Middle housing is coming to Whatcom County! The Whatcom Housing Alliance is thrilled to launch our Middle Housing Design Competition. This event is made possible by a grant from the National Association of Realtors in partnership with Whatcom Association of Realtors.

Explore this page to learn more about the competition and to register your submission. We’re so excited to bring the greater design community together to share their most innovative and affordable middle housing design ideas. It’s time to unleash your creativity and contribute to a brighter future for housing in Whatcom County. Start brainstorming, start collaborating, and help usher in a new era in housing!



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Calling all design and construction professionals! The Whatcom Housing Alliance welcomes submissions from all, including interns, licensed architects, and builders practicing in Washington, with preference going to those working in the Bellingham area.

Submissions to the Middle Housing Design Competition must be constructible designs including a kitchen, bathroom, and sleeping area that meet the site conditions specified in our Competition Guidelines document (Click on image to the right, or here.)

Whether the project is new or already-designed, each submission must include a digital design board, accompanying narrative, and project preview.

All designers must signal their intent to submit by registering by 11:59 PM on August 30, 2024. Registration is required in order to access the submission portal.

All finalized designs must be submitted via the submission portal by 11:59 PM on November 1, 2024. Entry fee is also due at this time ($40 per design)

Submissions are limited to three (3) designs per designer or firm.

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Competition Goals

The Middle Housing 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 Middle Housing construction.

Increase Awareness

Raise public awareness about Middle Housing and its potential benefits including affordability and public transit accessibility.

Foster Sustainable and Affordable Design

This Middle Housing Design Competition places a strong emphasis on sustainability and affordability.

Make Connections

Competition will help stakeholders looking for housing solutions make connections with our design and construction professionals and other Middle Housing resources.

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