All five competitions closed December 2013! Thanks for the hundreds of participants. This page remains as an archive of the competition briefs.

The selected schools of architecture hosted internal competitions on the designated themes of recreation, housing, health, arts, and education. Winning students joined one of the five project teams in developing an Arctic Adaptations project included in the exhibition.


NU ARTS competition brief

Dalhousie University, School of Architecture
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NU HEALTH competition brief

University of British Columbia, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
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NU HOUSING competition brief

University of Toronto, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
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NU EDUCATION competition brief

Université de Montréal, L’École d’architecture
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Education Brief Cover

NU RECREATION competition brief

University of Manitoba, Faculty of Architecture
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Recreation Brief cover



Any student currently enrolled or graduating in 2013 from one of the five participating schools may enter the Arctic Adaptations competitions. Participating schools are Dalhousie University, University of British Columbia, University of Manitoba, Université de Montréal, and University of Toronto. Each school will run a competition on one of the five designated themes.


Each team is required to register by emailing In the registration email include:
– entrant school name
– team entrants full names (two members)
– team entrants preferred contact email address
Arctic Adaptations organizers will send your team a registration number as confirmation of registration.


Each team should consist of two eligible students. The team should thoroughly document their proposal for Arctic Adaptations at two scales, on two boards sized 24” x 36” laid out horizontally. Board 1 should document a design strategy at the regional scale. Board 2 should document an architectural scale.
Boards are to be submitted as a PDF with the following filename designation:
Submission process and information will be communicated to registered teams only.


The jury to select a winning student team will consist of Arctic Adaptations team members including academics, architects, and the Nunavut-based organization.


One winning team will be selected and have the opportunity to continue to develop the proposal in collaboration with one of the Arctic Adaptations architecture firms and the Nunavut-based organization. The Arctic Adaptations organizer will facilitate travel to the north for the selected student team, and will work with them in coordinating their role within the design team structure that is suitable to all parties. The selected students will be recognised individually and as a representative of their school.

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