‘Society for All Ages’ Student Design Competition

Deadline: 15 September 2013 (online registration), 31 December 2013 (project submission)
Open to: undergraduate and graduate students of architecture
Prize: First Prize US $10,000, Second Prize US $5,000, Third Prize US $2,500


The “Society for All Ages” Competition invites architecture students around the world to apply their creative talents toward developing solutions, which integrate older persons seamlessly into the fabric of the community and include them in all social, cultural, and productive activities. This competition was founded by the late architectural historian Dr. Albert Bush Brown in 1994. It is typically held in conjunction with a concurrent international conference held at the United Nations in New York dealing with “Caring Communities for the 21st Century: Imagining the Possible”.

The competition is aimed at answering the following questions:

  • Is it possible to design successful, diversified and multi-generational communities for older adults within either rural, suburban or urban context including aspects of information and communication technology (ICT)? 
  • How are older adults fully integrated, connected to and fully engaged in their communities?


Both undergraduate and graduate students of architecture are eligible to submit an individual or a team project. All submissions clearly identify whether the submission is that of an individual or that of a team of students. All entries must be prepared by bona fide students currently enrolled in an academic program in architecture or in a related field as of December 31, 2013. An affidavit of authorship is a mandatory component of submission. Note that no more than 3 entries may be submitted by any one school.


Finalists will be invited to present their projects at the UN Commission for Social Development, February 2014 at United Nations Headquarters. Exhibitions will follow in China and Brazil and other UN regional and world venues. Winners will receive:

  1. First Prize US $10,000
  2. Second Prize US $5,000
  3. Third Prize US $2,500

At the discretion of the jury there can also be Honorable Mentions. All project submissions will be recognized with a certificate acknowledging participation.


To enter the competition, an individual or teams of students must register electronically HERE. The registrations are due on or before 15 September 2013 and projects must be received by 31 December 2013 and mailed to:

24 Central Park South
New York
N.Y. 10019

Please find more detailed information in the guidelines HERE and on the official website HERE.

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