In 2017, Las Vegas was revealed to be the least affordable city in the USA for renters, with the biggest shortage of affordable and available rental homes according to figures from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. It was found that Las Vegas only had 12 affordable rental units available for every 100 households classified as “extremely low income.” This is worse than Los Angeles, Houston, Orlando and San Diego who were also considered some of the least affordable cities in the US.

Since then, we’ve experienced a global pandemic and a cost of living crisis that has made life infinitely more expensive in countries all around the world. And in the wake of the 2008 real estate crash, developers have been reluctant to restart construction of new homes, causing a supply shortage which further drives up prices, hitting renters the hardest.

For the Las Vegas Affordable Housing Challenge, Buildner is tasking architects and designers to create a new concept for affordable housing that could alleviate the pressures of the Las Vegas population.

Participants should consider designs that are flexible enough to adapt to different sizes and accommodate a variety of inhabitants (families, single professionals, couples, etc) and their different requirements. As there are no specific requirements in terms of site or structures, participants are encouraged to be as creative as possible in the solutions they design. The jury will be looking for designs that challenge 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 realized.


3 winning proposals, 2 special award recipients and 6 honourable mentions will be selected. Buildner (formerly Bee Breeders) will award a total of 7,000 € in prize money to competition winners as follows:

1st Prize - 3,000 €
2nd Prize - 1,500 €
3rd Prize - 1,000 €
+ 6 honourable mentions

ARCHHIVE Student Award - 1000 € + 50 € gift card at ARCHHIVE BOOKS
Buildner Sustainability Award - 500 €


Early Bird Registration: MAY 3 – JUNE 8
Advance Registration: JUNE 9 – SEPTEMBER 8
Last Minute Registration: SEPTEMBER 9 – NOVEMBER 2

Final registration deadline: NOVEMBER 2, 2022
Closing date for submission: DECEMBER 7, 2022 (11:59 p.m. GMT)
Announcement of the winners: FEBRUARY 15, 2023



cash prize award: $ 7,358.00 USD