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  • Submissions Closed

    The deadline to submit proposals was July 1, 2018.

  • Introduction

    Our world is witnessing a time of record migration and displacement. According to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, there are now more than 60 million forcibly displaced people worldwide, the result of persecution, conflict, violence or human rights violations.

    Cities are on the front lines of this global crisis. Sixty to seventy percent of displaced people now live in cities. As the number of urban displaced persons grows, so does the moral imperative to welcome and embrace them.

    While immigrants and refugees face many challenges in their new urban communities – language, access to services, employment and housing, cultural barriers – they also bring new energy to our cities and economy. Their success is our success.

  • The Competition

    Your submission should be a game-changing proposal that provides urban design solutions that promote belonging, dignity and resilience for immigrants and refugees navigating the challenges of urban life in their local community. Your proposal should explicitly demonstrate a solid understanding of the needs and challenges of immigrants and refugees that is informed by a partnership with an immigrant or refugee service organization, NGO, non-profit and/or supported by substantial data and research. Details on what to submit can be found in the Requirements section of the Competition Brief.

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  • Prizes

    First Prize – $7,500 USD

    Second Prize – $3,000 USD

    Third Prize – $2,000 USD

    Honorable Mention – $1,500 USD

    Student – $1,000

    Winners will be announced at the annual Seattle Design Festival, the largest design event in the Pacific Northwest gathering 30,000 attendees annually. Winners and select entries will be exhibited in Seattle, Washington at the Center for Architecture & Design. Winning entries will be featured online and in print publication.

  • Timeline

    April 17 – Competition Opens

    May 15 – Early bird registration ends

    July 1 – Competition Closes

    July 19 – Jury deliberation

    Sept. 18 – Winners Announced

    Dec. – Feb. 2019 – Winners Exhibited

  • Jury Members

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