Architecture Competition Toronto Affordable Housing Challenge 1st prize winners – Tristan Van Leur and Samantha Eby

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the 1st prize winners of our “Toronto Affordable Housing Challenge” competition – Tristan Van Leur and Samantha Eby from Canada!

 

Samantha Eby and Tristan Van Leur from Canada

Samantha Eby is an intern architect in Toronto. She holds a master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Toronto and a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Studies from the University of Waterloo. She is the current winner of the Canada Council for the Arts – Prix de Rome in Architecture for Emerging Practitioners.

Tristan van Leur is a licensed architect in Toronto. He holds a master’s degree in Architecture and a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Studies from the University of Waterloo.

Brief information about the projects that you/your company have been involved with. For instance, what scale have you focused on/preferred, any significant projects where the company/ individuals have been involved?

Tristan and Samantha look for design opportunities that explore new typologies of architecture through challenging existing conventions. Currently, our research is focused on housing and its models of finance, construction methodologies, and zoning/planning restrictions. We are working on a guidebook to collective financed housing, and a self-build multi-generational cabin that explores building methods for unskilled labor.

What does architecture mean to you and what is the role of an architect in your society?

We believe housing is a right, not a commodity. As architects, we need to do more to advocate for this.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

We seek out very specific opportunities that allow us to test our latest thoughts and push our theoretical propositions forward. This competition was in line with our current research and spoke to topics that we feel are important for architects to explore. As this one was right in our backyard, we used it to test some new ideas we've been developing.

What advice would you give to individuals who struggle to decide whether it would be beneficial for them to participate in architecture competitions?

Don't enter competitions for the sake of entering. Be deliberate with what you choose. Only pursue opportunities that allow you to push your work forward. It should not be about winning.

Open architecture competitions

  • Closest Deadline first
  • Project competitions first
    Selected winning projects have the potential to be constructed
  • Ideas competitions first
    Experimental competitions with the focus on pushing the boundaries of creativity
ideas COMPETITION
MICROHOME 2021 - Small living, huge impact!

Design a new concept of small-scale architecture

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN MAGAZINE
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
May 11
Sep 07
Nov 02
Register now
project COMPETITION
Legendary Bird Home 2021

Design a bird home to fund wildlife charities

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PRODUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
May 11
Sep 07
Nov 02
Register now
ideas COMPETITION
Home for the Blind

Design an accessible home for the blind

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Jul 05
Sep 07
Nov 02
Register now
project COMPETITION
Columbarium - The Chamber of Memories

Design a columbarium in one of the most iconic cemeteries in the world

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Jul 06
Sep 08
Nov 03
Register now
ideas COMPETITION
Berlin Affordable Housing Challenge

Re-envision the German capital and design a new concept of affordable housing

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Jul 07
Sep 09
Nov 04
Register now
ideas COMPETITION
Office 2021 Design Challenge

Reimagine the workplace of the future, and design the new way of working

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Jul 08
Sep 13
Nov 05
Register now
essay COMPETITION
Essay: Office Architecture

What will the evolution of workplace design look like?

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Jul 09
Sep 14
Nov 09
Register now
essay COMPETITION
Essay: Accessible Architecture

Have your say on accessible architecture, why it’s important, and how it needs to be improved in the homes of the future.

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Jul 12
Sep 15
Nov 10
Register now
project COMPETITION
Iceland Greenhouse Restaurant

Design a restaurant, set between geothermal baths and a volcano in Iceland

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Jul 13
Sep 16
Nov 11
Register now
ideas COMPETITION
Humble Architecture: Everest Challenge

Design a humble architecture on Mount Everest

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Jul 15
Sep 20
Nov 15
Register now
ideas COMPETITION
Iceland Volcano Lookout Point

Design an observation platform on the edge of a volcano in Iceland

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Jul 16
Sep 21
Nov 16
Register now
project COMPETITION
The Last Genocide Memorial

Design a memorial to the victims of genocides worldwide

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Aug 20
Sep 17
Nov 12
Register now

Sign up for our newsletter

Be the first to know when
new competitions are launched!