Issues of forced migration have long confronted international policy makers, planners, and architects not only with the immediate issues of shelter and provision, but long-term issues of integration and resettlement. 

IDeA invites innovative minds around the world to propose design and policy solutions that provide opportunities for refugees and local communities to strengthen ties, enable self-agency, and empower camp inhabitants. Solutions should focus on addressing the economic and social vulnerabilities that refugee settlements face and provide creative ways that expand access, participation, and interaction between refugees and their local communities.

The solution should include an operational plan for one of the refugee settlements below and should be able to run for long-term, i.e. 3-5 years, to benefit as many people as possible. The overall budget limit for both construction and operation of the proposed project is $100,000.

Specific requirements, objectives, deliverables and evaluation criteria can be found in the Brief above. 



1 Overall Winning Team  $3,500 + 2 Round Trip Flight Tickets to NYC

One overall winning team chosen from the three winning teams will be selected at the final symposium and rewarded an additional $1,500.

3 Winning Teams  $2,000 Per Team + 2 Round Trip Flight Tickets to NYC

Each winning team will be awarded a cash prize of $2,000, and round trip flight tickets and accommodation in New York City (maximum 2 people per team). Winning teams will present their proposals at a symposium hosted at Columbia University to policy makers, architects, academics, NGOs, and philanthropists.

6 Honorable Mentions $1,000 Per Team

* All awarded proposals will be presented to a group of related humanitarian organizations and philanthropies with credits to participants.


Registration (rolling basis): Nov. 14, 2017 11:59 PM EST - Feb. 1, 2018 11:59 PM EST

$40 early (Nov 14 - Dec 3, 2017)
$60 regular (Dec 4 - Dec 31, 2017)
$70 late (Jan 1 - Feb 1, 2018)

Submission : Dec. 3, 2017 11:59 PM EST - Feb. 1, 2018 11:59 PM EST

Symposium: TBD

2018 Jury - To Be Announced

2017 Jury

During the competition participants can leave a message or send an email to IDeA in order to help them better understand certain aspects of the project or any unspecified details. If registered, please always include your confirmation number in the Subject. Questions will then be posted and answered on the competition FAQ webpage in order to ensure that all participants have access to the same information. 

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