ARCH Alum Karen Kubey (B.A. Architecture '02) is one of three winners of the 2019 Arnold W. Brunner Grant for Architectural Research. The Arnold W. Brunner Grant is awarded to mid-career architects for advanced study in any area of architectural investigation that will contribute to the knowledge, teaching, or practice of the art and science of architecture. Projects are judged based on their engagement with contemporary local and global architectural issues and the usefulness of the research’s end product.
Kubey’s project, “Good Neighbors II,” is a comprehensive guide to affordable housing design in the U.S. It serves as an expansion and update to the 1997 publication Good Neighbors: Affordable Family Housing (Design for Living)— written by architects R. Thomas Jones, Michael Pyatok, and William Pettus— which acted as the “first truly authoritative guide to modern affordable housing design.” Kubey’s project will the research phase of Good Neighbors II, to be written by Kubey in collaboration with the original authors.
The book and accompanying online resource will showcase exemplary affordable housing case studies from across the country, in urban, suburban, and rural contexts, and will revisit selected projects from the original publication to evaluate their success over time. Good Neighbors II will address architects, developers, students, and communities considering affordable housing developments in their neighborhoods, and will examine the role of below-market housing in promoting health equity and economic, racial, and environmental justice. Through collecting and sharing this information in an accessible format, the project will contribute to the goal of affordable, quality housing for every resident in the United States.
Karen Kubey is an urbanist and visiting associate professor at Pratt Institute specializing in housing and health. Kubey co-founded the Architecture for Humanity New York chapter (now Open Architecture/New York) and New Housing New York, and was the first executive director of the Institute for Public Architecture. She is the guest-editor of Housing as Intervention: Architecture towards Social Equity (Architectural Design) and has recently collaborated with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the NYC Housing Authority on projects promoting social justice through design. Trained as an architect at the University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University, Kubey began her career in affordable housing design.
To read about the other Brunner Grant recipients, click here.