Submission: January 06, 2017
Registration: November 04, 2016
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: 1st Prize: $5,000, 2nd Prize: $2,000, 3rd Prize: $1,000
Type: Open


The City of Shaker Heights seeks architect-builder teams with innovative ideas for high quality, super energy-efficient, owner-occupied housing for middle income households that can serve as a catalyst to attract new residents to neighborhoods that were hard hit by the housing crisis. We are not just looking for concepts; we are looking for teams who are ready to build something new and exciting that will set the tone for the future of our neighborhoods.

The winners will enter into development and use agreements with the city to build these homes in the target southern Moreland neighborhood. Our partners in this competition are Ingenuity Cleveland, the Kent State University Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, the County Department of Sustainability and the Cleveland Design Competition.
The Shaker Heights Design Competition invites architect-builder teams to break from the standardized formulas for suburban infill to create new middle-income, owner-occupied housing options that are at the leading edge of design, highly energy efficient, accessible and offer new lifestyle options, including opportunities for living and working from home. The competition invites architects and builders to follow a Shaker Heights tradition which sets a new standard by which other housing will be judged. We seek progressive teams with pragmatic creativity, who don’t want to just imagine, but who will deliver the future of housing.


  • Competition Announcement: September 22, 2016
  • Jury Announcement: October 7, 2016
  • Interactive Community Forum*: October 19, 2016 at 6pm
  • Registration Deadline: November 4, 2016
  • Submission Deadline: January 6, 2017
  • Juried Review: January 16-20, 2017
  • Reception & Exhibition: End of January 2017


  • Entrants must submit as a member of a team or firm that includes an architect or designer and a builder.
  • Submissions must designate a primary contact person for communication purposes only.
  • Entrants must outline the concept price and scale of project.


Digital submissions must include the following:

1) 200dpi 24”x36” PDF of each submission board. Files must be labeled using the following protocol:

  • SDC-team name-LEFT.pdf
  • SDC-team name-RIGHT.pdf

2) Maximum 500 word submission design summary, including the members of the team, the estimated sales point for the housing unit, and the desired scale that the team would be interested in constructing. This brief conceptual narrative should describe the project, site sections, renderings, diagrams, and drawings that communicate the intent of the File must be labeled: SDC-team name-SUMMARY.pdf

3) Three (3) “feature” images – 200dpi at 700×524 pixels (these can be renderings, plans, sections, etc.) named accordingly:

  • SDC-team name-IMAGE1.jpg
  • SDC-team name-IMAGE2.jpg
  • SDC-team name-IMAGE3.jpg

4) These files should be combined into a single ZIP file and labeled: SDC-team name-zip.

Please note, physical models will not be accepted. At the conclusion of the Shaker Heights Design Competition, all of the entries will be on public display as part of an exhibit and closing reception where the winners will be announced. Materials submitted will not be returned to the owners at the conclusion of the Shaker Heights Design Competition.

Submissions must be digital. Entrants must upload their submissions no later than 5 pm on the Competition Deadline. We have established a partnership with eBlueprint/ARC in an effort to make submission as affordable, sustainable and efficient as possible for all competition entrants. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email the competition organizers at

Go to the competition’s website