Empowered Living Design Competition - Registration
The American Institute of Architects Utah Chapter (AIA Utah) and the Community Development Corporation of Utah (CDCU), in collaboration with Salt Lake City Corporation (SLC or City), known together herein afterward as Competition Organizers (Organizers), invite you to share your innovation, creativity, and vision by designing a small residential structure or “Tiny Home.” The design may be a standalone home, a cluster of small cottages in a planned development, or an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) on a lot with a primary residence. Through a separate procurement and contract process, the winning designs may be developed further by SLC or CDCU for future construction within Salt Lake City. This competition is an opportunity for architects, emerging professionals, residential designers, design students, and others to have a direct impact in providing solutions to Salt Lake City’s affordable housing shortage.
Like many places throughout the country, home prices in Salt Lake City are rising faster than the incomes of residents. Recently, a lack of inventory has resulted in a significant increase in prices, making buying a home out of reach for many. Recent data shows that in Salt Lake County, the median home price increased 17% over the past year, while active listings along the Wasatch Front have dropped between 11% and 32% over the same time period.
The City’s housing plan, Growing SLC, addresses this housing crisis through several forward-thinking objectives and measurable goals. In addition to addressing zoning policies that have been barriers to affordable housing development, the plan also identifies the need for a diversity of housing types. Goal 1, Objective 3 of the plan states that the City should “lead in the development of new affordable housing types, as well as construction methods that incorporate innovative solutions to issues of form, function, and maintenance” and that “small lot developments, cottage courts, and tiny homes are examples of housing trends that do not meet current zoning regulations but may be appropriate in some situations.”
The purpose of the Empowered Living SLC Design Competition is to seek assistance from the design community in providing innovative solutions to the City’s housing shortage through the design of smaller residential units that could be located 1) in the yard of a primary residence (an ADU) or 2) on its own or part of a cluster of homes (Tiny Homes). Entries for this competition should address affordability as well as livability. By increasing the types of housing options, we can help meet the needs of households seeking places to live, particularly those who are low- and moderate-income. Under a separate procurement and contract process, submitted plans may be further developed through construction documents and built throughout Salt Lake City.
December 2021 (TBD) Awards Gala (in-person / virtual) - Winners Announced
Empowered Living looks to draw on the diverse experiences and expertise of design and homebuilding professionals. It presents an opportunity for these individuals to have a direct impact in providing solutions to the growing affordable housing shortage. The competition is open globally. We will accept submissions from architects, emerging professionals, residential designers, design students, and others. Competition Organizers, jury members, and immediate family members of competition jurors are ineligible. An employee of the competition organizers or jurors is eligible to submit an entry if that entry is prepared without any assistance from the employer, including but not limited to, providing advice, materials, and facilities.
Step One: REGISTER – Deadline September 10th, 2021 at 11:59 PM MT
Register your intent and submit payment of $50 for each project by September 10th, 2021, at 11:59 PM MT. All payments are non-refundable. To be eligible for consideration for the Empowered Living Design Competition, you must register your intention to submit as well as submit payment for each project by September 10th, 2021, at 11:59 PM MT. Projects that are not registered by this time will not be considered. To register, please complete the form below. Once registered, you will be directed to the submission form -- your submission(s) will be due by October 29th, 2021, at 5:00 PM MT.
Call for Questions: Due September 17, 2021
Submit questions regarding the competition, judging criteria, submission, or design details using this form.
Step Two: SUBMIT – Deadline October 29th, 2021 at 5:00 PM MT
Once you’ve registered your project(s), you will receive an email with a link to the submission form. All submissions must be complete by the deadline. Once you have clicked "submit," your submission cannot be edited. Before that point, drafts may be saved to your Submittable account and modifications made. You may submit multiple projects to this design program. Each project must be submitted and paid for separately. If you submit multiple projects, remember to select the subsequent entry fee after the first entry. You must submit your first project before you can start the next one.