1 October, 2019.





Building 4Humanity Design Competition — 2019 Taiwan Prize

In 2019, the 2nd edition of Building 4Humanity Design Competition (B4H-DC) aims to address the notion of having architecture as a social and cultural facility, by seeking design ideas that would contribute towards the social inclusion and integration of Syrian war refugees in the Turkish border city of Reyhanlı. The competition has two separate categories: it welcomes submissions from students and recent graduates, as well as experienced professionals.

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Students Category:

  • This competition invites students to propose radical but applicable design ideas for transitional shelters with 5,000 square meters of indoor floor area that could be used for accommodating 400 Syrian settlers, particularly for the wounded elderly, war widows and orphans.
  • The design might consider using an area of up to 800 square meters for welcoming or receiving guests, administering first aids, and providing other basic services, such as food, healthcare and indoor leisure activities.
  • The urban fragments dedicated to the proposed transitional shelters must be confined to a piece of land with 7,000 square meters in the north side of the location, and must observe a vacant area of 10 meters in width in front of the construction site (see the image satellite with the plot limits).
  • It should be designed primarily for serving Syrians, but must embody the spirit of integration and meet the aspirations of local community through architecture, urban and landscape design.

Professional Category

  • The professional category will need to consider, in addition to the requirements for the student category, combining the transitional shelters with another facility: a social and intercultural service centre with 15,000 square meters of indoor floor area.
  • The centre should be proposed for both Turks and Syrians in order to meet both the communities’ needs and aspirations, serving as a foundation for the process of social inclusion and integration between Turks and Syrians.
  • This centre should be envisaged as a meeting point between people and cultures, with a view to promoting cultural exchange, sharing lifestyle knowledge, enhancing social bonds, engaging Syrians into the city’s social, economic and cultural life, and building resilience for the community as a whole.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Design.

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period


  • (22 November, 2019) Project Presentation, award ceremony and colloquium.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • The student category competition is open to all postgraduate, graduate, undergraduate students and recent graduates (graduating in 2019 summer).

  • All students and recent graduates should be under 31 years of age.

  • Multidisciplinary teams are highly encouraged.

  • The maximum number of team members is 5.​

Opportunity Cost


Students Category

  • 1st prize: 3,000 USD + award certificate
  • 2nd prize: 2,000 USD + award certificate
  • 3rd prize: 1,000 USD + award certificate

Professional Category

  • 1st prize: 5,000 USD + award certificate
  • 2nd prize: 3,000 USD + award certificate
  • 3rd prize: 2,000 USD + award certificate

How to Apply

First Step:

Making online registration: Participants need to provide information about their team via online registration form.

Second Step:

Preparing the registration file: One single pdf for each entry comprising proofs of student status and age of all team members.

Third Step: 

Submitting the registration file (pdf) and design project (pdf) online: Only individuals or teams that have submitted a complete registration file by the deadline will be eligible to participate in the competition. The Organizing Committee will review the registration file and send a specific ID number to each entry compliant with the competition’s requirements. In order to ensure impartiality of the evaluation process, all applicants are required to not publicly disclose their respective entries in any part until the announcement of competition results. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.

Forth Step: 

Submitting the design project: 

a) Three A1 posters (orientation: landscape; file format: pdf, with print-quality resolution; language: English). The posters need to at least include the following information responding to the required social integration:

  • Diagrams of the target groups, users and beneficiaries.

  • Diagrams of the programs and functions.

  • Diagrams of the climate- and geography-responsive design, construction and management.

  • Site plan.

  • Plans, elevations and sections.

  • Perspectives or renderings.

b) One A4 project report (font: 10-point Times News Roman; format: pdf; language: English, Turkish or Arabic). The report needs to at least address the following themes responding to the requirements of social integration, resilience and sustainability:

  • Target groups, users and beneficiaries.

  • Architectural programming.

  • Design strategies.

  • Construction strategies.

  • Management strategies.

c) Only professional teams need to submit a video recording, 3D animation or 3D motion graphics with duration of no more than 3 minutes that describes and summarises their proposals. They may include very short pieces of relevant interviews with local stakeholders, or with relevant stakeholders from elsewhere.

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This Scholarship Published by:
Nada Ahmed / Egypt

Reviewed by “ Mona Awad / Egypt
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MARJ3 Scholarships team