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Kaira Looro 2021: Women’s House – Architecture Competition
Total awards: 6700 €
Join 60 €

Info & Rules

Contest info


Balouo Salo, through its Kaira Looro non-profit initiative and with the intention to promote gender equality in Africa, organizes the 2021 international architecture competition — Women’s House.

Kaira Looro is an international architecture competition for students and young architects, the objective of which is to launch the careers of new architectural talent, raise awareness in the international community regarding the topics of emergency, and support humanitarian projects.

Awards will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places, 2 honorable mentions, 2 special mentions, 20 finalists, and 20 Top 50. The winning project will receive a cash prize of €5,000 and an internship at Kengo Kuma, as well as a space measuring a maximum of 200 square meters, with only a ground floor, built with natural materials and using sustainable technologies in a process of self-construction with the benefiting community itself.

All awarded projects will receive a digital certificate and will be published in the official book of the “Kaira Looro 2021 – Women’s House” competition, presented and discussed at national and international institutions and authorities (Ministries, UN Women, Africa Union); transmitted to magazines and architecture portals; exhibited in events, fairs and seminars.

Architects, designers, engineers, and students from around the world may participate in the competition. It is possible to participate in the competition individually or in teams, with one requirement: the presence of individuals under 35 years of age on the team.

Partners of Kaira Looro 2021 include international institutions from the “Gender Equality” sector, among which: WGDD of Africa Union Commission, UN Women West and Central Africa e il Ministry of Women of the Republic of Senegal.

Kaira Looro 2021: Women’s House – Architecture Competition – Fees

The fee varies depending on the team’s registration period, as indicated below.

  • Early registration (until 28 February 2021) – €60/Team
  • Normal registration (between 1 March 2021 and 28 March 2021) – €90/Team
  • Late registration (between 29 March 2021 and 30 April 2021) – €120/Team

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Start date

1 February 2021  -  30 April 2021


1 February 2021  -  30 April 2021





1st Prize:5.000€ + Construction + Internship at Kengo Kuma2nd Prize:1.000€ + Internship at Miralles Tagliabue EMBT3nd Prize:500€ + Internship at SBGA2 Honourable Mentions 100€5 Special Mentions20 Finalists20 Top 50


Age restriction: 15 /

Available for citizens: Worldwide