We are a global community that believes the future of architecture is together.
Only by forging new alliances, facilitating cross-cultural collaboration and connecting groups previously invisible to each other can we tackle the most pressing social and environmental challenges of our time.
The Global Challenge is a competition that recognises the best community projects and helps accelerate their development. We select the most impactful initiatives, promote them amongst our global network of partners and connect them through meaningful collaborations.
The Global Challenge is the one-and-only global program that supports the early phase of bottom-up, community architectural initiatives. It is an opportunity for Exposure, Network, Funding & partnership: as a finalist, you will have the opportunity to receive €3,000.- funding or pro bono advice provided by our partners.
Eligible projects must be collective spaces: community learning, living, working spaces, such as schools, libraries, meeting places, community centers, community-led housing or community place-making - but are not limited to these.
Please also check the best practices to learn more about the winner of our Global Challenge 2016 and other projects we love.
A project can be submitted by a person - community architect or representative - who acts as the ‘gatekeeper’ for the community, who is committed to leading the development process.
Please check the Program Guidelines with all the additional information about our jury panel, jury process and assessment criteria.
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Architect, educator, UNESCO Chair for Earthen Architecture. Anna is a member of A--D's steering committee.
Social innovator, architect, Half Kingdom Design. Cameron is a member of A--D's steering committee.
Lead, Habitat Planning and Innovation at Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH). Kira is our partner representative of AKAH.
Architect, educator and principal of Al Borde. David is A--D's long-time ambassador.
Member of the Executive Board at Hilti Foundation, Director Affordable Housing and Technology. Johann is a member of A--D's steering committee and our partner representative of the Hilti Foundation.
Architect, founder of Building trust international (BTI). David is our partner representative of BTI.
Architect and founder of Social Design Collaboratives. Swati is our long time ambassador and was leading ModSkool, a finalist of our Global Challenge 2016.
Architecture historian, writer, curator, founding director of Design Society, China. Ole is our long time thought leader and a member of A--D's steering committee.
Founder Archdaily. David is our partner representative of Archdaily.
Regional Director of Development at TECHO. Pelayo is our partner representative of TECHO.
Luisa Pastore is the Coordinator of the Academic Committee of the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction.
Advance Sustainable Development Goals
The Global Challenge invites companies to be part of the global debate around sustainable cities and communities.
By sponsoring the Global Challenge you are contributing directly to projects aimed to advance the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This isn't just about the future of architecture.
The solutions we seek affect the future of humankind.
founder Litre of light
architect/ partner at Al Borde Arquitectos
architect/ partner at Space&Matter
architect/ founder Social Design Collaborative
architect/ founder Simple Architecture
architect/ partner at CHRITH architects
architect/ founder Ctrl+Z
architect/ partner at Caukin Studio
architect/ founder Braims
architect/ development expert
architect & co-founder WORKSHOP architecture
Architect, urban planner
Architect, urban researcher
Urban Designer, architect and planner
architect/ founder 1to1 – Agency of Engagement
founder Cross Cultural Chairs