Competition introduction

Competition organisers

Vancouver 
Affordable Housing Challenge

Vancouver is located on the west coast of Canada and is the most populated city in British Columbia. It regularly appears on lists of the best cities in the world for liveability and quality of life, and was the first city ranked in the top ten for ten consecutive years according to the Economist Intelligence Unit. However, this has also made Vancouver one of the most expensive cities in the world, often appearing along the likes of London, Hong Kong, and San Francisco as one of the least-affordable cities on Earth.

Vancouver regularly appears on lists of the best cities in the world for liveability and quality of life. However, this has also made Vancouver one of the most expensive cities in the world, often appearing along the likes of London, Hong Kong, and San Francisco as one of the least-affordable cities on Earth.


The recent impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is only set to make things worse, as the Bank of Canada recently cut interest rates dramatically, encouraging Canadians to stop saving and start buying. This has pushed house prices even further up, as demand far outpaces supply.

Vancouver struggles with incredibly strict zoning laws that make almost every type of housing illegal in most city neighbourhoods, other than single-family detached homes. No apartments or townhomes alongside escalating fees, red tape delays, and planning approval processes that undervalue the underhoused have resulted in a depleted housing stock that cannot match buyer and renter demand.

 

No apartments or townhomes alongside escalating fees, red tape delays and planning approval processes that undervalue the underhoused have resulted in a depleted housing stock that cannot match buyer and renter demand.


The Vancouver Affordable Housing Challenge is tasking participants with designing a solution to the city’s current housing crisis. They are encouraged to consider designs that are both flexible and capable of accommodating different unit sizes including families, single professionals, and couples.

There is no set competition site, size or height requirements, and so participants are encouraged to be as creative as possible in the solutions they design. The jury will be looking for projects that challenge typical ideas of housing, design, and the community at large, while at the same time maintaining a practical element that could potentially see these designs realised.

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.

  • - (!) FULL COMPETITION BRIEF

Prizes

6,000 €
Total Prize Fund
1st PRIZE
3,000 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
2nd PRIZE
1,500 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
3rd PRIZE
500 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
ARCHHIVE STUDENT AWARD (more details)
500 €
+ 50 € ARCHHIVE BOOKS Gift Card 
+ 50 Points BEE BREEDERS Architecture University Rankings

Publications 
Certificate of Achievement
AAPPAREL SUSTAINABILITY AWARD
500 €  

+ 50 € AAPPAREL.com Gift Card   

Publications  
Certificate of Achievement
+ 6 HONOURABLE MENTIONS

 
PUBLICATIONS:


The winners will get international art and design media coverage and will be featured on the Bee Breeders website and social pages


CERTIFICATE:


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

Jury panel

Bee Breeders is committed to selecting the most qualified industry professionals to comprise its jury panels. Jury panels consist of architects, in addition to professionals from other professional backgrounds that are relevant to the competition topic, to guarantee the most objective competition results.

You may find the invited jury list from previous competitions here - https://architecturecompetitions.com/guest-jury

Key dates

Closing date for registration

03 May, 2022

Closing date for project submission

14 June, 2022 (11:59pm GMT+0)

Announcement of the winners

19 July, 2022

Competition Q&A deadline: 10 May, 2022

In order to guarantee equal opportunities to all competition participants,
no new questions will be answered after this deadline!

Registration fees

  • Early Bird Registration
    15 November - 16 December
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    85 €
  • Students
    75 €
  • Advance Registration
    17 December - 08 February
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    105 €
  • Students
    95 €
  • Last Minute Registration
    09 February - 03 May
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    125 €
  • Students
    105 €
  • Early Bird Registration
    15 November - 16 December
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    85 €
  • Students
    75 €
  • Advance Registration
    17 December - 08 February
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    105 €
  • Students
    95 €
  • Last Minute Registration
    09 February - 03 May
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    125 €
  • Students
    105 €

STUDENT REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS


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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F.A.Q.

Competition related questions

We recommend participants to focus only on the requested functionality. The commercial zoning is not required. However as this is an ideas competition you may suggest alternative design proposals.
Participants may chose a vacant site or redevelop an existing building as long as the new proposal relates to the existing urban context.

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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