Whether act of God or a superior force, our society responds to and prepares for Force-Majeure scenarios on many different scales. It has become increasingly obvious in the past year that disasters, both natural and human-made, exacerbate inequities in our society by unequally limiting access to healthcare, green spaces, fresh food, transportation, and education for our most vulnerable populations. Strengthening our communities allows us to be more resilient in the face of future Force Majeure scenarios. How can we as design professionals help support and provide care for the most vulnerable groups of people in our society? AIA Austin's DesignVoice Committee, in partnership with AIA Austin COTE, propose Force-Majeure, a design competition that addresses contemporary issues that are impacting our lives.

This year’s ideas competition is a multi-brief format that will challenge teams to identify a local issue that one of three principles of the Framework for Design Excellence—Design for Equitable Communities, Design for Water, or Design for Well-being—might ameliorate and propose a solution that embodies the chosen principle. The designs submitted will not only propose solutions to concrete issues but also explore the relationship between global crises and smaller, actionable local design interventions.


This call for design ideas is open to anyone who wants to create and put forth innovative ideas to solve current challenges.

Teams may be formed by a maximum of (4) members and a minimum of (2). Team members can be from any discipline. Students are welcome to participate. Participants will only be allowed to submit one proposal and be allowed on only one team.

Diverse and interdisciplinary teams that include or consult with social workers, homeless service providers, community planners, and people who are formerly or currently homeless are strongly encouraged.

No registration fee is required.

Under no circumstances may jurors, or persons directly related to the jury participate in this competition. To mitigate some of the current challenges our community is experiencing today, you will be able to pick between three scenarios and enter only one entry.


cash prize award: $ 1,500.00 USD