year (2020), Educator of the Year (2020), Public Impact Research Award (2022), and UCLA’s Faculty Research Lecturer (2023).

Martha Galvez

Martha Galvez is the Executive Director of the Housing Solutions Lab. Her expertise is in housing and homelessness policy, with a focus on policies and programs that strengthen housing stability and neighborhood choice for low-income families. She has experience in mixed-methods research, and has designed and led studies involving complex administrative, survey, and qualitative data. Prior to joining the Lab, she was a Principal Research Associate at the Urban Institute. She has also held policy and research positions in several state and local research organizations, including the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services’ Research and Data Analysis division, the West Coast Poverty Center at the University of Washington, the Seattle Housing Authority, the New York City Department of Small Business Services, and the New York City Citizens Housing and Planning Council. Galvez earned an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in Urban Planning and PhD in public policy and administration from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University.

Karla Sierralta

Karla Sierralta, AIA is a Venezuelan-American architect, educator, and design advocate. Her hyphenated identity and experiences as a first-generation immigrant and member of the Venezuelan diaspora fuel her explorations on cross-cultural translations, belonging, and democracy in design.

She is an associate professor at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa School of Architecture, where she serves as the director of undergraduate studies. She is also a founding team member of the SoA’s UH Community Design Center platform. She co-founded the Hawai’i Housing Lab platform to document, collect, and share efforts exploring housing for all. HHL is the online home for the Holistic Housing Design Toolkit, a collection of tools and resources centered on a hyper-localized approach to creating more walkable, sustainable, and equitable communities. She has also taught at the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, where she was curator of the Re-Thinking Metropolis “House” Studio.

Her practice, Strawn Sierralta has been recognized nationally and internationally, including honors from AIA, ACSA, IIDA, Graphic Design USA, Fast Company, and SEGD. They were finalists for the 9/11 Memorial, in NYC.

Housing Works is organized and hosted by the University of Michigan’s Collective for Equitable Housing (CEH). We bring together architecture, urban design, and urban planning faculty at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning to promote housing equity within the state of Michigan and beyond. By leveraging faculty expertise, funding, and community-based partnerships, CEH pursues research questions and impact-driven projects that address housing affordability, enable equitable development, and promote sustainable building design and practices.

This event is generously supported by the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Lecture Fund at Taubman College. The Raoul Wallenberg Lecture was initiated in 1971 by Sol King, a former classmate of Wallenberg’s. An endowment was established in 1976 for an annual lecture to be offered in Raoul’s honor on the theme of architecture as a humane social art.



March 11
3:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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