Architecture Competition San Francisco Affordable Housing Challenge Honourable mention - Thomas Melville

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to an Honourable mention winner for our “San Francisco Affordable Housing Challenge” competition - Thomas Melville from the United States.

Thomas Melville from the United States

I am a Project Architect at Perkins & Will in Boston and have a master's of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. I have been actively participating in architectural competitions since school, to continue exploring and developing design thinking.

Brief information about the projects that you/your company have been involved with. For instance, what scale have you focused on/preferred, any significant projects where company/ individuals have been involved?

In a large office, projects last years and involve many stakeholders. Competitions are an opportunity to quickly explore smaller projects. Recently, I have designed bridges, benches, and pavilions.

What does architecture mean to you and what is the role of an architect in your society?

Architecture at any scale is a profound act of optimism that bridges the gap between what was and what will be. It is a collaborative act of consensual wish fulfilment shaping our buildings and cities.

Why do you participate in architecture vision competitions?

Architecture is about constant learning and development. Competitions allow me to test and explore new ideas, responding to different briefs for sites around the world. As experiments, they’re useful as a way to evaluate my own thinking about a site, program and form; more importantly, though, they serve as a forum to explore and evaluate the ideas of other talented designers.

What advice would you give to individuals who struggle to decide whether it would be beneficial for them to participate in architecture vision competitions?

Every act of design improves your skill as a designer. Always test yourself.

Open architecture competitions

  • Closest Deadline first
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    Selected winning projects have the potential to be constructed
  • Ideas competitions first
    Experimental competitions with the focus on pushing the boundaries of creativity
ideas COMPETITION
Melbourne Affordable Housing Challenge

Design affordable housing solutions for Australia’s fastest-growing city

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 16
Sep 08
Nov 03
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ideas COMPETITION
MICROHOME 2020 - Small living, huge impact!

Design a new concept of small-scale architecture with the second annual Microhomes competition

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 07
Sep 09
Nov 04
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ideas COMPETITION
Pavilion Of Humanity: First Contact

How would you represent the best that humanity has to offer through architecture?

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 23
Sep 15
Nov 10
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essay COMPETITION
What is Sustainable Architecture?

Share your opinion on sustainable architecture in the open essay competition

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 24
Sep 16
Nov 11
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project COMPETITION
Yoga House on a Cliff

Design eco-friendly yoga house in a secluded Portuguese retreat

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 25
Sep 17
Nov 12
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project COMPETITION
Iceland Cave Tower

Design observation tower overlooking the mysteriously beautiful Grjótagjá caves in northern Iceland

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 30
Sep 22
Nov 17
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project COMPETITION
Cambodia Remote Hideout Huts

Design a series of remote hideout huts to be located in Cambodia

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jul 01
Sep 23
Nov 18
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