The urban areas of the Pacific Northwest are moving away from automobile dependence, but there are still many areas within our region’s Urban Growth Areas (UGAs) that are dependent on the automobile. This design competition seeks proposals for prototypical “microneighborhoods” that can be seeded through the region to improve walkability in these underserved areas. 

This competition is part of Seattle AIA’s Urban Design Forum’s 2020 theme of “Seattle:2100”, which explores the long-term implications of many issues we face today. As part of this long-range approach, we are also asking competitors to explore how their design proposals will evolve over the next eighty years, in twenty-year increments. 


Participants will be recognized in the following ways:

  • Win one of three awards: Best Overall Design, Most Daring, and Most Practical.
  • Display of notable entries in digital format
  • Competition entries will be published via a digital book of notable competition entries that can continue to inspire the future of our region for generations to come.


The intent of this competition is to award cash prizes. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, sponsorship for prizes is ongoing and will be announced before the submission deadline.

Best Overall Design
highest overall design quality
Most Daring
poses the most interesting questions
Most Practical
most likely to become reality


UPDATE: Registration Deadline moved to September 18, 2020. Submission Deadline moved to September 25, 2020

We’ve moved the competition deadline from August 15, 2020 to September 25, 2020. Please update your calendars accordingly. Also, please register your team and its intent to submit by September 18, 2020. If you have any questions, as always, please feel free to reach out to the organizing team and sign up for updates usingContinue reading “UPDATE: Registration Deadline moved to September 18, 2020. Submission Deadline moved to September 25, 2020”

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