design competition international 2020


Submission: July 20, 2020
Registration: July 10, 2020
Language: English
Location: Sundarbans, India
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


The Tropical Cyclones are critical natural hazards, the Indian subcontinent faced time and again, especially the coastal Bay of Bengal in India and Bangladesh as well as some parts of Sri Lanka. The rise in sea levels due to global warming poses another threat. Among Indian states, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal are the worst affected, historically. The recent Super Cyclone, ‘Amphan’, in May 2020 was one of the most powerful storms that inflicted widespread damage in West Bengal and Odisha in India along with Khulna and Barishal divisions of Bangladesh.

The most devastated region is the Sundarbans, both in India and Bangladesh, because of its fragile ecosystem, complex geography and the presence of sizable settlements. Poverty made the situation even more vulnerable. Since the fateful cyclonic day, heart-breaking images of destroyed houses and misery of people have flooded the web-space and reached all over the globe for everyone to realize the magnitude of the aftermath.

Such a natural disaster and related human suffering call for a massive rehabilitation work, to which architecture and design community, perhaps, can respond effectively, by offering appropriate design alternatives. As future torchbearers, students of architecture, design and planning community are encouraged to rise to the occasion and take this opportunity to propose design alternatives for a Homestead (bhite-bari in Bengali) for a family in the Sundarbans that is: 

  • RESILIENT to natural hazards like, cyclone and flood
  • SUSTAINABLE by minimizing damages to the ecosystem
  • CREATIVE in design expression and resolution while responding to the culture of the place
  • AFFORDABLE to the users for cost-effective construction and maintenance 
  • IMPLEMENTABLE for fast scaling up of the execution by the authorities, NGOs and individuals

With these core 5-point objectives and related evaluation criteria, SEARCH INTERNATIONAL STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION 2020 is announced.



This competition is open to graduate and post-graduate level students around the world (1 to 4 members in a team)who are currently enrolled in architecture, planningand designprogram.For recent graduates (updated on 12 June 2020)The recent graduates, who completed Bachelor of Architecture/ Planning/ Design Course in 2018 or 2019, will be allowed to take part in the competition, provided that the First Member of the participating team is a student presently enrolled in a postgraduate or undergraduate course of Architecture/ Planning/ Design.



•First Prize, Second Prize, Third Prize and 3 Commendation Prizes(Cash Award + Certificates)

•Total Prize amount will be a minimum of INR 30,000/-(deductions, if any, will be as per relevant statutory provisions)

•Noteon further dissemination: oTop six entries will be shared with the governmentand reputedNGOs for record and reference for any rehabilitation programme oSoft publication of the competition entries by SEARCHoOnline display and exhibition of competition entries.



INR 500.00 (Indian Rupees Five Hundred Only) per entry.Participation fee is non-refundable.For entries from outside India(updated on12 June 2020)Considering the current pandemic, the Participation Fees for Competition Entries from outside India are waived. However, Competition Entries from outside India are required to attach a Letter of Recommendation from a faculty member (except Jury and the Organizers of the competition) of the concerned department of the institution.

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