The World Bank, Build Academy, Airbnb and GFDRR are calling upon architects to design small, cost-effective (under $10,000), sustainable homes​ for people living in underdeveloped areas that both reduce the risk of damage and enable rapid reconstruction following a natural disaster.

Winning designs will be published and winners will be invited to exhibit at the World Bank in Washington DC, USA and other select global venues. Winning designs could also eventually inform resilient housing or reconstruction work for World-Bank-funded projects in places like the Caribbean, South and East Asia, etc.​

Register now for FREE on www.ResilientHomesChallenge.com to participate in this prestigious, global competition!


Natural disasters are on the rise. Since 1990, natural disasters have affected 217 million people every single year. Hundreds of floods, storms, heat waves and droughts have left about 606,000 people dead and 4.1 billion injured or homeless around the world since 1995. In 2017 alone, 19 million lost their homes due to natural disasters. it is often the poorest that suffer the most from these shocks.

As architects and engineers, we can design resilient and sustainable homes that both reduce the risk of damage and enable rapid reconstruction following a disaster by helping governments and individuals to create to implement the creation of resilient cities as well as a speedy recovery more efficiently.


1) Sign up NOW for FREE on www.ResilientHomesChallenge.com. You can participate on your own or form your team
2) Participate in optional educational tutorials to enhance your knowledge of the context
3) Receive optional regular feedback from Experts and on group forums on your designs
4) Submit your final proposal by November 30th, 2018 at the very latest
5) A highly reputable Jury will select and announce the winners on December 14th, 2018


The challenge has been designed for three scenarios. Design teams can submit designs for a single scenario or all three scenarios depending on their preference.​

Scenario 1: Earthquakes & tropical storms on islands​
Scenario 2: Earthquakes & landslides in mountain & inland areas​
Scenario 3: Tropical storms & floods in coastal areas​

Design teams are encouraged to look beyond “fully prefabricated” housing designs in order to allow incorporating local building materials into their designs; designs could be part prefabricated with a clear aim towards ease of construction​, but do not need to have any prefabricated elements at all if the designer deems it appropriate.

Architects can participate as an individual or as part of a team. At least one member of the team should have an architectural or/and engineering degree. Final year students of architecture are allowed to participate as members of a team that contains at least one person with a completed architectural degree. Architecture firms and architects who have dealt with this problem on the ground are also encouraged to participate and submit designs that may have been used in some specific place in the past.

For designers, previous architectural experience is highly recommended. It is furthermore encouraged to have non-designers on the team who are social workers, economists, policy makes, developers, or business people who can integrate their knowledge and skills with the work of the designers.

For detailed guidelines, dimensional criteria and a list of deliverables, please go to


Hashim Sarkis, PhD; Dean, MIT School of Architecture & Planning
Sameh Wahba; Director, Social, Rural, Urban and Resilience Global Practice, World Bank Group
Elizabeth Hausler, PhD; Founder & CEO, Build Change
Sonal Sancheti; Partner, Opolis Architects
Pablo Allard; Dean, School of Art and Architecture, Universidad del Desarrollo in Chile

We look forward to welcoming you to the competition!


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