Please email your questions to info@idevelopment.us. We will post answered questions anonymously to ensure all participants have the same access to information and avoid repetitive inquiries.


1. Who can participate?

We encourage all students, practicing architectural firms, and policymakers across the globe who are interested in this topic to participate. There is no limit on nationalities or fields of study. Keep in mind that this is an interdisciplinary competition which requires you to submit both graphics and operational plans. We recommend that teams have two or more people to increase dialogue in the creative process although we will accept teams with single individuals.

2. How can I form a team?

If you need help finding a team, please post your message on our Facebook page. All individuals looking for a team will be directed there.

3. How do I change team members?

If you would like to add or change the members in your team, please DO NOT register your team again. Instead, email info@idevelopment.us with the subject line as "Team Member Revision" and the details of your team change in the body of the email.

4. How do I register? What's the process of the competition?

Registration: Nov. 13th - Feb. 1st, 2017. Through the "REGISTER/SUBMIT" tab on the website.

Submission: Dec. 4th, 2017 - Feb. 1st, 2018. Through the "REGISTER/SUBMIT" tab on the website.

Evaluation: Submission will be subjected to three rounds of judging:

Round 1: Semi-finalists
Round 2: Honorable Mentions (3 teams per site)
Round 3: Winning Teams (1 team per site) and Overall Winner (1 team)

Semi-finalists will be chosen after a first round of judging. All participants will be notified of their submission status in late February / early March after this first round.

9 honorable mentions (3 teams per site) are chosen in the second round and notified in March. Work from the honorable mention teams will be printed and presented at the symposium.

Of these honorable mentions, 3 teams (1 per site) will be chosen in the final round as Winning Teams. One team from the Winning Team will be chosen as the overall winner and presented with an additional award. Winning Teams will be notified in March. The 3 Winning Teams will be invited  to come to New York City, United States to present their work participate in the symposium.

Symposium:  Mid-April 2018 hosted at Columbia University in New York City, United States.

5. What are specific requirements?

You can find specific requirements and descriptions in the Competition Brief. It includes topic introduction, requirements, objectives, deliverables, evaluation criteria and guidelines for proposal.

6. Do we need to submit construction details, such as electrical and plumping design?

We highly suggest you to consider construction details, but you are not required to get to the level of very detailed electrical and plumping plans, because you will have to communicate with local workers to know the real situation, and we provide this opportunity after the submission. Thus, submission is just first step, and we will push towards implementation together with other NGOs afterwards. Because you do not have sufficient information right now, you only need to show your awareness and considerations instead of the specific construction plan. However, the more potential for implementation you show, the more likely you are to be chosen. As we stated in the evaluation, we look for feasible plans.

7. Is there a limit to the budget this year? How detailed should the budget be for construction and operating costs?

There is no prescribed budget limit amount this year - only that your budget for the proposal should be justified.
We understand that proposals are at a very early stage, so the budget for construction and operations can be estimated according to some simple research. As long as the cost details are well-considered, we will offer opportunities for some winning projects to further discuss with local organizations and make more detailed budgets towards implementation in the long-run.

8. What do we need to include in "Team Information Sheet" when we submit?

Everything you were required to answer in the registration form - team member names, contacts, countries, associations, bios. You also should include your team number on the top left corner of the document.

9. What do we need to include in "Research Contact Summary" when we submit?

The research contact summary is proof that your team has reached out to other design practitioners or refugee-assistance related organizations or individuals to expand your team's design scope of vision. This can encompass migration-related NGOs, non-profits, camp individuals, or non-refugee related organizations such as design firms working in a particular sector related to your proposal. 

Research Contact Summaries may include a summary transcript of your conversation that may include questions asked and/or information garnered from your discussion. We would like to know what information you found was beneficial to your project. If the organization or individual would like to remain unnamed or does not want to participate, we request that you respect any and all decisions made by the individual. Please do not include names of organizations or individuals in your final proposal. 

10. Does IDeA fund the implementation of winning proposals?

IDeA does not provide funding for the implementation of winning proposals, however we will provide support in connecting teams to potential funding sources and organizations. In addition, we invite all winning teams and anyone interested to a public Symposium to pitch, meet and interact with individuals and practitioners working in the fields of migration and design.