15 May 2019





Pollinator House Design-Build Competition 2019

The 2019 Pollinator House Design-Build Competition is an open and one-stage contest in which entrants are asked to deliver a functional, contemporary pollinator house to be auctioned off to support both Gardens Buffalo Niagara and Buffalo Architecture Foundation’s programs.

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The spirit of the competition seeks to bring awareness to the wide array of pollinators in Western New York. This competition aspires to generate awareness of pollinators of all types and challenge the notion of how these Pollinator Houses can or should look. The competition also encourages all to participate by becoming designers and advocates for these critical animal partners.

Climate conscious architects, designers, gardeners, sculptors, carpenters, students, etc. are encouraged to participate.  On the other hand, all entrants must possess a competent level of construction quality to ensure the successful execution of the Pollinator House.

All submissions to support both GBN and BAF’s programs.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Architecture
  • Designe

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

  • Submissions accepted February 1 – May 15, 2019
  • Final questions received May 1, 2019
  • Display of entries June 15
  • Final Auction August

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • All entrants must possess a competent level of construction quality to ensure the successful execution of the Pollinator House.
  • Entrants are not required to be residents of New York State nor the United States, however, because this is a design-build competition.
  • It is expected that entrants be capable of delivering (personally or by package post) the finished product to the drop off site at their own cost.
  • Each entry should address the needs of its target animal while  simultaneously addressing the basic demands of an outdoor enclosure.  A commercially available, pre-fabricated pollinator house that has been artistically decorated with high quality illustrations is desirable, but entrants are challenged and encouraged to submit, creative and innovative designs that provide a form defying convention.
  • the house in its “movable” form cannot be larger than 12” x 12” x 12”.
  • Multiple entries are encouraged; however, separate entry forms must be submitted for each entry.
  • Entrants give Buffalo Architecture Foundation (BAF) and Gardens Buffalo Niagara (GBN) permission to reproduce their submission without restriction.
  • No royalties shall be payable by BAF or GBN or any other sponsors for use of the submission entry materials.
  • Entrants verify that all information provided in the Entry Form is true.
  • Entrants affirm that they are sole owner of the materials identified in the Pollinator House Competition entry.
  • All deliverables become property of Buffalo Architecture Foundation and Gardens Buffalo Niagara.
  • Entries shall not have been previously published in any competition publication, whether printed, online, or otherwise.
  • Entries shall not have been selected as a finalist, winner, honorable mention, etc. in any other competition.
  • If the design is submitted from a team of people, all team members must be identified on the entry form with a clearly identified team leader.
  • Entrants are not allowed to discuss details of their competition designs with any of the judges directly whatsoever.

Pollinator’s Expectations

Basic Expectations:

  • Reasonably shelter the selected pollinator
  • Supply adequate space for the selected pollinator to occupy the house
  • Provide creative and visually pleasing entry
  • Conventional installation requirements are accounted for
  • Accommodate a combined GBN and BAF logo

Heighten Expectations:

  • Unique fabrication methods and/or material choices
  • Distinctive architectural style or design
  • Use of recycled and/or sustainable materials
  • Inspire design appreciation and pollinator awareness

Selection Criteria

Entrants are encouraged to take wide latitude in determining the form, function and style of their design(s). To ensure dedication to the BAF and GBN’s competition intent, all designs will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Overall design execution
  • Originality
  • Suitability for pollinator
  • Sustainability

Opportunity Cost


Awards recognizing minimally the following categories will be given:

  • Best overall entry
  • Most likely to attract a pollinator
  • Best student entry (K-12)

Possibility of Replication

Although not certain or guaranteed, one or more designs may be selected for replication to commemorate Garden Walk Buffalo’s 25th anniversary. The Competition Committee will contact entrants for possible fabrication refinements if the design is selected.

How to Apply

First Step: You must send your final constructed Pollinator to Drop Site Addresses (Personally or by Package post)

  • CJS Architects, 755 Seneca Street, Ste 100, Buffalo, NY 14210
  • Jim Charlier, 215 Lancaster Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222

Second Step: Documents that need to submit with your final pollinator

  1. Entry form.
  2. Brief design narrative (250 words or less) describing how your house serves the selected pollinator, why you selected this animal, and describing your design concept.

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This Scholarship Published by:
Salma Abd El Aziz/ Egypt

Reviewed by” Samira Shehta / Egypt
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