2021-2022 Architecture at Zero Competition


Affordable Housing for Farmworkers in California’s Central Valley


Sponsor: Self Help Enterprises, Visalia, CA
Organizer: Architecture at Zero
Type: International, ideas, one-stage
Eligibility: Architects,, designers, urban planners, landscape architects, engineers and intrns and students of these disciplines.
Professionals – $275
Students – Free
Up to $25,000 in total prize money will be awarded to student and professional winners.
11 January 2022 – Registration/Submission deadline
4 February 2022 – Announcement of winners
• Lance Collins, AIA, Director at Partner Energy
• Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA, Cameron MacAllister Group
• Paul Torcellini, PhD, Principal Engineer, NREL
• Allison G. Williams, FAIA, AGWms _studio

Design challenge:
The proposed program is for 105 new units of affordable housing, for farmworkers and their families. Unit size and composition: 37 units to be 3 bedroom (size range 900-1250 sq ft.) 37 units to be 2 bedroom (size range 700-850 sq ft.) 31 units to be 1 bedroom (size range 450-590 sq. ft.) Air conditioning is required. Residents prioritize natural light in their living spaces.


“Self Help Enterprises is delighted to participate in the 2021-22 Architecture at Zero competition and receive fresh ideas, thoughts and concepts that can be applied in Visalia and the surrounding San Joaquin Valley,” said Betsy McGovern, Program Director of Real Estate Development.  “There continues to be a huge demand for housing for farmworkers, and this is a unique opportunity to integrate decarbonization and climate resiliency through an equity lens.”


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