Architecture Competition Vancouver Affordable Housing Challenge Honorable mention winners – Evan Williams, David Phan and Rodolfo Escamilla

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to one of our Honorable mention winners for our  "Vancouver Affordable Housing Challenge" competition – Evan Williams, David Phan and Rodolfo Escamilla from United States!

Honorable mention from United States

We are former Iowa State Alumni, who graduated in the Spring of 2020 in Architecture. All three of us work for different firms; David’s firm is Gensler, which specializes in major commercial structures. Rodolfo’s firm is SHM Architects (based in Dallas), which specializes in residential design. Evan works for CMT inc., an engineering firm that specializes in infrastructure, public works and aviation design. Using our diverse work experiences helped us with developing our design.

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?

Rodolfo: Involved in the design of boutique-style, single-family homes. The results are well-crafted, personalized, and luxurious spaces for families.

Evan: Involved in designing the State Farm Airport Hangar Facility in Bloomington, Illinois that will be constructed in 2023.

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

Architecture is about creating comfortable, beautiful, and efficient spaces. Great architecture inspires the mind; it creates wonder, and aspirations. Architecture can be catered to an individual or designed for the masses. It is exactly this versatility that we, as designers, have fallen in love with. An architect is tasked to examine the built world in order for them to better understand the communities in which they reside.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

We participated in this architecture competition, for one, to have fun designing in a similar manner to how we designed when we were in college. We also want to creatively figure out how to find solutions for a seemingly wicked problem that affordable housing has become in certain parts of society. Though our solution may be imperfect, it’s an excellent thinking exercise that can help us be better architects now and in the future.

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

It’s a time commitment, but it is definitely doable. All three of us have full-time employment and are seeking licensure in our respective states, yet we were still able to do this competition, mostly meeting virtually. It will make you a better designer and a better thinker as well.

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
The Home of Shadows

Design a home with no artificial lighting

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Dec 05
Jan 24
Apr 18
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

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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

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Dec 08
Jan 27
Apr 21

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

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Dec 06
Feb 08
Apr 06
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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

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Dec 07
Jan 26
Apr 20
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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

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Jan 03
Mar 01
May 04
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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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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

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

Design THE architect's t-shirt!

Prize: 3,000 €
Eligibility: open to all

registration deadlines

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Nov 30
Dec 31
Jan 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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