Building Voices Design Competition

5 Apr 2017

5 April 2017 – Submissions deadline


A single-stage, international design competition seeking innovative design solutions that address Hawai‘i’s unique geographic location, cultural richness, global visibility, and ecological diversity..

The competition seeks new ideas for buildings, environments, landscapes, community programs, infrastructures, product designs, network concepts, service design offerings, transportation solutions, among others. 

The competition aims to:
* Highlight prototypical solutions for the built environment that generate a positive impact for the natural world.
* Celebrate designs that foster a deeper understanding of the unique context(s) of the Hawaiian archipelago.
* Spotlight hybrid projects that impact and benefit multiple populations.
* Foster communication between designers, political institutions and the larger community through catalytic projects.
* Recognize design that says “What is good for Hawai‘i, is good for the world.”

Submissions should draw knowledge from multiple disciplines, including architecture, product design, engineering, service design, landscape architecture, urban design and others.

Awards & Honors
The First Prize Winner will be invited to present their vision in Honolulu at the Hawai‘i State Capitol on April 22, 2017.
First prize: $5,000 (travel stipend or cash award)
Second prize: $2,500
Third prize: $1,000
Honorable mentions may be awarded at the discretion of the jury but will receive no cash prize.
Award winning and other selected projects will be featured in the BUILDING VOICES TRAVELING EXHIBIT, to be launched at the Hawai‘i State Capitol in Honolulu on Earth Day, April 22, 2017. They will be also included alongside other selected entries on the BUILDING VOICES website and in a forthcoming BUILDING VOICES publication.

Xavier Vendrell / Director / Rural Studio / Auburn University / Newbern, AL
Healoha Johnston / Honolulu Museum of Art / Curator of Arts of Hawai‘i / Honolulu, HI
Rebecca Buck / UX Strategist / Amazon / San Francisco, CA
Clément Blanchet / Founder / Clément Blanchet Architecture / Paris, France
Alisa Weinstein / Senior User Experience Researcher / Uber / San Francisco, CA

*Additional jury members to be announced on competition website.

Registration & Deadlines
Fee: $50 for professionals / Free for Students (with valid ID)
6 February 2017 – Competition launched / Online registration opens / Question & Answer period opens
10 March 2017 – Question & Answer period closes
5 April 2017 – Online submissions are due at 12:00 noon Hawaii Standard Time
7 April 2017 – Design Jury
22 April 2017 – Winners Announced on Earth Day

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