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Temporary/Permanent Relief Housing

07/04/2010 by architectural competitions

Submission Deadline: May 10, 2010 before 5pm Eastern Time

The AIA Young Architects Forum (YAF) and the AIA Committee on Design (COD) invite architects, students, and allied design professionals to submit sketches to the international 2010 YAF/COD Ideas Competition: Temporary/Permanent Relief Housing. In this year’s unique sketch competition, submitters are asked to explore the issue of temporary relief housing that could have a permanent function, through a concept design problem.


Entries will be submitted electronically through an online submission site. Submissions will consist of drawings and renderings presented in PDF format. All materials must be uploaded through the submission site before by 5pm ET on May 10, 2010.


Design temporary relief housing for refugees from natural or other disasters using sustainable strategies and following the Living Building Challenge. The proposed solutions should provide housing for approximately 500 displaced families as well as the necessary support services.

While successful site adaptability is a key goal and criterion for this Competition, the specific site to demonstrate the solution consists of approximately 200 acres. It includes the Astrodome and the surrounding parking lots. Entrants may include modifications to the structure of the Astrodome in their proposal, may allow the Astrodome to remain untouched and focus solely on the surface parking areas, or may have some combination of the two. Individual entries may focus their solutions on the provision of either temporary or permanent housing. Entrants are encouraged to address issues of uncertainty associated with either types of housing and with temporary solutions that become permanent.


Winners will be announced and will have their work exhibited at the 2010 AIA National Convention in Miami June 10–12. Selected entries will be displayed on the AIA Web site.


Thursday, April 1 – Competition begins; online submission site opens
Monday, May 10
– Submission site closes
Wednesday, June 9
– Entries exhibited at the 2010 AIA National Convention
Thursday, June 10
– Winners announced at the NAC/YAF/COD Reception at the AIA National Convention in Miami, FL.

Submission Fees

AIA Member $100
Non-AIA member
$ 40


Barton Phelps FAIA
Barton Phelps & Associates
Los Angeles, CA

Lawrence Scarpa FAIA
Pugh + Scarpa Architects Inc.
Santa Monica, CA

Mehrdad Yazdani Assoc. AIA
Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design
Los Angeles, CA


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1 Comment

  1. mike makki says:

    No prize…no entry

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