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Building 4Humanity
Design Competition  2019 Taiwan Prize 

2nd EDITION — 2019


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Taiwan Prize
Students Category

1st prize: 3,000 USD + award certificate

2nd prize: 2,000 USD + award certificate

3rd prize: 1,000 USD + award certificate

Honorary mentions (several) with award certificate

Taiwan Prize
Professional Category

1st prize: 5,000 USD + award certificate

2nd prize: 3,000 USD + award certificate

3rd prize: 2,000 USD + award certificate

Honorary mentions (several) with award certificate

Publication opportunities

All qualified  projects submitted will be showcased in the completion social media. The best 20 projects in each category will be published on the competition website.

The awarded projects, including honorary mentions, will be published in selected technical magazines.  

Jury members

A. Nuno Martrins  is an architect (since 1990) awarded and published in Portugal. He holds a Graduation, a Master and a PhD in Architecture, has regularly taught since 2007 in Graduation, Masters and PhD programs in Architecture in Portugal and as a guest lecturer, in Brazil, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Czech Rep., Turkey, Mexico, Pakistan, Germany and Taiwan. Has published books, book chapters and scientific articles in internationally distributed editions on architecture education, cultural landscapes, heritage parks, housing building types, informal settlements' upgrading, eco-urbanism and sustainable architecture. Since 2012, he is an 'integrated researcher' of the CIAUD, the Research Centre for Architecture and Urbanism of the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Lisbon. At this centre he has been doing action-research on humanitarian architecture and incremental housing, working within communities in Brazil and Africa through the NGO he helped to found: Building 4Humanity, Designing and Reconstructing Communities Association (B 4H). Currently, he is a professor at University Beira Interior in Portugal, introducing disaster risk, community resilience and, as a novelty in traditional masters in architecture, climate change to urban design and architectural studios. He has chaired major conferences, such as the 8th International Conference on Building Resilience and the 1st Latin American Seminar on Risk and Resilience and Humanitarian Architecture, the role of Universities and Marias & Marielles (to be held in Rio de Janeiro, PUC-Rio, 5-6 December). He is one of the creators and permanent chair of the Building 4Humanity Design Competition and Marielle Franco Community Design Award, the latter a prize that acknowledges the "invisible", often underestimated, work of architects involved in interdisciplinary teams immersed within vulnerable communities; namely remote rural villages, slums, favelas as well as post-disaster, economic migrants' and refugees' environments.


Dr. Chen-yu Chiu received his PhD from the University of Melbourne. He conducted projects with Taiwan Ministry of Culture, Alvar Aalto Museum and Finnish Architectural Museum at Aalto University, where he pursued his post-doctoral research and various lectures. His articles were published in journals such as Journal of Architecture, Journal of Literature and Art Studies, and Journal of the European Architectural History Network. Chiu's work focuses on the intercultural dimensions of architectural theory, history and design. He teaches Architectural Theory and Criticism and Architectural Design Studio.


Hsieh Ying-Chun, born1954 in Taichung County, a Taiwanese architect and contractor.
In his socially engaged work, Hsieh has been helping people rebuild their homes since the devastating earthquake in Taiwan 1999 when his reconstruction project for the Thao Tribe gained him international recognition. Hsieh organized the reconstruction of housing and communities in disaster-struck areas while faced with two challenges: to build houses within an extremely tight budget (25%-50% of the market price) and to base the projects on the notion of sustainable construction, green building, cultural preservation and creation of local employment opportunities. Hsieh has played a key role in rebuilding communities for Taiwan’s tribal communities. Hsieh represented Taiwan in the Venice Architecture Biennale 2006 and Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art 2009. Hsieh is part of the architectural team WEAK! together with Roan Ching-Yueh and Marco Casagrande. The WEAK! K! 
operates an independent architectural research centre Ruin Academy as their headquarters in Taipei. The Curry Stone Design Prize 2011 was awarded to Hsieh Ying-Chun to champion the designer as a force of social change building more than 2.000 homes with local people in natural disaster zones in Taiwan and Mainland China.


Huang Sheng-Yuan born in Taipei in 1963, holds a bachelor's degree in architecture from Tunghai University in Taiwan, and a master's degree in architecture from Yale University in the United States. In the early days, he worked in Eric Owen Moss Architects as a Project Associate, and before returning to Taiwan, he taught at North Carolina State University. He firmly believes in the root of architecture that lies deeply within life itself, and life's truest form is not one of static and tangible qualities, but of dynamic and ephemeral, constantly in change. As a result, such an acute perception itself has led a direction that is rather ambiguous and whimsical in nature, making Huang and his later established Fieldoffice's works one of a kind in the architecture realm.


Juhani Pallasmaa (b. 1936), Architect SAFA, Hon. FAIA, Int FRIBA, Professor Emeritus, Helsinki, has practised architecture since the early 1960s and established his own office Juhani Pallasmaa Architects in 1983 after having collaborated with a number of architects during twenty years. In addition to architectural design, he has been active in urban, exhibition, product and graphic design.

He has taught and lectured widely in Europe, North and South America, Australia, Africa and Asia, and published books and numerous essays on the philosophy and critique of architecture and the arts in over thirty languages.

Pallasmaa has held positions as e.g. Professor and Dean at the Helsinki University of Technology (1991-97), State Artist Professor (1983-88), Director of the Museum of Finnish Architecture (1978-83), Associate Professor at Haile Selassie I University, Addis Abeba (1972-74), and Rector of the Institute of Industrial Arts, Helsinki (1970-71).

He has held visiting professorships at The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. (fall term 2011); University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (fall term 2010); the Washington University in St. 
Louis (1999-2004); University of Virginia (spring 1992) and Yale University (spring 1993), and a five-month appointment as Visiting Scholar at Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Desert Studio, Arizona, 
2013-14. Besides, he has taught and lectured in numerous universities, conferences, and symposia around the world since the early 1970s, including around fifty universities and architecture schools in the US.

His fifty books include: Mind in Architecture: Neuroscience, Embodiment, and the Future of Design (in collaboration with Sarah Robinson), London, 2015; Encounters 2: Architectural Essays, Helsinki 2012; Understanding Architecture, London 2012 (in collaboration with Robert McCarter); The 
Embodied Image: imagination and imagery in architecture, London 2011; The Thinking Hand: existential and embodied wisdom in architecture, London 2009; Alvar Aalto Through the Eyes of Shigeru Ban, co-editor, London 2007; Raimo Utriainen – The Resonant Line, Helsinki 2007; 
Encounters: Architectural Essays, Helsinki 2005; The Aalto House, Helsinki 2004; Juhani Pallasmaa: Sensuous Minimalism, Beijing 2002; The Architecture of Image: Existential Space in Cinema, Helsinki 2001 and 2007; Alvar Aalto: Villa Mairea, Helsinki, 1998; The Eyes of the Skin, London 1996 and 2005; The Melnikov House, London 1996; Animal Architecture, Helsinki 1995; Maailmassaolon taide [The Art of Being-in-the-World: essays on art and architecture], Helsinki 1993; Alvar Aalto Furniture, Helsinki/Cambridge, Mass. 1987; The Language of Wood, Helsinki 1987, and; Alvar Aalto 1898-1976, co-editor, Helsinki 1978.

Pallasmaa has received five honorary doctorates: University of Industrial Arts, Helsinki, 1993 (in the arts); Helsinki University of Technology, 1998 (in technology); Estonian Academy of Arts, 2004 (in the 
arts); Washington University in St Louis, 2013 (in arts and architecture), and; The Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest, 2014 (in architecture). He is also Academician of 
the International Academy of Architecture, 2012, and member of the Pritzker Architecture Prize Jury, 2008-2014.

Pallasmaa has received several Finnish and international awards: The Schelling Prize for Architectural Theory, Karlsruhe, 2014, Dean’s Medal, Washington University in St. Louis 2012; Alfred Kordelin Prize for Lifetime Achievement, Helsinki 2010; Arnold W. Brunner Prize for Architecture, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York 2009 (USA); Silver Plaquette of the Museum of Finnish Architecture, 2006; Finland Prize, 2000; The International Union of Architects´ Award for Architectural Criticism, 1999; Fritz Schumacher Prize (Germany), 1997; Russian Federation Architecture Award, 1996 (Russia); Helsinki City Culture Award, 1993; Finnish National Architecture Award, 1992.


Kwang-Tyng Wu, Master of Architecture at the University of Michigan, former director of the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, and currently a professor and chairman of the Department of Architecture at National Cheng Kung University, specializing in Taiwan's contemporary architecture and urban development research, architectural culture reviews, and participated in the editing of major journals for major architecture in Taiwan.

Professor Wu not only contributes to Taiwan's architectural media culture, he is also a well-known scholar who has long been concerned about Taiwan's architecture and urban development. He has placed Taiwanese contemporary architecture development in the discussion of urban and historical development, not only linking international development trends, affected the thinking of a new generation of architectural professions.


