Submission: May 25, 2016
Registration:  March 30, 2016
Language: English
Location: Manhattan – New York, USA
Prizes: 1st Prize: $10,000, 2nd Prize: $7,500, 3rd Prize: $5,000
Type: Students 


The competition, which will run in the 2015-2016 academic year, will challenge students to design a mid-rise, mixed-use complex with affordable housing units, a relocated and expanded city-sponsored market for independent food enterprises, and a museum of the works of Andy Warhol. The competition will specify a site in the lower east side of Manhattan, New York.

TIMBER IN THE CITY: Urban Habitat Competition
The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) is pleased to announce the second Timber in the City Competition for the 2015-2016 academic year. The competition is a partnership between the Binational Softwood Lumber Council (BSLC), the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons The New School for Design (SCE).

The purpose of the Competition is to engage students to imagine the repurposing of our existing cities with sustainable buildings from renewable resources, offering expedient affordable construction, innovating with new and old wooden materials, and designing healthy living and working environments. 

The competition will challenge participants to interpret, invent, and deploy numerous methods of building systems, with a focus on innovations in wood design on a real site. For thousands of years, solid wood has been used as a building material. Timber is an ideal green building material: it is well suited for a broad range of structural and aesthetic applications, it offers high performance characteristics; and wood is an economic driver to maintain forests and protect jobs in our communities.


Criteria for the judging of submissions will include: timber/wood as the primary structural material, creative and innovative use of timber/wood in the design solution, successful response of the design to its surrounding context, and successful response to basic architectural concepts such as human activity needs, structural integrity, and coherence of architectural vocabulary.


March 30, 2016    Registration Deadline
May 25, 2016    Submission Deadline
July 2016    Winners Announced

Winning students and their faculty sponsors will receive cash prizes totaling $40,000. The design jury will meet July 2016, to select winning projects and honorable mentions. Winners and their faculty sponsors will be notified of the competition results directly. A list of winning projects will be posted on the ACSA website (www.acsa-arch.org).

First Prize                                 Student  $10,000         Faculty Sponsor  $6,500 + ACSA Annual Meeting registration
Second Prize Student  $7,500 Faculty Sponsor  $5,000 + ACSA Annual Meeting registration
Third Prize Student  $5,000  Faculty Sponsor  $3,500 + ACSA Annual Meeting registration


Students from the U.S. and Canada are eligible to participate in the competition. All student entrants are required to work under the direction of a faculty sponsor from an ACSA member school. Entries will be accepted for individual as well as team solutions. Teams must be limited to a maximum of five individuals.

Go to the competition’s website

Date: July 11, 2015