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

Research is a critical component of any design solution in both the academic and professional context. Students are encouraged to research Residential Design and Construction in both historical and contemporary contexts in order to develop an understanding and appreciation of this specialized area of architectural practice. 

Students and Professors are encouraged to review as many books as they see fit to inform their design. The following recommendations are a great place to start. o Architectural Graphic Standards for Residential Construction 
  • Houses for all Regions: CRAN® Residential Collection (American Institute of Architects) 
  • Builder’s Guide (Building Science Corporation) 
  • At Home (Bill Bryson) 
  • Home: A Short History of an Idea (Witold Rybczynski) 
  • Redesigning the American Dream (Delores Hayden) 
  • Green Home Building: Money-Saving Strategies for an Affordable, Healthy, High-Performance Home (Miki Cook) 
  • Green from the Ground Up: A Builder’s Guide to Sustainable, Healthy, and Energy-Efficient House Construction (David Johnston) 

Students are encouraged to explore opportunities to engage local CRAN® members and design professionals as a resource to help inform their design proposals. The leadership of CRAN® has developed a list of regional contacts to facilitate connecting students and design professionals (available upon registration). These individuals are available as a resource to support the work of the students and the development of design proposals. 

Program updates, including information on jury members as they are confirmed, may be found on the ACSA web site at

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

Edwin Hernández
ACSA, Programs Coordinator
tel: 202-785-2324

Eric W. Ellis
ACSA, Senior Director of Operations and Programs
tel: 202-785-2324