Center for Architecture Sarasota is pleased to announce the top 3 winning entries in the less is more – Tiny House Competition for both professional and student categories have been awarded.  All winning entries will be displayed in the Center Gallery exhibition beginning April 29, 2021. Competition winners will also be featured in our partner publications. An exceptional jury with regional and international recognition in their respective disciplines of architecture, design and construction judged the entries and have served as an inspiration to the candidates for the competition.

The following information reflects the parameters of the competition. The competition has been designed to challenge and seek creativity with ideas and concepts for the Tiny House. The aim of the competition has been to promote small flexible, affordable and sustainable alternatives to traditional housing, while simultaneously raising awareness for non-traditional housing needs. For example, small movable structures can provide temporary housing for first responders and those displaced by disasters. They can house the homeless, and provide accessory dwellings to serve as on-property housing for aging relatives, students or returning children.

The competition was open to both Florida AIA professional and associate members and architecture students.


CONTAINER – Must use a standard shipping container for main structure and must be movable using conventional trailer.
DIMENSIONS: 8’ w. X8’h.x20’l. / 8’ w. X8’h.x40’l. Area: 160sf. / 320sf.

MOBILE – Materials are not limited and must be movable using conventional trailer.
DIMENSIONS: 8’-6”w. x 13’-6”h. x 40’l. Maximum. Area: 340sf. The maximum height of the structure and trailer shall not exceed 13’-6”

BUILD-IN-PLACE – Materials are not limited and movability is not required
DIMENSIONS: Not specified. Maximum Area: 640sf.

NOTE: Outdoor living spaces; decks, terraces etc., are not limited, and are not included in the dimension and area requirements above.


  • Residence for 1-2 full-time occupants.
  • Use of sustainable materials is encouraged.
  • Use of renewable / independent energy sources. Carbon neutral.
  • Design / features reflect principles of the Sarasota School of Architecture.
  • Possible innovative uses include housing the homeless or first responders, disaster relief housing, housing for temporary workers and/or research projects in remote areas.
  • Modular use and concepts for tiny house communities and integration of tiny houses into conventional neighborhoods.


PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECTS – Must be a Professional or Associate Member of AIA Florida.
ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS – Must be currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s or Master’s program within an accredited school of architecture, within the state of Florida.


  • Students: Free (Limit one entry per student)
  • AIA Members $100.00
  • Plús Hús designed by Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdottir and Tryggvi Thorsteinsson of Minarc.
    Image courtesy of Art Gray Photography.

    Plús Hús designed by Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdottir and Tryggvi Thorsteinsson of Minarc.


Cash awards will be given for 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place. Winners In both student and professional categories will receive cash awards. There will be a total of 6 cash awards.

1ST PLACE: $2,500.
2ND PLACE: $1,500
3RD PLACE: $1,000
HONORABLE MENTION: 4 Awards will be given. Recipients will receive a certificate and their entry displays will be included in the Center Gallery exhibition.


  • Registration opens on July 15, 2020.
  • Enter online. Visit the Center for Architecture Sarasota website: www.cfasrq.org. Click on less is more – TINY HOUSE COMPETITION.
  • Registrations are due September 30, 2020.
  • Follow online registration directions and submit your application fee.
  • You will receive a digital submission package and confidential identification entry number.
  • Entries must be submitted by 5:00PM, November 15, 2020.
  • Submit your entry digitally through the Competition Drop Box per instructions included in the submission package.
  • Winners will be announced on January 15, 2021.
  • Winners’ models and materials for exhibition must be delivered to the Center for Architecture Sarasota no later than 5:00PM, on April 16, 2021.


Larry Scarpa



The work of Lawrence Scarpa has redefined the role of the architect to produce some of the most remarkable and exploratory work today. He does this, not by escaping the restrictions of practice, but by looking, questioning and reworking the very process of design and building. Each project appears as an opportunity to rethink the way things normally get done – with material, form, construction, even financing – and to subsequently redefine it to cull out to latent potentials – as Lawrence aptly describes: making the “ordinary extraordinary.” This produces entirely inventive work; work that is quite difficult to categorize. It is environmentally sustainable, but not ‘sustainable design;’ it employs new materials, digital practices and technologies, but is not ‘tech or digital;’ it is socially and community conscious, but not politically correct. Rather, it is deeply rooted in conditions of the everyday, and works with our perception and preconceptions to allow us to see things in new ways.

