2020 Housing Competition

HERE & NOW: A House for the 21st Century


June 10, 2020


June 10, 2020

Submission Deadline

Summer 2020

Winners Announced

Rules (FAQ)


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:


Faculty Sponsor

First Prize



Second Prize



Third Prize



Winners will be notified of competition results directly. A list of winning projects will be posted on the ACSA website, CRAN® website and promoted to media outlets. First place winner(s) will also receive a stipend to attend the 2021 CRAN® Symposium. All award-winning projects will be displayed and winners will be recognized at the 2021 Symposium.


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.

Faculty Sponsor

The intent of this competition is to provide an academically rigorous design challenge suitable for integration into the curriculum of an architectural design studio or course. Curriculum integration is not a requirement of competition guidelines, but is strongly encouraged. The administration of the competition at each institution is left to the discretion of the faculty within the guidelines set forth in this document.

Digital Submission Format

Submissions must be designed on no more than four 20” x 20” (portrait format) digital boards. The names of student participants, their schools, or faculty sponsors, must NOT appear on the boards.

Registered students are required to submit all boards uploaded through the ACSA website in JPEG files, no more than 20MB each. Each digital board should be uploaded as an individual compressed file. Participants should keep in mind that, due to the large number of entries, preliminary review does not allow for the hanging end-to-end display of presentation boards. Accordingly, participants should not use text or graphics that cross over from board to board.

Design Essay or Abstract

A brief essay, 300 words maximum, in English, is required as part of the student submission describing critical elements of the design concept and relay information on site selection and client. Keep in mind that the presentation should graphically convey the design solution and context as much as possible, and not rely on the design essay to convey a basic understanding of the project. The names of student participants, their schools or faculty sponsors, must NOT appear in the design essay. This abstract is included in the final online submission, completed by the student(s) in a simple copy/paste text box.

Online Project Submission

The entrant is required to submit the final project. It must be uploaded through the ACSA Competition website at by 11:59 pm, Pacific Time, on June 10, 2020. If the submission is from a team, all team members will have the ability to upload the digital files. Once the final submit button is pressed, no additional edits, uploads, or changes can be made. Once the final submission is uploaded and submitted, each student will receive a confirmation email notification. You may “submit” your submission and return to complete.

Final submission upload must contain the following:

  • Completed online registration including all team members and faculty sponsors
  • Project Title
  • Four 20” x 20” boards uploaded individually as JPEG files, no more than 20MB each
  • A design essay or abstract, 300 words maximum (copy/pasted into the text box during submission)

The names of student participants, their schools and faculty sponsors must NOT appear on the boards, abstract, program summary, or in the file name. Incomplete or undocumented entries will be disqualified. Winning projects will be required to submit high resolution original files/images for use in competition publications and exhibit materials.

* By uploading your files, you agree ACSA has the rights to use your winning submission, images and materials in a summary publication, online and in promotional and exhibition resources. ACSA will contribute authorship of the winning design to you, your team, faculty and affiliation. Additionally, you hereby warrant that the submission is original and that you are the author(s) of the submission.

Edwin Hernández
Programs Coordinator

Eric W. Ellis
Senior Director of Operations and Programs