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Request for Proposals


*The RFP is currently postponed. We will share updated information as soon as it is available.*

Selected teams will study and propose designs that explore new ways of staying together, considering cross-generational living and designing for different abilities, but also broader ideas around inclusion and access. Teams are encouraged to develop their ideas around one of more of five typologies—residential (both permanent and temporary), public space, workplace, healthcare, and civic/institutional. We hope that these proposals will operate beyond the individual unit, addressing environments of multiple scales, and exploring ideas of process and policy. The RFP calls for provocative and realizable proposals that reimagine patterns of living and community building. Selected teams will choose sites throughout the country to encompass the diverse environments that characterize the United States.

Teams should consider the following six typologies in developing their proposals:

  • Permanent Residential: Permanent residential structures such as single-family homes, multi-family homes, public housing developments, and walk-up apartments.
  • Temporary Residential: Designs for temporary residential facilities servicing marginalized communities such as those experiencing homelessness or survivors of domestic violence. These proposals should consider how they bridge to more permanent solutions, and if not, why not.
  • Public Space: Architectural interventions for the public realm that could include streetscape designs, waterfront projects, and transit systems.
  • Workplace: Workplace structures such as office buildings, warehouses, or coworking spaces.
  • Healthcare: Healthcare facilities including hospitals and psychiatric facilities, caregiving spaces, and elder care facilities.
  • Civic/Institutional: Institutional structures that could include schools, auditoriums, libraries, and recreation facilities.

The exhibition will present and contextualize these proposals. Chosen teams will be required to represent their project in mediums that could include architectural renderings and drawings, period and contemporary photographs, digital media, and three-dimensional models. All content will be developed in consultation with exhibition curators and designer.


*The RFP is currently postponed. We will share updated information as soon as it is available.*

One member of the team must be a licensed architect. Proof of licensure will be required.

Team must be multidisciplinary and include non-architects (including, potentially, psychologists, health care experts, and social scientists). The Center for Architecture encourages teams that include organizations that have experience working with architects and planners, and intergenerational teams.

Majority of the team should be based in the United States.


*The RFP is currently postponed. We will share updated information as soon as it is available.*

Teams must submit one landscape-oriented, 11”x17”, 10-page PDF portfolio (6MB maximum). PDFs that do not conform to this format will be disqualified.

Submissions must contain:

  • A portfolio of existing design work, implemented or not, that offer new modes of thinking about and creating thoughtful accessible design.
  • Brief biographies of all team members
  • A statement of interest that addresses a design philosophy and approach for accessibility and an adherence to the ethos of Universal Design and barrier-free environments.
  • A description of a potential project or projects for exploration.

All entries will be reviewed by a jury via digital projection.

Second round finalists will be interviewed and asked to identify two proposed sites, with at least one outside of New York City. The site can be an existing structure in need of retrofitting or a site for new construction. In these interviews the selected teams will discuss their proposed project with the curatorial team via video conference.

The winning teams will be required to design one site of their choosing for inclusion in the exhibition.


*The RFP is currently postponed. We will share updated information as soon as it is available.*

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Barry Bergdoll
Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology, 19th- and 20th-century Architectural History, Columbia University
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Juliana Barton
Ph.D. Candidate, History of Art, University of Pennsylvania
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Advisory Committee
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Karen Braitmayer, FAIA
Founder and Managing Principal, Studio Pacifica
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Rosanne Haggerty
President and Chief Executive Officer, Community Solutions
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Amy Hurst
Associate Professor, the Department of Occupational Therapy, the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development and the Department of Technology, Culture and Society, the Tandon School of Engineering, New York University
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Xian Horn
Disability Advocate
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Marc Norman
Associate Professor of Practice, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan
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Peter Robinson
Board Member, BlackSpace Urbanist Collective
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Barbara Weinreich, Assoc. AIA
Director of Undergraduate Programs, New York School of Interior Design


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