Martin Gold



Professor Gold has over twenty-five years of engagement in architectural design, teaching, and research with a focus on the interrelationships among architecture, ecology, culture, and resource stewardship at urban and residential scales. He is a member of the Doctoral Research Faculty and supervises PhD and Master of Architecture students in addition to leading design studios and lecture courses in the graduate program at the University of Florida. His work explores design opportunities for sustainable living in coastal communities underpinned by the critical need for integrating resiliency, mobility, and sustainability toward emergent urban forms. Gold served as the Director of the UF, School of Architecture from 2008 to 2014. He established the CityLab satellite programs in Orlando and Sarasota Florida to bring students in closer contact with the profession and the communities they will serve.

Rick Gava



A graduate of The Illinois Institute of Technology, Architect Rick Gava is a designer and builder of tiny homes in Palm Beach, Florida. Since 2004 BOXhaus design has offered innovative, site specific architectural designs that respect the environment and his clients’ individual needs. His intuitive, concept driven approach to architecture utilizes radically simplified forms that express the essence of the individual building component. As the great masters before us, and in keeping with the Bauhaus movement that the company name infers, he respects both art and craft and remains responsive to changing technologies, materials and social conditions.


  • Entries for the design awards program are electronic, and the electronic materials submitted will be presented to the jury. In addition, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, place and the 4 Honorable Mention winning entries are required to provide two images that will be printed for less is more – TINY HOUSE COMPETITION exhibition at the Center.

  • You will upload your electronic images and forms to a folder labeled with your registration number created for you in Drop Box. Instruction on how to upload to the Drop Box will be sent to you with your entry identification number. If you have any questions regarding your submission, please contact Center For Architecture Sarasota at 941-350-5430 or by email [email protected]

  • Entry fee must be pre-paid and is non-refundable. All entrants must have a competition entry identification number to submit.

AWARDS COMPETITION CHECKLIST – Your entry shall include:

  • In a separate word document, labeled with your entry identification number, describe in a maximum 300 words the basic program requirements, special design challenges and how the design process and solution satisfies these as well as any technical, environmental or social advancements regarding your design.

  • Project images, approximately 3” x 5” 300 ppi jpeg file type (must not exceed 8 mega pixels and must be RGB). A minimum of 5, maximum of 10 total, these may include photos, renderings and plans that explain your project.

  • Drawing images must include Plan, Elevation and Section views. Label each image with your entry identification number and identify the order of sequence that they are to be viewed, (i.e., TH101_a, TH101_b, TH101_c).

  • Up to 1/3 of the images may be a compilation of images rather than a single image.

  • Include your project description information release and the photo release forms labeled with your entry identification number.

  • All information required and all forms signed.


The winning entries will be displayed in the Center Gallery during the less is more – TINY HOUSE COMPETITION exhibition, programs and events. Winners are required to provide materials for display in the exhibit. The exhibit is planned for April – May 2021. The six cash award winners must provide both the image materials and a scale model. Honorable Mention award winners are not required to provide a scale model, but are required to provide two images.

IMAGES: Each award winner must submit the required two images in jpg file format for printing, mounting and display. Center for Architecture Sarasota will be responsible for printing, mounting and hanging all exhibit materials.

MODELS: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in both professional and student categories must provide a scale model of their entry for display in the less is more – TINY HOUSE COMPETITION at the Center Gallery.

  • Model Scale: 1/2” = 1’-0”

  • Materials: Models may be built using any materials

  • Models must include interior features as feasible for the scale size, at the builder’s discretion.

  • Models must include the entry identification number and winning entrant’s name.


  • The images may contain any number of color and/or black and white photographs, drawings, renderings, graphics and text in any size. The images shall be designed with their public use in mind and include the entry name and entry number in the bottom right corner as described below.

  • Image resolution must be 300ppi minimum.

  • The two display images will be printed 24”x 36” and mounted on foam core for display. The image shall be horizontal (landscape) layout.

  • Because the images will be displayed for public viewing, including the following is recommended:

  • A predominant signature photo or rendering of the design along with several supporting images.

  • Graphic representation or brief written explanation of design inspirations.

  • Graphic representation or brief written explanation for how the design impacts sustainability, the community, the project users, the environment.

  • Submissions must contain the less is more – TINY HOUSE COMPETITION and Center For Architecture Sarasota logos which will be provided as part of your submission package.


  • In a 2.5” x 2.5” (750 x 750 pixels) space in the bottom right hand corner, please include your entry identification number and the less is more – TINY HOUSE COMPETITION and Center For Architecture Sarasota logos.