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Pillars of Sustainable Education

Supporting the Future of Materials and Design Innovation

Projects Announced

See Pillars of Sustainable Eduction for more information.

Registration Deadline: June 12 2013
Submission Deadline: June 12 2013
Entry Fee: $00 USD By Invite Only
Hosted by: Alcoa Foundation & Architecture for Humanity

Open Architecture Challenge: [UN]Restricted Access

From military space to civic space

Dotting the global landscape, decommissioned military installations are leaving their mark – symbols of triumph, pride, pain and the unforeseen consequences of military aggression. These abandoned structures and ghost towns disrupt neighborhoods and split entire communities.

Current Status: Concluded
Registration Deadline: May 01 2012
Submission Deadline: June 01 2012
Entry Fee: $50 USD Professionals, $25 USD Students, $0 USD Developing Nations
Award: More than $5,000 in prizes
Hosted by: Architecture for Humanity

The 2012 ASID Student Design Competition

Close your eyes and imagine how you are living, working or playing in 2025

How Will YOU Impact Design in 2025?

Registration Deadline: February 15, 2012
Submission Deadline: February 15, 2012
Entry Fee: $25 USD ASID Members Only
Award: $2000
Hosted by: American Society of Interior Designers

Campus Unlimited

Bringing Unlimited Paenga Tawhiti (UPT) back to Christchurch.

The tragic earthquake in Christchurch earlier this year rendered the downtown inoperable. With 40% of building in the central business district set for demolition the face of the city will be changed forever. At the heart of the city lay the campus of the Unlimited Paenga Tawhiti(UPT).

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Current Status: Completed
Registration Deadline: December 15th 2011
Submission Deadline: December 15th 2011
Entry Fee: $25 USD International Design Professionals, $10 USD New Zealand Design Professionals, $0 USD Students
Award: $2000 NZD, IPad 2 runner-up, IPad 1 founder's prize (people's choice award)
Hosted by: Architecture for Humanity Auckland




Thanks to everyone who submitted their proposal. We are pleased to announce the winner: Habi Girgis! Check out the main competition page for the phenomenal final result.

Registration Deadline: August 31, 2011
Submission Deadline: August 31, 2011
Award: Contract for Identity Work
Hosted by: Architecture for Humanity

Voila Kiosks, Port-au-Prince

Creative Kiosk Design


La société Voilà lance une invitation ouverte pour la conception de kiosques Voilà. Ces kiosques favoriseront la diffusion des produits Voilà, tout en donnant aux artistes locaux la possibilité de refléter et de préserver la mémoire culturelle haïtienne et de célébrer l'avenir du pays. Les concurrents sont invités à trouver des solutions locales et durables visant la promotion en Haïti des micro-entreprises gérées par les femmes.

Current Status: 21 Juillet 2011: Inscription est ouverte
Registration Deadline: September 5, 2011
Submission Deadline: September 27, 2011
Award: Fabrication and Installation of Winning Kiosk Designs
Hosted by: Voila

Art civique dans les écoles haïtiennes: demande de qualification

Civic art in Haitian schools: Request for qualifications

Civic art in Haitian schools: Request for qualifications

Haïti est une terre de culture incroyablement riche et l'art a survécu au temps, l'adversité et les effets dévastateurs du tremblement de terre de 2010. Architecture for Humanity cherche à valoriser le travail d'artistes locaux haïtiens à travers un programme appelé Art civique dans les écoles haïtiennes.

Current Status: Accepting applications
Submission Deadline: Vendredi 12 Aout, 2011 | Friday, August 12, 2011
Entry Fee: $Aucun frais d'entrée. USD , $None USD
Award: Artiste subvention de US$1500 | US$1500 artist grant
Hosted by: Architecture for Humanity

[co]design 2011

a future beyond concrete

[co]design 2011: A Future Beyond Concrete is an open invitation to all creative minds to engage in finding low-cost, innovative alternatives to concrete, concrete reduction or concrete re-use within the real world context of low-income housing in Bangalore.  This is a global competition to design materials, techniques or processes that create sustainable ways of building. A strong winning design will be scoped to be prototyped on the ground in India. A Future Beyond Concrete is an initiative of community oriented design ([co]design studio).

