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Advanced Topics in Adaptive Reuse: Affordable Housing

This program is in partnership with the Chinatown Community Foundation, Fresno State University, San Joaquin Chapter of the AIA, and the City of Fresno.

Through the generosity of our partners, this program will be available for free to students.Students: Simply complete the registration form and use your ".edu" email address - it should provide you with a Complimentary Student Admission option. If you do not have a .edu email address but you are a student, please email 

Adaptive reuse has the potential to fundamentally change the economic destiny of blighted or overlooked neighborhoods; encourage investment in new ventures; and inspire entrepreneurs to incubate new ideas, injecting much needed activity into a dense historic downtowns. However, housing is also a key component of the equation, and this workshop will help attendees overcome and decode the complex challenges associated with mid and large-scale adaptive reuse for affordable housing.

Despite the challenges, a properly executed adaptive reuse project can result in a win-win for all stakeholders and become a critical economic development catalyst for further development in the historic cores of a city.

What can affordable housing developers, community benefit organizations, financiers, and city planners learn from past success? How can architects, engineers, and other consultants embark on such a project with confidence?

This advanced-level workshop will provide a 360-degree view of redeveloping historic properties for adaptive reuse and will focus on the incentives that help make such projects possible, including:

  • Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits (state and federal)
  • Mills Act tax incentives
  • New Markets Tax Credits
  • Low Income Housing Tax Credits
  • Economic Opportunity Zone funding
  • Adaptive reuse ordinances, and more...

Sessions will examine some common challenges, and how to overcome them, including:

  • Raising the funds
  • Receiving entitlements
  • Getting public and political support
  • Identifying new and creative funding packages (i.e. "twinning" loans and tax credits with grants or other types of support)


  • Mike Garavaglia, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, President, Garavaglia Architecture; Other speakers to be announced.

You Will Be Able To...

  1. Identify the components of successful adaptive reuse projects
  2. Understand how various stakeholders in an adaptive reuse project interact and collaborate
  3. Strategize on effective practices for mobilizing public and political support for a project
  4. Determine funding opportunities for various adaptive reuse scenarios