All questions must be submitted to IAH@huduser.gov. Questions and answers will be posted to this page in a timely manner.
Most Recent Questions
Q: Our team includes one Architecture Student, one Urban Design Student, and Two Urban and Regional Planning Students. Do Architecture, Urban Design, and Urban and Regional Planning qualify as three disciplines; and, does Urban and Regional Planning qualify as a non-design-related discipline?
A: So long as these are three separate programs, the team would qualify. And, Urban and Regional Planning would qualify if the emphasis is on policy and not design.
Q: I am a faculty advisor, attempting to put a team together. Some of the students will be graduating at the end of this fall semester. They will be students at the time of application, but not at the time of completion. Is this an eligible team?
A: Unfortunately, no. All team members must be enrolled graduate students throughout the competition.
Q: For a team of five members excluding the faculty member, would it be okay if only three members are permanent residents or citizens of the USA?
A: Per the competition guidelines, teams must comprise at least three members who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The remaining team members may be international students. Team leaders must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Note that due to federal requirements, only U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to receive cash awards.
Q: I am assuming that December 10 is the registration deadline. So, when is the deadline for submitting the proposal? Could you provide a timeline for the project deliverables?
A: Complete timeline is posted on the website. Phase I submissions are due on February 5, 2019; Final Jury in DC is on April 17, 2019.
Q: I am a HUD employee, but also a student in a graduate program. May I join a team to compete in the IAH?
A: Unfortunately, no. This is not possible, due to conflict of interest.
Q: I teach architecture and planning studios at the graduate level. I would like to use this competition for my spring semester studio. However, due to the academic calendar, I will not know my students' names until after the registration deadline. Can I add the students names after the registration deadline? Can I register teams and change the names after the deadline?
A: Yes, you may register teams and add the names when the semester begins. Be sure to register the teams by December 10, 2018.
Q: Our program is a 5-year professionally accredited bachelor’s degree program. If our students team up with graduate students from other disciplines to make up the team will that be acceptable?
A: Unfortunately, no. According to the competition rules, all team members must be actively pursuing a graduate degree.
Q: I am currently enrolled in a Certificate program of a Graduate School of a certified university. Am I eligible to compete?
A: Unfortunately, no. Per the eligibility requirements, all team members must be pursuing a Graduate degree.
Q: If the competition team has less than five members (i.e., four members) do three members still have to be US citizens or will the number be less?
A: The requirement would still be for three members to be US citizens or permanent residents.
Q: Can a faculty advisor advise more than one team?
A: Yes, a faculty advisor may work with multiple teams.
Q: May undergraduate students in engineering compete in the IAH competition?
A: No, the competition is open only to graduate students. However, teams comprising engineering students would be fine, but must be at the graduate level.
Q: Is the following eligibility requirement compulsory: "Team leaders must be US citizens or permanent residents; teams must comprise at least three members who are US citizens or permanent residents. The remaining team members may be international students."
A: Yes. At least three members of the team, including the Team Leader, must be US citizens or permanent residents.
Q: Is a part-time graduate student eligible to participate?
A: Yes, team members must be current full or part time graduate students.
Q: Does the requirement for at least three disciplines include Bachelor's Degree background?
A: No. Teams must include members who are pursuing graduate degrees in three different disciplines, at least one of which must be a non-design-related discipline.
Q: Is it acceptable to work with a local architect to develop our schematics?
A: No, the team must comprise ONLY graduate students. The faculty advisor, who is not a member of the team, can provide appropriate guidance as necessary.
Q: Are recent grads eligible to join teams participating in the competition?
A: All team members must be currently enrolled in a graduate degree program to be eligible to compete.
Q: Are DWG or other kinds of files for the competition available?
A: Unfortunately, no. The only files are the PDFs that are linked through the website.
Q: What are the team and individual eligibility requirements?
A: All team members must be enrolled in a graduate degree program from an accredited educational institution in the United States. All teams must be made up of no less than three and no more than five members. Teams must comprise at least three citizens or permanent residents of the United States, including the team leader. The remaining members may be international students.
Q: What constitutes a multidisciplinary team?
A: Each team must have three to five members representing at least three disciplines that grant three different degrees, one of which must be a non-design-related discipline. For example, teams can comprise graduate students in architecture, planning, public policy, finance, business administration, and real estate development. Team members should be following degrees that will inform and enhance the team’s solution.
Q: As university faculty, can we integrate this competition into our semester curriculum?
A: Yes, we encourage connecting the competition to course content. In fact, last year's winning team was a class project, as were finalists in all four years of the competition.
Q: Are international students eligible to compete in IAH 2019?
A: Yes, all international students, including those on student visas, are eligible to compete in IAH 2019. However, team leaders must be citizens or permanent residents of the US, and all teams must be comprised of at least three citizens or permanent residents of the US. The remaining team members may be international students. International students are not eligible to receive prize money.
Q: Are undergraduate students eligible to participate in IAH 2019?
A: No, all team members must be currently enrolled in a degree-conferring graduate program. As this is an annual competition, we encourage undergraduates to think about participating in the future when in graduate school.
Q: Can one university field multiple teams?
A: Yes, there is no limit to the number of teams that can compete from a single university.
Q: May a team include members from more than one university?
A: Yes, as long as at least three disciplines are represented, team members can be from different schools.
Q: Can a PhD student serve as a faculty advisor?
A: Yes, a PhD student may serve as the advisor. The advisor's role is to support the team and provide guidance, as needed. There are no other specific requirements, except that the advisor may not participate as a full member of the team.
Q: Can we view the winning projects from past IAH competitions?
A: Detailed information on past winners, and a video of the 2018 final project presentations in DC can be found here.
Q: Can you provide additional information on the competition program?
A: The detailed program will be released on December 11, 2018 immediately after close of registration. We cannot provide any additional information until that time. However, since there is no cost to register, we would encourage you to create a team in any case.
Q: Our university does not have an architecture program. Would we need an architecture student as a part of the team?
A: The guidelines state that each team must have members representing at least three disciplines that grant three different degrees, at least one of which must be a non-design-related discipline. It is up to each team to determine its makeup. You are free to enlist members from other schools and the TeamFinder link on the competition homepage can be an aid to locating additional team members.