Current Status: Currently Judging
Registration Deadline: July 05, 2011
Submission Deadline: August 09, 2011
Entry Fee: $25 USD Students, $35 USD Professionals, $70 USD Groups (Students,companies and organisations), $0 USD Teams from Developing Countries
Award: an India tour with Gecko's Adventures + your design prototyped
Hosted by: [co]design studio

Copa Arquitectura

Fútbol para la Oportunidad Social

El fútbol puede ser uno de los mejores vehículos para el cambio social (asimismo que un deporte sumamente divertido). Como fans del cambio social y la diversión, Architecture for Humanity, Nike, y Fu.De (Fútbol para el Desarrollo) se han unido para organizar un concurso de diseño que consiste en proponer un centro social prototipo para la Liga FOS, que integre fútbol, educación y salud – este es un proyecto que busca promover el desarrollo social a través del deporte, en zonas vulnerables del conurbano bonaerense.

Football is one of the best vehicles for social change (not to mention it’s fun to play). As fans of social change AND fun, Architecture for Humanity, Nike, and Fu.De (Football for Development) have teamed up to host a design competition for a prototype football, education, and health center for Liga FOS -- a project that promotes social development through sport in vulnerable Buenos Aires suburbs.

Current Status: Winners Announced
Registration Deadline: March 21, 2011
Submission Deadline: March 21, 2011
Entry Fee: $20 USD developed nations, $0 USD developing nations
Award: $2000 + $2000 design stipend, $1000 runner up
Hosted by: Architecture For Humanity, Nike Argentina

Attainable Long Island

Long Island, Attainable Green Home Competition

In an attempt to promote attainable green home building United Way of Long Island, the U.S. Green Building Council Long Island Chapter, and the Town of Babylon have teamed up for the first annual, Attainable Green Home Competition. For the purposes of this competition attainability refers to the ability of Long Island residents, of low to moderate income, to own and live in a single family home.

Current Status: Judging Underway
Registration Deadline: May 27, 2011
Submission Deadline: June 17, 2011
Entry Fee: $100 USD Professionals, $10 USD Students, $25 USD Emerging Professionals
Award: $10,000 / Scholarship
Hosted by: USGBC-LI

ETDC 2011: Thinking Outside the Boxes

The 5th Annual USGBC-Los Angeles Emerging Talent Design Competition

Using shipping containers as building materials and inspiration, teams are encouraged to create aesthetically pleasing, sustainable core and shell designs for a multipurpose structure in Long Beach. Teams are to be made up of students and young professionals with a variety of backgrounds and a common interest in green building. A strong winning design will be considered by the City of Long Beach for the site at Broadway and Long Beach Blvd. In addition, winning teams will be featured on the USGBC’s website and will receive recognition at the 8th Annual AltBuild Expo in Santa Monica.

Registration Deadline: March 21, 2011
Submission Deadline: April 8, 2011
Entry Fee: $40 USD Emerging Professionals, $20 USD Students
Hosted by: USGBC-LA, Long Beach Redevelopment Agency, AIA COTE

Play for all

A competition to create innovative playspaces for the developing world

Go Play!, an international non-profit that promotes the importance of play for children in the developing world, is sponsoring a design competition to promote innovate playground designs. The winning design will be built for a school for refugee children along the border of Thailand and Burma (Myanmar).

Current Status: Winners Annouced
Registration Deadline: November 24th, 2010
Submission Deadline: January 7, 2011
Entry Fee: $25 USD
Award: $1000 USD
Hosted by: Go Play

Grand Acres Community Garden

The goal of this competition is to create an identity for Grand Acres, a community garden in the Fair Haven neighborhood of New Haven. Grand Acres is one of the community gardens owned and managed by the New Haven Land Trust (NHLT). The goal of this design competition is to create an identity and a sense of unity and permanence for Grand Acres that could also serve as a model for other community gardens around the city.

Current Status: Winners Announced
Registration Deadline: May 03, 2010
Submission Deadline: May 10, 2010
Entry Fee: $15 USD
Award: $100
Hosted by: Architecture for Humanity New Haven

Safe Trestles

Design Competition to Create Safe, Low-Impact Access to Trestles

Trestles, aka the Yosemite of surfing, is under threat due to safety and environmental concerns. Currently, over 100,000 people each year follow informal trails through marshlands and over a very active railroad corridor to gain access to the celebrated breaks. These shortcuts have led to numerous close calls and threaten the fragile ecosystem of the most pristine natural watershed system remaining in Southern California. In response, a coalition of concerned groups rallied, and with Nike 6.0 support, a solution became foreseeable, however unforeseen. Enter Architecture for Humanity, a non-profit organization that, through a network of building professionals, brings design, construction, and development services to communities in need. Together, they launched “Safe Trestles,” an open-to-all, two-phase ideas competition. Cost for submitting an idea: $20.

