Design competition seeks ideas in fight against disease epidemics

A competition looking at responses to disease outbreaks such as the Ebola crisis in West Africa is encouraging students to engage with health-related design.

Architecture students will get the chance to come up with inventive ideas for responding to outbreaks of contagious diseases such as Ebola in a competition being run by the International Union of Architects Public Health Group.

Students are being invited to design a flexible and affordable transport unit for patients suffering from a contagious disease that allows for isolation, diagnosis and treatment in difficult circumstances.

Up to US$27,000 worth of prize money will be awarded to entrants that place in the competition. The award for first prize is for US$8,000, second prize US$5,000 and third prize US$3,000. Fourth and fifth places will be awarded US$2,000 and US$1,500 respectively, with up to 10 hourable mentions receiving awards of US$750.

The deadline for submissions to the competition is 20 April 2015, with winners announced on 24 May.

The competition aims to engage more students with health-related design, with the winning projects to be exhibited at the International Union of Architects’ May conference in Dalian, China.

For more information about the competition, click here.

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