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  1. All licensed architects in jurisdictions throughout the world are eligible to submit entries. All projects must be submitted between October 15, 2012 and November 15, 2012.

  2. An entry must have been designed by an architect registered per local regulation at the time of project completion. “Completion” is synonymous with “substantial completion” as defined in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) documents governing project construction. All entries should be submitted by either the design architect or the architect of record when the submitting firm is not the sole author. All other participants contributing to the design of the project must be given credit as part of the submission, regardless of discipline.

  3. Project authorship will remain concealed throughout jury deliberations. If authorship is revealed on any portion of the submission including photos, plans, narrative, or through communication outside the competition submission process, the entry will be disqualified.

  4. All submissions must be posted with a registered user ID and password.

Additional Information

The following pertains to the specific conditions of the project site, the national cathedral in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and the design competition on behalf of its reconstruction.

  1. The design dimensions are limited by the current footprint of the Cathedral of Port-au-Prince which are:
    • Length interior: 84 meters
    • Width of façade: 29 meters
    • Length of transept: 27 meters
    • Width of transept: 47 meters
  2. Soil examination performed in 1883, at the time of the original construction, are described as follows: "terrain d'argile crayeux or chalky clay ground. To prepare the foundations, 200 meter square of quartz stones were blended with a mixture of sand, lime and cement" according to P. A. Cabon (download the original document here).
  3. Liturgical considerations are essential in the construction of a Catholic cathedral. These are discussed in various websites including such as the following as examples without endorsement:
  4. Conditions that will inform design selection:
    • Not likely to be air-conditioned; fans frequently used
    • Irregular and expensive electric power
    • Limited capacity for maintaining complex mechanical, electrical and electronic systems
    • High maintenance environment susceptible to dust and wind
    • Environment prone to periodic earthquakes and frequent (yearly) hurricanes

Answers to questions asked during our Questions and Answers period can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page.


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