Design Competition plans to spur mid-prced housing in three Indiana communities

INDIANAPOLIS – Plans are underway to explore new, affordable, well-designed, single-family homes on infill lots in three Indiana communities with an initiative titled “IN_Fill.” The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) in partnership with Downtown Indy, Inc., The American Institute of Architects Indiana and the Indiana Builders Association, are planning a design competition to encourage architects to design infill housing.

“We understand that a strong workforce needs affordable housing in close proximity to the downtown area," said Jacob Sipe, Executive Director at of IHCDA. "Through this contest we will develop new, well-designed owner-occupied housing that will help to meet this need."

The competition will be judged by expert jurors based on the following criteria:

  • Design quality and relevance to specific location, including energy solutions
  • Potential to positively impact surrounding neighborhood
  • Economic feasibility

Each location is within close proximity of the city’s downtown. The Anderson location is on 1102 Hendricks Street, the Evansville location is on 414 Read Street and the Indianapolis lot is located on 1950 Cornell Avenue.

Awards up to $5,000 will be given to top design finalists, thanks, in part to funders including PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., Vectren Foundation, IHCDA and the Federal Home Loan Bank.

“We are so pleased to be associated with this design competition,” said Patricia Gamble-Moore, PNC’s market manager for Community Development Banking in Indiana. “PNC recognizes the value of quality, innovative design coupled with affordability of single family homes. We hope this competition advances the conversation for the betterment of housing options in walkable, urban cores.”

Submissions will be accepted until January 27, 2016 at 11:00 pm. Winners will be advised no later than February 24, 2017.  For more information, competition rules and requirements, visit