A competition for housing
the next million



Jury & Criteria

The Jury will be comprised of competition stakeholders, community representatives, builders, and unaffiliated design professionals and consist of the following voting members:

Ric. Abramson, FAIA
Urban Design + Architecture Studio
City of West Hollywood, CA

Andrew Dyer
Columbus City Council

Dan Fagan
Resident & Greater Hilltop Area Commissioner

Kristofer Nonn
North Limestone Community Development Corporation
Lexington, KY

Reza Reyazi
City of Columbus
Land Redevelopment Division

James Schimmer
Franklin County Economic Development

Bill Westbrook
Brier Hill Associates, LLC

Curtiss Williams
Central Ohio Community Improvement Corporation

Zach Woodruff
City of Whitehall
The Advisory Panel will consist of representatives from the following entities:
    • City of Columbus, Building & Zoning Services Department
    • Central Ohio Community Land Trust


Prizes will be awarded as follows:

    • First Place $5,000 and the opportunity to advance toward construction
    • Second Place $3,000
    • Third Place $2,000

At the discretion of the jury, honorable mentions may also be awarded. The selected winner will have the opportunity to enter into contract with the COCLT for further development of the proposed concept with the intent to construct the winning design solution.

Competition entries may be further selected for publication in a compilation booklet and/or featured in public exhibits or events at a time and location to be determined.

Evaluation Criteria

Submissions will be evaluated based on adherence to all submission requirements and the following criteria:

1. Design Innovation (25 points)
    • Design excellence and originality of the proposed solution
    • Suitability of the design to identified user group
    • Responsiveness of design to neighborhood and site conditions
    • Consideration of sustainable design elements to reduce environmental impact

2. Construction Cost and Feasibility (55 points)
    • Clarity of articulation of construction methods/feasibility of the proposed design
    • Ability of proposed construction methods to produce a high quality solution
    • Adherence to construction budget $170,000 (or less) per housing solution

3. Replicability, Scalability and Adaptability (20 points)
    • Proposed models demonstrate how design solution can be scaled, replicated, and adapted for implementation in other Columbus or Franklin County communities
    • Design alternatives illustrate cost variations and efficiencies
    • Adapted solution is responsive to alternate site condition and remains buildable for $170,000 or less

Ownership & Copyright

Submissions are to be considered original works of the entrants. Entrants retain ownership and copyrights of materials submitted, but grant the competition partners the right to publish work in whole or in part, in books, exhibitions, websites, newspapers, magazines and other media outlets to promote Next Home 2021.

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