Build Academy Resilient Homes Challenge

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Build Academy Resilient Homes Challenge

Build Academy is calling applications for the Resilient Homes Challenge to help create resilient homes for people in some of the most vulnerable areas of the World. The competition is open for architects around the world to develop designs for resilient, modular and affordable homes that cost under $10,000.

Challenge participants will apply their skills and knowledge to design of resilient architecture and how it can be implemented both in rural and urban settings.

They will have the opportunity to improve their design and collaboration skills, working with a global community of professionals from all over the world, and receiving feedback from professors and experts.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • Architects around the world are eligible to apply
  • At least one member of the team should have an architectural or/and engineering degree.
  • For designers, the previous architectural experience is highly recommended.
  • Other members who participate can also include graduate students or last year students of architecture.
  • The expectation is to have a multi-disciplinary team that can collaborate with companies and people from many different backgrounds: architecture, engineering, design, social workers, etc.

How to Apply & Competitions Rules:

To win the competition you need to do register through the given link:

Note: All files will be submitted digitally in PDF format by November 30 at and by email to


  • The challenge has been designed for three scenarios.
  • Design teams can submit designs for a single scenario or all three scenarios depending on their preference.
  • Design teams are encouraged to look beyond “fully prefabricated” housing designs in order to allow incorporating local building materials into their designs; designs could be part prefabricated with a clear aim towards ease of construction
    • Designs incorporate climatic conditions
    • Integration of storage tank for rainwater collection is preferred
    • Toilets should be environmentally friendly, attached or detached
    • Housing material should be fireproof/treatable to be fireproof
    • Project construction cost should be limited to $10,000
  • Suggested dimensions
    • Area: The houses should accommodate a family of 4-5 people in about 40-50m2.
    • Kitchen: 8-12m2, storage and cooking space
    • Bathroom & Toilet: 5-8m2  (combined or separate)
    • Bedroom: 12-15m2; storage space 1-2m2
    • Mainroom: 20m2, could be used as a bedroom at night
    • Minimal height: 5m
  • Participants are encouraged to respect the building codes of the countries they are designed for.
  • Deliverables
    • Prepare Conceptual Drawings that include plans, sections, elevations, and renderings of a preferred alternative.
    • Provide a more detailed, engineer’s cost estimate of the preferred alternative in sufficient detail.
    • Provide options and recommendations for phasing of the final design and construction.
    • Prepare Presentation Materials that can be used to present the proposed conceptual design to multiple audiences in a vivid, easily understandable format.
    • 4 square boards of 3×3 feet to be sent in PDF at
    • Explanatory text: 500-700 words
    • 3-5 Perspective images of interior and exterior
    • Building plans and 2 sections in scale 1:50
    • Construction drawings in scale 1:20
    • Axonometric diagrams: Structure, enclosure, roof, systems, etc.
    • Separate XCL list of all materials used and approximate costs
    • Structure
    • Technology Integration
    • Technical Report
    • Resolution of all the images is expected to be 300 dpi.
    • All text must be in English, using font Helvetica: 30 pt. for titles and 20 pt. for body.


  • Winning designs will be published and winners will be invited to exhibit at the World Bank in Washington DC, USA, and other select global venues.

Application Deadline:

Submit your final proposal by November 30, 2018.

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