International Architecture Competition

Paris Affordable

US $6,000 Prize
15 October, 2019 Registration deadline
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Competition introduction

Competition organisers

Paris Affordable 


Paris Affordable 
Challenge Paris Affordable 

The Bee Breeders Global Housing Availability Challenge series in partnership with ARCHHIVE BOOKS' "What is Affordable Hosuing?" turns its attention on Paris for the next competition in the series. Paris, like so many other international cities around the world, is struggling with a huge affordable housing problem. Paris ranks in the top 10 most expensive cities to live in, meaning housing prices are naturally higher than other regions in France.

One factor that drives up house prices is the massive demand for rental properties, and the growing trend of short-term lets to tourists. Landlords are favoring these short-term rentals in which they can earn twice as much per month as opposed to renting to long-term residents. Reduced supply and a consistently high demand means that finding an affordable place to live is nearly impossible in the city of lights.

The Paris Affordable Housing Challenge is tasking participants with designing a sustainable solution to Paris’ affordable housing problem. There is no specific location defined for this architecture competition, as such designs should be versatile enough that they can be adapted and rolled out across multiple locations in order to increase the capacity of the city’s housing stock. Participants should consider designs that are flexible enough to accommodate different sizes for various inhabitants (families, single professionals, couples, etc) and their varying requirements.

As there are no specific requirements, participants are encouraged to be as creative as possible in the solutions they design, challenging typical ideas of housing, design, and the community at large, while at the same time maintaining a practical element that could potentially see these designs realised.

Competition Programme:

Design a pilot-phase concept for affordable housing within Paris, which can be easily rolled out to increase capacity of housing stock, and is minimal in its use of land and materials. 

No minimum size or amount of residential units per block is defined. The proposals should be flexible enough to adopt to different sizes for various inhabitant capacity requirements. 

Designs for the Paris Affordable Housing Challenge should be able to adapt to various locations across the city. The designs should also be adaptable, allowing adjustments to be made in order to suit different residential capacity requirements.

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Competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum). 


- Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English.
- All information submitted by participants must be in English


Total prize fund
US $6,000
1st prize

US $3,000

Certificate of Achievement

2nd prize

US $1,500

Certificate of Achievement

3rd prize

US $500

Certificate of Achievement


US $500 (more details here)

Certificate of Achievement


US $500 (more details here)

Certificate of Achievement



The winners will get international art and design media coverage and will be featured on the Bee Breeders website and social pages


Bee Breeders will also acknowledge the outstanding performance of all winners and honourable mentions with Certificates of Achievement.


The competition information can be downloaded as often as required;
no additional information or material will be provided after registration.


Jury Panel

Jury members, shall under no circumstances be contacted by competition participants or their representatives. Participants who attempt to contact jury members, shall be disqualified. 

All communication regarding the competition should only be carried out with Bee Breeders staff. For any questions please contact us on [email protected]



Closing date for registration
15 October, 2019
Closing date for project submission
12 November, 2019 (11:59pm GMT+0)
Announcement of the winners
04 December, 2019

preliminary registration deadlines

Registration fees

Early Bird Registration
09 May - 11 June
Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
US $90
US $70
Advance Registration
12 June - 16 July
Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
US $120
US $100
Last Minute Registration
17 July - 15 October
Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
US $140
US $120


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Competition related F.A.Q.

This project has no set budget.
The proposed designs should be versatile enough to be replicated at different sites in different areas across the city. The goal is to offer solutions to all of Rome, not just one specific site.
Participants are allowed to choose any site. The designs must be versatile and site independent enough so they could be adapted in different locations.
Participants may propose their designs outside the historic city center of Paris.

General F.A.Q.

Click on "register now", fill in all the required fields, choose your payment method and submit your information. You will be forwarded to Paypal or CPS secure payment gateway, to cover the competition fee. Once we receive your payment, we'll send you an email with your username and password to upload your submission directly to the website.
Only one proposal per registration is permitted. Participants are entitled to register multiple times if they wish to participate in the competition with several proposals.
Yes we are in the process of negotiating with multiple international industry-related media representatives. The list of media partners is constantly updated on our website, please check it regularly to find latest updates.
Yes. If the jury panel selects a Student award's submission for the top 3, it will automatically be awarded both prizes.
Yes. If the jury panel selects a Green award's submission for the top 3, it will automatically be awarded both prizes.
No. Competition entries are evaluated anonymously. The participant registration type is only revealed upon the announcement of the results.
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