insight2050 Academy

Apply for Spring insight2050 Academy on affordable housing and design


***UPDATED MARCH 17, 2020 – April insight2050 Academy Postponed***

The April 2020 insight2050 Academy has been postponed due to ongoing public health concerns regarding COVID-19. MORPC remains committed to rescheduling the program at a later date. Updates will be provided via email and on this site.

Applications must be received by 5:00 PM Monday, March 30, 2020

For more information on insight2050 or the application, contact Brian Williams at 614.233.4187 or

insight2050 is a community-wide effort to involve everyone, from residents and businesses to public officials, in helping to proactively plan for Central Ohio’s population growth and development. The growth occurring today and over the next 30 years is projected to be dramatically different from the past. The decisions that each community makes today will affect its quality of life and economic vitality for years to come. Managing growth to ensure a healthy economy, increased capital investment, jobs for residents, exceptional local services, and desirable residential communities requires long-range planning, public-private collaboration, and trust among cities and residents.

Program Description

The Spring 2020 insight2050 Academy meets from 9 a.m. to noon each Friday morning from April 3 through April 17.  The April 3 and April 10 classes will be in the Scioto Conference Room at MORPC, 111 Liberty St. in Columbus. The April 17 location is to be determined and will include an optional $10 box-lunch discussion.

The insight2050 Academy brings decision-makers together with Central Ohio’s leading voices to engage in thoughtful and necessary conversations about the important issues facing our region. Participants will engage in critical thinking about the shortage of housing in a growing region, the finance and policy barriers to filling the gap, and how planners, architects, and landscape designers can help create solutions. The Academy also gives attendees the opportunity to grow their personal and professional networks by connecting with fellow planners and designers.

This Academy, co-sponsored with OSU’s Knowlton School Alumni Society, is aimed at design professionals, who will break into teams and spend most of the April 10 session sketching out solutions to present the following week in the final session. Because the design projects are a primary focus of the academy, participants are expected to come prepared to the first session and to have read the background materials linked below.

Who Should Participate?

The Spring 2020 insight2050 Academy is designed for practitioners in architecture, landscape architecture, city & regional planning, and other land-use professions who are interested in learning more about the region’s population growth and changing development patterns through the lens of insight2050. However, it is open to anyone interested in learning how these challenges affect housing in general, and particularly affordable housing, in Central Ohio communities. Sessions will focus on what communities can do to prepare for housing needs, and how to better understand the zoning codes, public perceptions, financing and other factors.

Criteria for Selection

This completed application must be submitted to be considered for admission into the insight2050 Academy. Admission is competitive and space is limited. A Selection Committee will review all applications. Selection will be based upon strength of application, community involvement, and personal references.

Course Fees

The course fee is $120 per participant, which will cover program costs and support the Alumni Society’s scholarship fund. For questions about fees or financial assistance, please contact Brian Williams (, 614-233-4187). Participants will receive a flash drive containing all course materials. A light breakfast will be provided at each class.

Once accepted into the insight2050 Academy, applicants will receive instructions to submit payment via Eventbrite prior to the first class session. The Eventbrite registration process will include a space for all registrants to write one question or statement about what they hope to learn through this academy. Applicants will not be permitted to participate in the Academy if payment has not been received prior to the start of the first session.

Commitment to Attendance

The insight2050 Academy follows an intentional sequence, with each session building upon the previous. Therefore, participants are expected to attend all three insight2050 Academy sessions to be eligible for graduation.


Application for the insight2050 Academy on affordable housing is through this SurveyMonkey link.

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