At a glance
We already have some information about the 2018 edition of the International FINSA Award, click here to know what's coming!

THE AWARD: The International Finsa Award for Students of Architecture & Design 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.

2017 EDITION: This is the first edition of our contest where education is the focus. Students and teachers will have the task of building a school. We want the school to be a temporary building with the goal of being able to quickly install the building after any unfavorable situation to help prevent interruptions to learning. The school should have a capacity for 25 pupils. We believe learning is essential for future development and the world should continue providing better resources to those in need.

WHO: We only accept students for our contest, you can work on your own or in a group of up to five. It is essential that you pick a teacher of your choice to guide your project. We believe that students with a broader knowledge in this growing industry are more attractive to employers as the world moves more 'green'.

ASSESSMENT: Main areas of the project to be assesed:
Feasability: The project must be realistic and something which uses readily available materials.
Adaptability: Able cope with different situations and places where it will be installed.
Cost: Submissions should include a budget per m2.
Cultural implications: Must be respectful to any culture.

THE PRIZE: The three best designs will receive 5.000€, 3.000€, 2.000€ respectively, to use on the project from ASF (www.asfint.org) of their choice, which will boost the student's career even it before started.



Projects Based on

The submissions should consider the constructability and efficiency of the designed structure. This includes identifying and eliminating obstacles that would impair its viability. The objective is for the unit to be buildable.
Submissions should study and plan for the future adaptation and evolution of the structure in different locations and situations. This includes understanding its need to be repaired, retro-fitted and replaced as needed.
The submissions should consider child protection, health, nutrition, social and psychosocial services, as well as cater for children with different levels of literacy and children with disabilities. The design must also provide adequate space for classes, administration, recreation and sanitation facilities.
Submissions should consider cost to guarantee the economic viability of the project.

Our Criteria

The structures should be able to grow and/or be modified as different needs arise.
The structures should be durable and easily dismantled and repacked for use in different locations.
Easy Assembly
The structures should be easily implemented with building techniques that can be taught to a potentially unskilled workforce. Assembly diagrams of the structure should be included in the submission.
The submissions should take into account potentially limited access to basic sanitary installations, electricity etc. The use of passive and energy-saving measures will result in a higher grading of the project.
The submissions should consider the reuse and recyclability of the materials used and the availability of said materials.
Submissions should include a budget, showing what the cost of construction would be per square foot or square metre.
These are the basic basis principles to be focused on your project, and the criteria that our judges will take into consideration to asses and take the final decision. Click on the "download button" below to read the full rules and guide of the IFA.

Download our IFA Guide and Registration Sheet

Complete Guide, Rules and Registration for the International FINSA Award 2017 (PDF)


The Jury

Simon Allford

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris


Pedro Feduchi

Pedro Feduchi Architects


Berta Willisch

Avery Hall Investments
Architect & Real Estate Developer


Fernando Márquez

El Croquis
Chief Director


Xavier Codina

Architecture sans Frontières

The judges are five international architects, with huge influence in their country. They will assess all the received projects according to the rules and the things that we think would be important to consider on it. Of course, each of them have their own taste...