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Submit Your Affordable Housing Designs to the Breaking New Ground Competition for a Chance at $350,000 in PrizesOctober 1st, 2014

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The California Endowment just announced the Breaking New Ground Competition, an unprecedented international architecture and ideas contest designed to uplift California communities in need of affordable housing. Open to architecture students, professionals, and multidisciplinary teams, the competition addresses the chronic shortage of affordable housing for farmworker and service worker families in Coachella Valley, an area in California home to one of the nation’s most vital agricultural economies. By harnessing the power of design and innovative thinking, the California Endowment seeks sustainable design proposals that will not only provide near-term housing, but also offer solutions for long-term stability and upward mobility. The contest is divided into an Open Division for professionals and a separate Student Division open to high school or college students and faculty from around the world. Prizes total $350,000 and winning proposals will go towards design and construction. Registration will open in October 2014.

October 1st, 2014

October 1st, 2014



The ambitious scope of the competition is matched by an unprecedented awards package of $300,000 to be shared by four finalist teams. Four student finalist teams will share $25,000 and an additional $25,000 will be provided for awards of merit and recognition. This is the largest competition in the nation and the only one of its kind to focus on building affordable housing for low-income households and families in need.


Registration opens in October, 2014. All teams must register through the competition website: Only one registration is required per team. A packet will be provided with more details about the competition.


The jury will consist of professionals and stakeholders with expertise in affordable housing design, policy, real estate and economic development, and social justice and equity.