2018 Student House Design Competition

In the next decade, it is predicted that the building industry in Canada will need to hire over 100,000 new skilled workers. A summary from BuiltForce Canada points out how important it is to promote careers in our industry. In Alberta alone, in the next 10 years, 16,900 people are expected to retire and 14,700 new entrants are expected, leaving us with 4,600 vacant jobs.

10 Year workforce outlook for Alberta

BuildForce Canada

Student House Design Competition ExampleBILD Calgary Region promotes industry career awareness through our Student Membership and through our annual Student House Design Competition. The goal of both of these initiatives is to promote, identify, and provide experience to help students define career opportunities to ensure the long-term success of our industry.

The Student House Design Competition, now celebrating its 40th anniversary, has been so successful in supporting high-school and post-secondary students it is now part of the

Student House Design SAIT Winner

curriculum for many schools, including SAIT.

The competition provides support and opportunities for students who are interested in a career in the

industry by awakening their creativity in design, encouraging their innovation through scholarships and rewarding top competitors with a total of $8,000 to further their education in the fields of building and design.

The competition wouldn’t be possible without the dedicated, knowledgeable association judges, not only creating the criteria but critiquing the submissions. Thank-you to those judges, some of the most accomplished architects and designers in the Calgary building industry.

Please join us on May 15, to meet and honour the future of our industry at our Volunteer Recognition and Student House Design Awards dinner.


High School Winners – the high school competition is divided into three different levels, depending on

various degrees of input required.

Level 1                  Sam Mazzei                       1st Place                Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School

Level 1                  Emily Dootka                    2nd Place               Ernest Manning High School

Level 2                  Ethan Sexton                    1st Place                Ernest Manning High School

Level 2                  Matthew McConnell       2nd Place              Ernest Manning High School

Level 2                  Kate Coninx                       3rd Place              Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School

Level 3                  Bosco Zhi                            1st Place               Ernest Manning High School

Level 3                  Braedyn Hoople                2nd Place             Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School

Level 3                  Anna Balabanova             3rd Place              Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School

Level 3                  Tara Glisic                            4th Place             Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School


SAIT Winners

Student House Design Winners

5th Place               Julia Porter

4th Place               Kaylee Taylor

3rd Place               Juliana MacGregor

2nd Place              Diane Mottl

1st Place                Chris Audibert

Thank you to all of the students who put in a tremendous amount of creative effort.

Another huge thanks to the judges, many whom have been judging the competition for many years. Combined they spend over 160 hours judging more than 250 entries and are essential to the process.

BILD Calgary Region is proud to support such promising youth as we look forward to the future of the industry. There is always room for new, creative and innovative ideas – and as the competition proved, today’s talented youth are already demonstrating immense skills and accomplishments.