Architecture At Zero 2015

May 31, 2015
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The Architecture at Zero competition, now in its fifth year, is dedicated to furthering the knowledge-building and practice of Zero Net Energy building in California. By encouraging innovative design solutions to site-specific design challenges, the competition aims to broaden thinking about the technical and aesthetic possibilities of zero net energy projects. Further, it seeks to raise the profile of ZNE among built-environment professionals, students, and the general public in California and beyond.


This competition is open to students, architects, landscape architects, urban planners, engineers and designers anywhere in the world.

Site Description

The competition site is part of the University of California, San Francisco’s Mission Bay Campus that will be developed into multifamily residential units over a ground floor of retail, community and support spaces.

The new construction project will include approximately 398,700 gsf (gross square feet) of housing and 19,500 gsf of support services, with a minimum of approximately 774 beds in 523 units. The complex would be comprised of five or fewer buildings as well as outdoor space or courtyard.

Awards and Prizes

Up to $25,000 in total prize money will be awarded to winners to students and professionals.

Exhibition and Award Announcement

Winners will be announced at a press conference in fall 2015.


Submission deadline is September 25 at 1:00 pm PST. Please note that the Architecture at Zero competition uses an electronic registration process. If you are submitting multiple projects, you will need to register each project separately. See Submission Requirements for more information.

Architecture at Zero 2015 is sponsored by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), as part of its program activities dedicated to furthering the knowledge-building and practice of ZNE building in California.

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Architecture At Zero Award Winners

2011 - 2014

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