The 99K House Competition

The 99K House Competition

Open, international, 2-stage, anonymous, RfP

Houston, Texas

14 Dec 2007 – Registration Deadline

14 Jan 2008 – Submission Deadline (via Online)


Rice Design Alliance; AIA Houston


Open, international, 2-stage, anonymous, RfP


Houston, Texas




14 Dec 2007 – Registration Deadline

14 Jan 2007 – Submission Deadline (via Online)

04 Feb 2008 – 3 Finalists Announced

31 Mar 2008 – Stage 2 Submission Deadline

04 Apr 2008 – Winner Announced

Jun 2008 – Construction Begins

Oct-Nov 2008 – Exhibition, Architecture Center Houston


All (Finalists should be able to prepare construction documents suitable for the City of Houston’s building and permitting purposes.)


Michael Pyatok, FAIA, Principal, Pyatok Architects, Inc., Oakland, CA

Bryan Bell, Jr., Founder and Executive Director, Design Corps, Raleigh, NC

David Lake, FAIA, Principal, Lake| Flato Architects, San Antonio, TX

Rocio Romero, Owner and Principal, Rocio Romero, LLC., Perryville, MO

Richard Farias, Executive Director, Tejano Center, Houston, TX


3 Finalists – $5,000 each to continue developing their design.

Winner – an additional $5,000 and contract

The winning house will be built and sold or auctioned to a qualified, low-income family.


US $99


The 99K House Competition seeks to:

1. Broaden awareness of green building strategies applicable to affordable housing

2. Generate and publicize examples of sustainable, affordable houses that can be built and sold for $99,000 or less

3. Produce a creative, innovative design that can be replicated throughout the Gulf Coast region

4. Construct an exemplary sustainable, affordable house prototype on a specific site in Houston, Texas

This two-stage, international design competition calls for a single family house with up to 1,400 SF, including 3 bedrooms and 1 1/2 – 2 bathrooms, on a 50′ x 100′ site in Houston’s historic Fifth Ward. The winning design should be adaptable to a variety of sites in the area, including 33′ x 90′ lots and 40′ x 100′ lots. The construction budget must be under $99,000.