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2022 Summer School
Floating House Competition

Architecture students from different countries competed during the 2022 Summer School to build the best houseboat, the international Floating House Design Competition in the area of floating architecture developed by the Miami School of Architecture in partnership with Go Friday.

The competition aimed to promote research related to important aspects that have contributed to the development of floating architecture around the world. How can floating architecture contribute to greater livability in a future marked by climate change, was one of the questions that formed the basis of this competition, which highlighted some of the concerns shared by Go Friday and SOA, such as adaptation to heat extreme and rising sea levels.



In this contest, in which 16 students participated in individual and group work, three winners were determined and evaluated by the jury:

Souto de Moura

Pritzker prize

Architect by Higher School of Fine Arts, Oporto. Professor in Faculty of Fine Arts in Oporto, Faculty of Architecture of Paris-Belleville, Architecture Schools in Harvard and Dublin, ETH in Zurich, School of Architecture in Lausanne.

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Founding Partner

Founded of SUMMARY, at the Science and Technology Park of the University of Porto in 2015. SUMMARY was selected as The Emerging Architect of the Year 2020 by the Dezeen readers and as one of the 20 best new practices of 2021 by the Archdaily editorial team.

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Moura Guedes

Curator and
Strategic Designer

She co-founded and is Chair of the cultural non-profit association experimental, in Lisbon. Since 1999 until 2017 she dedicated herself to the Lisbon biennale, experimenta design, being co-author and Director.

Distinguished by the French Government with the “Ordre de Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres” for her work in the design and culture field around the world. 

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Ph.D. in Physics, University of Chicago (1979); Electrotechnical Engineer - Instituto Superior Técnico (IST- Technical University of Lisbon, 1974); Coordinator Researcher (status and tittle conferred by INETI, 1996); “Agregação” (conferred by Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Materials Science Department, on the topic of Energy, 1986).

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University of Miami
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An internationally recognized architect and urban designer, a full-time professor and the Visual Studies Coordinator for M.Arch at the University of Miami. She has been a curator on numerous exhibitions and a fellowship in the Department of Planning and Design Excellence at Miami-Dade County Parks and Recreation.

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Our Committee

Rocco Ceo

Rocco Ceo, FAIA, is a Professor at the University of Miami School of Architecture and Co-Director of Design/Build (with Jim Adamson). His architecture practise focuses on the unique relationship between architecture and landscape found in the American Tropics. His work has received awards from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, Progressive Architecture, and I.D. Magazine. His interest in paradox found in the study of the natural world informs his architecture, research and painting.

Joanna Lombard

Joanna Lombard, AIA, LEED AP, is a Professor at the University of Miami School of Architecture with a joint appointment in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Miller School of Medicine and funded projects in the area of neighbourhood design and health, and current work on the impacts of greenness and greening initiatives. She also works with colleagues in the national research and design collective, Practice Landscape founded in 2006 by Rosetta S. Elkin.

Denis Hector

Denis Hector, R.A., LEED AP, is an Associate Professor at the University of Miami School of Architecture with a secondary appointment in the Department of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering. He received his B.Arch. from Cornell and his Master's from Penn. As a DAAD Fellow at the Institut fur Leichte Flaechentragwerke, he conducted research in the laboratory of Pritzker Prize winner, Frei Otto. He has taught architectural design and structures at the University of Bath, Parsons, Columbia, and Penn.


Floating House Design Competition


13 MAY to 11 JULY 2022


SOA Online
Floating House Competition

In addition to a monetary prize, students had the opportunity to get to know the Go Friday R&D department, in addition to visiting several architecture ateliers in Portugal, where they personally presented the winning projects. 

The proposals presented by the young architecture students have in common the response to a challenge: to create floating houses, designed from structures capable of facing climate change, and adapting to the environment.

1st place 
Lauren Elia

The Lantern House by Lauren Elia © