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The Committee on Design (COD) was founded to promote design excellence among members of the AIA, the broader design community, and the public at large, both nationally and internationally.

2021 and 2022 COD Conferences

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the AIA Committee on Design leadership voted to cancel the 2021 Denver conference and postpone the international conference to 2022. The domestic conference is scheduled for spring 2022 in Los Angeles and the international conference is scheduled for fall 2022.  Dates will be posted and shared once available.

2019 Housing Ideas Competition: Townsite Transformed, Henderson Nevada

By Johanna Roche posted 06-04-2019 01:12 PM


Competition winners

1st Place
Ryan & Yanina Allord
RAD Studio, Las Vegas, NV, USA

2nd Place
Di Wu, Xueshan Bai, Hongnan Yin, Kefeng Lin, Wei Wang, Jiabi Gu
The Architectural Design and Research Institute of HIT, CYY, Harbin, China

3rd Place
Joseph Laster and Sanna Alm
Etyd Studio, Stockholm, Sweden

More information on the results

About the competition

The AIA Committee on Design was delighted to announce a reestablishment of their design competitions with the 2019 Housing Ideas Competition: Townsite Transformed, Henderson Nevada. 

This was an open competition to all Architects and Students of Architecture, with the winning entries to be displayed at the 2019 AIA Conference on Architecture in Las Vegas, and at the Henderson City Hall. Cash prizes total $8000.

Henderson, Nevada, the second largest city in the state, was never intended to be a permanent town, let alone one of the fastest growing cities in the United States in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Originally founded as Basic Magnesium Corporation, Henderson owes its beginning to Franklin Roosevelt’s Arsenal of Democracy war mobilization that began in 1940. As the name implies, the town and the industrial complex at its heart were established to process the “miracle metal” of World War II, magnesium. As Henderson has grown and developed since the end of the war, the original Basic town center is now poised for redevelopment. 

This design challenge is intended to generate ideas to provide housing solutions appropriate to today’s needs within the historic townsite. Rather than a sweeping reorganization of the original plan, the objective is to keep the positive public spatial qualities of the streets and original townsite lots and generate an approach for the incremental improvement housing stock.

Thank you to Competition sponsors:
AIA Nevada, City of Henderson, Henderson Chamber of Commerce, Water Street District Business Association, Southern Nevada Strong, TSK Architects and KGA Architects.

Registration for this competition was open until April 17th, 2019 at 5pm.