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Shelter for Soul

International design & installation competition

May 2019
Seoul, South Korea


   The Korean Institute of Architects (KIA) is pleased to announce Shelter for Soul Campaign and Shelter for Soul International Design & Installation Competition. Shelter for Soul Campaign gets inspiration from various types of social minorities around us. This campaign is to care not only on a physical level of the social minority, but also on the soul level of the group around our community.
   We believe that an architect group and artist group can initiate and conduct this mission efficiently. The main goal of this competition is to provide an opportunity for the public and student to understand the situation of the less-cared in our community and to interact with social groups who are concerned with those who desperately seek for a ‘shelter’ around us. To present a soul shelter for one, which comes the spirit of care and gives identity of each person, will be the expression of affirmation and an action of love.  
        “Everybody wants, rich or poor, not only a warm dry room, but a shelter for the soul.” This is what Samuel Mockbee's legacy
(1944 -2001, awarded the AIA Gold Medal in 2004, who dedicated his life as an architect, as a social reformer) 
   Under this motivation for the less-cared in contemporary society throughout the world, the Korean Institute of Architects plans to host the “Shelter for Soul International Design & Installation Competition”. This Competition aims at exploring design and interpretations about the concept of ‘shelter’. Shelter has basically two meanings: one is “refugee place” and the other is “rest place”. As a shelter generally refers to an emergency gathering place for the victims of disasters, we ask our applicants to go further in their understanding, towards emotional comfort, beyond physical function. 
   The process of shelter design is to be made in three steps: the first step is to look around and find a specific marginalized group(social minority) nearby one’s community; the second step is identifying what is most needed and what is a suitable design for an individual member of this minority; and the last step is to finalize design based on their overall circumstances. After  choosing finalists, this work will be installed in an appropriate place for the individual. The final decision process will take place in September of this September. 
Upon the Jury’s decision, the selected projects will be exhibited as a panel presentation in an indoor gallery precedently, and then the works selected showing the second round will be chosen and installed outdoor nearby Seoul Station so that the public can easily access and appreciate it together.
   We would like to have the opportunity to make a better world by getting along with you and your pursuit through this campaign in the Archi-Tect’s (Front-Builder) philosophy.



  “Soul Shelter for One

   “Can space heal?”

    -design a physical environment for the soul.



- Participants should show their ideas on their understanding of how to care a social minority around their community;

- Participants should show how the design is inspired by not only the physical and environmental aspects of a marginalized group(social minority) but the aspect of one’s soul;

- Participants should show how the design responds to a marginalized group(social minority) around the participants.

- Proposals should show the evidence of a clear understanding of how the design is influenced by a marginalized group(social minority) around us.

- Proposals should show the space and form which accommodate the contextual flow of nearby environment.


The process of shelter design is basically three steps:

 1) the first step is to look around and find out the specific marginalized(social minority) nearby one’s community;

 2) the second step is looking for what is the most needed and what is the suitable design for the one’s soul;

 3) the last step is to finalize design considering the one’s total circumstances


Some elements that participants should take into consideration may include:

the less cared, social minority, marginalized, outlier, nearby person, refugee, children, widow, patient, homeless, wounded, caring, soul touch, neighborhood, relaxation, free, interesting, fun, comfort, hope, healing, querencia, miracle, recycle, movable, temporary




 1) a shelter for one person

 2) safe and not dangerous materials

 3) at least 1 season duration

 4) movable system recommended

 5) temporary structure & material recommended

 6) eco friendly / recycle material recommended

 7) design which is able to supply UNDP recommended




Installation can be any place, however, the installation should be considered in the case of relocation for the different kind of public access and appreciation.




  - Grand prize: US $10,000 + certificate of merit

  - First prize: Certificate of merit + prize gift

  - Second prize: Certificate of merit + prize gift

  - Third prize: Certificate of merit + prize gift

  - Honorable mention: 6-11 works, certificate of merit + prize gift

   * selected number of semi-finalists entries (40~50 entries) will be exhibited in Seoul; and the installation of the 10-~15 Finalists will be exhibited during Korean Architecture Festival 2019

   * a stipend (up to $1,000) will be provided to one representative from each of the 10~15 finalists to present their project to the jury in order to determine the awards. The stipend includes: installation fee, accommodation, and airfare.

   * the selected entries will be published after the competition.

   * given the opportunity to join our oversea architecture project.




 (1) International entries are welcome.

