YAF Atlanta wants to encourage creative thinking and strives to create an atmosphere for design by providing many competitions throughout the year. We have several annual competitions and for 2010 we are going to attempt to create many small, web-based competitions. So check back here for more info as we get going!

iMPACT Challenge

posted Mar 4, 2011, 6:05 AM by YAF Atlanta   [ updated Apr 21, 2011, 12:43 PM ]

UPDATE: We have a winner!

YAF and Camp Twin Lakes are proud to present the winning entry to the iMPACT Design/Build Challenge! Congratulations to Thao Nguyen!

Thao Nguyen received his Master of Architecture at the University of South Florida, all the while pursuing other academic and professional studies including graphic design, film, and electronic media. Before his current position as Architectural Technician at Gensler in Atlanta, Thao’s professional background included Director of Marketing at Fraze Design and Graphic Design at Velocity Media. These various experiences help to foster the appropriate background that would creatively drive Thao’s Architectural career into new creative heights.

DESIGN CONCEPT: To integrate the surrounding context, a minimal gesture integrated with coarse materiality bends outward and inward to figuratively bring the quality of the exterior context into the small space. Interior lights drawing ones perception upward before expanding outward within the butterfly roof allows the space to become an indicator of usage or non-usage. The butterfly roof, in conjunction with openings below allows negative pressure to bring ventilation through the space, allowing any heat or vapor to escape the space. The narrow space is made to feel much wider by the large openings above, which brings natural lighting from the sides. Materials will include recyclable steel sidings and recyclable wood left from previous construction that may occur on site.

Volunteers are needed to build the structure and iMPACT your community.  Please sign up on the YAF volunteer building page if you are interested.

The Young Architects Forum (YAF) of Atlanta is launching an iMPACT campaign to challenge designers to solve a simple problem, build the solution and make a lasting impact in their community. YAF and Camp Twin Lakes are pleased to announce a design /build challenge for two structures to house Eco Smart composting toilet systems at Camp Twin Lakes (CTL). This will kick off with an ideas competition, design refinement with CTL and conclude in the building of the design at Camp Twin Lakes at Will A Way at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder, GA.

Competition Brief
The goal of the competition is to seek creative ideas for the structures which incorporate the reuse of available materials. The winner and iMPACT organizers will collaborate with the client to achieve the best design /build solution.

Part I, March 1–20: Ideas competition for the design (Deadline now extended to March 20th!)
Part 2, March 24–April 15: Collaboration /refinement with CTL
Part 3, April 16 & 30: Volunteers build at Camp Will‐A‐Way

Thanks to our great sponsor Hogan Construction Group, the extra materials budget has increased to $1,000!!!


48 Hours this October!

posted May 20, 2010, 7:20 AM by YAF Atlanta

Get ready for the 2010 48 Hours Competition!

Canstruction 2010

posted Apr 19, 2010, 11:45 AM by YAF Atlanta   [ updated Apr 19, 2010, 12:10 PM ]


It starts with one can. To feed the hungry. To lift the spirit. To change the world. Canstruction®, a charity committed to ending hunger, is using ‘one can’ as a catalyst for change. The Atlanta Community Food Bank currently distributes nearly two million pounds of food and other donated grocery items each month. Canstruction’s 12th Annual Atlanta Design/Build Competition puts a visual spotlight on hunger while showcasing the Atlanta design community’s best and brightest. Think you have what it takes to design and build a structure made of nothing more than canned food, ingenuity, and luck? Enter today. Get creative, help stop hunger. One can.

Canstruction® combines the competitive spirit of a design/build competition with a unique way to help feed hungry people. Competing teams, lead by architects and engineers, showcase their talents by designing giant sculptures made entirely out of canned foods. At the close of the exhibitions all of the food used in the structures is donated to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

To volunteer with Canstruction® 2010, go here for more information.

Who: Teams of Atlanta Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Designers and Students attending Schools of Architecture,  Engineering and Design.

What: Design & build structures made entirely from canned foods within a 10'x10'x8'h space.


May 31 Early Bird Deadline for Entry
July 31 Regular Deadline for Entry
Aug. 26 Kickoff Meeting – ACFB, 6pm
Oct. 28 Space Assignments – Colony Square, 6pm
Nov. 3 Food Delivered to Colony Square
Nov. 4 Build Night
Nov. 5 Judging & Awards Gala
Nov. 5-14 Open to Public
Nov. 15 Decanstruction

Where: Colony Square, 1201 Peachtree Street, NE

Why: To benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank

How: Download & complete entry form. Entry fee $150. Make check payable to “AIA Atlanta / Canstruction®”

Mail to: Missy Bower AIA Atlanta / Canstruction® 113 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30303

Canstruction Sponsorship Information

For further information about how to become involved contact:
Canstruction®, Inc.
3340 Peachtree Road, NE
Suite 2050
Atlanta, GA 30326
Nicholas B. Telesca, Executive Director
404-832-8910 tel
404-892-8898 fax

USGBC 2010 Competition

posted Apr 18, 2010, 4:35 PM by 10up Competition

2010  Natural Talent Design Competition Logo

USGBC 2010 Competition:
Registration and Design due May 31

USGBC's 2010 Natural Design Competition, in partnership with Salvation Army’s EnviRenew Initiative, is focused on the rebuilding effort in New Orleans. Competitors will be divided into students and young professionals groups and will design a LEED for Homes project that is priced affordably and is functional for elderly occupants. Up to four designs will be selected from the local competition finalists to be showcased at Greenbuild 2010 and, for the first time, the designers will see their projects built in New Orleans’ Broadmoor neighborhood. Once the homes are built, they will enter a measurement and verification phase in which they will be graded on energy efficiency, water reuse, and indoor air quality among other categories. The design team whose home performs best during measurement and verification will be awarded the final grand prize.