Meltem Ö. Gürel is a professor and the dean of the Faculty of Architecture at Yaşar University. She previously taught and served as the founding Chair of the Department of Architecture (2012-2018) and as the Chair of the Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design (2010-2012) at Bilkent University. Gürel received her PhD in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She taught at UIUC’s School of Architecture as an adjunct professor and practiced architecture in the USA. Dr. Gürel’s research interests include architectural theory and criticism, cross-cultural histories of modernism with an emphasis on social, gender and cultural studies as they have influenced the built environment, space-culture relationship, landscapes of leisure, domestic space, and design education. She has received numerous grants and recognitions for her research and published articles in leading journals, including Journal of Architectural Education, Journal of Architecture, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Gender, Place and Culture, Journal of Design History, and Journal of Architectural and Planning Research. Her works have also been published in many edited volumes. She is the editor of Mid-Century Modernism in Turkey: Architecture Across Cultures in the 1950s and 1960s (Routledge, 2016).


Shuenn-Ren Liou, Professor at theDepartment of Architectureand CEO of C-Hub atNational Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Taiwan.Prof. Liou received his B.S. in Architecture from NCKU, M.Arch (with High Distinction),and D.Arch from the University of Michigan, USA, where he was awarded the Henry Adams Medal and Certificate from the American Institute of Architects, USA.Prof. Liou was Chairman of the Graduate Institute of Creative Industries Design, NCKU, Dean of the Office of International Education and Programs, and the Chairman of the Department of Architecture, Tunghai University, Taiwan. He received “Outstanding Teaching Award” and “Creative Teaching Award” from Tunghai University.Prof. Liou’s academic specialty includes Architectural Design and Urbanism, Architectural Morphology, Design Thinkingand Theories, and Circular Design.

 Prof. Liou has directed a number of planning and design projects. The major onesare “Art Network Based on the Railway System in Taiwan”(2000),“Planning and Design for the Historic Buildings of Taiwan Railway Administration Office” (2005), “Taichung City Strategic Energy Masterplan under Climate Change” (2010), “Tainan Cultural Creative Boulevard Action Forum”(2013),and “Tainan Creative Industries Action Forum and General Planning for the Greater Tainan Region”(2015).He has recently leda cross-disciplinary research team on Humanity, Field, and Co-Creation(HFCC) project for innovating University education funded by the Ministry of Education, Taiwan (2014-2019).

 Prof. Liou was the curator of the architectural exhibition “Urban Faces” of Taiwan Avant-Garde Documenta III in 2006, and Taichung City Exhibition on Urban Life and Architecture in 2008. His studio teaching work on “Taiwan Strait Atlas” was invited for exhibition at Shenzhen-Hong Kong Biennale 2007. Prof. Liou was also the organizer of a number of significant international conferences, workshops, and exhibitions, including “Asian Reality 2005” and “Asian Reality 2008”; “Verner Panton in Taiwan” (2007); International Exhibition on Circular Economy titled “Betwin Ocean” (2017). He is the editor and author of the following books: “Design Documentation of Taichung Harbor Art Center,” (2000) “Taiwan Railway Classical Stations Review,” (2001) “Taiwan Railway Historic Stations Review,” (2006) “Climate Change Urbanism,” (2010) “Urban Incubator: the Garden and the Factory” (2012), “Álvaro Siza in Asia” (2014), and “Elephant Dancing: Creative Bureaucracy through Design Thinking” (2018). 

 Prof. Liou was invited to be on the jury committee of many esteemed architectural awards and competitions. Notable among them were National Culture and Art Award (2007, 2008, 2011, 2015, 2017), Far East Outstanding Architectural Design Award (2005, 2007), Taiwan Architecture Award (2005, 2017), and Taiwan Tower International Competition (2011). Prof. Liou currently servesas a member of the“Monuments and Historical BuildingsCommission” of theMinistry of Culture, Taiwan (2018-present), a member of the “Tainan Historic District Revitalization Commission” of theTainan City Government (2012-present).Prof. Liou was also invited to join the editorial boards of the International Journal of Design (IJDesign) (SSCI SCI, A&HCI) (2006-present), Athens Journal of Architecture (2017-present), Journal of Architecture (2016-present), and serve as the architecture editor-in-chief (2007-present) for Journal of Design. 


Suha Ozkan is an architect and architectural theorist, and is the former Secretary-General of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Suha Ozkan is an architect and architectural theorist, and is the former Secretary-General of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Working from 1982-2007, he helped establish the Aga Khan Award as one of the premier architectural institutions of the world dedicated to the recognition and celebration of work of highest excellence. Dr. Ozkan is also the Founding President of World Architecture Community. Educated at the Middle East Technical University and the Architectural Association, Dr Ozkan was also involved with a number of universities and institutions including METU, the UIA, the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements and the Hassan Fathy Institute. He is also the author of a number of books on contemporary architecture.

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