Shortlist announced for our Housing for a Better World competition
We asked applicants to submit thought-provoking ideas for how our homes can improve the urgent issues of health, sustainability and inequality for residents and wider communities. We were particularly interested in hearing from practices with a high proportion of BAME individuals, or where BAME individuals would be leading on the projects.
The response was overwhelming, with over 70 practices submitting their ideas. The six shortlisted practices below not only had fantastic and novel ideas to create housing for a better world, they also are all BAME led.
- Architecture Doing Place
- Gbolade Design Studio
- Jas Bhalla Architects
- Kristofer Adelaide Architecture
- McCloy + Muchemwa
- NimTim Architects
For us, this competition represents just the first step in changing the face of architecture, and making sure that our homes are designed and built by people who are more representative of the wider population of Croydon. We hope that this initiative will widen our network of designers and help us to build relationships with a range of talented practices that have been under-represented so far. For us Housing for a Better World is not just a one-off competition, but an ongoing aim not just to make better homes for the people of Croydon but to bring positive change within the architecture profession.
These shortlisted practices will now be invited to present their developed proposals as part of the Architecture Foundation’s 100 Day Studio programme. The event is open to anyone, you can register here and takes place on 24th August at 5.30pm.
We would like to thank all practices for submitting such fantastic entries, and we’re committed to providing feedback to those who request it. Please send requests through to [email protected]
The winning practice will be commissioned to design one of the schemes on our next small sites programme, which is due to start in Autumn.