When Jeff Sheppard, principal of Denver’s Roth Sheppard Architects, launched the "Micro Housing Ideas Competition" back in January, he had no idea where the entries would come from. The contest—sponsored by the Denver Architectural League—was open to just about anyone in the United States or abroad associated with the architecture profession, including registered and non-registered architects, interns, and students. As the models and drawings began pouring in, Sheppard noticed that many were coming from outside the U.S.
By the time the competition closed on May 9, there were 70 entries from 20 countries. And when the winners were announced on May 17, all four were from outside the U.S. Mexico-based architect Armando Birlain López, principal of Studio de Arquitectura y Ciudad, won top honors, which came with a $3,000 prize. Tadeja Vidoni of Spain took second, with honorable mentions going to A43 Arquitectura (Portugal) and Ahmed Hamdi (Egypt).