“People who build their own home tend to be very courageous. These people are curious about life. They’re thinking about what it means to live in a house, rather than just buying a commodity and making it work.” – Tom Kundig

The Home remains the most significant architectural place we experience throughout our lives. Home represents safety, ownership, privacy, and stability. Home is where we can be alone and with people we care about most.  Historically, the home has been a place of permanence. Despite how chaotic our lives are, we cherish the consistency of sleeping in the same bed and performing the same daily rituals here. Yet, new trends in digitalization and globalization continue to reshape realms of everyday life and alter our physical environments, including our homes. It is important to examine how we adapt our living spaces to these shifts.

From Reyner Banham’s critique, “A Home Is not a House”, to Wallace Neff’s Bubble Homes, architects and designers have continuously investigated the role our homes play in our lives. The HOME competition invites all designers to explore ideas of domestic architecture for the future. Designers may consider the impacts of global population shifts, proximity of major cities to coastlines, new materials and building techniques, as well as the rise of co-housing, tiny homes, smart houses and marketplaces like Airbnb. HOME creates a platform to speculate the ways new technological, political, environmental and cultural changes can redefine the spaces where we live.

What do you believe will be the future of home?



Overall Winner                $2,500

Innovation Award                $1,000

Adaptability Award                $1,000

Pragmatic Award                $1,000

Total Awards               $5,500



The only requirement of the Home competition is that proposals must examine the performance of a single unit. Designers can propose a unit that is part of a larger system or structure but their submission must detail how that single unit will be used.

Proposals can create a small single family home, multi family building, or adaptable structure, but no matter the scale, they must clearly represent the experience of one unit for living within the project.

Designers can propose any geographical location for their home design but should consider the relationship between their proposal and its siting. Additionally, designers can propose siteless homes.

Submission Materials: (4) 12″ x 12″ graphic representations submitted as a combined PDF document. (1) 200 word maximum project summary, submitted as PDF document. Graphic representations may not include bodies of text but may include titles, labels, minor descriptions, etc. Graphic representations may include, but are not limited to, axons, perspectives, renderings, plans, sections, elevations, etc.



Jimenez Lai
Bureau Spectacular

Liam Young
Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today, Unknown Fields

Ivi Diamantopoulou
New Affiliates

Andrew Zago
Zago Architecture

Jason Payne

David Benjamin
The Living

Anne Lise Kjaer
Kjaer Global

On behalf of S/he_new-territories
/ François Roche

Carlo Ratti
Carlo Ratti Associati




Competition Release                     Feb. 1

$40 Advanced Entry Begins        Feb. 1

$40 Advanced Entry Ends            Apr. 2

$60 Early Entry Begins                 Apr. 3

$60 Early Entry Ends                     Jun. 4

$80 Final Entry Begins                  Jun. 5

$80 Final Entry Ends                     Jul. 31 (11:59pm EST)

Submission Deadline                     Aug. 1 (11:59pm EST)

Results Announced                       Aug. 31



Can I submit a project that was done in a school studio?

Yes; participants are welcome to submit projects that were done in school as long as they meet the requirements of the competition.

Can I submit a project that was submitted to another competition?

No; participants are not allowed to submit a project that was also submitted for a different competition which ends before the results of HOME Competition 2018 are announced.

Is the HOME competition restricted to only students or only professionals?

The competition is open to all designers, no matter age, location or experience.

Where do I get my team number?

Your team’s identification number is the order number that appears on the top right of the confirmation email upon registration. The confirmation is only sent to the email provided during the payment.

How many team members can be involved in my project?

A maximum of four team members is permitted.

Can I change team members after I register?

Teams are welcome to add, remove, or swap team members as long as their total members does not exceed four.

Is the HOME competition judged anonymously?

All HOME proposals are reviewed anonymously by the competition jury. Upon registration each team receives a randomized numeric code (ex. 2947502), this code is the only mean by which boards are identified. For more information see terms and conditions.