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HERE NOW International Student Design Competition

HERE+NOW 2018-2019 – International Student Design Competition

International Student Design Competition

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 2018-2019 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.


According to the US Census, 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.

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. 


Summer 2018     Competition Launch
April 3, 2019       Registration DEADLINE
May 22, 2019      Submission DEADLINE
Summer 2019     Winners Announced

AWARDS for HERE+NOW International Student Design Competition

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

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 2019 CRAN Symposium. All award-winning projects will be displayed and winners will be recognized at the 2019 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 2018-2019 academic year. Projects previously submitted for awards or competitions are ineligible.

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