International Tropical Architecture Design (ITAD) Competition 2016

Submission: July 08, 2016
Registration: June 10, 2016
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: 1st Prize:  SGD$5000, 2nd Prize:  SGD$3000, 3rd Prize:  SGD$2000
Type: Open


In recent years, there has been greater frequency of extreme and erratic weather patterns across the globe, with rising sea and rainfall levels, fluctuations in temperatures indicative of climate change, which is now a global concern. The conclusion of COP21 and the adoption of Paris Agreement saw countries pledging their support to mitigate climate issues. Many also agree that on top of mitigation, countries will also have to adapt to the changing climate in order for them to be more resilient.

According to United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), buildings use about 40% of global energy, 25% of global water, 40% of global resources, and they emit approximately 1/3 of Green House Gases (GHG) emissions. Through effective planning and incorporation of technology, there is great potential to be harnessed in the building and the construction sector to reduce its carbon footprint for greater climate resilience.

In the next ten years, climate change coupled with rapid population growth and increasing urbanization will posed challenges to many countries. As countries continue to grow and develop, more buildings are expected to be built. The issue of land scarcity will be exacerbated, and there will be a need to ensure a comfortable and clean living environment that is vital to the well-being of the population through the optimization of land use. As cities become more cosmopolitan, promoting integration of different cultures will have a greater importance contributing to the social well-being of population as well as the country.

How can countries then design their green building projects in anticipation of the above-mentioned issues right from the start? This competitions aims to seek innovation and sustainable design solutions on The Future of Green Tropical Living, in an urban city of participant’s choice, for example Bangkok, Jakarta, Manila, Singapore, etc. The project should be able to accommodate and catered to the needs of 300 households spanned across all age groups.

While the project should be adaptive and responsive to the changing climate conditions, it should also encourage a liveable environment, where human relationships and community integration and spirit can be fostered through shared spaces and the built environment.


  1. a)  The Competition is open to all students matriculated into university, polytechnic and institutes of higher learning students in the architectural, building design, engineering fields. Multidisciplinary teams are strongly encouraged.

  2. b)  Students can submit as an individual or as a team of 5 (maximum).
  3. c)  Only one single project can be submitted by any one individual/team.
  4. d)  Students are not allowed to submit projects that have been registered or submitted for other competitions.
  5. e)  Individuals cannot participate in more than one team.


  1. a)  Participants must complete the registration on the ITAD website by 10 June 2016.

  2. b)  A signed declaration form and scanned copy of the student ID of all team members are required to be submitted to complete the registration.
  3. c)  After your registration has been completed, you should receive a confirmation email to your stated email address together with the provided dropbox folder link to upload theirsubmissions into.
  4. d)  There is no registration fee. Participation is free.


  1. a)  All entries must be in English.
  2. b)  All submissions must include A1 Design Panels (2 pcs) and a Project Brief (Max. 5 pages).
  3. c)  Only participants who have registered for the Competition are able to submit their entries.
  4. d)  All submissions must be submitted through the dropbox folder link (provided by the organiser) by 8 July 2016, 2359 Singapore time (GMT+8). If there are issues with BCA-SIA-SGBC International Tropical Architecture Design (ITAD) Competition 2016 for Institutes of Higher Learning uploading into the dropbox folder, you shall submit your submissions via www.wetransfer.com to the person-in-charge. For submission details, refer to item (f).
  1. e)  Models are not required.
  2. f)  Submission details:Please include project title, member(s) name(s), student no. and university name in both Design Panels and project brief.
    A1 boards:

    1. To submit maximum 2 x A1 size design panels files in PDF format, high resolution, suitable for printing. Each panel should conform to ISO A1 Landscape (594 x 841 mm), minimum resolution 300dpi.
    2. Design boards should include the site plans and cross-section perspectives. The team can further determine what other information is needed in the A1 boards in order for them to communicate their project most effectively to the judges.


  3. Project Brief:
    1. The project brief must include the project title, member(s) name(s), student no. and university name at the front page.
    2. The project brief should be up to 5-pages (maximum), providing participants the opportunity to further describe their project’s concept, design, motivations, etc.
  4. g)  All participants who submitted their works will receive an e-Certificate of Participation upon conclusion of the event.


The judging panel will select 5 finalist entries.
Finalists will be awarded cash prizes and invited to Singapore to present their works at the Final Judging and attend the International Green Building Conference (07-09 Sep).

Go to the competition’s website

Date: April 10, 2016