Number of teams participated
Jury Decision

First prize

Phu Dinh
Phu Dinh

Second prize


Ho Chi Minh City is the most crowded city in Vietnam with more than 7 millions of people, and it is also an important economic center, cultural center and educational center. Although Ho Chi Minh City comprise of a small fraction of Vietnam’s over all land mass, it contributes about 20% of the country’s GDP and 30% industrial output.

Trinh Phuong Quan
Trinh Phuong Quan

Third prize


To create a safe place for pedestrians we raise up the building on columns, so that the original crowded roadside market activity can all move to the large ground floor area. There is more space for the market, also a place to rest, gather and space to meet elderly population to get together to chat, play chess…We believe that this place will create an active community life.

At the section diagram we can see that the system is very porous.
There are many gabs between the units that provide a good ventilation and lighting conditions.

Ting-Chi Wang
Ting-Chi Wang
Yan Jhih Wu
Yen Jhih Wu
Che Ho Chang
Che Ho Chang

Hey, slums owners! Haven't you dreamed of perfect house? One that will not only be a shelter, but also a place which makes you feel pleased and calm, joyful and even full of love...
Sure, it sounds impossible.
But we can make it work!
We are glad to present an ideal home.

Aleksandra Anna Bartoszuk
Aleksandra Anna Bartoszuk
Daria Dybciak
Daria Dybciak
Ewa Jurgielewicz
Ewa Jurgielewicz

IE University announces its first competition initiative “HOUSES FOR CHANGE”, hosted by IE School of Architecture and Design.  The purpose of the competition is to consider housing as an urgent and basic component of improving urban environments for the poor and at risk and to propose viable housing alternatives for those often neglected or left out.

For the first time in history, more than half the world’s people live in cities. Over 90 percent of urban growth is occurring in the developing world, adding an estimated 70 million new residents to urban areas each year.

This is coupled with estimates that about 1/3 of the world’s population are slum dwellers. These settlements may be called different names – slums, villas miseria, favelas, bidonvilles, shantytowns—all have a common denominator of urgency and they are fast becoming the norm in our societies. While urban poverty is a complex situation, the physical environment of housing is one crucial aspect to be dealt with if this problem is to be tackled.

The purpose of the competition is to consider housing as an urgent and basic component of improving urban environments for the poor and at risk. Architecture students and recent graduates of architecture, along with peers from other fields forming multidisciplinary teams, have a unique role to play in suggesting solutions and approaches in response to the housing crisis facing many cities today.

Buildings and projects are place-specific and must take into account not only physical realities, but also cultural, economic, and the social context.  Entries are invited for housing that is appropriate and affordable for a specific place (identified by the participating team). The housing must be for an urban area, and therefore address the needs of many. Schemes or units should be designed so the model can be reproduced/duplicated.

The housing proposed should respond to the needs (geographic, economic possibilities, materials, construction processes, cultural context, etc.) of a specific community or place, selected by the competition entrants. Participants are reminded that the proposal is directed at those in the most fragile  economic situations - the poor and disenfranchised- and should selected their community accordingly. The  design solution and budget must not assume government subsidies or support. 

Teams must submit an architectural concept, as well as a brief business plan justifying the cost, materials proposed, and affordability/viabilityvis a vis the site. Sustainable solutions will be positively rated.

The proposals to be submitted must reflect the economic, social, technological and cultural realities of the specific place. 

Proposals will be evaluated based on appropriateness for the specific context (and the justification of this), quality of the design, viability of the proposal, sustainability and innovative approach.

The winning project will be granted with a scholarship equivalent of 20.000 € applicable towards the tuition fees of the following programs at IE:

- Master in Architectural Management and Design
- Master in Architectural Design
- Master in Workspace Design
- Master in Corporate Communication
- Master in Market Research and Consumer Behaviour
- Master in International Relations
- International LLM
- Master in Management
- International MBA
- Global MBA
- Master in Finance
- Master in Advanced Finance

Should more than one member of the team decide to join any of the above mentioned programs at IE, the grant will be divided among them in the percentage decided by team members. The scholarship will not be cumulative to other IE scholarships.

The scholarship will expire in July 31st, 2015.

The scholarship will be subject to the successful completion of the IE program’s admissions process, as well as the candidate's effective enrollment in the program and intake of their choice.

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Bijoy Jain
Founder of Studio Mumbai Architects
Hubert Klumpner
Co-director of Urban - Think Tank
Kimberly Holden
Founding Principal of SHoP Architects
Samia Yaba Christina Nkrumah
President of the Kwame Nkrumah Pan African Center
Yung Ho Chang
Founder of Atelier FCJZ





China Academy of Art
Kadir Has University


Competition winners