BSHF World Habitat Awards 2018 (Prize of £10,000 for Winners)

BSHF World Habitat Awards 2018 (Prize of £10,000 for Winners)

Deadline: March 1, 2018

Submissions are welcomed for the 2018 BSHF World Habitat Awards. The Building and Social Housing Foundation in conjunction with UN-Habitat invites projects that provide practical, innovative solutions to current housing needs, with a particular focus on decent, affordable housing.

Housing projects and approaches are sought that

  • demonstrate practical, innovative and sustainable solutions to current housing issues faced by countries all around the world
  • can be transferred or adapted for use as appropriate
  • are already being implemented or are completed ie not at design stage or very early stages of development
  • view the term habitat from a broad perspective and bring other benefits as well, such as energy or water saving, income generation, social inclusion, community and individual empowerment, health benefits, capacity building or education.

The Awards were established in 1985 by the Building and Social Housing Foundation for the identification and the promotion of good habitat practices. They were initiated in 1987 as BSHF contribution to the United Nations International Year of Shelter for the Homeless. Over the years, a large range of excellent habitat projects were identified in the countries of the global North and the global South. These projects of different sizes and shapes tackle a wide range of housing issues.


  • As well as international recognition, a prize of £10,000 is made to each of the two winning projects;
  • Trophies are also presented to the winning projects and travel and accommodation costs are met for one representative of each winning project to attend the awards ceremony.


The awards are open to projects from around the world that:

  • Focus on affordable and adequate housing;
  • Are in progress or have been completed in the last ten years;
  • Have been designed and/or delivered in close collaboration with the residents/local community;
  • Projects at design/prototype/planning stage or completed over ten years ago will not be considered.


  • Begin your application here.
  • All entries are assessed and up to 12 projects are shortlisted by an assessment committee. These shortlisted projects are then evaluated by an independent advisory group;
  • Evaluation visits are made to some of the shortlisted projects before recommendations are put forward to a panel of external judges, including the Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT).

For more information, visit BSHF World Habitat Awards.