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
project COMPETITION
Portugal Elderly Home

Design a comfortable and accessible home for the elderly in Portugal

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Dec 06
Jan 25
Apr 19
project COMPETITION
Portugal Olive Guest House

Design a guest house and olive oil tasting room located in Portugal

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Dec 08
Jan 27
Apr 21
ideas COMPETITION
The Home of Shadows

Design a home with no artificial lighting

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Dec 05
Jan 24
Apr 18

Reccuring architecture competitions

ideas COMPETITION
Children's Hospice
Home for the Terminally ill / Edition #2

Design a safe and supportive space for children struggling with a terminal illness

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Dec 06
Feb 08
Apr 06
Run repeatedly
Milan Affordable Housing Challenge
Affordable Housing Series #15

Design a concept for affordable housing in Milan

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Dec 07
Jan 26
Apr 20
Register now
Run repeatedly
Office
Office Design Challenge / Edition #2

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

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Jan 03
Mar 01
May 04
Register now
Run repeatedly
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
Register now
Run repeatedly
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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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

Remind me
Oct 04
Dec 07
Feb 02
Register now
T-SHIRT DRAWING COMPETITION
The Architect's T-shirt

Design THE architect's t-shirt!

Prize: 3,000 €
Eligibility: open to all

registration deadlines

Remind me
Nov 30
Dec 31
Jan 31
Register now

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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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