UArizona Architecture Students Build New Affordable Housing | News

TUCSON (KVOA) — After two semesters of construction, University of Arizona architecture students celebrated their hard work with an open house for a new cluster of townhouses.

“There are so many little details that we learned that you would never have learned in a classroom,” Danielle Breyton said. “We learned to budget, that was it. It was a very good experience.”

Professor Mary Hardin said these townhouses provide another affordable housing option for those affiliated with the university.

“Buying a house or a one-year lease isn’t always a good option for them,” Hardin said. “We also talked about the possibility for low-income university staff to have housing close to campus. We all know that transportation is one of the main costs of housing affordability.”

Other students said it’s rewarding to know that their hard work is really making a difference.

“We have visiting professors who live in these houses and one of them is an architecture professor,” Bowdin Lay said. “So just knowing that someone I’m learning from next year is going to live in the house I built for them is the coolest thing ever.”

Hardin said all five townhouses will be completed by May 2023.

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