Architecture Competition Toronto Affordable Housing Challenge Honorable mention – Ana Cecilia Jiménez Salinas

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to one of our Honorable mention winners for our “Toronto Affordable Housing Challenge” competition – Ana Cecilia Jiménez Salinas from Mexico!

Ana Cecilia Jiménez Salinas from Mexico

I am an architect and urban planner with about five years of international work experience. I graduated in architecture from Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León in Mexico. Later I was awarded a scholarship by CONACYT-DAAD in Germany, where I completed a master’s degree in urban planning at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences and where I lived for five years.  During my studies, I also had the opportunity to go on student exchange programs at Universidad de Malaga in Spain and Griffith University in Australia. Passionate about cities and cultures, I have always been captivated by the range of ways to approach the art of place-making around the world.

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?

I have been involved in both public and private projects of various typologies that include cultural, residential, health care, commercial, and mixed-use, and in the rehabilitation of heritage-listed buildings in Heidelberg, Germany.

Although working on small and medium scales has given me greater sensibility as a designer, I have always been interested in resolving larger problems in cities. My research has focused on non-motorized mobility studies, urban design guidelines, master planning, downtown revitalization, and policy analysis.

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

Architecture tells us many stories and can be discussed from different angles, but if we go to its essence, we find the story of shelter, survival, and community. For me, architecture still represents that. As architects and urban designers, our role is to promote that sense of belonging, togetherness, and endurance through the spaces we create.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

This is actually the first competition where I participate. I have always wanted to, but I didn’t give myself the time before, and I think I was also a little scared that I didn’t have the right skills. Architecture competitions can take us to unexplored places, in our careers and in terms of architectural theory, and this could be daunting, but it is always an opportunity to grow. In my case, I am planning to move to Toronto soon, so this competition was a way to introduce myself to the place and gain some experience beforehand.

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

Confidence does not build itself. You have to build it through experience. If you do not know that software, don’t know some technicalities, or are unsure about your architectural representation skills, then take that course, research that construction method, read that book, and do it!

It is tempting to want to stand out and win, but if we want to change the way we intervene in the built environment, we must work together. Architecture competitions are an opportunity to open discussions, get to know each other, and make architecture grow as a discipline.

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
Greening the Industrial City
Houston ★ Texas

Submit a masterplan for an industrial park in Houston, Texas

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Sep 16
Sep 23
Oct 14
project COMPETITION
Tili Wine Italy Guest Homes

Design guest homes for an organic winery in Italy

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 07
Sep 07
Nov 01
project COMPETITION
Painters' Lake House

Design a picturesque painters' residence

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 09
Sep 09
Nov 03
project COMPETITION
Gaudi La Coma Artists’ Residences

Design a sustainable artists residence in honor of Antoni Gaudi

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 10
Sep 13
Nov 04
project COMPETITION
Iceland Movie Pavilion

Design a movie pavilion set in the stunning scenery of northern Iceland

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 17
Sep 14
Nov 08
ideas COMPETITION
Tokyo Urban Meditation Cabins

Design meditation cabins to help Tokyo citizens destress and reconnect

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jul 08
Sep 15
Nov 09
ideas COMPETITION
Memorial for Witches
Edition #1

Design a structure that would function as a source of education on past events or a method of raising awareness of ongoing injustices

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jul 08
Sep 20
Nov 11

Reccuring architecture competitions

ideas COMPETITION
Silent contest
For this competition, NO DESCRIPTION TEXT is allowed. The architecture ideas must be communicated strictly with visuals.
Museum of Emotions
Edition #2

Use architecture to create different emotional states

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Aug 02
Oct 05
Dec 01
ideas COMPETITION
Silent contest
For this competition, NO DESCRIPTION TEXT is allowed. The architecture ideas must be communicated strictly with visuals.
Architectural Visualization Award
Edition #1

Present your best work and submit your favorite architectural visualization

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Aug 16
Sep 22
Nov 10
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Timber Skyscraper
SKYHIVE Skyscraper challenge! Edition #6

Design an iconic new skyscraper constructed from timber

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Nov 01
Jan 04
Mar 09
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Las Vegas Affordable Housing Challenge
Affordable Housing Series #14

Design affordable housing in Las Vegas

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 08
Sep 08
Nov 02
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Rammed Earth Pavilion
Material studies. Edition #2

Design a pavilion to exhibit rammed earth as a building material

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Sep 06
Nov 02
Jan 05
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MICROHOME
Small living, huge impact! Edition #5

Design a new concept of small-scale home

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

registration deadlines

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Jul 05
Sep 07
Nov 03
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Creativity gym Short term competitions for you to exercise your creativity

essay COMPETITION
Why do you enter architecture competitions?

Share your views on architecture competitions

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Oct 04
Dec 07
Feb 02
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T-SHIRT DRAWING COMPETITION
The Architect's T-shirt Edition #16

Design THE architect's t-shirt!

Prize: 3,000 €
Eligibility: open to all

registration deadlines

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Aug 31
Sep 30
Oct 31
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Competition results

Hong Kong 
Pixel Homes

Hong Kong Pixel Homes

Affordable Housing Series #2
MICROHOME

MICROHOME

Small living, huge impact! Edition #4

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