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The Shelter Competition

The Shelter Competition ($ 8,000 cash prize)

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Applications are open for Shelter Competition. The year 2020 was officially the most active Atlantic hurricane season on record. Since 1950 the National Hurricane Association has assigned names to each qualifying storm beginning with the letter A and working towards the end of the alphabet. Tropical Storm Arthur began the Atlantic hurricane season in May 2020 and five months later the alphabetical naming system had been exhausted with the formation of Tropical Storm Wilfred. 2020 is only the second year where the Greek alphabet has been required to supplement additional storm names.


arch out loud challenges participants to design the hurricane resilient home of the future. Category five hurricane winds commonly reach speeds between 160 and 190 miles per hour, causing widespread destruction in a matter of seconds. Yet with the implementation of fundamental engineering and principles in design techniques, coastal residential structures that implement structural shells have proven the ability to withstand the strongest storms.

This relationship between form and function isn’t new. However, how might we harness this relationship to create a better living environment, one that is both protective and unique? How might designing within the form of a proven hurricane-resilient structural shell provide new opportunities within the creative process and a new perspective for how residents might live in coastal environments?


The Shelter Competition has the following prizes

  • Overall Excellence Award: $5,000 and Certificate + Press Publication
  • ​Minimal Home Award: $1,000 and Certificate + Press Publication
  • ​Vertical Home Award: $1,000 and Certificate + Press Publication
  • ​Extended Home Award: $1,000 and Certificate + Press Publication
  • ​10 Honorable Mention Awards: Certificate + Press Publication
  • Director’s Choice Awards: Certificate + Press Publication


  • Competition Release December 18
  • Advanced Entry Ends January 26
  • Early Entry Ends March 2
  • Regular Entry Ends April 2
  • Submission Deadline April 3
  • ​Results Announced April 2021

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Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline02 March,2021
Open toAll
Organizerarch out loud



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