Build Academy Resilient Homes Challenge for Architects and Engineers 2018

Build Academy Resilient Homes Challenge for Architects and Engineers 2018

Deadline: November 30, 2018

Applications for the Build Academy Resilient Homes Design Challenge for Architects and Engineers 2018 are now open. The competition calls for designing a modular house costing under $10,000 that should be easy to build. The challenge has been designed for three scenarios. Design teams can submit designs for a single scenario or all three scenarios depending on their preference.

Natural disasters are on the rise. Since 1990, natural disasters have affected on average 217 million people every single year. Hundreds of floods, storms, heat waves and droughts have left about 606,000 people dead and 4.1 billion injured or homeless around the world since 1995. And it is often the poorest that suffer the most from these shocks.

Architects and engineers can design resilient and sustainable housing that both reduce the risk of damage and enables rapid reconstruction following a disaster. The World Bank, Build Academy, Airbnb, and GFDRR are calling upon architects around the world to develop designs for resilient, modular and affordable homes that cost under $10,000.

Challenge Outcomes

  • Challenge participants will apply their skills and knowledge to design of resilient architecture and how it can be implemented both in rural and urban settings
  • They will have the opportunity to improve their design and collaboration skills, working with a global community of professionals from all over the world, and receiving feedback from professors and experts
  • The work will be done by teams formed by independent practitioners who will work together on developing integral projects that include aspects of architectural design, structural engineering, building technology, social space, community development, economic feasibility, sustainability, and resilience.


  • Winning designs will be published and winners will be invited to exhibit at the World Bank in Washington DC, USA and other select global venues;
  • Winning designs could also eventually inform resilient housing or reconstruction work for World Bank-funded projects in places like the Caribbean, South and East Asia, etc.


  • At least one member of the team should have an architectural or/and engineering degree. For designers, previous architectural experience is highly recommended;
  • Other members who participate can also include graduate students or last year students of architecture. The expectation is to have a multi-disciplinary team that can collaborate with companies and people from many different backgrounds: architecture, engineering, design, social workers, etc.


Design teams are encouraged to look beyond “fully prefabricated” housing designs in order to allow incorporating local building materials into their designs; designs could be part prefabricated with a clear aim towards ease of construction

  • Designs incorporate climatic conditions
  • Integration of storage tank for rainwater collection is preferred
  • Toilets should be environmentally friendly, attached or detached
  • Housing material should be fireproof/treatable to be fireproof
  • Project construction cost should be limited to $10,000

Dimensional Criteria

  • AREA: The houses should accommodate a family of 4-5 people in about 40-50 square metre.
  • KITCHEN: 8-12 square metre, storage and cooking space
  • BATHROOM & TOILET: 5-8 square metre (combined or separate)
  • BEDROOM: 12-15 square metre; storage space 1-2 square metre
  • MAINROOM: 20 square metre, could be used as a bedroom at night
  • MINIMAL HEIGHT: 2.5 metre

Evaluation Criteria

Submissions will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Quality of the Proposed Design (60%): The extent to which the proposed methodology represents a sound and effective way to manage and complete a multi-faced work program that encompasses technical analysis, community engagement, and sound planning and design
  • Cost Effectiveness (30%): Evidence of the team’s ability to credibly deliver and an ample range of services within the designated budget
  • Quality and Clarity of the Written Proposal (10%)


  • Sign up anytime with no registration fee and form your team
  • Participate in the optional educational tutorials to enhance your knowledge of the context
  • If you need some help, you’ll have the option to receive regular feedback from Experts in the field and in group forums on Zoom
  • Submit your final proposal by November 30, 2018, latest
  • A highly reputable Jury will select and announce the winners on December 14, 2018

Click here to sign up and register

For more information, visit Build Academy Resilient Homes Challenge.