Register to Enter The Kaira Looro Architecture Competition for an Emergency Operations Center in Africa

Design an Emergency Operations Center that can help to facilitate resolutions for Humanitarian Emergencies in Africa and win up to 5,000€.

The Annual Kaira Looro Architecture Competition for 2020 was recently announced with the theme centering around Humanitarian Emergencies.

The brief for this year’s contest calls for ” the design of a structure that will house an EOC (Emergency Operations Center) and that can help to facilitate the humanitarian operations of international organisations, allowing them to act with the utmost efficiency.” The competition is
open to architects, designers and students from around the world with awards for 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, as well as Honorable Mentions, 5 special mentions and 20 finalists.


  • 1st prize: 5.000€ – Internship at Kengo Kuma and Associates  in Tokyo, Japan.
  • 2nd prize: 1.500€ – Internship at SBGA – Blengini Ghirardelli, Milan, Italy.
  • 3rd prize: 1.000€ – Internship at Mphethi Morojele Architect, Johannesburg, SouthAfrica.


  • Early Registration: 24th Jan – 15th Feb
  • Normal Registration: 16th Feb – 7th Mar
  • Late Registration: 8th Mar – 31st Mar
  • Submission Deadline: 27th Apr
  • Jury Evaluation: 3rd May – 9th May
  • Result announcement: 16th May


The proposals will be evaluated by an international jury made up of:

  • Kengo Kuma (Kengo Kuma and Associates ),
  • Agostino Ghirardelli (SBGA – Blengini Ghirardelli),
  • Lígia Nunes (Architecture Sans Frontieres International),
  • Mphethi Morojele (MMA Design Studio),
  • Walter Baricchi (Consiglio Nazionale Architetti Pianificatori Paesaggisti e Conservatori),
  • Philippa Nyakato Tumubweinee (University of Cape Town – UTC School of Architecture),
  • Mantey Jectey-Nyarko (Kwame Nkrumah University).

The entire proceeds will be donated to support humanitarian projects.

Find out more here.

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