The 99K House Competition


182 entries.
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Robert Humble, Joel Egan, Ben Spencer, Owen Richards, Tom Mulica, and Kate Cudney, with Hybrid / ORA
Seattle, WA

Gail Peter Borden and Brian D. Andrews, with Borden Partnership
Los Angeles, CA

Kirby Mears, Walter Murphy, Kyle Humphries, Jamie Miller, and Gina Lyons with Murphy Mears Architects
Houston, TX

Paul Stovesand and Rebecca Cox
Chicago, IL

Stephanie Eugster
Houston, TX

Honorable Mentions
Don Daugherty Architect
Dorchester, MA

2x2; Cedric Spears and Scott McGhee
Houston, TX

Ann Arbor, MI

Derek C. Webb, AIA and Shelby Morris, AIA of etendue
Houston, TX

Eric Rice, AIA, John Thompson, AIA, Giancarlo Giusti, Kim Headland, AIA of Wilder Architecture
Tampa, FL

Fiedler Marciano
New York, NY

Sharon Chapman and Justin Drace of Stern and Bucek Architects
Houston, TX


The aim of this competition is to create an innovative design of a small house that is affordable, sustainable, and energy efficient.

Category Competition Result / Open to Students / Project Competition
Type International Architecture Project Competition
Genre Housing
Country Houston, USA
Registration Deadline 14 December 2007 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 14 January 2007 (via Online)
Eligibility All (Finalists should be able to prepare construction documents suitable for the City of Houston's building and permitting purposes.)

The 99K House Competition seeks to:
1. Broaden awareness of green building strategies applicable to affordable housing
2. Generate and publicize examples of sustainable, affordable houses that can be built and sold for $99,000 or less
3. Produce a creative, innovative design that can be replicated throughout the Gulf Coast region
4. Construct an exemplary sustainable, affordable house prototype on a specific site in Houston, Texas

This two-stage, international design competition calls for a single family house with up to 1,400 SF, including 3 bedrooms and 1 1/2 – 2 bathrooms, on a 50’ x 100’ site in Houston’s historic Fifth Ward. The winning design should be adaptable to a variety of sites in the area, including 33’ x 90’ lots and 40’ x 100’ lots. The construction budget must be under $99,000.

Michael Pyatok, FAIA, Principal, Pyatok Architects, Inc., Oakland, CA
Bryan Bell, Jr., Founder and Executive Director, Design Corps, Raleigh, NC
David Lake, FAIA, Principal, Lake| Flato Architects, San Antonio, TX
Rocio Romero, Owner and Principal, Rocio Romero, LLC., Perryville, MO
Richard Farias, Executive Director, Tejano Center, Houston, TX

Judging Process
Two-Stage, Anonymous Competition

Each of three finalists will receive a $5,000 award to continue developing their design.
The ultimate winner will receive an additional $5,000 award and contract.
The winning house will be built and sold or auctioned to a qualified, low-income family.

Entry Fee
US $99

- One 30" x 40" pdf at 150 dpi of the presentation board
- Five 11" x 17" pdf at 150 dpi for each of the five required drawings
- A text statement of no more than 250 words
- A 99K Budget spreadsheet

Jury Deliberation: February 1-2, 2008
Announcement of three finalists: February 4, 2008
Deadline for Finalists' documents: March 31, 2008
Winner chosen by Jury: April 4, 2008
Begin construction: June 2008
Exhibition, Architecture Center Houston: October - November 2008

Rice Design Alliance and AIA Houston

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