Published: 11 December 2015

Student competition to design the future of accessible housing opens


Architecture students from across Europe have the opportunity to see their designs for accessible housing for older people take a step closer to reality thanks to a new competition.

The European Federation for Living (EFL) is encouraging final year undergraduate and postgraduate architecture students to enter the competition to design homes of the future for an ever increasing elderly population across Europe.

By 2060 more than half of those living in the European Union will be retirement age. Entrants are encouraged to work with other students studying complementary subjects such as engineering to create multidisciplinary teams.

The Federation created the competition, which could see the winning design built or utilised in part, to generate new ideas around how innovative housing can meet the needs of an increasingly ageing and disabled population. The competition aims to anticipate future need and provide a vision that is ahead of government legislation.

Joost Nieuwenhuijzen, Director at EFL, said: “We need to start thinking differently to ensure we can meet the needs of an ageing population in the future. We’ve launched this competition to allow the brightest talent to work through this problem and come up with creative, bold new innovations in housing designs for older people.”

Five monetary prizes and a trip to Helsinki in Spring 2016 will be awarded to the top five entries. The winner(s) will walk away with €5000, the runner up with €3000, third place with €1000 and the fourth and fifth prizes will be worth €500 each.

To enter the competition and for further information, visit

Students can join the discussion on how we address housing issues around our ageing population here:

The closing date for entries is Friday, 15 January 2016.

EFL is a group of European organisations which operate in the field of residential development, financing and control. It works in cooperation with research institutes, public bodies and the business community to encourage sustainable residential living areas in Europe through the exchange of knowledge and experiences.

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