Housing Affordability - The Missing Middle

Global Initiatives Committee

Event details:

10:00am PDT on Friday, April 21, 2023
11:30am PDT on Friday, April 21, 2023

This event qualifies for APA Certification Maintenance Credits. 

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First program in our series about housing affordability around the globe.

Housing Affordability - The Missing Middle

LAI Global Initiatives is presenting a series of on-line events on Affordable Housing. On April 21, 2023 we are pleased to invite to you join us in welcoming four highly qualified speakers to share recent experience in the US and Canada with the ‘Missing Middle’ in housing supply, homes in that wide range of density between single family homes, and the high-rise tower. Daniel Parolek, Principal of Opticos Design, Inc. of Berkeley, CA, Architects of the Missing Middle Housing Movement is arguably the world’s foremost expert in Missing Middle housing. He will share his experience from projects across the US landscape. Denise Pinkston, Partner, at TMG Partners brings us 36 years of award-winning development experience including her experience leading legislative change in California and as Founder/President of the California-based NGO The Casita Coalition promoting middle housing and Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). Our third speaker, Dr. Ann McAfee is a member of Canada’s National Housing Council, and continues to teach at the University of British Columbia after a distinguished career as a co-director of planning in the City of Vancouver. Ann will share her experience both nationally and locally on the shifting development focus from single family to various forms of gentle density to increase housing choices in Canada’s large and growing metropolitan centres.

Carol Galante, founder and advisor to the Terner Centre for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley, and LAI Golden Gate chapter member, will moderate this session.

With a dramatic increase interest rate levels, the timing could not be better for us to engage these three experts in talking us through some of the success stories and remaining challenges in housing affordability. Please join us. 

Ann McAfee, PhD

Dr. Ann McAfee grew up in Vancouver Canada during the 1950s in a ‘single-family’ neighbourhood.  Ours was a multi-generational family, next door was a large house divided into 5 suites, and across the street all the homes had secondary (basement) suites. I thought this gentle density was normal.  Seventy years later Vancouver is still striving to increase housing choice in low density neighbourhoods. During the 70s-80s as Vancouver’s Housing Planner, subsequently as Co-Director of Planning, and currently as a member of Canada’s National Housing Council Ann continues to advocate for affordable housing choices.

Carol Galante

Carol Galante is the Founder and Advisor of the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley and The Housing Lab, an accelerator program working with early-stage ventures on housing affordability. She is the Emeritus Faculty Director of the Terner Center and held the I. Donald Terner Professorship in Affordable Housing and Urban Policy at UC Berkeley between 2015-2021. She previously served in the Obama Administration as Assistant Secretary for Housing/Federal Housing Commissioner in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing Programs. Prior to her appointment at HUD, she served for over ten years as President and CEO of BRIDGE Housing Corporation. She also chairs the Board of Terner Housing Innovation Labs, serves on the Board of The Community Builders, and is an advisor to Factory OS. Galante is the Principal of Galante Housing Solutions, LLC.

Denise Pinkston

Denise Pinkston has over 36 years of experience in real estate development and planning and is currently a partner in TMG Partners, a full-service real estate development and operating company headquartered in San Francisco. Her work has included acquisitions, leasing, management, entitlements, finance, dispositions, green building, and public affairs. She led a number of award-winning Bay Area developments including the over 1MM sqft. Emeryville Marketplace which was the first LEED ND Platinum project in the US.  Ms. Pinkston has particular expertise in land use planning and public affairs and came to TMG after a decade as the manager of current planning, code enforcement, housing and redevelopment for the County of Marin. Ms. Pinkston attended the University of California at Berkeley where she earned a B.A. in History, and a Masters in City and Regional Planning. 

Daniel Parolek

Daniel Parolek is an urban designer and architect, author, and the founding principal of Opticos Design, a B Corporation focused on equitable urban placemaking, innovative housing design and policy, and zoning reform for walkable urbanism. Daniel and his work have been featured in many high-profile publications including The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Next City, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, and Curbed. Daniel has championed the Missing Middle Housing movement, launched missingmiddlehousing.com, and wrote the book “Missing Middle Housing: Thinking Big and Building Small to Respond to Today’s Housing Crisis,” which is now available from Island Press.