Current Status: Winners Annouced
Registration Deadline: April 17, 2010
Submission Deadline: April 17, 2010
Entry Fee: $20 USD
Award: up to 5 Finalists: each awarded Phase 2 design stipend of $5,000.00+
Hosted by: Architecture for Humanity

USGBC 2010 Natural Talent Design Competition

Small, Green, Affordable

The Salvation Army joins the U.S. Green Building Council this year in hosting USGBC‘s 2010 Natural Talent Design Competition, with the theme Small, Green, Affordable. Entrants will design an affordable, 800 square foot green home for an elderly client in the Broadmoor, New Orleans neighborhood. Winners will be announced after the top four entries have been constructed, inhabited and evaluated.

Current Status: Winners Announced
Registration Deadline: May 31, 2010
Submission Deadline: May 31, 2010
Entry Fee: $50 USD
Hosted by: USGBC

Kid's Digital Design Contest

SketchUp for all ages

The First Annual Kids' Digital Design Contest is a digital design competition for ages 0-15. With the help of parents, our goal is to provide a venue for kids to demonstrate, develop and reveal their capacity for creative three dimensional thinking using the digital modeling tool SketchUp (free to download, simple to learn, and amazingly difficult to put down). Our inaugural theme is: "under/over/within" and features an intertidal aquatic site. Age based judging ensures fair competition and lots of cool prizes.

Current Status: Winners Announced
Registration Deadline: September 15, 2009
Submission Deadline: September 15, 2009
Award: Age group winners: SketchUp Pro Educational license. First 100 entrants: youth pass to California Academy of Sciences
Hosted by: Architect Mason Kirby Inc.

2009 Open Architecture Challenge: Classroom

Design the classroom of the future

According to the World Bank, educating all children worldwide will require the construction of 10 million new classrooms in more than 100 countries by 2015. At the same time, millions of existing classrooms are in serious need of repair and refurbishment. We asked designers and architects to partner with students and teachers to envision the classroom of the future. We have received some fantastic classroom designs which are now available for viewing.

Current Status: Winners Announced
Registration Deadline: May 4, 2009
Submission Deadline: June 1, 2009
Entry Fee: $25 USD Developed Nations, $0 USD Developing Nations
Award: $50,000 for the winning school for classroom construction and upgrading, and $5,000 stipend for the design team.
Hosted by: Architecture for Humanity

Discarded Dreams

Mattress Competition

Architecture for Humanity and Rubicon National Social Innovations invited entrants to create innovative ways of converting used mattresses into useful products. The competition encouraged entrants to form groups capable of creating a consumer product, instructions detailing how to make the product, and a plan for production on a larger scale. Entrants created designs that take into account the volume of mattress waste generated each year. Groups were encouraged to utilize local resources, including existing manufacturing facilities and other waste products.

Current Status: Winners Announced
Registration Deadline: December 19th 2008
Submission Deadline: December 19th 2008
Entry Fee: $25 USD
Award: 1st: $1000, 2nd: $500, 3rd: Rubicon baked goods.
Hosted by: Rubicon National Social Innovations and Architecture for Humanity


Sponsored by Google SketchUp

Nothing connects kids like the power of play. In areas of great need are opportunities to use sports as a catalyst for social change. Where resources are scarce, products can be distributed to deliver vital services. In many parts of the world sporting activities, especially local and traditional sports, are being incorporated into a variety of programs geared toward helping youth address a broad range of issues affecting their lives.

Current Status: Winners Announced
Registration Deadline: June 30, 2008
Submission Deadline: June 30, 2008
Entry Fee: $$0 USD
Award: $1000 1st, $500 2nd & $250 3rd
Hosted by: Google SketchUp

2007 AMD Open Architecture Challenge

Digital Inclusion

For the developed world, imagining a world without the Internet is nearly impossible. Despite the Internet’s global significance, less than 20 percent of the world’s 6 billion people currently have access to the educational, social and economic opportunities it can create.

The 2007 AMD Open Architecture Challenge invited the global community to help address this digital divide. It challenged design professionals and others to develop not one but many solutions for building sustainable, multi-purpose, low-cost technology facilities for those who need them most.

Current Status: Winners Announced
Submission Deadline: February 2008
Hosted by: AMD and Architecture for Humanity


Mobile Health Clinics to Combat HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa

The statistics are staggering. It is estimated that three-quarters of the world’s AIDS population lives in Sub-Saharan Africa; most have no access to lifesaving drugs, testing facilities or even basic preventative health care. One of the major factors inhibiting medical professionals in Africa from treating this disease is the inability to access vast areas of the continent with adequately equipped medical facilities.

Current Status: Winners Announced
Submission Deadline: March 03, 2007
Hosted by: Architecture for Humanity