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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.


2022 COD Conferences

The next domestic conference is scheduled for Wednesday, October 19 thru Sunday, October 23 in Los Angeles.  An international conference is not planned for 2022 or 2023.

2021 Skid Row International Design Competition

  • 1.  2021 Skid Row International Design Competition

    Posted 08-13-2021 05:27 PM
    2021 Skid Row International Design Competition
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    The focus of this competition, the fifty-block area east of downtown Los Angeles known as Skid Row, contains one of the largest stable homeless populations in the United States. Established in the 1930s during the Great Depression, Skid Row's population has ranged over the years between 4,000 to 8,000 inhabitants with the 2019 population count being 4,757, an 11% increase over the previous year. Given the impact of Covid-19, the Skid Row population is expected to not only significantly increase in the coming months but to be critically at risk due to health concerns. Lacking the ability to afford personal protection supplies and inability to maintain social distancing, the occupants of Skid Row are one of the most susceptible populations in Los Angeles and southern California.

    Competitors are invited to propose architectural solutions that provide space for temporary transitional housing and community services to best address the current critical needs of the urban homeless during the pandemic. At a minimum, proposed designs should consider the following essential needs:

              -Community
              -Security
              -Social interactions
              -Wellness
              -Shelter
              -Protection from the elements
              -Bed
              -Services
              -Food
              -Cleanliness
              -Wellness

    Entries due Friday, October 8.

    Download the competition brief.

    Visit skidrow2021.com/challenge for eligibility, entry fees, and more information.
    Questions?  Contact skid.row.comp@gmail.com

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    Carolyn Perricelli
    Specialist, Knowledge Communities & Resources
    The American Institute of Architects
    Washington DC
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