Notre Dame de l’Assomption

Sponsor: Bishopric, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Type: Open, international, anonymous, ideas

Languages: English and French

Location: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Eligibility: Licensed architects

Fee: $100 per submission


First place, US$12,000

Second Place, US$8,000

Third Place, US$5,000


15 July 2012 – Registration deadline

15 Oct 2012 to 15 November 2012 – Submission deadline


• Chair: Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co., and Dean, University of Miami School of Architecture / Miami, FL

• Architect: Patrick Delatour / Port-au-Prince, Haiti

• Architect: Michael J. Crosbie, Ph.D., FAIA / Editor-in-Chief, Faith & Form / Essex, CT

• Structural Engineer: Kit Miyamoto / Miyamoto International

• Liturgical Consultant and Designer: Father Richard Vosko / Clifton Park, NY

• Writer: Edwidge Danticat / Miami, FL

Compensation: The purpose of this competition is to identify winning entries that will inform and could be selected as designs for the reconstruction of the new national cathedral in Port-au-Prince. In such cases project contracts would be negotiated and any remuneration would be unrelated to any prize award.

Design Challenge:

The cathedral is to be a technologically advanced structure that takes tradition into account.  Its construction will generate considerable economic activity and will stimulate the rebirth of the Capital’s largely destroyed downtown area. This vital structure will put into application national and international building codes to ensure a safe and effective center of worship.

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