Kevin Howard is an accomplished community planner serving as the director of urban design at Capital A Housing, a real estate developer focused on providing affordable housing to the Austin community. Passionate about equitable and sustainable housing, Howard promotes well-designed, human-oriented projects through his work, research and advocacy. His keen understanding of urban design best practices and technical skills allow him to effectively communicate to a diverse audience of government, industry and community stakeholders.
Since joining Capital A Housing, Howard has drawn on his background in architecture, city planning, and urban design to ensure that Capital A Housing’s projects provide affordable housing opportunities for low-income households in eriching environments that are fully integrated in the surrounding community. His holistic perspective and people-focused approach are critical to the ability for Capital A to innovate in the development industry . Some notable projects include: Seabrook Square, a 262 unit mixed-income development giving low income families and unhoused neighbors the opportunity to live in a community centered on a public square activated by local artist studios and black-owned small businesses, forming the new heart for one of Austin’s historic neighborhoods.
Prior to joining Capital A Housing, Howard served as principal at Code Studio, a consulting agency involved in planning and code initiatives in communities across the country. In this role, he worked closely with city staff and community members to implement their vision on several impactful planning initiatives, such as the City of Los Angeles zoning rewrite. He has also spent his career researching sustainable and affordable development. As a researcher with the Alley Flat Initiative, he promoted the development of sustainable, affordable accessory dwelling units in Austin. He also assisted in research focused on sustainability through urban design and infrastructure systems at the Center for Sustainable Development at the University of Texas at Austin.
In addition to his work, Howard invests in his Austin communities. He is on the board of the local chapter of the Congress for New Urbanism, an organization whose mission is to champion walkable urbanism. He also serves on the board of the Chestnut Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation, an organization that promotes affordable housing in Austin.
Howard’s original research on “Sustainable Growth and Affordable Form: Strategies for Austin’s Future Housing Development” was awarded the “Distinguished Research in Urban Design and Planning” by the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Architecture. He has also been a critic and guest lecturer at the School of Architecture.
He holds a master’s of science in urban design and a master’s of science in community and regional planning from the University of Texas at Austin. He also holds a bachelor’s in architectural studies from the University of Washington. In his spare time, you can find Kevin biking across the city exploring Austin’s open spaces and music scene. For more information, please visit capitalahousing.com.