Creation, innovation and critique, a social housing competition

Rethinking and Redefining Social Housing in Montreal's City Centre

The Laboratoire d’étude de l’architecture potentielle (L.e.a.p.) Research Group of the School of Architecture at l’Université de Montréal is pleased to announce their second Student Research/Creation Competition: Rethinking and Redefining Social Housing in Montreal's City Centre.
Led by Professor Anne Cormier, as part of a Research/Creation Grant funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the L.e.a.p. competition program challenges teams of architecture students (each team also has the option to include a student from another field) to think about social housing as a space for creation, innovation, and criticism, in our Canadian city centres.
Fifteen teams, of 3 or 4 students each, will be chosen to participate in this Research/Creation competition which is open to Master Students at Canadian universities. Eligible students must be admitted to or attending an accredited architecture school in Canada or have graduated in fall 2006 or winter 2007.

$40 000 will be distributed amongst fifteen selected teams, including $2000 to each team that completes the second phase of the competition. Additionally, prizes will be awarded to the laureate projects:

  • $5000 to the top team;
  • $3000 to the second place team;
  • $2000 to the third place team.

An international jury, made up of prominent professionals in the fields of design, architectural theory, sociology, and public policy will evaluate the entries. Not only will the projects be exhibited in Montreal, they will also be published in the Canadian Competitions Catalogue.

Jury deliberations, an exhibition, and a public presentation of the student projects will take place as part of a public discussion on Social Housing and City Centres to be held in Montreal, in October 2007. 

  • And the WINNERS are...
  • See the Canadian Competitions Catalogue for images and text from each of the projects.
  • A symposium on the topic of social housing as an agent of change will be held on October 6th, 2007. Click here.
  • Additional information for the second phase of the competition is now available. Click here.
  • 15 teams have been selected for the second Phase of the competition: click here to consult the list.
  •   Complete competition brief


The work submitted by students participating in this competition remains the intellectual property of its authors. However, upon submission of their work, teams agree to the unlimited reproduction of their projects by l’Université de Montréal and the L.e.a.p. Research Laboratory. It is also understood that the projects submitted in both the first and second phases become part of a research project and will be the subject of analysis beyond the tenure of the competition itself. In addition, the projects will become part of the Canadian Competitions Catalogue database, accessible via the Internet and available to a larger audience for research and pedagogical purposes. All submissions to this competition must be the original work of participants. Work completed as part of a professional mandate or an academic design studio will not be accepted.

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Introduction Goals & Description Rules & Structure Timeline Phase I Phase II Jury Q/A Addresses Results
Laboratoire d'Étude de l'Architecture Potentielle