From silos to system

June 10, 2019
4:00 p.m.

The Housing System logo

This event is part of a spring 2019 series called The Housing System.

With record numbers of New Yorkers severely rent-burdened or experiencing homelessness, our housing system—from land use to design to finance to occupancy and management practices—is not producing what we need. What paradigm shift would allow us to achieve adequate housing for all?

In the final event of The Housing System series, Rosanne Haggerty, a leader in the development of data-driven solutions to homelessness, will present how New York City might design a housing system accountable for achieving adequate housing for all. She will be joined by Donald Berwick, an expert in a different field—healthcare—who has been at the forefront of bringing accountability for quality results in a highly complex sector strained by conflicting interests. Advocating healthcare as a human right, he has led efforts to implement improvement science in health systems to redesign broken processes. The two will discuss how sectors can improve and transform themselves, working beyond organizational interests to achieve quality outcomes for all.


Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP, KBE, is President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), an organization that he co-founded and led as President and CEO for 18 years. He is one of the nation’s leading authorities on health care quality and improvement. In July 2010, President Obama appointed Dr. Berwick to the position of Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which he held until December 2011. A pediatrician by background, Dr. Berwick has served as Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Health Care Policy at the Harvard Medical School, Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, and as a member of the staffs of Boston’s Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He has also served as vice chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the first “Independent Member” of the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association, and chair of the National Advisory Council of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Rosanne Haggerty is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Community Solutions. She is an internationally recognized leader in developing innovative strategies to end homelessness and strengthen communities. Community Solutions assists communities throughout the US and internationally in solving the complex housing problems facing their most vulnerable residents. Their large-scale change initiatives include the 100,000 Homes and Built for Zero Campaigns to end chronic and veteran homelessness, and neighborhood partnerships that bring together local residents and institutions to change the conditions that produce homelessness. Earlier, she founded Common Ground Community, a pioneer in the design and development of supportive housing and research-based practices that end homelessness. Ms. Haggerty was a Japan Society Public Policy Fellow, and is a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, Ashoka Senior Fellow, and Hunt Alternative Fund Prime Mover. She is the recipient of many honors, including the Jane Jacobs Medal for New Ideas and Activism from the Rockefeller Foundation and the 2019 Award of Merit from the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.


Architectural League programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo. This program is also supported by the J. Clawson Mills Fund of The Architectural League.



Writing the program

As part of the Architectural League's Vacant Lots program, Mark Robbins considers the housing needs of non-nuclear families and disenfranchised populations.