Muliti- Family Housing Competitions

Submission: November 3, 2014
Registration: November 3, 2014
Language: English
Location: Marfa-Texas, USA
Prizes: USD $1500 + Marfa Design Symposium passes
Type: Open competition


Design Marfa is conducting an ideas competition to propose designs for multi-family housing in Marfa, Texas.

Design Marfa will accept submissions June 2 – October 6, 2014. The winning design will be chosen by a select jury.

Currently, Marfa has no property zoned for multi-family housing although multi-family zoning is permitted under Marfa’s zoning and regulations. Please see Marfa’s zoning requirements on our Downloads page. As tourism increases in Marfa, the availability of housing for full-time residents has the potential to become even more limited as the attractiveness of vacation rentals and part-time residences remove inventory from the market.

The objectives of the Competition are to:

  • Encourage multi-family housing projects
  • Consider housing as an urgent and basic component of improving the urban environment in Marfa
  • Promote dialogue on how to improve the housing shortage
  • Encourage city planners and property owners to rethink existing code limitations and potentially rezone appropriate properties for multi-family housing

Marfa, Texas is a town of approximately 2000 residents and is located in the Chihuahuan Desert.

The site to be used for this Competition is located at:
701-721 N Kelly Street in Marfa, Texas. Google Map coordinates: 30.316001, -104.026360 and is 71,550 square feet.

The site is located in a community of single-family residences and in close proximity to the public schools.


Date: September 27, 2014