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 will be for a site on the CSU Monterey Bay campus in California. Details and program available in June, 2018. Deadline will be January, 2019. Student registration is free. Register for updates.

The Architecture at Zero competition was the perfect launch to our campus master plan update. Driven by the need to provide on-campus housing and SF State’s goal to lead the CSU in sustainability, we developed an aggressive program for a ZE district that would optimize development of a 7-acre parcel of land. Competition entrants rose to the challenge and provided a range of district and building solutions that were compelling in both energy strategies and architectural design.

The entries created enthusiasm for our ambitious plans, while also familiarizing campus leadership with the language of building innovation and resilience beyond what they would have conceived otherwise. The competition, therefore, provided proof of concept—that zero energy housing is achievable at SF State—and helped build increased institutional support for deep green energy projects campus wide.

Architecture at Zero helped transform SF State’s commitment to zero energy infrastructure and building. Thank you!

— Jill Anthes - Executive Director of Community Planning and Design, SFSU

Architecture at Zero is presented by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC).


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This program is funded by California utility customers and administered by PG&E under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.