2020 Housing Competition

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA),Custom Residential Architects Network(CRAN®) knowledge community is pleased to announce theHERE & NOW: A House for the 21stCentury,International Student Design Competitionfor 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.

Accordingtothe US Census1, over920,000units of single family housingwerecompleted in 2014. Many of these houseswerebuilt speculatively, as a genericprototypeindependent 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 itsowner(s),the underlying design elements speaktobroader cultural ideas of domesticity andfamily.Technologicalinnovation, both in materials and systems, continues to advance the level of energy efficiency and resiliency in homes designed and builttoday.


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.