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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.

Habi Girgis
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The jury also selected two honorable mentions:

Balázs Surján
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Joseph Gabriel
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click here to see all the proposals


Every other year, Architecture for Humanity’s Open Architecture Challenge brings international attention to issues in the built environment affecting the health, prosperity and well-being of under-served communities. The upcoming 2011 Open Architecture Challenge: [un]restricted access: from military space to civic space asks designers to develop imaginative and revolutionary ideas for re-purposing abandoned, closed or decommissioned military sites and structures around the world. From abandoned sites in the Congo to the forthcoming closure of Guantanamo Bay Detention Center.

Base closures can have an adverse affect on the surrounding community. In Albania, more than 750,000 bunkers pepper the landscape -- a constant reminder of its isolated past. In the U.S. alone, nearly 12 million square feet of leased military space will be vacated resulting in the loss of an estimated 18,000 civilian jobs in the latest round of closures.

Learn more about the 2011 Open Architecture Challenge: [un]restricted access


The graphic identity for this year’s Open Architecture Challenge -- [Un]restricted Access -- has not been identified.

We are looking for a designer to create a logo and website header that will serve as the symbol of the competition.

Sumbit RFP Here


The Open Architecture Challenge, focuses on re-purposing vacant military structures and sites, will catalyze awareness, ideas, and most importantly - actions.

Through this global forum, designers and architects will develop solutions that reconnect military and civilian communities. The history of these important spaces will be highlighted while hidden potential is uncovered.

Check out the 2009 Open Architecture Challenge: Better Classroom Design


The purpose of the Request for Proposals is to help design a graphic icon and banner, which will be used on all online and print collateral related to the Challenge. Given the global reach of the Challenge, the graphic icon must serve as a universal symbol of the competition and may be used apart from the banner.

To be considered please upload the following;

  • Three work samples (can also include work in progress or in development)
  • Image files should be 300dpi minimum in JPEG, PNG or GIF format.
  • Include images in the slideshow. Only GIF, JPEG, and PNG files are accepted in the slideshow. Sorry, no PDFs.
  • your cv
  • a short statement (less than 150 words) about why you want to work on this project
  • Optional -- Any external collateral that you think might be helpful - ie. you can also embed video link in the project decription area.

We'll select one winner to work with to produce:

  • an original .ai and .psd file (the final version of the Challenge icon and banner will need to be suitable for high quality printing) for the icon
  • A 600 x 300 pixels banner for online application. The banner must contain the words “2011 Open Architecture Challenge: [un]restricted access” (you decide the case, no quotes required).
  • Special thanks to ICOGRADA and AIGA for helping develop RFP guidelines for this Pro Bono Project.


    August 22, 2011 RFP Announcement
    August 31, 2011 Submission Deadline
    September 29, 2011 Winner Announced

    *Dates subject to change. All registered teams will be notified, and promotional documents and media channels will be updated to appropriately reflect updates.


    Once a designer is selected we will enter into a contract for collateral related to the competition (See above). This contract will be for $500 and one pair of night vision goggles. You will not be required to update your facebook profile wearing aforementioned night vision goggles.


    All designs submitted must be your own. If not, you suck and we don't like meanies.


    Have a question? Contact us. Please write in the subject line: OAC 2011 Identity Challenge.

    The Open Architecture Network and the Open Architecture Challenge are programs of Architecture for Humanity, a 501(c)3 charitable organization that seeks architectural solutions to humanitarian crisis and brings design services to communities in need.

    Competition Details

    • Host: Architecture for Humanity
    • Type: Public
    • Registration Deadline: August 31, 2011
    • Submission Deadline: August 31, 2011
    • Entry Fee: Free
    • Award: Contract for Identity Work
    • Status: