Students, faculty, and staff attending 2016 Hankin Lecture by Sam Rashkin

2018 Hankin Lecture

When: November 7, 2018 at 4:00pm

Where: Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center, Penn State University Park campus

The PHRC welcomes Carlos Martínsenior fellow in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute, as the 2018 Hankin Distinguished Lecturer. His lecture is entitled "The Global Trends Shaping America’s Future Homebuilding." 

The demand for housing in the United States remains strong—and in some cases, the lack of housing has reached crisis proportions. Numerous factors shape the industry’s inability to supply that housing. Some of these factors also have far-reaching consequences beyond the industry and, in turn, are shaped by much broader social and economic change. Just in 2017 alone, national policies and global commerce have shaped the pace of homebuilding and the qualities of the homes that the industry produces. The 2018 Hankin Distinguished Lecture will focus on supply-side challenges that have seen particular turmoil in the past year, including:

  • Labor markets and skills
  • Material prices and availability
  • Technological innovation
  • Building and business regulations
  • Industry composition and firm capacity

About the Hankin Distinguished Lecture Series

The Hankin Distinguished Lecture series, hosted by Penn State’s residential construction program and the PHRC, was established in 2006 to honor the late Bernard Hankin and his family for their continuous and dedicated support of the residential construction program at Penn State. It brings world-class speakers to Penn State to address students, faculty, industry members and the public with thought-provoking topics and education related to the housing industry. The residential construction program and the PHRC are administered within Penn State’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering. The lecture series is free and open to the public.

The full length videos for lectures from 2007-present are available for online viewing on our website. 

Portrait of Carlos Martin

About Carlos Martín

Carlos Martín is a senior fellow in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where he leads research on the physical quality of housing and communities.

Martín, a trained architect and construction engineer, connects the bricks and mortar of housing to its social outcomes. His areas of expertise include green housing, disaster mitigation, substandard housing, and the construction workforce. He has experience with independent research and formal evaluations for public, nonprofit, and philanthropic clients. Publications include Housing Recovery on the Gulf Coast, Phase II; Rebuild by Design Evaluation; and The State of the Residential Construction Industry. Martín is leading research on housing strategies for climate adaptation for the National Academies’ Gulf Research Program, strategies for promoting technological innovation in homebuilding for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the rate of housing recovery under HUD’s Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery. He also leads the multiyear global evaluation of the Rockefeller Foundation–pioneered 100 Resilient Cities.

Before joining Urban, Martín was assistant staff vice president at the National Association of Home Builders for Construction Codes and Standards, SRP professor for energy and the environment at Arizona State University's Del E. Webb School of Construction and School of Architecture, and coordinator for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development's Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing.

Martín received his BSAD in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his MEng and PhD in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford University.



The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center serves the home building industry and the residents of Pennsylvania by improving the quality and affordability of housing.

We conduct applied research, foster the development and commercialization of innovative technologies, and transfer appropriate technologies to the housing community.

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The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2341

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