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WISE: Ninth International CAA Student Competition

The Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA) is now calling for registrations for WISE – 9th international student competition. Architecture students from around the world are invited to design forward thinking environments for our ageing population.

Three main prizes of £2500, £1000 and £600 will be awarded to the participating creators of the best designs. Individual and group entries are acceptable.

Housing Our Elderly Through Better Designed Architecture

You are asked to design a dwelling or precinct for yourself and/or others when aged and retired. Your proposition may be a house for an extended family; a multi-generational precinct; an agile planning strategy accommodating changing family structures from cradle to grave; housing for unusual demographic mixes or another well-considered option. The competition asks for designs that facilitate security, dignity, access and participation of aged people in communities.

The competition is open to all architecture students, worldwide, who at the time of preparing their submission are registered at a Higher Education Institution. It is not limited to those studying in Commonwealth Countries.

The jury will select the winning schemes based on the following:

  • Design sensibility and originality
  • Culturally, functionally and economically appropriate for the selected context
  • Design resolution for local context in terms of climate and materials
  • Incorporates best practices for sustainable design to suit the context
  • Clarity of ideas and communication

The results will be announced on the occasion of the 20th
 CAA General Assembly and Conference scheduled to take place in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in February 2013 and the winning entries will be displayed there. The organisers propose inviting the winners to the Conference. The jury’s decision will be final.

Please note that the competition is currently in registration only phase and it will open for submissions on 23 November 2012. However, you still need to register to be able to submit.

Entry Fee

A one-off registration fee for each entry (individual or team) of 50 GBP is charged.