MasterBuild Africa


Masterbuildafrica invites you to share your ideas on the future of urban housing in Africa: an
innovative Medium density African Mixed Used Scheme to help address housing shortage problems in Africa’s urban centers.

In 2009, Africa’s population surpassed the 1 billion mark. Almost 40 percent or 395 million. Africans out of the 1 billion now live in urban areas. The number is projected to rise to 1.23 billion by 2050. This will translate to 60 percent of the population living in cities.

This exponential increase in population will require housing and going by the current shortfalls in housing this demand will be colossal.

This ideas competition is to propose what homeowners in the city centres will want in 5 to 10 years from now. The proposal should be bold, innovative and incorporate an African content. This provides an opportunity for designers to explore and develop an Africa themed Mixed Used Scheme.

Accessible/Inclusive urban city living
» Medium density Mixed Used Scheme
» An environment that includes natural ecology and sustainable lifestyles
» Locally resourced building fabric or components
» Technology in the Africa home

Masterbuild Africa is a platform that showcases and celebrates the buildings and people behind the buildings that grace the great African skyline. The aim of the competition is to promote and strengthen the civic role of architecture and design in the African community.

The competition is an ideas competition.
The imaginary site is located within a city centre in any one of the following popular cities:
» Maryland, Lagos state
» Trans Amadi, Rivers state
» Wuse, Abuja, FCT

Entrant can select any ONE of these locations for their ideas design.
The site is ficticious and indicatve only.
The site dimension is as indicated with amenities as shown. The entrant is expected to observe the planning Authorities requirement for setbacks and building height for the location.
Submission will be based on:
» Design
» Innovation
» Graphics
»African content

Kunlé Adeyemi is a Nigerian architect, urbanist and creative researcher. He is the founder and principal of NLÉ, an architecture, design and urbanism practice, based in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. He studied at the University of Lagos in Nigeria and Princeton University in New Jersey, the United States. Before starting his own office in the Netherlands, he worked for nearly a decade at Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) – Wikipedia
(To be confirmed)

Fabienne Hoelzel (dipl arch ETH MAS gta) is the founder of FABULOUS URBAN, an urban design
and planning practice, focusing on large-scale projects in so-called emerging and developing
regions, after working during three years for one of Latin America‘s largest slum-upgrading program as the Urban Design and Planning Program Coordinator at São Paulo’s social housing and urban development authority Sehab, Brazil. (To be confirmed)

Ninah Briggs is a UK trained Architect with core interest in sustainability of the built
environment. He has extensive experience in project delivery from feasibility and concept Design to Project Life-Cycle. He is an advocate for the use of technology in the AEC Industry and holistic approach to design and the built environment

Bukky Akinsanmi Oyedeji (AIA, LEED AP, NCARB) is an architect, an artist and a research
specialist. She started her career specialized in the design of educational facilities and now pursues the creation of sustainable environments which she describes as ‘places’ for
people versus ‘spaces’ for people. Aside from running her architecture practice – Brandley +
Knight – she also leads the Code Green Campaign team – an initiative focused on bringing
sustainable design approaches to the construction industry in Africa and co-ordinates the
knowledge generation, aggregation and dispersion activities of the group

The competition is open to all students in a certified architectural program, licensed Architects and design professionals in Nigeria. Individuals or teams may submit more than one entry, but each entry will receive separate ID numbers.

Top prize – N50,000
3 Merit awards – N10,000


Registration Opens 15th September 2015
Deadline for Questions 30th September 2015
Release FAQ sheet 15th October 2015
Registration Closes 30th October 2015
Submission Deadline 15th November 2015
Public Announcement of winners 15th December 2015

1. Registration
Registration is free.
a. Registration on the website
b. Or Email your interest to
Subject: African Urban living competition
Provide the following information in the email
» Name
» City/town of residence
» Country of residence
» Telephone no.
» Email address
c. Like us on facebook
d. Registration opens Monday, 15th September 2015

2. Application
A unique ID number will be sent to you upon registration.

3. Part 1 (article/essay)
No more than 500 words submitted as one-page PDF and a material concept mood board
submitted as 1 or 2 page A4 PDF. Contestants should read judging criteria, and use this written
portion to portray how their design is African and will the needs of the residents.
ID number to be at top right corner of all pages submitted.

4. Part 2 (graphics/drawings)
Five A3 boards as hi-res PDF.
Boards may include additional drawings and images as deemed necessary by entrants, but
boards are required to include:
» Site Plan
» Building plans and building sections
» One or more rendered exteriors
» One or more rendered interiors
» ID number to be at top right corner of all pages submitted.
» and other diagrams and images as you see fit

Fine print

Use of names or logos on competition materials or incomplete submissions may result in disqualification. Once the final submissions are uploaded, no additional edits, uploads, or changes can be made. Updates will be posted on the competition website and sent to registered applicants.

Masterbuildafrica reserves the right to retain ownership of all competition materials to use in exhibitions or publications without compensation to the entrants. Each competitor will retain
full copyright unless stated otherwise. No submissions will be returned.

Competition entrants may submit questions until Friday, XX XXXX, 2015 to All questions will be answered and sent to registered entrants no later
than Friday, XX XXXX 2015.

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