In the Pursuit of Housing 2009


“Toward the Emerald Necklace, Housing as a Visual Meditation” designed by Jung Min Nam, (Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA)

“Biodynamic Dwelling” designed by Amber Ellett Associate AIA (University of Nebraska – Lincoln)

“(re)live: Re-establishing Toronto’s lost ‘hydro-culture’” designed by Paul Alexander Cohoon (University of Waterloo, Cambridge, ON)

“After the Big Box” designed by Jesus Rodriguez Jr. and Alexis Flores (Dallas TX)
“Why (Not) Cincinnati?” designed by James F. Eckler Jr. (Cincinnati OH)
“Hidden Oasis” designed by Se La Lim (Seoul Korea)


The intent of this program is to promote excellence in housing design by young designers.

Category Idea Competition / Competition Result / Open to Students
Type International, Idea, Students or Age Restriction, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Housing
Country Boston, United States
Registration Deadline 3 March 2009 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 3 March 2009 (Must be Received)
Eligibility Undergraduate and graduate students currently in architecture school anywhere in the world and individuals who have earned their architecture degrees within the last 5 years (after 2004)
Target Field Architectural designs that result from an architecture school’s design studio for any built or unbuilt housing project

This biennial awards program, sponsored by the Boston Society of Architects and Architectural Record, gathers and exhibits a wide range of housing designs proposed for urban, suburban and rural communities by architecture students and recent graduates. The jury selects work that addresses the growing challenge of housing the world's population and is particularly interested in projects that use design innovation socially progressive approaches and sustainable solutions to address housing challenges. In addition to a juried exhibit, awards may be given to projects that exhibit exceptional clarity of intention and thoughtfulness of resolution.
For the purposes of this competition, ‘housing’ is defined as multi-unit dwellings or single-family dwellings that can serve as prototypes.

Mark Pasnik (principal of over, under, co-director of pinkcomma gallery, and assistant professor, Wentworth Institute of Technology)
Tiffany Lin (principal of LinOldham Office, Assistant Professor at Northeastern, and Leers Weinzapfel)
Hansy Better Barraza AIA, LEED AP (principal of Studio Luz Architects, assistant professor at the Rhode Island School of Design)
Mark Mulligan (Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design)
Elisabeth Broome (managing editor, Architectural Record)

1st Prize: $1000
2nd Prize: $500
3rd Prize: $250
Award winners may be recognized in BSA publications.

Entry Fee

One 20” x 20” x 3/16” [50cm x 50cm x 5cm] foam-core board

Submission Address
In the Pursuit of Housing Design Awards
Boston Society of Architects (BSA)
52 Broad Street
Boston MA 02109 USA

Exhibition: April 1-2, 2009 (at the Residential Design and Construction Convention and Tradeshow in Boston)

Past winners

Boston Society of Architects

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