Share your initiative to improve the built environment!

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 2016.

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?


Date Event
18 January 2019 Launch of the Award
15 March 2019 (23:59 GMT) Initial Deadline for Submission of Proposals
15 April 2019 (23:59 GMT) Revised Deadline for Submission of Proposals
15 May 2019 Winners contacted (Initial)
15 June 2019 Winners contacted (Revised)
27 July 2019 Award function at the ASF General Meeting at Semarang, Indonesia
24th July 2019 – 28th July 2019 Exhibition of the best proposals at Semarang, Indonesia

 The prizes

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

The prizes and the ASF Award 2019 are supported by the South of North network of Nordic architects.

The Jury


Stéphane Plisson is “Architecte dplg” graduate from the “Ecole Nationale d’Architecture de Grenoble” ENSAG, and registered in the CNOA, national association of Architects.

He practices architecture and town planning in France, and in international cooperation projects (Africa, Eastern Europe) with various private or public realizations: Housing, science and technology parks, office buildings, renovation of public buildings. Stéphane Plisson focuses his projects in renewable energy and solar architecture. He is member of the professional association ADP “Villes en Développement”.

One of the founder members, and Chair of Architectes Sans Frontières France until 2011, he was involved in the constitution of Architecture Sans Frontières International network. As ASF-Int Vice Chair he signed in Paris the formal registration with Jordi Balari Chair, and organized the 2009 ASF-Int General Assembly in Grenoble. Board member from 2007 in Haaselt, he was Chair during 2011-2013, and presently Board member during 2016-2020 as Treasurer.


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Jaime Royo-Olid is a qualified architect and urban planner working as an international cooperation for development officer at the European Commission since 2006. Currently on sabbatical, Jaime is finalising a PhD on inclusive urban development in India at the Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge. After meeting social architect Jordi Balari in Barcelona in 2002, and while a graduate student, Jaime founded Architecture Sans Frontières (ASF) Cambridge following ASF-Spain’s principles. In 2003, during the European Social Forum in London, he mobilised a group of keen professionals who constituted ASF-London, a chapter that later became the ASF-UK charity ( under the leadership of Melissa Kinnear and Matthew Barac. Jaime commenced his development career as volunteer in post-tsunami reconstruction in India in 2004 with Architecture & Développement under the technical mentorship of Ludovic Jonard. Simultaneously, he became the first Coordinator of ASF-International (see and led the participatory drafting of the Charter of Hasselt generously supported by Eric Selis from ASF-Belgium.

Since joining the European Commission, Jaime has managed over 24 programmes worth half a billion Euros in grants (not loans) mostly for social infrastructure in Cape Verde, Eritrea and Sri Lanka. He has supervised their implementation mainly through the World Bank, UN-Habitat, UNOPS, the Asian Development Bank, the Agence Française de Développement, many NGOs such as Habitat for Humanity-International and several private contractors. Jaime is the chief editor of ‘Building, owning and belonging: From assisting owner-driven housing reconstruction to co-production in Sri Lanka, India and beyond’ (downloadable for free from institutionally authored by the EU and UN-Habitat. In 2018, Jaime founded the Cambridge Urbanisation Forum and from August 2019, he will join the Delegation of the European Union Delegation to Kenya where he will work on urban mobility for Nairobi among other projects.


Date of Birth: Barcelona 03/24/1936
1962: Architect ETSA Barcelona
1967: Dr. Architect ETSA Barcelona. Member of Col·legi Oficial Arquitectes Catalunya. Professional Agency in Barcelona

1966-1993: Design and construction of public and private school buildings
1970-2008: Design and construction of public and private housing buildings

1992:  Co-founder of Arquitectos Sin Fronteras-España / ASF-E in Barcelona.
1993-1999: General Secretary of ASF-E
1999-2001: General Manager of ASF-E
2001-2007: Responsible of International Relations of ASF-EE
2002-2003: Coordination of projects in Chiapas-Mexico with ASF-Italy and Africa’70.
2003-2008: Neuquén-Argentina. Coordination of the project “Ruca Peñí” in Neuquén with ASF-Argentina.
2007-2010: Chair of ASF-E
2011-2016: Member of the ASF-E’s Internatiomal Working Group “ASF-Int Secretariat”.
2016: Leaving ASF-E for political reasons.

