2021 - her place
design challenge

...Design "HER PLACE" a girls’ development centre that welcomes girls from Nepalese municipalities, spreading knowledge and support to rural areas and above all providing a safe environment for deeply vulnerable young women in need.

The context

There are thousands of young women in deeply difficult and abusive situations with nowhere to turn. The region desperately needs a centre where these girls can come for help, support, refuge and education about their rights.

The aim of this competition is to encourage and reward,
- design excellence on a humanitarian issue which integrates function, aesthetics and structural ingenuity, improving the lives of people in Nepal.
-Research, respond to and highlight the unique aspects of design through consideration of contextual + environmental factors.
-Encourage sustainable design that provides a secure, long lasting building proposal for the charity partners and its benefactors.
- See your design built and aid in improving the life's of young women and their families.

The brief

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The Site is located on the edge of Devachuli, close to a river and currently is made up of agricultural fields. It is a long rectilinear site that runs from east to west and is 100m by 13.5m. The client team would like to construct the building on 50% of the site leaving the rest of the site for garden and parking. All proposals should include (approx. areas given in m2):
- Reception and admin area (1x15m2)
- 2x washrooms (each with 6 toilets)
- 2x large training halls (2x200m2)
- 3x office rooms (3x16m2)
- 2x ensuite guest rooms (2x20m2)
- 1x multi-purpose storage area (1x15m2)
Winning proposals will consider the following factors,

  • Innovative design
  • Climate and site conditions
  • Sustainability
  • Comfort and Security
  • Affordability
  • Stimulate local economy

- Each proposal should include 3x A3 panels (combined in a PDF to include): 1x full page render, and 2x pages with plans, sections and elevations along with any other information that supports the main elements of your design. Please note you will recieve a site plan, google map location, short video of the site, unique reference number and information on how/where to upload your proposal when you have completed the registration process.

The Prize:
- The selected winning design will be built this year with secured funding... This is your chance to see your design make a real difference!
9 excellent projects will receive honourable mentions along with the press pack released with the winning announcement.
The Considerations - Proposals should;
- be a maximum of 2 storeys in height.
- carefully consider the seismic activity in the zone.
- use design to provide a safe welcoming space for local user groups.
Key Dates:

Fee + Registration:
- This single stage competition is open to all. Fees will support this and other building trust charitable projects.

Special conditions Submissions can be the work of an individual or a group. There is no age limit. However, entrants under 18 years of age must be led or entered by someone over 18 years of age. Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged to enter the competition.
Those eligible to participateDesign professionals, Architects, architecture/design graduates or architecture/design students.
Those ineligible to participate Employees, staff, consultants, agents or family members of Building Trust International or other jury members.
Multiple entries Multiple entires are permitted. However, they will require additional registration numbers. Entrants therefore should complete registration process and payment for each additional submission.
Restrictions There are no restrictions for this international competition. Registration and participation in the competition implies an immediate acceptance by the entrants of all terms & conditions governing the site and competition.

past challenges

Take a look at some of our past winners from the last 10 years!

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Past winners:

MOVING SCHOOLS: Amadeo Bennetta / Daniel LaRossa, USA. UNDP HOUSING CHALLENGE: Neha Rane and Avneesh Tiwari, India. CAMBOO: Roberto Bologna, Fernando Barth, Chiara Moretti and Denny Pagliai from Firenze, Italy. PLAYSCAPES: Gerrit Strydom & Lwandile Gcume, South Africa. COOL SCHOOL: Kyle Wylde, Nathan Woodward, Stephen Hawkins and Charley Burrough, UK. SUSTAINABLE HOME: Mary Ann Jackson, Ralph Green, Muhammad Kamil, Nick Shearman, Australia. - Keith Greenwald, Lisa Ekle, USA. - Jess Lumley, Alexander Koller, UK, HOME: levitt bernstein, UK. - MOVED2CARE: Patrick Morgan, Simon Morgan, Jhanéa Williams, USA

Past student prize winners

HOME: Elena Ardighieri, Denmark MOVED2CARE: Christopher Knitt, University of Wisconsin, USA. PLAYSCAPES:Ricardo Alves Morais, Ivo Castro Nascimento, João Maria Bebiano Peixe, Diogo Baeta Neves dos Anjos, Rúben de Sousa Teodoro & Universidade Lusíada de Lisboa, MOVINGSCHOOLS: Gauri Satam, Tejesh Patil, Sir J.J. College of Architecture, India .


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