Katherine Austin


Meet-up: What’s Good with Housing – The Missing Middle

October 27 | 8:30 | 90 Minutes | DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Drake Room

Bend, along with many other cities, is in a housing crisis with rental vacancies under 1% and home prices are skyrocketing. An assembly of approximately 30 community members from all constituent groups invested in addressing the affordable housing crisis in Bend came together to form the Bend Collaborative Housing Workgroup. Their yearlong effort focused on the critical need for housing for the Middle Market defined as families earning between 80% and 175% of the Area Median Income or between $40,000 and $90,000. This innovative project resulted in a comprehensive report of 12 consensus based recommendations for action to the Bend City Council in consultation with consultants from ECONortwest. The presenters Katherine Austin, AIA, and Ian Schmidt, Associate AIA, were part of this team effort for the past year and will share insight into both the critical need and the innovative solutions. This discussion is just a taste of the program scheduled for the following day presented by Southwestern Oregon American Institute of Architects in Bend.

Katherine is a resident of Bend Oregon. Since 1991 she has been a California licensed architect and established her firm in 1995. For the last 25 years, Katherine has specialized in designing communities of smaller homes, apartments, mixed use buildings of both commercial and residential and most recently cottage homes. For the past year, she has represented the Southwest Oregon Chapter of the American Institute of Architects on the local effort to address the critical need for middle market housing in Bend through the Bend Collaborative Housing Workgroup. The Bend City Council appointed Katherine to serve on their Affordable Housing Committee. Katherine is a former Planning Commissioner, City Councilmember, and Mayor of Sebastopol California. She has chaired the National AIA Housing Knowledge Community and is a Past President of the Redwood Empire Chapter of the American Institute of Architects among other board positions. She holds a M. Arch from UCLA and a BFA and MFA from Boston University.