Architectural Design Magazine

Affordable Housing Design Competition

Architecture Students of Department of Visual Studies, University of Karachi WON AIT Design Competition

Muahid Hussain (1st Prize Winner)

Burhan Karim (1st Prize Winner)

Aroosa Mushtaq (2nd Prize Winner)







Affordable Housing Design Competition was organized by the Asian Institute Technology (AIT) Consulting, Thailand with an aim to address the affordable housing needs in Asia and the region. The main motive was to find innovative, practical, Eco-friendly, and cost effective solutions by harnessing the power of design to envision new precedents, mechanisms, and design for affordable housing implementation and development.

Requirements included selection of 5.1 acre site from the Central region of Pakistan, Mayanmar or Thailand, proposal of 1 – storey (2 bedroom) housing of 35 – 50 sqm, proposal of 2 – storey (3 bedroom) housing of 75 – 100 sqm, Masterplan of the whole site, a summary of the concept and proposed strategy in words, on-scale drawings with details of the innovation in materials or design and finally a financial model of the whole project.

Participants were required to submit a highly-developed, holistic architectural concept design consisting of a descriptive narrative and a conceptual design. These were the following judging criteria:

The 4-week project was supervised by Architect Marvi Mazhar and Architect Muhammad Mehdi. The process was divided into 4 tasks; Research & Precedence study, Site analysis, Concept & Program proposal and Design & Execution. Students selected each of their own precedence, preferably a South-Asian one, and researched on their urban and architectural aspects through which they extracted their concepts and designs. Contextual study was another important part of the process since students mainly selected Central Pakistan for site, and so the cultural and social aspects of the region could not be neglected. And therefore the challenge was to provide an innovative solution to the problem of housing and, that too, contextual.

The judging panel comprised of eight jurors including experts from Pakistan: Mr. Mohammad Pervaiz Vandal; Mr. Syed Tauseef Ahmad; Mr. Faheem Ahsan Jamil; Ms. Qurat-ul-ain Asghar; and Mr. Azhar M. Sualehi, and from AIT: Ms. Sudiksha Amatya; Mr. Gyanendra Sthapit: and Dr. Naveed Anwar.

The competition result was announced on 23rd July 2015. Two first prize winners Mr. Burhan Karim and Mr. Syed Muahid Hussain were announced. They both received a certificate and a chance to work for an actual project in AIT for one week, including travel and accommodation expenses sponsored by AIT Consulting. The second prize went to Ms. Aroosa Mushtaq who received $500 and a certificate.