UH School of Architecture Announces Design Competition

March 18, 2017, 10:11 AM HST
* Updated March 17, 3:10 PM
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The University of Hawai’i’s School of Architecture and Community Design Center has announced the launch of the Building Voices Design Competition, a statewide competition for local designers at all levels of their career.

The competition will be featured as part of the Building Voices Design Festival at the on Hawaiʻi State Capitol on Earth Day, April 22, 2017. The day-long event will feature architects, artists, engineers and creative problem solvers from the local, national and international scene.

Building Voices Design Competition offers a platform to highlight local design talents at various career stages, alongside national and international ones. The theme emphasizes prototypical solutions for the built environment with positive impacts on the natural world. Designs must be socially, economically, ecologically and culturally sustainable. Find out more at:

“We are seeking design solutions that draw knowledge from multiple disciplines, including architecture, product design, engineering, service design, landscape architecture, urban design and others,” said Karla Sierralta, assistant professor at the University of Hawai’i’s School of Architecture.

The competition entry deadline is April 5, 2017, and entry is free.


First prize will win $5,000; second prize $2,500; and third prize $1,000. Winning designs will debut at the Building Voices Traveling Exhibit presented by the University of Hawai’i Community Design Center at the State Capitol on April 22.


Judges for the competition will include: Xavier Vendrell of Rural Studio, Healoha Johnston of the Honolulu Museum of Art, Rebecca Buck of Amazon, T. Annie Nguyen of the U.S. Digital Service at the White House, Andrew Tang of Transit-Oriented Development Honolulu, and architects Aljoša Dekleva from Slovenia, Clément Blanchet from Paris and Daniel Vasini of West 8 New York.

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