ASF Award

Architecture Sans Frontières International (ASF Int) Award was founded in the purpose of sharing the most efficient solutions developed by architects globally to the many social, environmental and economic challenges facing the built environment. The goal of the award is to promote those solutions among the design profession and the general public, which will encourage an exchange of ideas and challenge the profession to develop the construction of social facilities and infrastructure.


Type of Entries

Completed work or Ongoing Project


Scope of entries

Designed Built environments, Design Interventions, Participatory Workshops, Educational Initiatives, Social and Cultural Upliftment, Economic Proposals realised after the year 2014.

The type of projects can range from small scale to a larger urban context varying from architectural projects, urban planning and design interventions, environmental and landscape architecture, Industrial design, educational, cultural, economic interventions, projects with relevance of social participation process etc.



ASF members /non ASF members


General Framework of Content

It is important to take in account in such a competition the non-homogenous character of the projects and the different situations (in terms of economy, ecology and society) that they take place. Nevertheless, the goal of all the projects is the same; to provide solutions in problems related to architecture or urbanism for the underprivileged, deprived or the oppressed, vulnerable populations. It is obligatory then to set some criteria that could make the comparison of the projects possible, but also to offer a means to measure the proximity of the projects to the goal. Based on this the entries should highlight the following aspects.

1. Vision of the project (impact of the project)

2. Clarity in expressing the core idea of the project.

3. Results or outputs of the project through visuals.


Criteria for Assessment

1. How has the project addressed the concerns raised in Hasselt Charter?

2. Functional suitability and contextual emphasis of the project / proposal

3. How has the beneficiary participated in the overall project process?

4. How has the Economics of the project / proposal worked out and managed?

5. Are there any sustainable solutions / Innovations (economical, ecological, social, technological etc.)

6. What are the development/application possibilities?


The prizes

The projects that are nominated will get a financial prize of 1000 Euros.

The prizes and the ASF Award 2017 are supported by the South of North network of Nordic architects: