To all those with doubts about the location of the project: You can choose the location you want, or maybe design something adaptable to several ones. Just please design it cost-efficient accordingly. We understand that a design that needs to handle extreme weathers or situations will cost more, but a more expensive design could be more cost-efficient depending on the circumstances that you would explain in the submission of your project.


At a glance

The award

THE AWARD: The International Finsa Award for Students of Architecture & Design 2018 aims to encourage and challenge students to explore and redesign the use of wood and other ecological and recyclable materials in construction. We believe that the future in construction should continue developing this way and know it is possible to achieve. The award considers the work of both teachers and students, all of whom will be acknowledged and awarded.


2018 edition

2018 EDITION: For this year's edition, the social trend of the interaction between children and the elderly is our new focus. We are challenging students and teachers with the task of creating a space where both social groups can spend the day; in essence, turning it into a kindergarten for the children and a day care centre for the elderly! We want students to be creative in designing this multi-purpose space.

Competition guidelines

Get all the information you need about the competition.


The Jury

The jury panel is intentionally all-female to celebrate women in positions of leadership in the construction industry. They will assess all the received projects according to the rules and differentiating between innovation feature and overall design.

Immy Kaur, Amy Martin and Beatrice De Carli will judge the innovation, while Rachel Haugh, Susan Le Good, Daisy Froud and Cristina Diaz will team up to judge the overall winner.

Rachel Haugh

Founding Partner

Rachel is an English architect who co-founded SimpsonHaugh and Partners with Ian Simpson in 1987. Her practice operates in Manchester and London. Haugh was shortlisted for the Woman Architect of the Year Award in 2015.

She attended Marple Hall School in Manchester and studied architecture at the University of Bath.

Haugh worked on the Beetham Tower, Manchester a landmark 47-storey mixed use skyscraper which was completed in 2006 and One Blackfriars a mixed-use development under construction at No. 1 Blackfriars Road in Bankside, London, known as The Vase due its shape. Haugh has also worked on the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station and the overhaul of Granada Studios in Manchester.

Her clients include, Beetham Organisation, Berkeley Group Holdings, Downing Developments, Manchester City Council, Treasury Holdings, Urban Splash, University of Manchester and University College London.

Contributing to all projects, practice management and strategic direction, Rachel is a strong intuitive designer, powerful critic and passionate advocate of the attention to detail essential to maintain design quality. She listens carefully, responds in a measured and considered manner, and is tenacious in retaining our vision.

Rachel is a London Legacy Development Corporation Quality Review Panel Member, Places Matter Steering Group (NW Design Review) Member, Manchester City Galleries Trustee and Age Friendly Manchester Ambassador.

Cristina Díaz Moreno


Cristina Díaz Moreno is an architect and founder of the Madrid-based office amid.cero9.

She is a visiting professor at SOA Princeton, visiting professor in the GSD Harvard, Städelschule Frankfurt and she was in the IKA Vienna. She has taught at both ETSAM and ESA in Madrid during more than 10 years and she has been lecturer throughout Europe, Asia and the US.

Her projects and writings from the past 15 years are documented in Third Natures, a Micropedia (AA Publications, 2014), and more recently, in a monographic El Croquis (no 184). Her work, Breathable, is an eye-opening and refreshing collection of her works, which is compiled in this catalogue. Breathable explores how air, the atmosphere and our physical surroundings work and reflect on the individual and society.

Her works include Francisco Giner de los Ríos Foundation in Madrid, and Palacio del Cerezo in Extremadura, to name but a few.

The works of Cristina Diaz have been frequently accredited; her 99 single-family houses project for Äijalaränta in Jyväskylä (Finland) won the European 6 competition, followed by the same success in the Ópera Prima competition (COAM 2010). She then proceeded to win the Palacio del Cerezo en Flor (Valle del Jerte, Cáceres 2008) competition, which explored the radical approach of nature and its surroundings through the construction of a unique chapel of a complex structure, conceived for the celebrations that take place during the blossoming of the cherry trees in the valley.

Susan Le Good

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Susan has played a key role in many of the practice’s award-winning projects over the past 12 years including Walsall Bus Station, the Broadgate Health Club and Jubilee Primary School.

Susan was made an Associate Director of AHMM in 2005 and now takes the lead in having a practice-wide view of project resources and recruitment requirements while having formal responsibility for co-ordinating the work-load of the practice’s model-making workshop.

Susan joined Allford Hall Monaghan Morris as a Part I student in 1994 and is the practice’s longest serving member of staff.

She has played a key role in many of the practice’s award-winning projects over the past 12 years including Walsall Bus Station, the Broadgate Health Club and Jubilee Primary School.

Among other projects Ms. Le Good is currently responsible for directing Westminster City Academy along with the second phase in the practice’s masterplan for the redevelopment of Barking Town Centre.

She was made an Associate Director in 2005 and now takes the lead in having a practice-wide view of project resources and recruitment requirements while having formal responsibility for co-ordinating the work-load of the practice’s model-making workshop.

She lectures on professional practice at the Bartlett School of Architecture and to professional groups elsewhere.

Daisy Froud

London School of Architecture

Daisy is a strategist who specialises in devising tools and processes that enable diverse voices to meaningfully contribute to design decision-making, and that make this decision-making more deliberative and transparent.

For 11 years she was a co-founding director of architecture practice AOC, during which time she was shortlisted for the AJ’s Emerging Woman Architect of the Year award, and now runs her own agency offering community engagement and participatory design services to architects, clients and local communities.

