Competition introduction

The third annual MICROHOME architecture competition is part of the Bee Breeders Small Scale Architecture Appreciation Movement, which hopes to highlight the fact that bigger isn’t always better. With great design and innovative thinking, small-scale architecture could change how this and the next generation view residential property.

For the MICROHOME 2021 architecture competition, participants are invited to submit their designs for a micro home – an off-grid modular structure that would accommodate a hypothetical young professional couple (which will be used as an example of family size throughout the competition series). The only requirement is that the structure’s total floor area does not exceed 25 m2 ; beyond that, participants are encouraged to be as creative as possible. 

Participants are encouraged to rethink spatial organisation and incorporate unique aesthetics, new technologies, and innovative materials that will make the micro home an entirely new form of architecture.

As there is no specified competition site, project designs can be set within any hypothetical site of any size, in either a city or countryside location anywhere in the world. The jury will favour sustainable designs and those projects that look to solve economic, social, and cultural problems through the establishment of new architectural methods.

Download full competition brief for more information!

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. 

Full competition brief

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

    • Yarışma kuralları
    • Reglas de la competencia
    • Regras do concurso
    • Regolamento del concorso
    • Règles de compétition
    • Wettbewerbsregeln
    • 竞赛规则


6,000 € + Publication in Magazine
Total Prize Fund
3,000 €
Certificate of Achievement
1,500 €
Certificate of Achievement
500 €
Certificate of Achievement
500 €
+ 50 € ARCHHIVE BOOKS Gift Card 

Certificate of Achievement
BB GREEN AWARD (more details)
500 €
Certificate of Achievement


The winners will get international art and design media coverage and will be featured on the Bee Breeders website and social pages

MICROHOMES magazine:

A number of entries will be chosen among the winners, honourable mentions, and other selected entries to be included in the next ARCHHIVE BOOKS annual MICROHOMES magazine.


Bee Breeders will also acknowledge the outstanding performance of all winners and honourable mentions with Certificates of Achievement.

Jury panel

Patrik Schumacher

director and senior designer at Zaha Hadid Architects, UK

Anne Cecilie Haug

director of staffing, senior architect, and member of the research and innovation team at the Oslo office of Snøhetta, Norway

Carlo Ratti

Director of the research initiative at MIT Senseable City Lab and founded CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati, USA

Jemuel Joseph

co-founded Cover Technologies, USA

Brian Gaudio

CEO of the Module Housing, USA

Francesca Perani

architect and founder of Francesca Perani Enterprise, Italy

Sheri Koones

author and journalist, USA

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 Bee Breeders staff. For any questions please contact us on [email protected] 

Find the extended list of jury panel biographies here!

Key dates

Closing date for registration

02 November, 2021

Closing date for project submission

07 December, 2021 (11:59pm GMT+0)

Announcement of the winners

15 February, 2022

Registration fees

  • Advance Registration
    12 May - 07 September
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    90 €
  • Students
    80 €
+21% VAT
  • Last Minute Registration
    08 September - 02 November
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    110 €
  • Students
    90 €
+21% VAT


Contact us to receive special student rates for group registrations (discount applies for 3+ registrations from one university/school) and to receive further information and support for getting your students involved in architecture competitions. Send us request from your university email address along with basic information about yourself and your university/school. Please note that only recognized university staff can apply for the reduced student rate.


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Competition related questions

This project has no set budget.
No specific site has been selected for this competition.
The 25sqm restriction refers to the building footprint and usable floor area indoors (in the case of having more than one storey, your total footprint will need to sum up all floors). The non-essential external structural elements should not be included in the 25sqm allocation.
You may submit a previously published design concept as long as you are the author and the project presentation materials are original and have not been published before.
As it is explained in the competition brief - for this competition participants are required to upload one A2 presentation panel. Presentation deliverables set listed in the competition brief is a suggestion only. Participants are not required to present the entire list. Please choose only the most essential information set that would explain your design in the most efficient manner.
For the Microhome architecture competition, participants are invited to submit their designs for a single micro home – an off-grid modular structure that would accommodate a hypothetical young professional couple.

General questions

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.
Only one proposal per registration is permitted. Participants are entitled to register multiple times if they wish to participate in the competition with several proposals.
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 Green 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.
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