Architecture Competition

In the words of Bill de Blasio, New Yorkers have a “crisis of affordability” on their hands. This is a crisis built upon the success that the city has had in recent decades. These years have made the city safer, and more appealing, for people from all over the world to come and start businesses, studies, and their lives.

This has put a huge strain on housing stock, and has led to New Yorkers having to spend increasing amounts to cover their housing expenses and have made entire neighbourhoods unaffordable.

Diversity is part of the fabric from which New York City was cut, so it is becoming ever important to ensure that New York is open for all, regardless of background.

This competition acts as a challenge to the architectural community. To those just starting out in the industry as well as those who are known across the world, the question is this. How do we use the limited resources, both in terms of plots of land and the availability of finance, to create homes and communities that can continue to be diverse and open to all?

All participants are eligible to receive the 'NYB Green Award'. The jury will evaluate the submitted projects based on the best sustainability practices for: construction methods, materials used, logistics, maintenance and innovation. The winner of this award will win $500.

We welcome any student of architecture to get involved and submit their own design entry for the “Rising Star Award”. The leading student design will win $500 and also will have the opportunity to become an intern at a New York architecture practice.

The winners of the competition will be announced as a major feature at the New York Build Expo on March 15th, taking place at the Javits Center. The top 3 designs, as well as the “Rising Star Award” and “NYB Green Award” will be announced at the show. The announcements will include a virtual reality walkthrough provided by Vividly, which will allow our audience to gain a full VR experience in what will be a pioneering presentation format.

INTERNSHIP

Architecture in Formation is pleased to extend an internship with their firm for summer 2017 to the winner of the “Rising Star Award”. The jury will select a qualified student or recent graduate from an accredited Architecture program, domestically or abroad, for the Rising Star Award, entitling them to a summer internship with Architecture in Formation for up to 4 months. The internship will be paid, at a rate commensurate to the experience level of the winner, and to be determined by Architecture in Formation after the announcement of competition winners.

The New York Affordable Housing Competition is also Powered by Vividly, a revolutionary virtual reality software company. In a pioneering presentation format at New York Build on March 15th, the audience will be able to fully immerse themselves in the winning projects, while each creator discusses their design and walks the audience through it. Tickets must be booked in advance so secure yours today to ensure you don't miss out.

Programme:

Design a pilot-phase concept for affordable housing within New York City, which can be easily rolled out to increase capacity of housing stock, and is minimal in its use of land and materials.

No minimum size or amount of the residential units per block is defined. The proposals should be flexible enough to adopt in different sizes with different inhabitant capacity requirements.

Designs for the New York Affordable Housing challenge should be flexible to different locations across the city. The designs should also be adaptable, allowing adjustments to be made in order to suit different residential capacity requirements.

Competition Jury

John Paul Rysavy is a Senior Associate at SHoP Architects in New York City and founding director of the design collaboration And-Either-Or.

Daniel Jacobs graduated with a Masters degree from Yale University and currently works at SHoP Architects in New York City.

Jenna Dezinski works as a Project Manager at Christoff:Finio Architecture in New York City and is the founder of Janika Design.

Brittany Utting recieved her Master in Architecture from Yale University and is currently working at Thomas Phifer and Partners designing the new Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw.   

Matthew studied architecture and art history as an undergraduate at Rice and received his Masters of Architecture from Yale and is founder and principle at Architecture in Formation in New York City.

Eligibility: 

Competition is open for all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum). 

All participants are eligible to receive the "NYB Green Award". The jury will evaluate the submitted projects based on the best sustainability practices for: construction methods, materials used, logistics, maintenance and innovation. The winner of this award will win $500.

We welcome any student of architecture to get involved and submit their own design entry for the "Rising Star Award". The leading student design will win $500 and also will have the opportunity to become an intern at a New York architecture practice.

Download full competition brief for more information!