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Home After Crisis

YAC and IOM, the UN Migration Agency, launch a competition to design a low-cost, incremental and modular housing solution for populations disrupted by violence in rural areas of North-East Nigeria.

Home After Crisis

There are many architectures that belong to our daily life. Nevertheless, there are few places that we are willing to call “home”. 


Home is the place of memories, affections and identity. People’s life is an act of connection and estrangement from the place called "home." Any evolution, emancipation or nomadism requires a place to depart and to return to. 

Only by going right to the heart of the emotional and anthropological meaning of home, it is possible to picture the tragedy of losing it or have a glimpse of the condition of people who are affected by humanitarian crises like conflict or disasters.   

Since 2015, the North-East of Nigeria has witnessed an increase of violence, causing an unprecedented housing emergency. As of 2023, an estimated 3.5 million people lost their homes or lives in precarious conditions.        

This scenario, combined with one of the most sustained population growths in the world and a country-wide housing deficit, requires immediate response to provide sustainable, long-term solutions.  

This is the context of “Nigeria: Home After Crisis”, the competition promoted by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN Migration Agency and funded by the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund (NHF). The goal is to design a low-cost, incremental, modular and upgradable housing solution for populations disrupted by violence in rural areas of North-East Nigeria.  

Which places will millions of people be able to call home again? How to recreate identity, affections, happy memories through architectural design?   

In one of the key contexts of the contemporary housing emergency, young designers are called upon to design a place that can alleviate suffering and offer a welcoming environment where they can feel safe and start their lives over. A place they can call “home”.  


This competition has significant social impacts and aims to consolidate the role of architecture as a discipline fostering rights and social equity, meeting fundamental human needs not just in terms of efficiency but also ensuring quality ideas and aesthetic ambition. Indeed, humans, in all conditions and contexts, deserve dignity and beauty.



Each jury is nominated with utmost care and is composed by professionals of the highest repute whose activity is consistent with the theme of the competition.

  • Alejandro Aravena
  • Robert Piper
    United Nations
  • Raul Pantaleo
  • Tosin Oshinowo
    Oshinowo Studio
  • Anna Heringer
  • Anupama Kundoo
  • Carolina Cordero-Scales
  • Filiep Decorte
  • Ugochi Daniels
  • Abdu Usman
  • Ruqayyatu Bashir Tukur


All awarded projects will be sent to websites, magazines and architectural platforms. Furthermore, they can be displayed in national and international architectural events.

1st Prize

€ 5.000

2nd Prize

€ 3.000

3rd Prize

€ 2.000

Gold Mention

€ 500

Gold Mention

€ 500

Gold Mention (dedicated to a Nigerian Team)

€ 500

Gold Mention (dedicated to a Nigerian Team)

€ 500

Honorable Mention


Finalist Mention



Complying with deadlines is a fundamental requirement to take part in the competition. All architects are encouraged to pay the utmost attention to the timeline and to complete each phase in advance.

* +22% VAT. Fulfilling an “Early bird”, “Standard” or “Late” registration does not affect submission deadline.

Early Bird Registration

€ 25 / team*

Standard Registration

€ 75 / team*

Late Registration

Material Submission Deadline

Jury Summoning

Results Announcement


YAC provides architects with content-rich competition material so that they can best express their ideas and thoughts wherever they live.


Rules of the competition

Context Analysis and Case Studies




Analisi del Contesto e Casi Studio


Is it possible to join the competition with a team composed of only one member?

Is there an age limit to take part in the competition?

Can a team submit more than one proposal?

Where can I find the material?

Are the locations indicated in the brief the sites of the competition?

Are we expected to design only 1 “core housing module” (option a) or 1 core housing module plus 4 alternative options (option a + b,c,d,e)?

Are there specific constraints regarding the design proposals?

Are the designers expected to think also on a greater scale than the one of the single housing unit?

Are there specific requirements regarding the materials/ construction techniques to take in consideration?

Are we required to design “off-the-grid” solutions?

PayPal doesn’t work in my country, is there any other way to pay the registration fee?


YAC thanks all the people who have been engaged in organizing the competition by sharing time, materials and resources to make the experience of architects unique.

IOMNIA Nigerian Institue of ArchitectsNHFNorwegian Refugee CouncilUNDP United Nations Development ProgrammeUN-HabitatMercy Corps


Home After Crisis


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