Architecture at Zero

Prize to USA, Canada, and International Students and
Professionals for Designing an Energy Efficient Building

GrantWatch ID#: 173777
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC)



10/28/16 1:00 PM PST

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Prizes totaling up to $25,000 to USA, Canada and International students, architects, landscape architects, urban planners, engineers, and designers to compete in designing an energy efficient student housing project. Applicants must register by September 30 to take part in the competition. Applicants are invited to view and inspect the project site on September 10.

The competition challenge is to create a zero net energy student housing project at the San Francisco State University campus. The competition has two components.

First, entrants will create an overall site plan to accommodate 784 housing units, student services, dining center, childcare facility, and parking, detailed in the Challenge Program. Entrants are encouraged to highlight any energy efficiency strategies or systems shown, especially ones that apply to a district scale.

Second, entrants will design one building, in detail, to indicate zero net energy (ZNE) performance. In order to demonstrate the building design and its performance, entrants will provide required documentation and may also include supplementary documentation.

Entries are weighed individually, not in competition with others. Jury decisions will be based solely on the materials submitted. Criteria include quality of design, resolution of the program or idea, innovation, thoughtfulness, and technique.


The competition is open to students, architects, landscape architects, urban planners, engineers and designers anywhere in the world.

Faculty members or others in the academic community assisting student teams should be listed as consultants to the project, rather than as teammates.

There will be a meeting with representatives from San Francisco State and PG&E for an in-depth tour of the competition site on September 10th. The group will assemble at 9:45 AM at the Cesar Chavez Student Union at the center of the campus and the tour will begin at 10:00 AM.

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For those not able to attend, a video of the tour will be posted.

- Registration Deadline: Friday, September 30th at 6:00 PM PST
- Full Submission Deadline: Friday, October 28th by 1:00 PM PST

Entry Fees:
- Entry Fee for Architects, Engineers and Designers: $275
- Entry Fee for Students and Recent Grads: $0


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