NYC Public Design Commission Seeks Quality Affordable Housing Research Associate

Scope of Work:

The Quality Affordable Housing Research Associate will work with the Public Design Commission (PDC) and the AIANYC Housing Committee for a term of 33 weeks to create an inventory and public-facing geodatabase of affordable housing case studies from across the globe. This effort is Phase II of the Quality Affordable Housing initiative, following the Phase I publication ofDesigning New York: Quality Affordable Housing in May 2018.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate with PDC, AIANY Housing Committee, and other relevant NYC agencies including the Department of City Planning (DCP) and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to organize housing research conducted to-date.
  • Coordinate follow-up with design and development teams who have expressed interest in providing work samples and reference materials.
  • Conduct self-guided research to gather additional case studies and precedents, per established format and guidelines, for inclusion in the working quality affordable housing inventory.
  • Using PDC established document as a template, transfer research to-date into working excel document and corresponding images into collateral folders in preparation for database upload.
  • Verify the collected data using outside resources and by contacting the design and development teams to obtain missing information, check for discrepancies, and confirm accuracy.
  • Submit all edits, additional case studies, and research to PDC for review and approval.
  • After data is accepted, enter information and corresponding illustrative materials into database, and geocode locations.
  • Assist to develop system for long-term database management, including iterative additions to body of research and adaptability for changes to user interface and data sets.
  • Assist with initiative outreach, including connecting with related affordable housing efforts and promoting quality affordable housing development and public realm equity.
  • Assist with general project related tasks as required.


Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Current graduate student or bachelor’s degree in architecture, urban studies, information management, or related field.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in spatial data, research management, communication, and outreach activities.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, flexibility, and the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with a variety of public and private sector project stakeholders.
  • Experience conducting architecture or urbanism research and geocoding initiatives. Interest in affordable housing, architecture, and urban design is a plus.
  • Experience with web content management and interface/user design a plus.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Excel, and GIS is required.


Position: 1

Term: 33 weeks, part time (14 hours/week)

Payment: $18/hour

Work Location: Public Design Commission, City Hall, 3rd Floor


To apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume to by Monday, January 7th.