Architecture at Zero Student Residence Competition, 2017 Design Contest News

Arch at Zero 2017 Competition

Student Residence Design Contest: Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies Building, CA

26 Jun 2017

Architecture at Zero 2017 Design Competition

Arch at Zero 2017 Competition

Location: Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies (RTC), Tiburon, California, USA


Architecture at Zero is a zero net energy design competition open to students and professionals worldwide, engaging architecture, engineering, and planning students and professionals in the pursuit of energy efficient design.

This year’s competition is a science education facility in Tiburon, California. Student registration is free. Register for updates.

Architecture at Zero 2017 Competition

The competition challenge is to create a zero net energy bayside community education and visitor’s center, in support of the mission of the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies (RTC).  This facility is San Francisco State University’s center for estuary and ocean science located on 53 acres of bayside property in Tiburon, California.

The competition has two components. First, entrants will create an overall site plan to accommodate the program. Entrants are encouraged to highlight any energy efficiency strategies or systems shown.  Second, entrants will design two buildings in detail, to indicate zero net energy (ZNE) performance. In order to demonstrate the building design and its performance, entrants will provide required documentation and may also include supplementary documentation.

Click here for Competition Program, Zero Net Energy Considerations, Design Documentation, and Submission Requirements.


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


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

Entries are judged on the presentation board highlighting the project and any supplementary documentation. A separate review panel will convene to jury the technical components, which will result in a Technical Evaluation provided to the Jury. The Jury will determine the winners from all submissions. The Technical Evaluation is not the sole criterion on which entries will be judged but acts as a complement to the overall project design evaluation.

Entries are weighed individually, not in competition with others. Jury decisions will be based solely on the materials submitted. Criteria include quality of design, resolution of the program or idea, innovation, thoughtfulness, and technique.


The registration deadline is January 10, 2018 at 1:00 PM PST and the submission deadline is January 30, 2018 at 1:00 pm PST. Students must complete the registration form.

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.

Architecture at Zero 2017 Competition


Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, San Francisco State University  
Special education school in Marin County

Address: 3150 Paradise Dr, Tiburon, CA 94920, USA
Phone: +1 415-338-6063

Location:3150 Paradise Dr, Tiburon, CA 94920, USA ‘

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