An In-Depth Conversation on Affordable Housing Design

The COVID-19 crisis has made it evident that the quality of housing is crucial to people’s well-being. Therefore, it is not surprising that health and safety have become top priorities for architects and designers. When it comes to affordable housing, designers must address everything from HVAC systems to the need for access to internet and a workspace, noted Ariel Aufgang, principal of Aufgang Architects. Since 2000, the company has designed more than 20,000 units of new and preservation affordable housing.

In the interview below, Aufgang sheds light on shifting design trends in a post-pandemic world, but also talks about challenges and expectations in affordable housing design, with a focus on the New York City area.

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