Design Challenge

The dynamic nature of climatic situations demands a rethink of concepts, approaches, and techniques to include specific social, economic, technological and environmental components in addition to the historical cultural and geographical factors with a strong place-based and wellbeing focus.

The design of a house plays an important role in the sustainability, affordability, and resilience besides improving the residents’ quality of life. Climate responsive, adaptive, and passive design strategies coupled with innovative solutions are fundamental to resilient homes. 

The object of this challenge is to prepare emerging professionals especially the students and young graduates to envision and design a climate adaptive, net-zero, resilient, inclusive, and sustainable house that is affordable to own, operate and maintain by the standards of lower to middle-income level households in the Global South setting. Housing designs must enhance the quality of life and well-being of residents, as well as adapted to climate change, and resilient to the projected natural disaster in a given setting. 


Submit the Expression of Interest (EoI) by 12 June 2023

  • Workshop 1 – Introduction, background and Q&A (15 June 2023)
  • Workshop 2 – Passive strategies and contexts for resilient housing (21 June 2023)
  • Workshop 3 – How to design and build a resilient house? (5 July 2023)
  • Workshop 4 – Thermal Comfort (12 July 2023)
  • Workshop 5 – Energy Modelling and Lifecycle Assessment (19 July 2023)
  • Workshop 6 – Renewable Energy, Conservation and Management (26 July 2023)
  • Webinar 1 – Technological challenges and innovations (2 August 2023)
  • Webinar 2 – Sustainable and holistic water solutions (9 August 2023)
  • Webinar 3 – Human-centred solutions for resilient housing (16 August 2023)

Final submission : 23 August 2023

Awards Announcement

16 September 2023

Announcement video by Dr Saeed Ahmed


Resilient Mavericks (Team 3)

Team Lead: Shajea Tariq
Members: Muhammad Khizar Hassan, Tehreem Basit and Maryam Jamal

Runners up

Resilience Pioneers (Team 1)
Mahekamil Awan, Irdam Fatima, Numas Naweed, and Saad Sohail


SoHam (Team 21)
Soha Sohail and Hasham Ali

Awards Ceremony

The distribution of awards and certificates was held on 17th November 2023. To celebrate the occasion, a special session ‘Place-based pluralist architecture: Designing affordable resilient homes’ was hosted by NED University of Engineering and Technology Karachi. 

Prof Noman Ahmed, Dean Faculty of Architecture and Management Sciences, NED University, giving first prize to the winning team

Runners-up (Team 1) receiving their prize

Second Runners-up (Team 21) receiving their prize

Group photo of the awardees and certificate holders with Dr Saeeduddin Ahmed, Dr Abid Mehmood and Prof Noman Ahmed