Ends on May 16, 2019

Multiple price options

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.