Local Prizes will include travel and airfare to USGBC Greenbuild in Chicago for Professional Team as well as Student Team first prize winners.

More information can be found here:

AFHA: The Oasis Project

posted Apr 2, 2010, 10:59 AM by YAF Atlanta   [ updated Jun 1, 2010, 8:09 AM ]


NAME: The Oasis Project
PROJECT LEAD: Architecture for Humanity Atlanta
LOCATION: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
START DATE: August 12, 2009
BUILDING TYPE: Transportation - Train/Bus Stations
ADDITIONAL CONSULTANT: Jen Fabrick, John Kirkley
Rick Glassman

Critical Project Dates:
March 30th: Design Competition Opens
May 8th: Design / Informational Charette 1
May 20th: AFHA Social / Design Exchange / Informational Charette
June 10th: Design / Informational Charette 2
June 30th: Design Submissions Due
July 11th: Design Selection
July – August: Construction Drawing Documentation and Permitting
September – October: Shelter Construction
November: Shelter Installation


Oasis 2010 Artist Call to be issued soon! The legwork for the project accomplished in Oasis 2009 is beginning to reap benefits for this year's effort. Architecture for Humanity Atlanta has already received support from the communities involved in the project. And funding relationships are beginning to take shape. The program for last year's project remains intact for this year as well. Timeline as follows:

Artist Call Issue: End of March
Design Submissions Deadline: End of June
Permitting: By end of August
Construction: Beginning September
Installation: End of November

The Oasis Project is AFHA's proposed solution to a recognized shortage of proper public transportation amenities. Due to lack of appropriate support MARTA has limited resources to provide proper shelter from the elements, let alone a place to sit and rest, at their bus stops. A disproportionate number of these occurrences take place in communities that rely heavily on public transportation. AFHA is working with MARTA in an effort to gather local artists, designers, builders and volunteers to provide these amenities where they are needed most.

First, AFHA will obtain design criteria from MARTA in order to ensure compliance with local transportation and building regulations. Next, AFHA will implement their own design criteria. And then the design process will begin - a collaboration between local artists, designers, contractors, engineers, students, and chapter volunteers. Finally, with input from MARTA and the local community, a series of bench and shelter designs will be chosen for implementation.

AFHA proposes to design and build shelters that comply with local regulations; properly accommodate ridership levels without promoting loitering; are durable enough to withstand the elements and regular use; serve as a basis of design for future shelters; are an aesthetic complement to the communities they serve; and most importantly, can be implemented in any community by those who have no design or construction experience.

AFHA will conduct this project on a yearly basis. Ultimately, our goal is not only to provide public transportation benches and shelters. But also to assist communities with enabling themselves in an effort to make their neighborhoods more livable, according to their own specific needs.

Project Updates

YAF/COD Ideas Competition: Temporary/Permanent Relief Housing

posted Mar 31, 2010, 12:03 PM by YAF Atlanta   [ updated Mar 31, 2010, 12:08 PM ]


Submission Deadline: May 10, 2010 before 5pm Eastern Time

The AIA Young Architects Forum (YAF) and the AIA Committee on Design (COD) invite architects, students, and allied design professionals to submit sketches to the international 2010 YAF/COD Ideas Competition: Temporary/Permanent Relief Housing. In this year’s unique sketch competition, submitters are asked to explore the issue of temporary relief housing that could have a permanent function, through a concept design problem.


Entries will be submitted electronically through an online submission site. Submissions will consist of drawings and renderings presented in PDF format. All materials must be uploaded through the submission site before by 5pm ET on May 10, 2010. **The link for beginning a submission will be found here as of April 1, 2010 when the site goes live for submissions.

Download the 2010 Ideas Competition Call for Entries (PDF)


Design temporary relief housing for refugees from natural or other disasters using sustainable strategies and following the Living Building Challenge. The proposed solutions should provide housing for approximately 500 displaced families as well as the necessary support services.

While successful site adaptability is a key goal and criterion for this Competition, the specific site to demonstrate the solution consists of approximately 200 acres. It includes the Astrodome and the surrounding parking lots. Entrants may include modifications to the structure of the Astrodome in their proposal, may allow the Astrodome to remain untouched and focus solely on the surface parking areas, or may have some combination of the two. Individual entries may focus their solutions on the provision of either temporary or permanent housing. Entrants are encouraged to address issues of uncertainty associated with either types of housing and with temporary solutions that become permanent.


Winners will be announced and will have their work exhibited at the 2010 AIA National Convention in Miami June 10–12. Selected entries will be displayed on the AIA Web site.


Thursday, April 1 – Competition begins; online submission site opens
Monday, May 10
– Submission site closes
Wednesday, June 9
- Entries exhibited at the 2010 AIA National Convention
Thursday, June 10
- Winners announced at the NAC/YAF/COD Reception at the AIA National Convention in Miami, FL.

Submission Fees

AIA Member $100
Non-AIA member
$ 40


Barton Phelps FAIA
Barton Phelps & Associates
Los Angeles, CA

Lawrence Scarpa FAIA
Pugh + Scarpa Architects Inc.
Santa Monica, CA

Mehrdad Yazdani Assoc. AIA
Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design
Los Angeles, CA

If you have questions concerning this awards program, please contact

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