September 4, 2020

Winners Announced | 2020 HERE & NOW: A House for the 21st Century


2020 International Housing Design Student Competition

Prizes Awarded to Students for Innovative Residential Designs

For Immediate Release:
Washington, D.C., September 4, 2020 – Winners are announced for the HERE+NOW: A House for the 21st Century: 2020 Student Design Competition, sponsored by Custom Residential Architects Network (AIA CRAN®)—an American Institute of Architects Knowledge Community—in partnership with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). The competition drew over 800 participants and received nearly 300 submissions. The jury selected five exceptional student projects that challenged students to envision a house for the HERE & NOW: informed by context, culture, and vernacular, but fully embracing 21st-century technology and ideas of domesticity.

The winning projects were chosen by a panel of distinguished jurors, including:

  • Sekou Cooke, Syracuse University
  • Gerry Cowart, Cowart Group Architects
  • Mary Hardin, University of Arizona

The jurors chose First, Second, and Third place winners, along with two Honorable Mentions. Listed below are the names of the recipients, their project titles, and their faculty sponsor(s):

1st Place: Lubec Narrows
Student: Joseph Leaming
Faculty Sponsor: Frederick Biehle
Pratt Institute

2nd Place: FLOAT: A 21st Century Floating Home Post Sea Level Rise
Student: Helena Lecocq
Faculty Sponsor: Ashlie Latiolais
University of Louisiana – Lafayette

3rd Place: ShareBnB: Re-imagining the Gift Economy and Suburbia
Student: Emily Hu
Faculty Sponsor: Jiong Wu
Syracuse University

Honorable Mention: THE SKY HOUSE
Student: Carlos Soto Castellanos
Faculty Sponsor: Peter Zweig
University of Houston

Honorable Mention: A Modern Home
Student: Natalie Grimm
Faculty Sponsor: Matthew Knox
Kansas State University

Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)
Founded in 1912 by 10 charter members, ACSA is an international association of architecture schools preparing future architects, designers, and change agents. Our full members include all of the accredited professional degree programs in the United States and Canada, as well as international schools and 2- and 4-year programs. Together ACSA schools represent some 7,000 faculty educating more than 40,000 students. The association maintains a variety of activities that influence, communicate, and record important issues, including journals, scholarly meetings, awards and competition programs, support for architectural research, policy development, and liaison with allied organizations. Visit

American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and businesses. The AIA engages with civic and government leaders, as well as with the public, to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation, and world. Visit

Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN®)
The Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN®) Knowledge Community develops knowledge and information to benefit architects who are engaged in, or who are interested in learning more about, custom residential practice. CRAN® presents information and facilitates the exchange of knowledge and expertise to promote the professional development of its members via discussion forums, national symposia and conventions, publications, and local activities. Visit

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Amanda Gann
Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
(202) 785-2324