Architecture students as well as individuals from around the world are invited to apply for the 2014 International Student Design Competition. Students are invited to apply their creative talents toward developing solutions, which integrate older persons seamlessly into the fabric of the community and include them in all social, cultural, and productive activities.

The design competition program and the respective submissions must address a number of key concerns. They include the following issues critical to the success of societal integration of older people: Key Issues include:

  • Location: Strategic placement of facilities for older people within walking distance where older persons

  • can contribute and be engaged.

  • Connectivity: Establishment of physical and possibly electronic connectivity to amenities and services.

  • Symbiosis: Matching of talents and interests of older people and needs of society.

  • Dignity: Uphold and preserve the personal rights and personal domain regardless of any reduction in

  • faculties.

  • Access: Availability of essential services such as healthcare, food, educational facilities, recreational

  • areas, social services and transportation.

  • Security: Provide a sense of safety in physical and psychological terms.

This competition was founded by the late architectural historian Dr. Albert Bush Brown in 1994. It is typically held in conjunction with a concurrent international conference held at the United Nations in New York dealing with “Caring
Communities for the 21st Century: Imagining the Possible”. The competition is sponsored by the International Council for Caring Communities (ICCC) in cooperation with the United Nations Programme for Human Settlements (UN-HABITAT) and United Nations Ageing Unit, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), Fortune Global Holding, Ltd, and other partners.


Because the competition is open to individuals as well as groups of students, there will be two First Place Awards of $10,000 USD, two Second Place awards of $5,000 USD and two Third Place awards of $2,500 USD. Additional projects in each category may receive honorable mentions. All project submissions will be recognized with a certificate acknowledging a student’s participation.


  • Both undergraduate and graduate students of architecture are eligible to submit an individual or a team project.

  • All submissions clearly identify whether the submission is that of an individual or that of a team of students.

  • All entries must be prepared by bona fide students currently enrolled in an academic program in architecture or in a related field as of December 31, 2013.

  • An affidavit of authorship is a mandatory component of submission.

  • Note that no more than 3 entries may be submitted by any one school.

How to Enter

To enter the competition, an individual or teams of students must register electronically on the entry form. The registrations are due on or before 15 September 2013 and projects must be received by 31 December 2013 and mailed to ICCC, 24 Central Park South, New York, N.Y. 10019, USA. No projects received after 31 December 2013 will be judged.

Winning projects will be announced during the United Nations Commission for Social Development, February United Nations Headquarters.

Deadline: September 15, 2013

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