Hostels for Hope Competition

Submission: July 18, 2016
Registration: July 18, 2016
Language: English
Location: Tanzania
Prizes: $17,500 in Prizes
Type: Open International Design Competition


Each year, for thousands of women in the United Republic of Tanzania, a positive diagnosis for cervical or breast cancer is followed by an impossible decision: travel to a far-away hospital for treatment and face the possibility of unsafe or unaffordable lodging, or stay at home and succumb to cancer.

To ease this burden, Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, a global partnership fighting women’s cancers, the American Cancer Society (ACS), HKS, Inc., and Southern Methodist University (SMU) are launching an international competition in April 2016 to solicit designs for two “home-away-from-homes” for these women.

Inspired by the ACS Hope Lodges, these hostels will provide safety and comfort for Tanzanian women as they receive life-saving cancer treatment.

We know innovative people have solved similar challenges in the developing world by using fresh thinking, sustainable materials and resourceful ingenuity, including modular units, pre-fabricated structures, local materials and ecologically sustainable approaches. We wish to bring such creativity to bear on the design of wellness hostels, so that women with cancer in Tanzania can get the care they need to survive.

We believe this competition will stimulate inventiveness and creativity to result in projects with the potential to increase access to critical treatment that will save the lives of many women.


Through applying an innovative design, the hostel will provide accommodations, ensuring more women can complete their cancer treatment. Provide an opportunity to advance the goals of socially responsible architecture Offer young/aspiring architecture, design and engineering students, including those from Africa, the chance to create a real-life work project that will change lives.


April 7, 2016: Announcement of the Competition and opening of the window for submissions

April 7 to June 30 2016: Window for submissions open

July/August 2016: Judging of submissions, to be done electronically in multiple rounds.

Late September/Early October 2016: Announcement of the winning designs.


For The Professional Track:

  • 1st Prize: $8,000
  • 2nd Prize: $4,000
  • 3rd Prize: $2,000

For The Student Track:

  • 1st Prize: $2,000
  • 2nd Prize: $1,000
  • 3rd Prize: $500

In addition to the corresponding monetary prize, the competitor whose design the jury chooses as the overall winner of the competition in each track will have the chance to attend the eventual ribbon-cutting ceremony. If a team submits a winning design, a member of the team will have a chance to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Graduate students who are working full-time may submit to the professional track. Participants may compete in teams, but should submit only one entry for the team. Teams will share the corresponding prize money should they win.

Go to the competition’s website