Call for Entries

Registration due April 15th 2020

Center for Architecture Sarasota is pleased to announce less is more – Tiny House Competition. The competition is designed to challenge and seek creativity with ideas and concepts for the Tiny House. The aim of the competition is 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 is open to both Professional and Student Architects. The top 3 winning entries in both professional and student categories will receive cash awards.

All winning entries will be displayed in the Center Gallery exhibition less is more – Tiny House in the spring of 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 will judge the entries and serve as in inspiration to the candidates for the competition.


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 – Must be movable using standard transport trailer with overall height of structure and trailer not to exceed 13’-6”.
DIMENSIONS: 8’-6”w. X 13’-6”h.X 40’l. Maximum. Area: 340 sf.

DIMENSIONS: Not specified. Maximum Area: 600sf.

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, first responders, disaster relief housing for victims and aid workers, transitory or temporary housing i.e.: hotels, temporary workforce, remote research outpost etc.
  • Modular use and concepts for tiny house communities and integration of tiny homes into conventional neighborhoods.


ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS – Must be currently enrolled in an accredited school of architecture, within the state of Florida.


  • Students: Free
  • AIA Members $150.00
  • AIA Members and who are also members of Center For Architecture Sarasota $100.00
  • Plús Hús designed by Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdottir and Tryggvi Thorsteinsson of Minarc.


Cash Prizes Will Be Awarded For 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place In Both Student And Professional Categories. 6 Total Cash Awards.

1ST PLACE: $2,500.
2ND PLACE: $1,500
3RD PLACE: $1,000
HONORABLE MENTION: 10 awards will be given. Recipients will receive a certificate, and the entry displays will be included in the Center gallery exhibit.


  • Enter on-line. Click here to purchase your entry fee.
  • Registrations are due April 15th, 2020.
  • Follow online registration directions and submit your application fee.
  • You will receive the digital submission package and confidential identification entry number, and competition rules information.
  • Entries are due July 15th, 2020.
  • Entries shall be submitted digitally by logging into the Competition Drop Box per instructions included in the submission package.


  • 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 10 Honorable Mention winning entries are required to provide two images that will be printed for “less is more – Tiny House” 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 ID. If you have any questions regarding your submission, please contact Center For Architecture Sarasota at 941-350-5430 or by email

  • Your non-refundable entry fees must be pre-paid and you must have an entry ID to submit.

AWARDS COMPETITION CHECKLIST – Your entry shall include:

Both the Project Information Release and Photo Release Forms labeled with Your Entry ID, all requested information provided and the forms signed.

One Word Doc containing your project description, 300 words or less, labeled with your Entry ID. Project Images, approximately 3”x5” 300 dpi/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, plans, etc., that explain your project. Drawing images must include Plan, Elevation and Section views. Label each image with your Entry ID and identify the order of sequence that they are to be viewed, (i.e., TH101_a, TH101_b, TH101_c, etc.) Up to 1/3 of the images may be a compilation of images rather than a single image. Do not label the image files or put the entrant’s name on the images.

One 3”x5” 300 dpi/ppi jpeg image identified as your Exhibit Image labeled (i.e., TH101_Exhibit).


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.


The winning entries will be displayed in the Center Gallery during the less is more – Tiny House Awards 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 prize winners must provide both the image materials and a scale model.

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 proved a scale model of the entry for display in the Center “les is more” competition gallery exhibit.

  • Model Scale: 1/2” = 1’-0”

  • Materials: Models may be built using any materials

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

  • Models must include the entry 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”x36” 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, etc.

  • Submissions must contain the less is more and Center For Architecture Sarasota logos


  • In a 2.5” x 2.5” (750 x 750 pixels) space in the bottom right hand corner, please include the entry design name, ID Number, less is more and Center For Architecture Sarasota logos.