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International FINSA Award 2018

The International FINSA Award 2018 challenges students to explore the use of recyclable and sustainable materials in construction. The competition will showcase the work of the students and their tutors, who support the design and development of the project, most importantly, the use of sustainable materials and design techniques.

This year's competition focuses on designing a multipurpose space which can be used by both children and the elderly; a space which comprises of children's nursery facilities and those of a care centre for the elderly. Both children and the elderly require a safe leisure environment, so the multipurpose space must meet the requirements of both these groups. The project must encourage positive interaction between children, the elderly, their carers and other members of the neighbouring community.

Participating teams must include at least one tutor/lecturer and up to a maximum of five students. There are no restrictions on the types of materials that can be used in the design of the project and the use of FINSA products is not obligatory but, remember that the main premise of the competition is to use sustainable materials in the design process.

The project should take into consideration the following:

The multipurpose space must be adaptable for future developments (increased occupancy, changes in programming and activities).

The project must use eco-friendly materials and economic resources (be resourceful and efficient with your materials!).


The panel will judge the competition in terms of the following criteria:

  • The design of the multipurpose space must consider the needs of both children and the elderly, including safety, accessibility and interaction.
  • The design must be efficient, using sustainable and/or recyclable materials.
  • The design must be an efficient one, using materials which are sustainable and which are recycled and/or recyclable
  • The multipurpose space must be contextual and suitable for its occupants.
  • The design should encourage the positive interaction between children and the elderly within the multipurpose space and should be adaptable for other community activities.

Eligibility requirements:

Students of Architecture and Design, as part of a team or alone, representing their university, under the tutelage of one of the university's professors.

Prize for the overall winner:

In collaboration with ASF (Architecture sans Fròntieres), the prize will be a working-trip. See details below:

£3000 to put towards an ASF project of the winner's choice - this will be chosen from all ASF International projects around the world which have an involvement in the competition.
£2000 will be allocated to the winner(s) to cover the expenses of travel/stay.
Prize for the most innovative concept:
£1000 allowance for travel and accommodation expenses to work alongside the winner in the chosen project destination.

More information: http://ifa.finsa.com/