Open Call: HOME•LY | ASA International Ideas Competition 2017

Open Call: HOME•LY | ASA International Ideas Competition 2017

Home is the domain of architecture that is most intimate to all of us. Beyond its everyday function as a physical shelter for people and their activities, Home is also an embodiment of family. It is an altar of family values, traditions, rituals as well as memories.

Although Home is one of the most common types of architecture, most homes are not designed by architects. To the majority of homeowners, the work of architects is seen as marginal and idiosyncratic. Moreover, if we seek to go beyond professional boundaries, we will find that the vision of an ideal Home of most people is oftentimes at odds with that of architects.

This ideas competition seeks to reconcile these differences. We invite participants - architects and non-architects, professionals and amateurs, designers and homeowners - to challenge the status quo of Home and to showcase visionary and innovative proposals that reconsider the definition of the housing program.

The Problems:
In the contemporary world inundated with increasingly challenging socio-cultural phenomena, there are many issues that complicate the typical convention of Home: radical changes to traditional family structures and values; economy-driven mass (im)migrations that dynamically shift the urban vs. rural demographics and trigger housing crises; extreme urban density that induces blurred boundaries between private homes and public spaces; war-torn ethnic populations that are entirely displaced from homeland and implanted in foreign soils; human relationships that are more and more digitally connected yet more and more geographically distant; the new nomadic lifestyle that finds home wherever wireless connection is; homes and settlements world over that are in need of resettlement to evade natural disasters and effects of climate change. And this is not all.

In this competition, we ask:

  • How does the definition of Home change under these circumstances? 
  • How does the design community address and respond to such changes, in the way that improves human living conditions (and keeps the profession relevant)? 
  • How can the ordinary –the homely—be the genesis of design interventions that have extraordinary, positive impacts on neighborhoods and cities? 
  • How can the mundane –baan baan in Thai - conditions of Home become an agent that bridges the disconnection between the design profession and the general public?

Home•ly competition invites members of the general public and the global design community to ponder these questions, identify specific Home-related areas and issues of investigation, and propose resolutions in the form of design interventions or original ideas.

Submission Requirements:
Each submission must clearly define the issue, the problem and the context of the investigation.
The solution could be specific to one site or it could be a prototype intended for multiple sites.

The registration is free.
Entrants must register on our website in order to obtain the project ID.


A single landscape oriented A0 sheet;
The sheet must be submitted in 2 formats:

  • High-resolution file
  • 300 dpi resolution
  • File type: pdf
  • Maximum file size: 20Mb
  • File name: projectID_300.pdf
  • Low-resolution file
  • 72 dpi resolution
  • File type: jpeg
  • Maximum file size: 1Mb 
  • File name: projectID_72.pdf 

Or as an alternative to an A0 sheet, you may submit a video or an animation:
Length: 3 minutes
File format: .mp4
Resolution: 1280 x 720 px
Maximum file size: 100 Mb
File name: projectID.mp4

Each submission must include a project description:

  • All text must be in English;
  • Maximum of 300 words;
  • File type: doc;
  • File name: projectID.doc.

All files must be marked with your project ID, presented clearly in the top right-hand corner of all your submitted files.

Your files must NOT include ANY information that may give away your identity. Do NOT include your name in your documents, only the project ID.

A single zipped folder named with your project ID containing the deliverables must be submitted on

The registration and submission deadline is March 15, 2017.
A shortlist of entries selected for the exhibition at ASA Expo 2016 will be announced on April 7, 2017.
Winners will be announced at the ASA Expo 2017 in Bangkok on May 6, 2017.

Rules and Regulations:
This is an international competition open to all architects, designers, students, and members of the public either individually or as a team.
Individuals or teams may submit multiple projects, but it is mandatory that each entry be registered separately, with separate project IDs.
The entrant cannot submit built work or completed buildings.
The work cannot be submitted or published elsewhere before.
The entrant should have legal rights and copyrights to all materials submitted. If the submission contains any material or element that is not owned by the entrant, the submission shall be excluded from any consideration. If it is later known that rights have been violated, the prize and the award will be recalled.
The copyright of the project belongs to the entrant.
The Association of Siamese Architects under Royal Patronage reserves the right to release any of the submitted materials to the media for public relations and will credit the entrants responsible for authoring the work.
By entering into the competition, entrants transfer unlimited use for publication, exhibition, and electronic posting to the Association of Siamese Architects under Royal Patronage and its affiliates. ASA will credit the authors responsible for the work.
Submissions shall not be published or made public until after the final submission date.

Sarawut Hengsawad (New-Klom): Author, Columnist, and Advertising Creative
Jon Jandai: Farmer, Earthen Home Expert, and Founder of Pun Pun Center for Self Reliance
Shingo Masuda: Architect, Shingo Masuda + Katsuhisa Otsubo Architects
David Schafer: Architect, Designer, Founder of Studiomake
Max Schwitalla: Architect, Founder of Studio Schwitalla
Bea Vithayathawornwong: Architect, Design Director of Beautbureau
Luke Yeung: Architect, Principal of Architectkidd

First Prize: 4,000 USD and a trophy
Second Prize: 2,000 USD and a trophy
Third Prize: 1,000 USD and a trophy
3 Honorable Mentions: 500 USD and a trophy

The Association of Siamese Architects under Royal Patronage
248/1 Soi Soonvijai 4 (soi 17), Rama IX Road, Bangkapi, Huay Kwang, Bangkok 10310, THAILAND

Tel: (+662) 319-6555
Fax: (+662) 319-6419


Download the information related to this competition here.

This competition was submitted by an ArchDaily user. If you'd like to submit a competition, call for submissions or other architectural 'opportunity' please use our "Submit a Competition" form. The views expressed in announcements submitted by ArchDaily users do not necessarily reflect the views of ArchDaily.

Cite: "Open Call: HOME•LY | ASA International Ideas Competition 2017" 01 Jan 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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