Congratulations to the Force-Majeure Winners! Check back later this week to view the winning entries.


1st Place: Tillery Park (Urban Cleanliness Park Scenario)

Team Members: Jessica Arias, Danielle Lake

Honorable Mention: Nourish (Crisis Resource Community Center Scenario)

Team Members: Juan Pablos Fuentes, Gaby San Roman Bustinza, Van-Tuong Nguyen

Best in Category: John S. Chase Middle School (Post-Pandemic Education Scenario)

Team Members: Jim Oppelt, Hannah Oppelt

Jurors Commendation: Futura (Post-Pandemic Education Scenario)

Team Members: Jeanne Schultz, Danielle Eke, Aman Bhadauria

“Force-Majeure” means many things. Either act of god or a superior force, our society deals with force-majeure scenarios on many different scales. Turning these scenarios that are often unexpected and overwhelming into opportunities to engage the community is what the Force-Majeure Ideas Competition is all about. It poses the simple question of how can we as professionals help in times of immense need and attention. Design Voice’s Force-Majeure is a design ideas competition that focuses on contemporary issues that impact our lives both locally and nationally. This competition is meant to serve as a tool that prompts intense thinking and tough discussion on how design can help mitigate crises. As an annual event, the prompt will change to discuss what is most pertinent to society in that given year. This year’s ideas competition is a multi-brief format that will challenge teams to think critically of how to design spaces in which people cannot physically be together, but still need access to basic needs and services around the community. As the Editor-in-Chief of ARCHITECT, Ned Cramer puts it, “Architects facilitate interaction, create gathering places and build communities. What, then, is the appropriate design response to a health crisis that requires physically separating people?"

DesignVoice facilitates opportunities for design professionals to serve their community through collaborative design focused events and informational programs. We invite anyone who has an interest in being a voice for the design profession in support of our local community to attend the monthly meetings.
Women in Architecture seeks to promote, validate, and illuminate the role of women within the architectural fi eld through fostering community, fellowship, education, and outreach.
Latinos in Architecture’s goal is to serve and support our local communities, strengthen networks between design professionals and enrich our practices through diverse cultural views by fostering participation in educational, professional and community-oriented programs.

May 25 Competition Opens
June 15 Online Forum with Organizers and Participants
July 25 Competition Submissions Due (11:59 CST) via Submittable
Early August Competition Winner Announced
August 19 Roundtable Discussion at AIA Austin Summer Conference

1st Place $1,000 Honorable Mention $500
*All entries that propose an interesting solution to the brief will potentially be presented in a digital exhibition, followed by a physical exhibition.