Kaira Looro Women’s House Architecture Competition 2021

Applications are currently ongoing for the 2021 Kaira Looro Women’s House Architecture Competition.

Kaira Looro Architecture Competition is a design contest open to students and young architects with the aim to discover new talents and to adopt sustainable architecture models for humanitarian purposes to improve living conditions in developing countries. Prestigious prizes are provided for winners, selected by an international jury made up of prestigious firms and institutions.

Today, in Sub-Saharan Africa, Oceania, and western Asia, due to financial, political, and cultural issues, young women are often prevented from being able to attend primary and secondary school. In North Africa, women hold less than one-fifth of all paid jobs in non-agricultural sectors, and in only 46 countries do women hold more than 30% of parliamentary seats. Precisely because gender equality is crucial to the future of new generations, it is number five on the list of “Sustainable Development Goals” established by the United Nations for the purpose of eliminating all forms of discrimination and violence, safeguarding the rights of all genders, and providing social protection services, thus guaranteeing female participation at all levels of decision making.

Therefore, to promote this issue and safeguard women’s rights, the theme of the competition is a “Women’s House” which must integrate itself with the surrounding environmental and cultural context and promote the values of gender equality, reinterpreting them from the perspective of ecological and sustainable architecture that can be self-constructed with the local community.

Awards

1st Prize:
5.000€ + Construction + Internship at Kengo Kuma
2nd Prize:
1.000€ + Internship at Miralles Tagliabue EMBT
3nd Prize:
500€ + Internship at SBGA
Honourable Mentions 100€
Special Mentions
20 Finalists
20 Top 50

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Eligibility

The architecture must be a space dedicated to hosting activities that focus on education, raising awareness, and developing the village in the name of equality.

Deadlines:

Early registrations: January 16 – February 28, 2021
Normal registrations: March 1- March 28, 2021
Late registrations: March 29 – Apr 30, 2021

For more information on how to register, visit the official site.