International Association for Humane Habitat (IAHH) is a voluntary
organization promoting the goals and objectives of evolving humane
habitat, through sustainable development, appropriate technology,
innovative design and multi-disciplinary approach to restructure
policies, programming, planning, design and management of conservation,
redevelopment and development of habitat.

Theme: Sustainable and Humane Work Places

IAHH has hosted three international student design competitions
during 2002-05. The first IAHH student design competition focused on
the issue of housing for the urban poor. 37 entries were received from
among 52 student teams who had registered for the competition from 15
different countries. The second competition took up the subject of
revitalization of an urban area as a sustainable community. 28 entries
were received out of 51 student teams who had registered for the
competition from 15 different countries. The third competition focused
on the issue of creating enlightening learning environments, 28 entries
were received in time for the jury. We do hope to receive more entries
this time around!

We are living in an information and knowledge society, which is
driven by an intelligent and creative work force in different sectors
of the economy. Each country, region and urban area has developed
programmes for facilitating the provision of work opportunity to the
respective citizens. It is the ideal of all countries to have full
employment, but the reality leaves a lot to be desired. Places of work
in human habitats may be variously located, inter alia, in the historic
cores or newer urban nodes.

It is the purpose and intent of the competition to study such work
place nodes, which are undergoing transformation due to new technology
and a variety of development impulses. The participants shall undertake
surveys and analysis of such work place nodes and identify potential
developed / redeveloped to provide meaningful work opportunities in
different branches of the economy, excluding strictly industrial areas.
The surveys shall include the work places spanning commercial
facilities, formal and informal shopping, business parks, workshops and
studios, IT work centres, activity centres, cafes and food courts,
related public facilities and open spaces, access for people, vehicles
and goods, adequate parking places and communication facilities. The
competition brief does not include industrial work places, such as
factories and heavy manufacturing, which generally require a different
context in our habitats. Nonetheless, work place nodes may well include
small scale manufacturing.

The project brief shall focus on an urban node with a variety of
work places to provide diversity and a mosaic of different work
cultures. It shall be large enough to generate a work community of
about 1000 people and attract a much larger section of the urban
population as users and visitors. It should include a hierarchy of open
spaces suitably landscaped and provided with amenities for rest and
repose of the citizens to make the urban node come alive. It may
include mixed land use and provide some housing facilities and hotel
and guest-house accommodation in the vicinity. It should become an
important public place to make the city or town a more interesting
living environment and contribute to the shaping of an appropriate
image of the city.

The site shall be sensitively serviced and landscaped ensuring its
sustainable development. The proposed design shall provide for safe and
secure pedestrian movement and provide adequate parking for cycles,
motorbikes, cars and buses. The architecture of the work places should
reflect humane concerns: it should make appropriate and intelligent
choices of materials and technologies and contribute to the development
of a sustainable and humane work place. The aim should be to evolve
work environments that will inspire and stimulate a quest for

International Jury:

Prof. Peter Schreibmayer, Austria;
Prof. Christopher Benninger, USA / India;
Dr. Ashraf Salama, Egypt / Saudi Arabia;
Dr. Parvin Ghaemmaghami, Iran and
Prof. Ashish Ganju, New Delhi


First Prize: Rs. 50,000/-
Second Prize: Rs. 25,000/-
Third Prize: Rs. 15,000/-

The Jury may award honourable mention to deserving entries without
any prize amount.

Submission Requirements

The design submission shall be presented on 6 A1 size drawings (or
3 AO drawings), which shall include the following:

  1. A maximum of two panels for contextual, social, economic and
    environmental analysis, site analysis of an area or areas incorporating
    separate sites measuring about 10 ha in total;

  2. One A1 panel for proposed site development to scale of 1: 500
    or 1:1000 for the work community;

  3. Three A1 panels for innovative, appropriate and sustainable
    designs for
    development of work places, including spaces for work and supporting
    facilities, cultural, social and sports facilities for the work

  4. A brief report identifying the context,
    analysis, concept, planning and design approach of the proposal on not
    more than 10 A4 sheets in Arial 10 font size, with illustrations and

  5. The participants are required to send CDs
    containing the proposal (including drawings and report, photos of
    models, etc.) for publication purposes.

The Jury
may use these CDs in its deliberations. However, panel submissions are
required, the CDs on their own not being acceptable.


The Competition is open to all registered students of any nationally
recognized school, college or institutions of architecture, urban
design, planning, landscape design and environmental design. The team
may comprise members from any related discipline.

The student group shall be headed by a student of architecture /
related discipline with architectural undergraduate background. The
participants may be undergraduate, graduate, post graduate or doctoral
students. The participants may be individuals or a group of not more
than 5 students.

The students shall fill in the registration form and airmail it
along with the supporting certificates from the head / director of the
school / college / institution for each of the student participant.

Terms and Conditions

  1. The participants shall assume a seven digit numerical
    code, which shall be written in the right hand bottom corner of all the
    drawings in 9cm x 9 cm boxes.

  2. A plain sealed envelope
    containing the copy of the registration form with the name/s of the
    participants and the institution shall be enclosed with the submission
    of entry. The seven-digit code shall be written on top of the copy of
    the form as well as on the envelope.

  3. The drawings shall be
    in black and white or colour and they shall be prints. The drawings may
    be hand drawn or computer outputs. No original drawing shall be sent,
    with the participants retaining the originals.

  4. The
    documents shall be sent by airmail or courier, not by airfreight
    company. The participants shall declare the submission as documents
    without any commercial value. The participants shall bear the expenses
    for its transhipment including taxes and any customs duty.

  5. The drawing and design copyright shall be with the authors.

  6. The IAHH shall have the rights to its publication and exhibition.

  7. The drawings shall not be returned, as they shall be required
    for travelling exhibition and publication.

  8. IAHH may bring out a publication, documenting the award winning
    other significant projects. The winning projects may be published in
    professional and institutional journals.

  9. The jury shall have full freedom to decide on the awards and
    their decision shall be final and binding on all the participants.

  10. The IAHH guarantees a free and fair student design competition.


The student participants have to fill-in the attached registration
form and mail it along with the registration fees and a certificate of
their studentship from the Head of the Department / Institute / Faculty
of Architecture or related discipline, addressed to:

Convener, IAHH International Student Design Competition,
Rizvi College of Architecture, Off Carter Road,
Bandra West, Mumbai 400 050 INDIA.

Registration Fees and Deadlines

Foreign countries (except SAARC countries)
Early registration: US $ 25 up to November 15, 2005
Late registration: US $ 50 up to January 24, 2006

Indian and SAARC countries
Early registration INRs 1250 up to November 15, 2005
Late registration INRs 2500 up to January 24, 2006

fee shall be paid by a banker’s cheque or through money transfer in
favour of "International Association for Humane Habitat A/C ” payable
at Mumbai, India.


Announcement February 22, 2005
Queries: Up to January 1, 2006
Latest Submission: January 24, 2006
Jury : January 25 & 26, 2006
Awards Declaration: January 29, 2006
Exhibition: January 30- February 5, 2006
Publication of Document: December 15, 2006

For further particulars, please contact:

Prof. Akhtar Chauhan, Convener,
Prof. Anil Nagrath, Technical Co-coordinator,

IAHH International Student Design Competition Secretariat
Rizvi College of Architecture,
Off Carter Road, Bandra West, Mumbai 400050 INDIA
Tel: 91-22-26050624 /26044196 Fax: 91-22-26002744
Email: [email protected]
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