Juried Award


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People's Choice Award


Sparks Designs

The Whatcom Housing Alliance creates opportunities for more diverse housing choices in all neighborhoods that will contribute toward equitable, prosperous, healthy, and vibrant communities for everyone. We believe ADU’s have an important role to play in expanding housing choice and increasing housing affordability in Bellingham. With the generous support of AARP, The Whatcom Housing Alliance is hosting an ADU Design Competition to inspire, educate, promote and important connections to professionals and resources.

Competition Goals

Overall, this ADU Design Competition seeks to inspire creativity and contribute to more equitable neighborhoods. It is a platform for architects and designers to showcase their talent and contribute housing challenges in our community.

Inspire & Guide

Encourage architects, designers, and creative individuals to come up with innovative solutions that spark new ideas and push the boundaries of what's possible in ADU construction.

Increase Awareness

Raise public awareness about ADUs and their potential benefits including for multi-generational living and aging-in-place.

Foster Sustainable and Affordable Design

This ADU design competition places a strong emphasis on sustainability and affordability.

Make Connections

This ADU Design competition will help community members looking for ADU solutions make connections with our design and construction professionals and other ADU resources.

Competition Timeline

All complete submissions will be made through an online form and due October 3rd. People's Choice Award will open October 16th, so be ready to cast your vote!

ADU Design Awards Celebration
October 20th

Join us for an evening celebrating new ADU policy!
Meet with local design and construction professionals while we reveal the winners!


The AARP Community Challenge is a grant program to make tangible improvements in communities that jump-start long-term change. It is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which supports the efforts of cities, towns, neighborhoods and rural areas to become great places to live for people of all ages. To learn more, visit


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