AIA Central Valley Emerging Professionals invite you to share your innovation, creativity and  vision by designing a Tiny Home or Accessory Dwelling Unit that will be  built by our partner e49 Corporation, as part of their flexible  supportive housing program.  This competition is an opportunity for architects, emerging professionals, college and high school students, to  have direct impact in providing solutions to our City’s affordable  housing shortage. 

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AIA Central Valley Emerging Professionals invite you to share your innovation, creativity and vision by designing a Tiny Home or Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), with the winning designs to be built by our partner e49 Corporation, as part of their flexible supportive housing program.  This competition is an opportunity for architects, emerging professionals, college and high school students, to have direct impact in providing solutions to the City of Sacramento's affordable housing shortage.

Competition Overview 

The number of homeless individuals in Sacramento County is on the rise, estimates as of 2018, project a population of over 6,000- significantly higher than the year before. The Sacramento Mayor’s office has established a goal of housing 2,000 people experiencing homelessness by 2020, and the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency has been directed to increase public housing resources for homelessness. One approach to providing housing is the Housing First Model that provides permanent housing and long-term wrap-around services to persons who have experienced long-term homelessness.

An example of an emerging Housing First Model is Compassion Village, an initiative of The E49 Foundation.  Compassion Village is a grassroots effort led by faith communities, to build Tiny Home Villages on/and rehabilitate underutilized church properties as resource centers throughout the Sacramento region. The vision is to have 15-20 villages, each focused on a particular neighborhood/population’s needs. Modeled after other tiny home villages such as Infinity Village in Nashville, TN, LIHI in Seattle, WA and Community First!  in Austin, TX, the Sacramento version will be a dispersed site model and will encourage residents to eventually own their homes. 

For more information on The e49 Foundation or Compassion Village please visit:


For more information on Sacramento’s homeless plan please visit:


Competition Dates & Deadlines 

February 19                        Competition Launch / Registration Opens

March 13, 12:00 pm            Information Session & Site Visit 

 Location: Compassion Village, 2771 Grove Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95815
There is ample parking on-site, group will gather behind the church on the back of the property.  

May  16                                Submittal Due (by 5:00 pm) 

June TBD                            Jury Session

June  17                               Award Recipients Notified

October TBD                      Awards Presentation at 2019 Design Awards Gala


The competition is open to all AIA and Associate AIA members of the AIA Central Valley Chapter, as well as students attending CSUS Sacramento, UC Davis or community college in the Los Rios District. High school students affiliated with the SBRX Create Program may also enter. 

Submissions may be created by individuals, or teams of up to (5) five members. Teams must have at least one AIA or Assoc. AIA Central Valley member on their team to participate. Non-members and allied members are encouraged to team with AIA and Associate members to form teams. 

College and High School submissions do not need to meet this requirement.


Entry fees:
$75 Individual AIA Member, or AIA team of up to 5
$50 Individual AIA Associate / Emerging Professional, or team of up to 5
$25 College or High School Student, or team of up to 5

Submittal Requirements

Entries are due Thursday, May 16, 2019 by 5 PM PST.

Submittals need to provide plans for either a:

Tiny Home (Option 1) 


Accessory Dwelling Unit / ADU (Option 2):

Option 1 – Tiny Home

  • Max size: 16’ Length, 8’ Width, 13’ High (with loft)
  • Movable
  • 140 sq ft or so (incl. loft)
  • NO plumbing, but compost toilets and small kitchenette may be included
  • Solar Panels are 250 Watt on roof, 12 gauge wiring, (SMUD will provide a grant for the whole solar kit.). Dimensions of the solar panel: 1640mm X 992mm X40mm)
  • Max weight is 7500 for the whole house
  • Cost to build $10,000
  • City zoning: Build to RV standard (ANSI RV code)
  • Other specifics: Door is shatter proof; windows shatter proof;  loft can be used for bed or storage (residents prefer to use for storage); solar needs to face south

Option 2 – Accessory Dwelling Unit / ADU 

  • Under 400 sq foot
  • Includes plumbing and electricity (no solar panels)
  • Designed to be consistent with existing homes in the city of Sacramento (for example, cottages,      bungalows, Victorian)
  • The City of Sacramento is in the process of defining their specific ADU requirements. Please read the guidelines defined in the California Department of Housing and Community Development ADU Memorandum and design your unit with these requirements in place.
  • $30,000-$40,000 total cost

Be as creative as possible on the interior, and exterior! 

