Architecture in Development is launching the Global Challenge in Spring 2021. This is the 2nd edition following the great success of our 2016 pilot.

What is the Global Challenge

Our Global Challenge wants to bring communities and professionals together that otherwise have no access to each other. We connect urgent community architecture initiatives to engineers, lawyers, companies, architects and building professionals so that they can collaborate together and bring the most sustainable architecture to life.

What we have achieved

Since 2011, we’ve been building an online community of passionate professionals dedicated to building resilient communities. Today our global network connects nearly 60,000 passionate individuals, organisations and architects to inspirations and opportunities in bottom up, community-led architecture.

In our 2016 Challenge pilot, we have received 80+ submissions from 37 countries and selected 5 finalists in the subsequent matching program where we helped realise one school and facilitate 6 collaborations:

Climate design experts, Arup engineers and a project manager joined the local building team in Ecuador to advance the design of Palenque Tambillo community center; international architects and local companies supported the building team in India to realise Modskool which serves 250 children in one of Delhi's slums. ModSkool is recently nominated by Beazley Designs of the Year and on exhibition at Design Museum until March 28, 2021.

^ Modskool is one of our 2016 challenge finalists: a school in Delhi that can be quickly dismantled and relocated

^ Palenque Tambillo is one of our 2016 challenge finalists: a community center that nurtures local cultural and
economic development


In 2017, we helped two architecture graduates, Laura Straehle and Ellen Rouwendal to reach out to more than 100 candidates and recruit a site manager and volunteering builders for their project, Okana Center For Change. Their project has won Archiprix and Dezeen Small Building of the Year in 2018.


In the upcoming campaign in 2021, we are welcoming exceptional NGOs, network organisations, companies and individual ambassadors to join us, expand our mutual network and generate the momentum for a new architectural practice where communities lead, experts support.

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> Become our ambassador

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