Building Voices Design Competition

Photo: © Olivier Koning


Organized by the University of Hawai’i School of Architecture and the University of Hawai’i Center for Community Design as part of the BUILDING VOICES DESIGN FESTIVAL, this open, international competition drew 111 entries from the continental United States and around the world.


The theme of the competition focused on seeking innovative solutions that addressed Hawai‘i’s unique geographic location, cultural richness, global visibility, and ecological diversity. Winners were announced on April 22nd, as part of Earth Day celebrations. Xavier Vendrell, acting Director of Auburn University’s Rural Studio, handed out awards alongside the competition chairs Karla Sierralta and Brian Strawn.


The winners were:

1st Place

Erin Moore / Eugene, Oregon

(Erin Moore is Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture and in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Oregon)

2nd Place

Christina Holcom, Honolulu, Hawaii

3rd Place

John Colburn IX, Honolulu, Hawaii