The contemporary home

This competition is part of a strategic partnership between Buildner and ArchDaily that aims to explore "The Contemporary Home".

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The Los Angeles Affordable Housing Challenge, the 16th installment of Buildner's affordable housing competition series, welcomes architects and design enthusiasts from around the globe to submit inventive solutions to tackle Los Angeles' housing crisis. As the city grapples with skyrocketing rents, gentrification, and expensive starter homes, affordable housing for lower-income households has become increasingly scarce.

Los Angeles Affordable 
Housing Challenge

This competition seeks to generate imaginative and pragmatic solutions to address the diverse housing needs of Los Angeles residents, including families, single professionals, and couples. Participants are encouraged to think beyond conventional housing models and explore innovative designs that offer flexibility, affordability, sustainability, and a sense of community.

 With the freedom to select a site within Los Angeles, competitors should carefully consider factors such as accessibility, amenities, and the potential impact on the surrounding community. The challenge demands designs that are adaptable and capable of accommodating various inhabitants and their needs, prioritizing affordability without compromising quality or sustainability.

By incorporating sustainable features and energy-efficient systems, participants should strive to create housing solutions that minimize environmental impact and long-term costs while seamlessly integrating into the existing urban landscape. Ultimately, the goal is to inspire and reshape the future of housing in Los Angeles through aesthetically pleasing and innovative designs that challenge traditional notions of housing, design, and community.


Download the full competition brief for more information!

The competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum). Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English; All information submitted by participants must be in English.

The full competition brief

The full competition brief can be downloaded as often as required; no additional information will be provided after registration.




7,000 €


3,000 €


1,500 €


1,000 €


1,000 €

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+ 50 € ARCHHIVE BOOKS Gift Card  
+ 50 Points BUILDNER Architecture University Rankings   

500 €

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6 Honourable mentions & certificates

Buildner will acknowledge the outstanding performance of all winners and honourable mentions with Certificates of Achievement.

Publicity campaign

The Buildner’s extensive global publicity campaign for the competition winners:


Results published on - one of the leading websites in the industry and is visited by over one million unique visitors each year.

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Publications on Buildner's social networks (over 600,000 followers) and newsletter campaigns (over 200,000 subscribers).


Exclusive interview published with the results and shared on Buildner's social networks.


The competition winners will be granted an opportunity to submit a movie about themselves. The video will be published on Buildner's website and social networks.


The competition results will get international art and design media coverage and will be featured in the world’s leading architecture media outlets.

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Jury members shall under no circumstances be contacted by competition participants or their representatives. Participants who attempt to contact jury members, shall be disqualified.

All jury members are involved in the evaluation based on their availability at that time. All communication regarding the competition should only be carried out with Buildner staff. For any questions please contact us on [email protected]  

Maya Mahgoub-Desai

Chair of Environmental Design, OCAD University


Persis Lam

Associate Architect, Diamond Schmitt Architects


Dr. Steffen Lehmann

UNLV School of Architecture


Christina Lennox

Cofounder and Chief Product Officer of Brownstone


Fotini Pitoglou

Architect, FORREC


Dr. Caitlin J. Saladino

Director of Strategic Development at The Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West


Yimeng Teng

architect at Ro Rockett Design


Katrina Yin

architect and design manager at JDS Development Group


Click on "register now", fill in all the required fields, choose your payment method and submit your information. You will be forwarded to Paypal or CPS secure payment gateway, to cover the competition fee. Once we receive your payment, we'll send you an email with your username and password to upload your submission directly to the website.
You can add/remove/edit team member information as often as you want in the upload panel, up until the submission deadline.
Yes we are in the process of negotiating with multiple international industry-related media representatives. The list of media partners is constantly updated on our website, please check it regularly to find latest updates.
Yes. If the jury panel selects a Student award's submission for the top 3, it will automatically be awarded both prizes.
Yes. If the jury panel selects a Sustainability award's submission for the top 3, it will automatically be awarded both prizes.
No. Competition entries are evaluated anonymously. The participant registration type is only revealed upon the announcement of the results.
Please contact us – [email protected] and we will address the problem directly.
The short answer is yes, you may submit a previously published design concept as long as you are the author. Before re-submitting your project, please carefully read the following clarification points listed here -
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