HOME: Our Place  is an international design event that explores the universal idea of home.  Conceived by Building Beauty Faculty Member Duo Dickinson, FAIA, the premise of HOME is for students to design their ideal home, exploring what is meaningful to them in how they want to live, and then creating a design of a home that manifests those values and visions on a real site somewhere in the world.  The event connects students and educators from three different institutions on three coasts and two continents: the Building Beauty program in Sorrento, Italy, and in the US the University of Hartford in Connecticut, and the University of San Francisco in California.  This year, the event took place in March and April 2018, and included over 100 project reviews written by 15 critics from around the world.  The projects were presented by Duo in an interactive live webcast where students from all three institutions participated.  As part of the webcast, Duo also spoke about the primal importance of home as a basic human need, and its special significance in architectural practice today.

Winning Entries


Ana Jancar, Building Beauty, Sorrento, Italy

Critics Prize

“I grew up in a single-family house and I might want to live in a house one day again. But I realized that at this point in my life my ideal home is an apartment. As I am planning to spend the summer working in Berlin I have explored what a dream home would mean for me there. It is a simple but cozy attic apartment with a roof terrace, overlooking the canal on one side and an internal courtyard on the other. Its many windows fill it with light. The old wooden-boards floor and the flower pots placed all around give it a sense of belonging.”

Book Prize

“I am from Germany, and this house is located at the lake I grew up with in my hometown. It is inspired by boathouses and lake houses in South Africa. I thought it would be beautiful to live in a house like this and designed it for the competition.”

Jan-Hendrix Hohnk, University of Hartford, Connecticut, USA