 (2) We invite everyone, irrespective of their professions or qualifications, to join the competition and present their ideas.  Alongside individual entries, team entries are also allowed. A team can have a maximum of three participants. 

 (3) No age limit

Submission details


     - Applicants must submit the design proposals through Shelter for Soul             
        e-mail : shelterforsoul@gmail.com


        (1) One file containing one board layout (jpg, pdf file)
                (A1 size, vertical     layout, over 300dpi, file size : max 50MB)
        (2) Explain clearly  main theme, concept, design development, material, method of installation through     
                images,  diagrams, drawings, texts
        (3) need to show the entire shape of shelter clearly  by using the plans, sections, elevations, photomon
                tages, perspectives, and or other appropriate illustrations       
        (4) architectural documents (plan, section or elevations) should have a scale


    Design Statement

        (1) Form: registration number _Text Description. pdf 
        (2) Explain cleary the main theme, concept, design development, material, method of installation through only by

        (3) 500 words maximum (A4 maximum 1page)
              /(font size:10, font type: Arial) in .pdf format 
              to explain the overall proposal, with proposal title.


    1. You must specify and describe the one whom you are willing to care through shelter design on the Submission Form.

        (Panel, Design Statement) 
    2. You can describe ideas on a Design Statement, which cannot be expressed on a Panel
    3. Any information that can identify the author in the manual or panel may be excluded from the review.
    4. Make sure the model's full and detailed view should be provided when the model is included.
    5. The Panel is composed of A1 (vertical) and color presentation is possible 
        (the entry number is displayed on the lower right bottom of the panel)
     6. Detailed explanation should be made regarding the work of theme, concept, materials and installation methods

         through text, images, drawings, etc.
     7. You should include drawings, model photos, and renderings to understand the entire work 
        (drawing examples: layout, plan, elevation, and section)
    8. All drawings are in scale and orientation
    9. if the entry copied the other previous work,  award will be cancelled.
    10. if you want to quotate the other famous work, you should show the origin. 





 - Applicants must submit the proposals no later than 12th July, 2019

  ※All time indicated is based on the Korea Standard Time (UTC/GMT+9) and can be changed depending on the detailed schedule and circumstance


 1. 01 May 2019 ~ 31 May 2019: Q & A (question deadline)

 2. 03 June 2019 ~ 07 June 2019: Q&A (answer) 

 3. 01 May 2019~ 14 June 2019: registration deadline

 4. Deadline will expire at 11:59 p.m. 12 July 2019, Korean Standard Time: design submission deadline

 5. 19 July 2019: the initial jury will be held in Seoul 

 6. 20 July 2019 ~ 04 August 2019: panel exhibition  in Seoul

 7. 04 August 2019 ~ 04 September 2019: installation

 8. 06 September 2019: The final jury will be held in Seoul

 9. 07 September 2019: The result announcement and award ceremony

 10. 20 September 2019 ~ 26 September 2019: installation exhibition

 ※All time indicated in the Exhibition is based on the Korea Standard Time (UTC/GMT+9) and can be changed depending on the detailed schedule and circumstance



 - Design proposals should be submitted in English. 


Jury members


Jooyun Kim


Taro Igarashi


Choong heum Park

Katsuhiro Miyamoto profile.jpg

Shuhei Endo

 Katsuhiro Miyamoto


Sujin Chung

Min W. Suh


Youngchul Jang


Akinobu Yoshikawa


Kiok Lee

Kyungen Kim

Chief Organizer

Daniel Keunwoo Cheon

Project Coordinator


Woojong Kim

Taejoo Hwang

Jongho Lee

Advisor Committee


 Jewon Lew

Changho Han

Dongsik Yoon

Taeil Kim



To register to this competition, download registration form below, fill it up  ,send it to following address ,and then you will be given registration number.

To submit, you should send the panel presentation file and  design statement file under your registration number.

Download application guideline relate to this competition here.

Download registration form relate to this competition here.

Download submission form relate to this competition here.

Who are we ?

Host Organization


KIA (Korean Institute of Architects) aims at building an international network of architects to facilitate collaboration between foreign and Korean architects, as well as promoting their work on global scale through awards, competitions and festivals. https://www.kia.or.kr


BaMI (Builders as mission international) is a non-profit organization based in Seoul, South Korea. The organization has been focusing on volunteering for domestic and foreign architecture and academic exchange in the field of architecture and urban planning. http://www.bami.or.kr/

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