2020 Housing Competition

HERE & NOW: A House for the 21st Century


June 10, 2020


June 10, 2020

Submission Deadline

Summer 2020

Winners Announced

Competition Overview

The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN®) knowledge community is pleased to announce the HERE & NOW: A House for the 21st Century, International Student Design Competition for the 2019-2020 academic year. Administered by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and sponsored by AIA CRAN®, this program is intended to provide architecture students, working individually or in teams, with a platform to explore residential architecture and residential architectural practice.


This competition challenges 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.

According to the US Census1, over 920,000 units of single family housing were completed in 2014. Many of these houses were built speculatively, as a generic prototype independent of context. Historically, Residential Architecture has represented a direct expression of culture and context, with local, vernacular elements informing the stylistic preference of the time. While the exterior of a house presents a more individualized image of its owner(s), the underlying design elements speak to broader cultural ideas of domesticity and family. Technological innovation, both in materials and systems, continues to advance the level of energy efficiency and resiliency in homes designed and built today.


Sekou Cooke
Syracuse University, School of Architecture

Gerry Cowart
Cowart Group Architects

Mary Hardin
University of Arizona, College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Arch.
Drachman Design-Build Coalition


First, second & third prizes will be awarded, in addition to a selected number of honorable mentions, all at the discretion of the jury. A total of $6,000 will be distributed in the following manner to the winners:


in cash prizes


Faculty Sponsor

First Prize



Second Prize



Third Prize



A limited number of honorable mentions may also be awarded at the jury’s discretion. Prize‑winning submissions will be exhibited at the 2021 ACSA Annual Meeting and the 2021 AIA National Convention as well as published in a competition summary publication.


The HERE+NOW International Student Design Competition is open to students from all ACSA member schools around the world. The competition is open to all currently-enrolled students. All student entrants are required to work under the direction of a faculty sponsor. Entries will be accepted for individual as well as teams. Teams must be limited to a maximum of five students. Submissions should be principally the product of work in a design studio or related class. Entries should be work principally developed for this competition over the course of the 2019-2020 academic year. Projects previously submitted for awards or competitions are ineligible.


Edwin Hernández
Programs Coordinator

Eric Ellis
Senior Director of Operations and Programs