World Habitat Awards Competition 2019


Deadline: March 31, 2019

The World Habitat Awards recognise and highlight innovative, outstanding and sometimes revolutionary housing ideas, projects and programs from across the world. More than 250 outstanding World Habitat Awards projects have been recognised over the years, demonstrating substantial, lasting improvements in living conditions. The World Habitat Awards are presented each year in partnership with the United Nations Human
Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).

About Awards

The Awards were established in 1985 for the identification and the promotion of good habitat practices. They were initiated in 1987 as World Habitat contribution to the United Nations International Year of Shelter for the Homeless. The concept of identification of good practice was virtually unknown in 1985 and the Awards were supposed to run over three years only. However, the response was so positive that World Habitat decided to keep the competition running. After 30 years, the World Habitat Awards are
going from strength to strength.


  • A trophy (presented at a global event) in recognition of their work to develop and deliver good practice in housing. World Habitat meets travel and accommodation costs for a project representative to attend the awards ceremony.
  • A prize of £10,000.
  • Bespoke follow-on support from World Habitat through their transfer program.


  • Focus on affordable and adequate housing.
  • Are in progress or have been completed in the last ten years.
  • Have been designed and/ or delivered in close collaboration with the residents/ local community.
  • Projects at design/ prototype/ planning stage or completed over ten years ago will not be considered.



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