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Overpopulation, homelessness, natural disasters. These are realities that architects are facing when designing now and for the future. In recent years, tiny homes have proven to be a positive solution for communities facing challenges such as population growth in urban areas, addressing homelessness, climate change and other natural disasters, and environmental degradation.


Thanks to the ingenuity of Rinker Materials and design expertise of architects, tiny homes built from concrete pipe provide real-world solutions for communities who are facing challenges such as overpopulation, homelessness, and can even be used as temporary shelters for refugees facing natural disasters, environmental degradation, and political unrest.

With Pipe Dream, the AIAS and Rinker Materials are looking for members to share their sketches or renderings in new and innovative ways to transform concrete pipes into tiny homes. The competition asks students to think about what constitutes ‘home’ and how that can be condensed into tiny, livable space. This competition is open to all years and skill sets – show us what you’ve got!


We are looking for innovative, fun, and constructible submissions.

Submissions should consider this a one-person dwelling and ideally should include living space, sleeping space, a kitchen, and bathroom. These programmatic elements can overlap/double-up/etc due to space constraints. Additionally, a few ‘nice to have elements’ would be the use of tile and an outdoor living space.

We are looking for at least one (1) floor plan and one (1) section to showcase your design – show us your sketches!

Each tiny home will be comprised of (2) 96″ long x 96″ diameter concrete pipes.

Download the concrete pipe schematics here.

How To Enter

  1. Share your sketches/renderings on your Instagram account between September 17 and November 2, 2018, to enter the competition
  2. Describe your tiny home (in 1-2 sentences)
  3. Tag the AIAS National Office and Rinker Materials on Instagram – @aiasorg @rinkermaterials
  4. Use the following hashtags: #AIASPipeDream, #tinyhome, and #rinkermaterials

The top submissions will be promoted bi-weekly on the AIAS National Instagram account.

Pipe Dream 2018 will run from September 17, 2018, to November 2, 2018. The jury will review all submissions and select the three finalists. The finalists will be notified and asked to complete a working set of schematic drawings from which the winning entry will be constructed at the NAHB International Builder’s Show in Las Vegas in February 2019.

Winners will be announced in December.

*Note: You must be an active AIAS member to participate*
**You must have a public Instagram account to participate**
***There is no limit to the number of sketches and renderings you can submit, but please choose your best!***


Three winners will be selected and their work will be showcased at AIAS FORUM 2018.

$10,000 in scholarship awards will be offered to the winning teams. The cash prizes are as follows:

  • 1st Place: $5,000 and their submission built and featured at the NAHB International Builder’s Show
  • 2nd Place: $3,000
  • 3rd Place: $2,000


You must have uploaded your sketches and renderings to Instagram by 11:59 pm on Friday, November 2, 2018.

Please Note: Acknowledging the collaborative tendency of architecture studios in academic settings, AIAS competitions are open to both individual work as well as group work. If an AIAS member chooses to submit a project, image, model, or sketch to any of the AIAS competitions that was the product of more than one individual, it must be noted on the submission as a group effort. It is also important that all participants are aware of the submission and that their names are included in the associated description. Prior to submission, all individuals that contributed to the work being entered must come to a consensus regarding the allocation of the potential prize funds. Group submissions have the option to donate their winning funds to their AIAS Chapter or split the funds equally. If an entry is chosen as a competition winner, the prize funds will be issued to the individual that submitted said work to distribute in accordance with their pre-determined distribution plan.