Competition Prizes

(Cash Price)
  • Permanent display of name on each build based on design
  • Website acknowledgement
  • Winners medallion
  • Mention and highlight in both digital and physical publication
  • Certificate of participation
(Cash Price)
  • Permanent display of name on each build based on design
  • Website acknowledgement
  • Second place medallion
  • Mention and highlight in both digital and physical publication
  • Certificate of participation
(Cash Price)
  • Permanent display of name on each build based on design
  • Website acknowledgement
  • Third place medallion
  • Mention and highlight in both digital and physical publication
  • Certificate of participation
  • Mention in both print and online publications
  • Permanent display of name on each build based on design
  • Certificate of participation

Cash prizes will be disbursed in a one-time payment to the winning students or student teams to the name(s) and address(es) indicated on the submission form. Depending on preference, winning students may request direct bank account deposits. For winning student teams, the prize money will be divided equally among team members.


Submissions should be made in the stated format;

  • One A0 size ‘board’ in landscape orientation. The page must illustrate:
  1.  Project idea showing conceptualization through a series of processes.
  2. Graphic diagrams including floor plans, section perspective drawings etc.
  3. A  four hundred (400) word descriptive composition with images, printed in a type and font size that is appropriate for the project.
  • Submission can be either scanned high resolution digital PDF designs or appropriate software.
  • Submissions must cover/illustrate from conceptual ideas to realized designs. The key criterion for submission is that the idea being proposed should effectively incorporate all the elements necessary for a comprehensive/proper assessment.
  • Submissions must be principally the product of work developed specifically for this competition over the course of the designated period except in extenuating circumstances. (Please visit the FAQ section)
  • File name should be the team name and their registration number;
  • A brief write-up in word or PDF format providing a description of the design idea, and materials used in the construction process as well as a summary of the costs. It should describe the design concept and convey information towards a basic understanding of the project. This write-up should approach but not exceed one thousand (1000) words.  This narrative is in addition to the 400 word description on the A0 board

Sculptured Pillars at the Jos Museum and Monuments

Assessment criteria

The project will be assessed by an international high profile jury that will consider several parameters including:

  1. Architectural quality:

The quality of the architectural concept, quality and clarity of presentation, quality of communication, quality of aesthetical expression, and interpretation of the theme respecting the culture and environment.

  1. Construction materials and technology:

Use of locally available materials, adequacy of the proposed materiality and construction, strategic use of resources for realization of simple and effective designs, incorporate degree of environmental and social sustainability. This should be low tech enough to enable the communities to implement the design.

  1. Contextualisation:

The design must be easily integratable into its environs, recognize the predominant occupation of the population therefore the need for appropriate crop storage, livestock habitation etc. Consideration must be given to how the individuals interact with the environment and how this will impact  health and well-being with factors such as sewage disposal, recycling, composting, quality indoor environment etc. Design should be scalable,with the potential to be aggregated into rows of buildings

  1. Demonstration of excellence:

The design should demonstrate an outstanding level of innovation in relation to both the design and the delivery of the building. The expectation of the organizers is that the design and the finished product will provide an excellent opportunity to highlight and encourage the following:

  1. Process: Architecture staff and students may monitor and record the construction process
  2. Quality: the design will demonstrate best practices of fabrication, and use of features that will enable integration into the existing landscape and surrounding community
  3. Learning: it will provide an avenue for informal learning and interaction between staff and students. It will also strengthen studio teaching within the Schools of Design in the competition region by recognizing the unique contribution of an exercise such as this.

*The jury/panel will use their best judgement in selecting winning submissions based on each project’s demonstrated capacity to meet all of the above criteria.


  1. Deadlines must be strictly followed
  2. Participants must fit the eligibility criteria highlighted i.e. be undergraduate architecture (full-time or part-time) students from Nigerian accredited Schools. Students enrolled in Architecture up to MSc level {per-full registration with the Architecture Registration Council (ARCAN)}
  3. Universities are limited to a maximum of ten (10) submissions to the competition. Faculty in participating Architecture Schools should ascertain that their top ten designs are entered into the competition.
  4. University representatives/point persons will be required to confirm that the Architecture School/University has endorsed submissions that are being/have been entered for the competition.
  5. Any ambiguity in competition documents/requirements regarding meaning should be forwarded to the competition coordinators for clarity prior to the final date for questions. Questions should be sent between 1st March 2020 to 30th June 2020. Response may be posted publicly on the website.
  6. Any participant that directly or indirectly seeks to obtain an advantage by canvassing support from the coordinators or jury will be disqualified
  7. The jury reserves the right to disqualify any entry/submission that does not conform to the mandatory requirements or regulations of the competition.
  8. There will be no reimbursement for time or materials for participating in the competition.
  9. The decision of the jury is final and not contestable.
  10. Participants are aware of the humanitarian nature of the initiative and therefore accept that the design solutions and competition materials may be replicated and used across multiple communities and locations without financial compensation.
  11. Participants affirm that the designs are original and are free of any royalties.
  12. Participants are prohibited from disseminating materials related to the submissions prior to the publication of the winners.
  13. By participating, all contestants agree to the rules, terms and conditions of the competition
  14. The composition of the team cannot be modified once registration is completed
  15. Submissions must give full credit to all participants involved in the participants’ submission. Failure to do so and the receipt of any justified complaint from uncredited participants will result in disqualification.
  16. For students who opt to work as a team, they will be required to nominate one member to act as the team’s delegate. This person will be the official point of contact for the team
  17. The designs remain the intellectual property of the contestants, but permission is granted, free of charge, for building of submitted designs to support vulnerable and low-income communities or individuals.
  18. The competition organizers reserve the right to modify any submitted designs in order to render them buildable.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Questions not addressed below can be sent to

No, the pilot site is for information and guidance only. The design should be modular and can be replicated anywhere in the northern part of Nigeria

As noted above, there is no specific site or information so participants will need to make their own assumptions. A link to Google Earth is available on the website and allows participants to gain aerial views and do basic measurements.

No, participants can get general information including relevant dimensions from aerial views on Google Earth or Google Maps. The site map is for guidance and though it is from a community that needs rebuilding, it is not the only site.

The core material should be compressed earth bricks.

Each compressed earth brick is about 10cm x 15cm x 30cm

No because the design will be used in multiple locations, this will not be practical nor applicable.

No, but because the design will be used in multiple locations, allowance should be made for these amenities.

Indigenes and residents of these parts tend to live in single story family homes therefore, the design should take this into account and be done accordingly.

The design should be for a family of six (6)

Provide as much detail as possible so as to eliminate ambiguity. This includes clear identification of the size of the house, orientation and location of the footprint on the proposed lot etc.

The building codes of the Federal Republic of Nigeria are applicable.

Yes, you are eligible for the competition as long as you were a student when the competition opened

Yes, as long as your idea meets the criteria for assessment, it has the potential to win and therefore can be commercialised.

Absolutely, as long as it meets the following conditions:

    1. You did the design as part of an academic activity and NOT in a professional capacity such as: an internship, part-time job etc.
    2. You can provide evidence that it is your design by:
      1. Submitting copies of the design studio class brief and copies of that initial design

         ii. The copy of that initial design should include conceptual sketches/drawings and should have grades attached.