Shelter Competition

Students designing creative solutions for disaster relief shelters

The 2019 Disaster Shelter Competition will incorporate consideration of all phases of disaster response – the initial phase which requires “emergency” shelters, the second phase which requires “transitional” shelters (1-3 years), and the final phase which requires permanent shelters. The Competition design scenario for 2019 for the Transitional Shelter is to provide shelter for individuals who have lost their homes on the Caribbean island of Barbuda, due to damage caused by Hurricane Irma in 2017 (the strongest recorded hurricane to hit the Caribbean).  The impact of the hurricane resulted in damage to 95% of properties on the island, total power outage, and no running water or telephone service.  The prime minister of the Antigua and Barbuda described the island as barely habitable, and all of the 2000 inhabitants were evacuated.  Further, a second hurricane (Jose) threatened the islands soon after Irma.

More specifics about the scenario can be found under the design guidelines tab.

2018 Winners

1st Place: LeTourneau University
2nd Place: Calvin College
3rd Place: John Brown University