Anika Singh Lemar, B.A., J.D.
Anika Singh Lemar is a Clinical Professor at Yale Law School where she teaches the Community and Economic Development clinic. Her clients include affordable housing developers, small businesses, community development financial institutions, farms and farmer’s markets, fair housing advocates, cooperatives, and neighborhood associations. Professor Lemar writes about land use, zoning, and affordable housing. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the American Bar Association’s Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Brookings Institute’s Metropolitan Policy Project. She has served on a variety of boards and commissions including, currently, the board of the Connecticut Bar Foundation, the Commission on Connecticut’s Development and Future, the City of New Haven’s Affordable Housing Commission, and the board of New Haven Bank. She is a founder and former Director of Next City, a highly-regarded urban affairs publication.
Housing Connecticut: Developing Healthy and Sustainable Neighborhoods
In this inaugural interdisciplinary clinic taught between the School of Architecture, School of Law, and School of Management, and organized by the Yale Urban Design Workshop, students will gain hands-on, practical experience in architectural and urban design, development and social entrepreneurship while contributing novel solutions to the housing affordability crisis. Working in teams directly with local community-based non-profits, students will co-create detailed development proposals anchored by affordable housing, but which also engage with a range of community development issues including environmental justice, sustainability, resilience, social equity, identity, food scarcity, mobility, and health. Through seminars and workshops with Yale faculty and guest practitioners in the field, students will be introduced to the history, theory, issues, and contemporary practices in this field, and will get direct feedback on their work. Offered in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Housing (DOH) as part of the Connecticut Plan for Healthy Cities, proposals will have the opportunity to receive funding from the State both towards the implementation of rapidly deployed pilot projects during the course period, as well as towards predevelopment activities for larger projects, such as housing rehabilitation or new building construction. Students will interact with the Connecticut Commissioner of Housing and the Connecticut Green Bank.
Projected Enrollment: 12 Architecture, 6 Law, 6 Management