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Challenge Categories

Participants may enter in any or all of the following categories.


Assuming a 50-by-150-foot lot, submit a design that includes four ground-up units, with a minimum unit size of 500 square feet, at least one unit of 1,000 square feet or more in size, and a maximum total square footage for the four units of 4,500.


Submit a design for a standalone duplex on site of 2,500 square feet carved from an existing single-family lot, taking advantage of assumed smaller minimum lot size guidelines.


Divide a landmark existing house into four units, or distribute its interior square footage across its lot as four separate units. Entrants to choose one house from a list of famous/iconic designs (e.g., Hollyhock House, South Seas House, etc.), a full list of which will be provided.


Assuming neighboring homeowners who choose to combine their lots, at least one of which occupies a corner, submit a design for 6-10 units across these two newly connected lots, including a so-called Accessory Retail Unit, which is to say a reimagined corner store.


In each category, cash prizes will be awarded as follows, for a total of 12 winning proposals: $10,000 for first place, $3,500 for second place, $1,500 for third place. At the discretion of the jury, honorable mention awards may be given as well.


Thanks to generous support from our partners, the winning proposals will be collected in a publication, featuring complementary critical essays and reflections on the future of housing policy and residential architecture in low-rise Los Angeles, to be made available in 2021.