Winning Exhibition – September 15, 2015

About the Design Challenge
Home Matters® challenges architects, designers and allied professionals to re-define the Home of the future.  Through this Design Challenge, Home Matters seeks creative design solutions that respond to this need, incorporating practical ideas that address affordability and other key social issues. We hope innovative designs will inspire new precedents. In addition to monetary awards to be made to three juried submissions, the first place, winning submission will be publically unveiled in an exhibition that will provide an experiential learning opportunity for the general public.  
Design submissions should go beyond housing and animate the connections between housing and other important social factors of community life including incorporating features and/or services that speak to the following values:
Health because healthy habits and outcomes take root more easily in stable, affordable homes and communities.
Education because children in stable homes and communities learn more and achieve more in school.
Individual Success because Home recharges us for the day ahead.
Public Safety because stable homes make communities safer.  
A Strong Economy because homes that are affordable are crucial to a vibrant job-generating economy in the community.

Why Enter?
A total of $18,000 USD will be awarded as follows:   
$10,000 First Place Participant
$5,000 Second Place Participant
$3,000 Third Place Participant

An exhibition featuring the First Place Award design concept Submission will be produced and publicly displayed.  

Who Can Enter:
The Design Challenge is open to individual professionals, firms, teams and students comprised of architects, designers and allied fields (interior, landscape, lighting, urban planning, graphic design, sustainability, historic preservation, etc.) (“Participants” or “Participant”). We encourage Participants to collaborate with professionals from outside the design community (science, technology, humanities, etc.) as they develop human-centered design solutions that respond to healthcare, social service, environmental, and education issues associated with home. To participate and be eligible to win an award in the Design Challenge, Participants must be composed of legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, and each participating individual must be at least eighteen (18) years of age at time of registration and submission.  This Design Challenge is void where prohibited by law.

Registration and Submission Deadline  
The Design Challenge launches on November 19, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.  Registration opens on December 2, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.  Registration closes on May 22, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (“Deadline”).  Registration and Submission must be received by the Deadline.

Registration Fee
To register, each Participant must pay a non refundable, registration fee in the amount set forth below before the Deadline:

Open Submission
$150 on or before April 17 | $250 from April 18-May 22

Student Submission
$40 on or before May 2 | $50 from April 18-May 22

Contact Information:
For Design Challenge inquires, contact:  
AIA San Francisco | | 415-874-2626
For media inquiries and more information about the Home Matters Movement, contact:  
Helen Malani, Home Matters | | 310-897-8975