2020 Housing Competition

2020 HOUSING International Student Design Competition
HERE+NOW: A House for the 21st Century


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 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.

          Summer 2019     Competition Launch
          April 1, 2020        Registration DEADLINE
          May 20, 2020      Submittal DEADLINE
          Summer 2020     Winners Announced 

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: 

FIRST PRIZE         Student $2,000      Faculty Sponsor $700

SECOND PRIZE    Student $1,500      Faculty Sponsor $500

THIRD PRIZE        Student $1,000      Faculty Sponsor $300

Program updates, including information on jury members as they are confirmed, may be found on the ACSA web site at www.acsa-arch.org.

Additional questions on the competition program and submissions should be addressed to:  

Edwin Hernández
ACSA, Programs Coordinator
tel: 202-785-2324
email: ehernandez@acsa-arch.org

Eric W. Ellis
ACSA, Senior Director of Operations and Programs
tel: 202-785-2324
email: eellis@acsa-arch.org