AIA OVR Student Hackathon

Design for Homelessness
A student charrette to study alleviating the crisis of homelessness in downtown Cincinnati.

9.9.19 | Team Registration Deadline
9.19.19 | Student Charrette at the AIA OVR Convention in Cincinnati
9.30.19 | Design Concept Submission Deadline



Teams of 4-6 students, including up to one alumni from the Region’s NAAB Accredited Schools of Architecture

THEME Promoting Health & Wellness Among the Homeless
A student charrette to study alleviating the crisis of homelessness in downtown Cincinnati

Thursday, September 19 | 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Registration/Check-in: 9:00 am

AIA OVR Convention
Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel, 35 W. 5th St., Cincinnati

First Place – $500
Second Place – $250
3-4 Honorable Mentions will also be rewarded


Design for Homelessness

Increased numbers of homeless individuals coupled with the recent Opioid crisis in Cincinnati have exposed a menacing, complex, and poorly addressed confluence of mental, physical, and economic health problems. Simultaneously, both economic and infrastructure changes have altered the city physically and culturally leaving real estate “winners and losers” in the Cincinnati urban region. Increasing numbers of homeless people and homeless camps have become common place in and adjacent to downtown Cincinnati, which hosts many municipal and county social services that support these families and individuals. Currently, a daily migration of the homeless community travels into downtown from the derelict sites of the Queensgate neighborhood, anchored by the Rebecca Barron Center (shelter) for Men (formerly known as the Drop In Center off of Washington Park) and by various temporary service sites under I-75.


Phase 1: Team Registration and Preliminary Research

Registration Deadline: September 9th
/per team
Reigster Online

Teams of 4-6 students, including up to one alumni from the Region’s NAAB Accredited Schools of Architecture are invited to formally register for this event.

Invited schools include:  Ball State University, Bowling Green State University, Kent State University, Miami University, The Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati, University of Notre Dame, and University of Kentucky  

Phase 2: Conference Charrette

September 19, 2019 // 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM (Registration at 9AM)
AIA OVR Convention | Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel | Cincinnati

Teams will work towards developing possible solutions through research and discussion. A panel of local experts and community leaders will advise and support discussion.
Teams are encouraged to bring printed preliminary research/materials based on the provided resources.

Following the Hackathon Charrette, teams are invited to stay for the AIA OVR Design Awards Keynote Presentation by Catie Ryan Balagtas, Terrapin Bright Green. Winners of the AIA Indiana, AIA Kentucky and AIA Ohio Awards for Excellence in Architectural Design will be presented during this time.

Phase 3: Design Concept Submission

Deadline: September 30, 2019 // Midnight

The teams will have approximately 10 days following the conference event to revise and update their final design submission for online submission by September 30th at midnight.

The final submittal will be limited to (4) 11×17″ image slides including a narrative text description (250 word max) as well as images (diagrams, drawings, renderings, etc.) that communicate major concepts and ideas.


Program Committee
Priyanka Sen |
Blaise Durio |
Liz Dolinar |


The AIA Ohio Valley Region Exhibits are a large component of the Convention, and something that attendees look forward to each year. In an effort to make the exhibit time more beneficial for our exhibitors, the Exhibit Hall will take place during the Welcome Reception. This three hour networking reception provides a relaxed, social and fun environment that opens up opportunities for connecting with 300 architects from across the region.

Tabletop Exhibits

  • Two Exhibitor registrations (additional registrations may be purchased in August)
  • One 6’ draped table
  • Two chairs
  • Signage with the company’s name/booth number
  • Electronic copy of the list of attendees before and after the convention