She has a degree in languages from Cambridge, an MA in Cultural Memory from University of London, and in 2011 completed a visiting professorship at Yale School of Architecture. She regularly advises government on community built environment issues, which currently includes sitting on the Design Panel for High Speed 2, and is a Built Environment Expert for Design Council CABE.

Daisy has been a History & Theory Teaching Fellow at The Bartlett School of Architecture since 2007, focusing on spatial politics and participatory practice. Daisy teaches Urban Studies at the LSA with Tom Holbrook.

Amy Martin

Impact Hub
Lead Creative Director

Amy is a Creative Producer & Facilitator with over 10 years experience across a range of art forms​ her ​projects work with children and young people as curators, artists and producers​. ​In 2015 Amy became one of the inaugural Fellows at BOM (Birmingham Open Media) and part of the UK / Arts Council England funded Arts and Technology Pilot at NearNow studio in Nottingham.​ ​Amy's research at BOM and NearNow explore​d​ Radical Childcare interventions and the sharing economy.​ Her project F A M A L A M stages engaging events spanning art, creativity and social good for children and parents navigating parenting and play in the 21st century.​ In 2017 she received funding from Paul Hamlyn Foundation to explore the feasibility of opening a Children's Hub in Birmingham. ​​

Amy​ is Creative Director at Impact Hub Birmingham a collaborative work space and systems change lab. Amy​ is interested in the role of children at Impact Hub and creating a mutually beneficial and intergenerational learning community​,​​ this has include​d​ a new operating model for nomadic working parents and their children with an Impact Hub Parent Membership.​

Amy is leading on #RadicalChildcare​ at Impact Hub Birmingham​ - an initiative to explore, imagine and invest in bold new possibilities for the future of childcare.

Immy Kaur

Impact Hub

Imandeep Kaur Bensal (MSc International Development, 2011) is Co-founder of Impact Hub Birmingham and Curator of TEDxBrum. A crowd-funded social enterprise, Impact Hub Birmingham is part of the global Impact Hub network and is made up innovative and diverse makers, doers, entrepreneurs and activists committed to building a better city and world.

Immy is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and in 2016 she was named one of the ten most influential people in the West Midlands from the world of business lobbying in the Birmingham Post's 'Power 250'.

Beatrice De Carli

Architecture sans Frontiers
Board Member

Beatrice is an urban designer and researcher, an Associate of ASF-UK, and a Lecturer at the School of Architecture, University of Sheffield, where she leads the MA in Urban Design.

Beatrice completed her architectural studies at Politecnico di Milano, Italy, including a PhD in Architecture and Urbanism developed in collaboration with the University of Leuven (2011). She has worked with NGOs, local governments, and higher education institutions in a range of contexts internationally, recently focusing on urban areas in Brazil, South Africa, and the UK. Beatrice’s research and teaching concern questions of uneven geographical & urban development through design thinking and practice, with a focus on issues of equality, diversity, and participation in cities. Her current work develops through participatory action methods and examines the self-organised tactics enacted by citizens to re-appropriate urban space, and their capacity to produce transformative meanings, spaces and social relations vis-à-vis dominant urban narratives and planned interventions. She addresses some of these questions through her engagement with ASF-UK, where she contributes to the programmes Change by Design and Challenging Practice.



Registration closes in...










Registration Period opens

December 1, 2017

From the 1st of October 2016, you and your team can register to take part of the contest

Registration period closes

February 28, 2018

The period to register you or your team closes at this date.

Submission period opens

March 1, 2018

From this date, you can upload all the required and extra data through the site

Submission period closes

May 1, 2018

You can upload your project files to the platform until this date

Assessment by Judges

May 14, 2018

The judges start the assessment from this date.

Winners announcement & Final Event

June 8, 2018

At the beginning of June, the winners will be revealed according to all the assessments.

All of the dates shown above are deadlines. Please make sure you perform all the tasks on or before the deadline.


Frequently Asked Questions
1Can team members be from different schools - or even different countries or continents?
Yes, teams can be formed across schools, countries and even continents, BUT it is the school and country of the team captain that defines the origin of the project.
2Do I have to pay to submit my project?
No, participation in the International FINSA Award for Students of Architecture & Design is free.
3Do I have to be a student for being allowed to participate?
Yes, you must be signed up as a student.
4Can I participate if I have not registered before the registration deadline?
No, you need to register before the registration deadline to be able to submit your project.
5Do every member of a project team need to sign up personally?
No, only the team captain per project should register. The team captain will be the contact person and he/she will be responsible for the provided information about team members, teachers and school names.
6Can I participate with more than one project?
Yes, you may submit more than one project (or be participant in more teams) if you have registered specifically for the different projects - and if every project is backed by named teachers. However, we recommend that you participate only with one elaborated project.
7Does the teacher have to be a professor or PhD to back up a student project?
A named teacher at a named school of architecture is enough, not necessarily a professor or a PhD.
8Can a teacher back two student projects and is it possible to have two teachers backing the submitted project?
Yes to both questions. Teachers may back several student projects, and one project may be supported by two teachers.
9Is there a limit to the number of team members in a project?
Yes, five is the maximum number of team members, excluding the teacher.
10Do I need to have a teacher supporting my project?
YES, and the teacher’s name needs to be included in your project registration details before you submit your project.
11If we are participating as a team with different schools, can we have only one teacher from any of the schools?
YES, you can select one teacher from any of the schools.
12I am an ERASMUS student. In the profile should I put name of my home university, or the hosting university?
You should register your hosting university.

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