2007: Hasselt. Co-founder of ASF-International.
2007-2011: Chair of ASF-Int
2007: Torino. Meeting with the organizers of UIA Congres Torino’08
2008: Torino. UIA Congres Torino’08. Moderator of round table with Emilio Caravatti, Francis Keré and P. Kaulikauskas.
2010-2012: Project “Challenging Practice” (training modules to intervene in development projects) with ASF-E (leader group), ASF-Italia, ASF-UK, ASF-France and ASF-Sweden.

2010: Creation of the UIA Work Programme “Action Without Borders”
2010-2014: Director of WP Action without Borders / AWB
2011-2012: AWB organizes the exhibition “Con o Sin Techo” about social production of habitat, presented in several cities of Spain and LatinoAmerica.
2011: Tokyo. Meeting with the organizers of UIA Congres Tokyo’11.
2013: Beyrouth.  Meeting with the organizers of UIA Congres Durban’14.
2014: Barcelona. Application of the “Pla Barri” in the Vallcarca neighborhood.
2014: Durban. UIA Congres Durban’14. Moderator of round table with Lluís Brau and Pedro Lorenzo.
2014: Durban. UIA Congres Durban’14. Award “River Town Street Project”. Member of the Jury.
2014-2017: Member of UIA WP Action Without Borders as Region I responsible.
2016-2018: Barcelona. Teacher in Master DUT (Desarrollo Urbano y Territorial) Module “Social Production of Habitat”. UPC/Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
2017: Lisboa. Teacher in “Curso Especializaçao em Territórios Colaborativos”. Universidade de Lisboa.


Emma Miloyo is a practicing Architect and partner at Design Source with vast experience in the building industry in the East and Central Africa region. She was the first female President of the Architectural Association of Kenya was recognized as one of “Top 40 under 40 Women in Kenya” in 2011 and 2018 by the Nation Media Group’s Business Daily. Emma is an Eisenhower Fellow (2015). She is married with 3 beautiful children.

Emma’s lifelong ambition is to inspire young women and help them break the glass ceiling that has limited their success, especially in male-dominated fields like architecture. She is a Director at Kiota School where her passion for education and nurturing of young minds extends.

Emma graduated from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) with first-class honours in architecture, the first woman to do so. She is passionate about the built environment and is also very enthusiastic about preserving Kenya’s architectural heritage. Emma has participated as a jury member on various architectural competitions including, East Africa Property Awards, Headquarters for the Medical Practitioners and Dentists’ Board and is behind the revival of the AAK Awards of Excellence in Architecture .She has served as a member on various boards and committees including:

  • ✓  Co-Author “Building in Kenya, A Real Estate Developers’ Toolkit “
  • ✓  Co-Founder, Women in Real Estate (WIRE).
  • ✓  Konza City ( 2012-2015).
  • ✓  Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors, BORAQS (2012-2015).
  • ✓Steering Committee on Buildings of Architectural and HistoricalSignificance.
  • ✓  Vice President, East Africa Institute of Architects (2015-2016).
  • ✓  Ex-Bomarian Education Trust Fund. A scholarship fund that supports theeducation of needy girls at The Kenya High School. The fund also provides career guidance for high school students.

Current Workplace:

≡ Design Source Ltd
≡ Kiota School


Twitter: @EmmaMiloyo
Facebook: @EmmaMiloyo
Instagram: @EmmaMiloyo


Architect Carolina Cedano, born in Piura, Perú in 1978. She studied at the National University of Piura, from 1997 to 2002, where she graduated as Bachelor of Architecture. In 2006, he achieved his degree as Architect and corresponding school professional.

From 2003 to 2008 he worked as a teacher, within a project to train new chairs at the FAU-UNP, and later in 2010 and 2011 at the San Pedro de Chimbote University. She has worked in the Provincial Municipality of Piura and in Pro Inversión in the years 2004 and 2005. She has collaborated in various private entities dedicated to the field of architectural design and construction. In 2007 he joined the National Institute of Culture-Regional Piura and in 2008 he joined the National Headquarters in Lima, where he worked until 2009. He has studied in Museology at the National University of San Marcos.

In 2010, the architect Carolina Cedano joined the company Restauro SAC, collaborating uninterruptedly in various projects and works as Project Manager, until 2018. In 2015 she completed the Master’s Degree in Construction Management at the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences- UPC. She has been a resident of the work and supervisor of various heritage conservation works in Peru.

Founding member of Arquitectura sin Fronteras Peru, professor at the University of Piura in the course of Rehabilitation Techniques. At the end of 2018, she created her own company for the conservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings in northern Peru.

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