architecture competition etiopia

Eco-Chapel – Rebuilding Forests in Ethiopia.

Submission: June 02, 2020
Registration: May 18, 2020
Language: English
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


Religion is a collection of designated thoughts and beliefs which were born by the virtue of nature, that relates to humanity and spirituality collectively. Forces of nature constitute the basis for spiritual beliefs for a lot of communities. Even though its definition was never absolute and varied drastically between one community and other, nature was somehow a common link between these mythological stories that were weaving culture and societies.

People worshiped gods of natural elements establishing a relationship. Yet, depleting resources for serving the growing population and development of mankind was inevitable.
Now, most parts of the world are facing the dire consequences of Global Warming and Climate Change. There are a few communities that are trying to reinstate years of spoliation by means of their faith.
The churches of Ethiopia’s Orthodox Tewahedo, the dominant religious group in the country with nearly 50 million members were almost always nestled in patches of dense forest.


The active conservationists and priests of the “forest churches” have seen a significant change in the immediate vicinity of the environment around these chapels. The quality of water improved, tree seedlings survived, pollinators are benefitting the nearby agricultural lands as well. There is a remarkable difference in the temperature of enclosed forest spaces.

The Chapels are igniting a ray of hope in preserving and expanding the remaining flora and fauna. Can these “Eco-Chapels” be augmented into something that serves the community beyond creating forests?
The challenge here is to conceive a forest chapel and community center for the Ethiopian Tribes and communities. It must be built in a way to contribute to growing the forest instead of only “preserving” them. The church can be a junction point for exchanging knowledge and spreading awareness about drastic depleting forests in their country.


Launch on March 26, 2019
Advance Registration closes:
20$ Students, 30$ Professionals, 80$ Institutional Access
Early Registration closes:
30$ Students, 50$ Professionals, 120$ Institutional Access
Standard Registration:
40$ Students, 70$ Professionals, 160$ Institutional Access
Submission Deadline: 2nd Jun 2020
Public Voting begins: 23rd Jun 2020
Public Voting ends: 18th Jul 2020
Result Announcement: 30th Jul 2020


Prize pool of worth 4000$
First Prize: 1500$ (For students and professionals)
Runner up: 800$ (For students and professionals)
People’s Choice: 450$ (For students – Most appreciated project wins this)
People’s Choice: 450$ (For students – Most appreciated project wins this)
Honorable mention x 2 (Students): 200$ Each
Honorable mention x 2 (Professionals): 200$ Each

Go to the competition’s website

Date: January 22, 2020