IHC Competition Q & A

Where can I find a submission identifier number? 

You will create your own number when you submit your work. The number must have two letters and two numbers in any order. It will look something like P3X9 or 5B3M.


Will there be a link available to the presentation that was made at the University of Manitoba on Sept 14? 

Yes, you can see the slideshow by following this link. 


How many people can be on a team? 

You can have as many people as you want on a team. 


Do I have to be an Architect to enter the competition?

This call for entries is open to designers and non-designers. Multi-disciplinary teams are encouraged.


How do I register for the AWB Indigenous Housing Competition?

Submit your proposal by following the instructions on IHC Competition Details page under 'Submission Requirements'. 


Is there a registration fee?



What is a submission identifier?

A submission identifier is how your documents will be identified and should be on all documents submitted. Think of it as an abbreviated licence plate number with two letters and two numbers in any order that you create such as XY24 or 5AT3.

An administrative assistant will receive entries and remove the team information document.

Jury members for the competition will only see design drawings and documents with the submission identifier, so they will not be swayed by names of companies or team members when judging entries.


Who will serve on the competition jury?

A jury will be selected to represent a broad range of viewpoints and expertise. The majority of the panel members will be Indigenous.


Do I have to be a Canadian to participate in this competition? 

The competition is open to everyone. 


How are you defining sustainability in this context? 

As this is an ideas competition it is up to the proponent how they choose to address sustainability and to what extent. However, keep in mind that the cost of construction for remote access communities can be 60% greater than baseline construction cost in large serviced centres so the use of local materials is a good idea. Opportunities for local labour are also valued.

Available materials depend on the location and may include rock, granular material, sand, clay, water and forest. Equipment is often shipped in temporarily to crush granular material if it is not available, but the contract must be significant enough to warrant this.

Most communities have some amount of heavy equipment that can be used for construction, but accommodation for construction workers is typically limited.

While a good number of communities are on the electrical grid, many generate their electricity locally using diesel with costs 20-40 times higher than those on the electrical grid. 


How can I get to know the area or place? 

Visit the IHC Competition Details page for a list of resources. Further details on culture, climate, history, geography and images can be found on the Internet.

Your approach can be specific to a community, group of communities or broadly based.


Where can I find a PDF of the competition details or poster? 

You will find the links at

Competition Details

Competition poster


What if I have more questions? 

Contact us at indigenoushousingmedia@awb-winnipeg.com