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Mud Hut Architecture Design Competition: Reinventing the African Mud Hut TogetherAugust 15th, 2014

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Nka Foundation invites entries for Mud House Design 2014, an international architecture competition open to recent graduates (since January 31, 2010) and students of architecture, design and others from around the world who think earth architecture can be beautiful.

The challenge is to design a single-family unit of about 30 x 40 feet on a plot of 60 x 60 feet to be built by maximum use of earth and local labor in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. This is the design problem: In Ghana, as in other countries in West Africa, stereotypes about buildings made of earth persist because of poor construction. From the cities to the low-income villages, use of concrete – despite its dependence on imported resources – is considered indispensable for building. Yet an excellent, cheap and local alternative called laterite, red earth, is available everywhere in Ghana. The long-term goal is to enable the Ghanaian population and lots of other places, to overcome the stigma that mud architecture is architecture for the very poor.

Join us! Make your name known. Show the world how to reinvent the African mud hut!

August 15th, 2014

August 31st, 2014



Jurors will award prizes for first, second and third place consisting of a commemorative plaque and cash prizes to the winning designs as follows: 1st prize- $1,500 or Construction of design in Ghana plus a short trip to Ghana for the opening ceremony once construction is completed (in case the winner is not located in Ghana and to a maximum of 1 person); 2nd prize- Construction or $1,000 and 3rd prize- Construction or $500.


Registration and submission of entries runs from March 15, 2014 until August 31, 2014. In order to enter the design contest, you must register and with your entry ticket number submit your design entry via [email protected] The registration fee per entry is $60 for individual and $80 for a design team. The number on your ticket is your registration number for one design entry. If you are submitting more than one entry, each design entry requires a separate ticket. For additional information, see the press release: and the registration page:


The body of the jurors is to be made public August 31, 2014, at the latest, on the competition website,