International Open Design Competition Building Trust-HOME

Deadline: 31st July 2012
Open to: designers, house builders, architects, engineers, architecture graduates or architecture students worldwide
Prize: 1st prize: Professional Category( funding and planning for the winning design), students category ($500)


This international open design competition seeks to find well-designed homes for the elderly or homeless within some of the World’s richest countries. With the support of Habitat for Humanity and the YMCA, Building Trust International will work with local government and community groups to seek funding and planning for the winning design.
This competition is asking designers, engineers, architects and house builders to provide a solution to the housing crisis by offering sustainable, affordable small homes that give those that are alienated or marginalized within society a safe place to live.
You are to site your proposals in an urban area of a developed country, develop single occupant designs that are sensitive to the local context and keep to a budget of £20,000 ($30,000).


The competition is opened internationally. Those who are within the built environment; Designers, house builders, architects, engineers, architecture graduates or architecture students, are especially welcomed to participate.  Employee, staff, consultant, agents or family members of Building Trust International personnel are ineligible to participate.
The design should be accessible and inclusive, you should display a sensitivity to the access needs of elderly and those with physical/mental impairments.Submissions can be the work of an individual or a group. There is no age limit. However, entrants under 18 years of age must be led or entered by someone over 18 year of age. Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged to enter the competition.


Professional Category-1st prize:  Funding and planning for the winning design. There will also be 9 honourable mentions.
Student Category-1st prize: $500. There will also be 4 honourable mentions.

1st Prize, will be published in any subsequent magazine press as well as the Building Trust Website. There will also be a book that will be compiled of the best designs from the professional and student categories.


The presentation technique is open and at the discretion of the entrant. However, it is recommended that the image submitted includes the following information which reflects the main concept of the design:

  • Sketches, perspectives or renders representing your design in use,
  • Plans,Sections,
  • Elevations,
  • Any additional diagrams showing how the elements are arranged or materials are used.

Submission of entries must be in A3 format with all images at 300 dpi and a maximum of  four pages sent to:

Professional registration
Donation: £95.00 (All donations will go directly to funding this and other building trust projects.)

Student registration
Registration: £0.00 (No fee)
All queries regarding the registration, process, fees or payment email any questions
More information about the contest you can find here.

The deadline for application is  31st July 2012.

The Official Website

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