Courtesy Ivory Prize for Housing Affordability

Hive 50 Honors

For investment by a builder in transformative solutions, an example of housing’s private-sector commitment to make homes attainable to more working households.

What You Need To Know

An open-to-all annual competition awards $200,000 to project teams innovating to give more people access to more housing. Yearly entrants bend real-life cost curves in three pillar challenge areas: building technology, local and national policy, and consumer and commercial finance. Ivory Prize for Housing Affordability winners offer proof-case examples that illustrate big impact, scalability, and a sustainable operational model.

Who’s Involved

Ivory Innovations; Clark Ivory, CEO of the Clark and Christine Ivory Foundation and Ivory Homes; and the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. Finalists and winners for the Ivory Prized are determined by Ivory Innovations’ Advisory Board: Clark Ivory; Kent Colton, Colton Housing Group; Carol Galante of the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at the University of California at Berkeley; Chris Herbert at Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies; the Urban Institute’s Laurie Goodman; Natalie Gochnour from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute; John McManus, VP-Editorial Director for Residential at Hanley Wood; and Ryan Smith, director and professor of the Washington State University School of Design and Construction.

Time Stamp

Year one of the award harvested 128 entrants from 28 states, and resulted in four winners, sharing the inaugural $200,000 award, announced in May 2019: Factory OS and Landed, both based in San Francisco; Home Partners of America in Chicago; and The Alley Flat Initiative in Austin. Year two of the award kicked off in September, with a Dec. 15 nomination/application deadline.