Introduction | Design & Build Competition 

In the context of crippling land crunch in the urban cities of India, the current apartment housing model seems like a valid system, adopting compact forms with shared services and amenities. With soaring costs of land, developers prefer houses designed within a rigid area matrix, with an emphasis on maximising saleable area of a dwelling, and minimising common areas within the building. But because of this, the current landscape of apartment housing is rising like concrete jungles, regimenting an endless series of boxes, and creating a widespread placelessness in the city. It is not new knowledge that the current housing designs lack a sense of community engagement, which has reduced the notion of home to a commodity. Apartment housing is becoming a place where people, environment, culture and architecture are increasingly disconnected, and are shifting to a state of mere demand and supply. From being a complex site of confronting emotions and a continual dialogue between man and architecture, the idea of a home today has become an uninterested and uninspiring game of placing blocks upon blocks. And if this is the present, with rising pressures on urban land, we are forced to wonder, what will the future look like? 

Up for the challenge?

Archdais invites you to design an apartment housing complex with a view to resolve these issues of monotony, placelessness and isolation with regard to real-time constraints of area and considerations of construction type, budget and building bye-laws. With an urge to value the experience of community living, and at the same time break free from the monotonous block model of urban housing, this Design-And-Build competition allows the winning design to be selected for actual execution of the project. 

This competition is open for all the Architects, Architectural Firms & Students from all over the world.

Get detailed competition brief, 2D drawing of the site, Statutory Brief, Declaration form & bye-laws by clicking on the Download button below.

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Awards & Certifications

We invite everyone, irrespective of their professions or qualifications, to join the competition and present their ideas. Participants are free to submit multiple entries but each entry needs to be registered with a separate email ID.

Alongside individual entries, team entries are also allowed. A team can have a maximum of three participants. Interdisciplinary teams are also welcomed to join. There is no age limit, however, entrants under 18 years of age must be lead or entered by someone over the age of 18.

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    1st Prize

    INR 300000 + Publication

    + Certification

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    2nd Prize

    INR 125000 + Publication

    + Certification

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    3rd Prize

    INR 75000 + Publication

    + Certification

15 Honorable mentions

Winners and honourable mentions will be published on archdais website and social media handles.

Queries and Questions:

In case you still have questions related to the brief and the competition, please send them to with ‘FAQ’ under subject until 20th September 2021. We highly recommend our participants to check the ‘FAQ’FAQ SECTION on the archdais website as this will provide additional vital information from time to time. All queries regarding registration process, fees, or payment should be sent on the same email address with ‘ENQUIRY’ as the subject.

Important Dates & Fees

Early Bird Registration

12th Jul - 25th Aug 2021

Indian National: INR 5000
Foreign National: USD 75

Standard Registration

26th Aug - 25th Sep 2021

Indian National: INR 10000
Foreign National: USD 150

Late Registration

26th Sep - 05th Oct 2021

Indian National: INR 15000
Foreign National: USD 225

Submissions Close

12th Oct 2021

Announcement of Winners

25th Oct 2021

Entrants may register by filling the registration form and submitting it with the appropriate payment through our secure payment gateways on our website. The participants will receive their TEAMCODE within 24 hours of completing their payment successfully. TEAMCODE will be sent primarily to the email address provided to PAYUMONEY/PAYPAL while transaction. If participants do not receive their teamcode, Kindly attach screenshot of your Payumoney/Paypal receipt and send it to us on

How it Works?




Download the brief



Create an amazing design accordingly



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Our jury panel will evaluate all the submissions



Winners will be awarded prize money & certificates


Sanjay Puri

Sanjay Puri

Principal Architect, Sanjay Puri Architects

Sagar Agarwal

Sagar Agarwal

Director, Krisala Developers

Aakash Agarwal

Aakash Agarwal

Director, Krisala Developers

Imran Shaikh

Imran Shaikh

Principal Architect, Cubix Architects Associates

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