Exterior additions that can be added after the house is built, such as porches, flower boxes, hanging plants, etc are encouraged.

All entries will be digital, and need to include the following:

Project & Team (Concealed ID Form)

Project Title: Give your project a creative title

Team / Firm / School Name

Contact Information: Provide team’s primary contact information, including name, physical address, email address, and phone number.

Design Concept Narrative

Size: 8.5”x11” (not to exceed more than 1 page) single-spaced, 12 pt Arial font

Provide a brief description of your design concept, providing insight into how it will positively impact the user and the community.

Digital Presentation Board 

Size: 30”x42” (only 1 board)

Resolution: 300 ppi 

Format: PDF

Orientation of the board: Landscape

Be creative! Content / verbiage is at your discretion

Board will be printed and will serves as a stand-alone representation of your design when on exhibition.

The AIA Central Valley will produce (1) complimentary 30”x42” hard copy presentation board for each submittal from the digital presentation board file for exhibition display.

Supporting Materials

Not to exceed more than 10 pages, including:

a) Site Plan: Minimum of 1 site plan that clearly identifies the units on a ½ acre site with 20 Tiny Homes/ADU’s

b) Elevation / Section: As necessary to explain the proposed concept.

c) Floor Plan: Minimum of 1 floor plan to clearly explain the concept.

d) Context Illustrations: provide 3D renderings or graphics that clearly explain the unit design and its relation to the site. 

e) Representative Image: provide a JPEG of a graphic or representative image. This image will appear in a gallery as part of a public choice voting program. 

Important: Do not include identifying information of any kind (team/ firm name, individual names, or logos) on the project narrative, digital presentation board or representative image, or the submission will be disqualified.

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Evaluation Criteria

All Submissions must meet the submittal requirements outlined above. Submissions will be evaluated with the following weighted criteria:

Innovation & Creativity  - 35%
Feasibility & Adaptability - 25%
Community Impact - 20%
User Impact  - 20%


Three (3) awards will be bestowed:

One (1) $500 cash award will be awarded in the AIA team category. The award will be given to either an individual or team.

One (1) $500 cash award will be awarded in the Associate / Emerging Professional AIA team category. The award will be given to either an individual or team.

One (1) $250.00 cash award will be awarded in the Student Category. The award will be given to either an individual or team.

The individual or team may accept the cash award, or optionally donate it to an organization of their choosing, within the City of Sacramento, assisting the homeless, or addressing attainable housing.

Additionally, the award recipients(s) receive:

· The opportunity to share their concept/and design to e49, the City of Sacramento, the membership of the AIACV and the general public.

· Recognition in a fall issue of Comstock's Business Magazine Experience Architecture Event Guide.

· Recognition on AIA Central Valley and e49 websites.

· Entry boards featured in the AIA Central Valley Architectura Obscura Reception / Exhibition, and at the AIACV gallery.

·  Complimentary entry to the 2019 AIA Central Valley Design Awards, where individuals or team members will receive certificates and their cash prize (or announce the organization who will receive their donation, bestowing it to a representative of the organization.)

The jury may also bestow Honorable Mention Awards at their discretion.

Ends on June 4, 2019$145.00 - 595.00
$145.00 - 595.00


The AIACA Design Awards Program and Urban Design Awards Program strive to recognize projects that represent the best of California architecture; projects that are exemplary for their thoughtful, sustainable, innovative, and well-crafted design.

With juries composed of highly-qualified professionals offering diverse perspectives and expertise, all submissions are reviewed in the context of the project team’s goals and evaluated for thoughtfully designed resolution of those goals.


Call for Entries: April 1, 2019

Registration Deadline: May 10, 2019

Submittal Deadline: June 3, 2019


A non-refundable entry fee must be paid online at the time of registration. No entry fee will be refunded for entries that are disqualified, late, or incomplete.






  • All licensed California AIA architects may submit built projects located anywhere in the world.
  • AIA Architects licensed in other states and non-AIA members may only submit built projects located in California.
  • All entries must be submitted by an architect licensed in the United States.
  • Entries in all categories (apart from Urban Design) must be built projects completed on or after January 1, 2011.


