Brent Brown to lecture at AIA Chicago on 2/18

“I think community-oriented design is only going to grow. Right now the questions are: Is it a specialty? Is it a credential subset like LEED, or is it a market segment? You do hospitals, you do schools, and you do public interest design. I completely reject that. I believe that every architect should ethically perform within the public interest.” –Brent Brown



February 18, 2016, 12:15 – 1:15pm

AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250


During his time in Chicago to help judge the more than 275 entries to the Tiny Home Competition, Brent Brown will give a talk on his own tiny homes project, Cottages at Hickory Crossing. Not to be missed– Brent Brown has been transforming his home town of Dallas through a community-led approach that improves how people live, work, and play. Founder of buildingcommunityWORKSHOP and founding director of CityDesign Studio, he will share his experiences in creating a community of tiny homes.


Currently under construction, ‘Cottages at Hickory Crossing‘ will provide 50 400sf homes and on-site supportive services for Dallas’ at-risk homeless population in a resource-rich, campus setting. This revolutionary model might be an easy one for other cities to follow– aiming to make a substantial impact on the lives of the most needy while saving taxpayers thousands of dollars each year. With the demand of affordable housing and social services far exceeding what most cities can provide, here’s hoping the money saved in these innovative approaches will result in more supply. Read more about this innovative project on


This is event and open to the public. Bring your lunch and register here.