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2009 Open Architecture Challenge: Classroom

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Open to all, International, Student Competition
Admission fee :
$25 USD

The 2009 Open Architecture Challenge invited students, teachers and designers to work together to design the classroom of the future. There were four ways of participating in the challenge.


According to the World Bank, educating all children worldwide will require the construction of 10 million new classrooms in more than 100 countries by 2015. At the same time, millions of existing classrooms are in serious need of repair and refurbishment. The competition asked designers and architects to partner with students and teachers to envision the classroom of the future.


The Open Architecture Challenge is an open, international design competition hosted once every two years on Worldchanging.
It reaches beyond the traditional bounds of architecture by challenging architects and designers to partner with the broader public to address architectural inequities affecting the health, prosperity and well-being of under-served communities.
By harnessing the creativity and energy of the design community and beyond, each challenge offers not one but many solutions to a different systemic issue facing the built environment. All are invited to participate. Funding from partners and sponsors goes towards constructing the winning designs.


  • Jan 28, 2009—Challenge Launched at the World Economic Forum
  • May 4, 2009—Registration Deadline
  • Jun 1, 2009—Entry deadline
  • Summer 2009—Jury review and selection
  • Fall 2009—Winner announced
  • Fall 2009 – Summer 2010—Traveling Exhibit
  • Jan 2010 – Dec 2015—Classroom building campaign – Phase I


  • Kigge Hvid
  • Michelle Kauffmann
  • Ronald Bogle
  • Toshiko Mori
  • William Kamkwamba and more


Selection criteria will include:

  • The design is original
  • Responds to the client’s objectives as laid out in the brief
  • Responds to the constraints of the site and its context
  • The clarity of presentation materials

Awards:$50,000 for the winning school for classroom construction and upgrading, and $5,000 stipend for the design team.

Admission fee

  • $25 USD Developed Nations
  • $0 USD Developing Nations

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