Each completed submission package must follow these guidelines:

  • Submitted in PDF format
  • The Concealed ID forms submitted as a Word Document
  • A completed Performance Data Worksheet (California or Outside California)
  • PDFs in landscape layout,12 inches wide by 8.5 inches high
  • Not exceed 8MB and 20 pages. The Concealed ID forms do not count 
  • Font 12 point or larger  
  • Do not reveal firm/project name, (except for the Maybeck Award submissions)


Page 1

The first page should have a two-sentence summary of the project which illustrates a concise and sharp picture through imaginative verbiage. Follow the summary with one clear graphic that best represents the project. Conclude Page 1 with the project information which should include: category/subcategory (select from categories below), type of project, completion date, budget (if available), and location.

Pages 2 - 3

The next two pages should cover the project narrative and sustainability objectives. This is basic information provided to the jury about your project and should not exceed the two pages.

  1. Describe your project as succinctly as possible. Avoid elaborating on features already made clear by the photographs and drawings.
  2. Incorporate information about project intentions, program requirements, sustainable design goals, cost data, and distinguishing aspects of their resolution. Include the context, program/scope, special challenges/unusual characteristics, and the      solution/design of the project.
  3. Include a clear description of exemplary sustainable design integration and the inclusion of related building performance metrics.
  4. Explain all design achievement that demonstrates  exemplary skill and creativity in the resolution and integration of formal, functional, and technical requirements. 
  5. Projects should reflect a strong sense of place,  ecology, resource efficiency, history, and purpose as an integral part of demonstrated design excellence.
  6. For preservation/restoration projects provide the jury with pertinent information to differentiate between the original architects’ work and the newly altered, preserved, or restored work.

Pages 4 - 6

The next three pages should include the completed Performance Data Worksheet. Please note there are two Performance Data Worksheets - one for projects within California and one for projects outside of California.

Page 7

This page should cover the sustainable design strategies which must be illustrated in an annotated diagram or section. You may choose to design your illustration in any way that thoroughly displays the project’s sustainable design strategies. See examples from 2018 submission winners here.

Image Requirements:

  • Photos must be clear with a suggested image resolution of 125 to 150 DPI. 
  • Include both interior and exterior photographs that illustrate the complete project, including its relationship to its surroundings.
  • You may include composite images, but numerous composites throughout the submission are discouraged.
  • Site Plans may be drawn at any scale in any medium, but the scale and north arrow must be indicated clearly.
  • Floor Plans must clearly explain the solution.
  • Historic Preservation/Restoration Projects must include a side-by-side before and after photo.
  • Interior Architecture projects are required to include one exterior photo to give context to the project’s surroundings.

Pages 8 - 20

The final pages of your submission should include supporting images, photos, diagrams, site plans, floor plans, and elevations. Here are a few examples of 2018 Honor Award submissions:


Small Projects

Submissions must be fully constructed projects of all program and building types. Renderings or concepts will not be accepted. Projects may include new or renovation projects, or elements of built works. If applicable, include the Performance Data Worksheet.

The Maybeck Award

Include clear images of completed projects that represent a breadth of experience and a range of building types. You may produce composite images. We recommend that this be done in such a way that individual details and characteristics are not lost. In the Project Narrative section (pages 2-3), provide comprehensive information describing the nominee and their selected projects. Address issues as strengths, challenges, management, social concerns, community involvement, and other issues of topical relevance. You may include project names and types in the project description and the year the projects were completed. 

Urban Design Award 

Work(s) may be projects, designs, plans, papers, and publications. Describe the important urban design and landscape architecture concepts, including those supporting sustainability and resilience. Submissions cannot include public relations materials. Submissions must include an aerial photograph or site plan with a clear depiction of the area of the work, a north arrow, and a scale. The time period(s) of the project must be clearly stated. Submissions must include a brief statistical summary of areas.

Ends on May 9, 2019$145.00 - 595.00
$145.00 - 595.00

Registration Deadline: May 8, 2019
Submission Deadline: June 10, 2019


The registration fee will not be refunded for submissions that are disqualified, late, or incomplete.


  • All licensed AIA California members may submit built projects located anywhere in the world.
  • AIA members licensed in other states and non-AIA members may only submit built projects located in California.
  • Projects that are submitted (apart from Urban Design) must be built projects completed on or after January 1, 2011.

If you have any questions about the above information, please contact Lauryn Evdokimov at or (916) 642-1712.

AIA Central Valley