Designing the Nebraska Affordable House

Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm


Affordable housing is a big theme in Nebraska history. From the efficient design of Native earth lodges, to sod houses and the Homestead Act, Great Depression-era housing programs, racial redlining in cities, the World War II housing crunch in Nebraska airbase and factory towns--a lot of our history involves Nebraskans of modest means finding a place to call their own. That story continues into the present day.

A diverse group of panelists with various points of view to help illuminate this topic. The discussion will revolve around the design of the affordable home itself as well underlying issues and planning strategies necessary to increase access to housing and to improve housing stock itself. This event is planned in parallel with the joint exhibition titled Nebraska’s Housing Stories and NEw Attainable House at the Nebraska History Museum. The exhibition presents work designed by FACT students (the UNL College of Architecture’s Fabrication And Construction Team) in collaboration with area nonprofits and explores affordable home design for Nebraska communities.

A zoom link will be emailed to you prior to the event. For more information, contact Sharon Kennedy at




Frank Ordia, Lecturer of Architecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Architecture


Josie Schafer, Director of the Center for Public Affairs Research at the University of Nebraska at Omaha


Kurt J. Elder, AICP | GISP, GIS Analyst for the City of Lincoln within the Urban Development department, Administration division


Wayne Mortensen, CEO of NeighborWorks Lincoln


Moderator: Jeffrey L. Day, FAIA, Killinger Professor of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Nebraska and founding principal of Actual Architecture Company


Frank Ordia
Josie Schafer
Josie Schafer
Kurt Elder
Wayne Mortensen

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