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

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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, Melodie Leung and Beatrice De Carli will judge the innovation, while Susan Le Good, Daisy Froud and Cristina Diaz will team up to judge the overall winner.

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.

Melodie Leung

Zaha Hadid Architects
Senior Associate

Melodie Leung is a Senior Associate at Zaha Hadid Architects and Architecture Editor at large at Ala Champ Magazine. She has been with the practice for over a decade and assisted Zaha Hadid on many product, furniture, interior and architectural designs.

Melodie Leung joined Zaha Hadid Architects in 2005. In addition to designing products, furniture, interiors, and architecture, she assisted Zaha Hadid in designing and creating the Zaha Hadid Gallery (London) where she also oversees the installation of new exhibitions. She has worked on many daring installations, investigating new techniques for fabrication, as well as having designed interiors for residential and retail clients and a number of key products in the collection of Zaha Hadid Design.

Melodie Leung was born in Chicago, Illinois. She studied architecture at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and proceeded to obtain a Masters of Architecture from the Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning at Columbia University, New York. She contributes as Architecture Editor at Large to Ala Champ Magazine.

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.

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.


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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