Competition introduction

Competition organisers

Toronto Affordable Housing 

In Partnership With

Toronto Affordable Housing 

Toronto is among the ten most expensive major housing markets in the world, and housing prices are predicted to rise again in 2020 by almost 10%, according to the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board.

325,000 jobs were added to the Greater Toronto Area, while only 102,000 new homes were constructed.
The reason housing prices in Toronto are so disproportionate to household incomes is mainly due to a lack of supply. Between 2016 and 2019, more than 325,000 jobs were added to the Greater Toronto Area, while only 102,000 new homes were constructed, and only 2% of those new homes were classed as affordable.

And while the Bank of Canada has kept interest rates artificially low in an effort to encourage easier access to loans and mortgages, this only tackles the demand side of the problem. Therefore, Bee Breeders in partnership with ARCHHIVE BOOKS are looking to tackle the supply side of the city’s affordable housing crisis with the Toronto Affordable Housing Challenge.

Bank of Canada has kept interest rates artificially low in an effort to encourage easier access to loans and mortgages
For the Toronto Affordable Housing Challenge, participants are tasked with creating designs for affordable housing solutions that are flexible enough to accommodate all types of inhabitants, from families and couples to single professionals.

While there are no specific requirements for design submissions, participants areencouraged to be as creative as possible, challenging the typical ideas of housing, design, and the community at large. Those projects that manage to merge blue sky thinking with an element of practicality will likely be the most successful, but don’t be afraid to go big with your designs.

Winning designs will not only receive a share of the prize money but will also be featured in the next edition of ARCHHIVE BOOKS “Affordable Housing” publication.

Competition Programme

Design a pilot-phase concept for affordable housing within Toronto, which can be easily rolled out to increase capacity of housing stock, and is minimal in its use of land and materials. 

No minimum size or number of residential units per block is defined. The proposals should be flexible and adaptable enough for different sizes and various inhabitant capacity requirements. Designs for the Toronto Affordable Housing Challenge should be able to adapt to various locations across the city.  

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.


6,000 € + Publication in the book
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: 

- get international art and design media coverage 
- will be featured on the Bee Breeders website
- will be featured on the Bee Breeders social pages 
- will be included in the ARCHHIVE BOOKS “What is Affordable Housing?” second edition print publication.


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

Jury panel

Nicky Bruun-Meyer

Architect, Co-Founder and Co-Publisher, The Site Magazine, Canada

Persis Lam

Associate Architect, Diamond Schmitt Architects, Canada

Maya Mahgoub-Desai

Chair of Environmental Design, OCAD University, Canada

Mauricio Quirós Pacheco

Architect and Assistant Professor, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture at the University of Toronto, Canada

Fotini Pitoglou

Architect, FORREC, Canada

Mark Sterling

Principal, Acronym Urban Design and Planning, Canada

Andreas Tjeldflaat

Founder, Framlab, USA

Jeremy Withers

PhD Candidate, Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto, Canada

Daniel Wu

Product manager, Immuta, 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

26 May, 2021 (extended)

Closing date for project submission

27 May, 2021 (11:59pm GMT+0)

Announcement of the winners

08 July, 2021

Registration fees

  • Overdue Registration
    23 April - 26 May
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    140 €
  • Students
    120 €
+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.
The proposed designs should be versatile enough to be replicated at different sites in different areas across the city. The goal is to offer solutions to all of Toronto, not just one specific site.
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.

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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