In a story published on July 29, 2023, Arizona Daily Star highlighted a new Tucson-based business partnership working to help the community meet supplementary and affordable housing needs. One of these passionate individuals is University of Arizona College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture Senior Lecturer in Architecture Valerie Lane.
The Urban Infill Project, established in 2023, provides pre-permitted accessory dwelling unit (ADU) designs that are ideal for homeowners seeking to add flexibility to their property. Lane and her partner, development liaison Lisa Bowers, have worked to cultivate relationships with the City of Tucson and Pima County, resulting in a streamlined permitting process for ADUs, enhancing accessibility to the community.
In the article, Bowers says of her co-founder, “Valerie brings creativity and design to it. Many people will use the ADU designs for intergenerational living, and she understands how people move around the home.”
“The Urban Infill Project is not just about housing, it’s about the incredible people of Tucson,” says Lane. “We believe in the power of community and the capacity to thrive when individuals have the freedom to adapt their homes to changing needs. Our mission is to provide the tools, guidance and support to Tucson homeowners, enabling them to shape their own living spaces while fostering a sense of belonging within their communities.”
Lane, who graduated from CAPLA with her Bachelor of Architecture in 2008, is a licensed architect who began teaching in the UArizona Master of Architecture program in 2014 and the B.Arch program in 2015. She currently teaches architecture studio courses. Lane is also the owner of FixCity, an architectural firm, and Valley Alley Development.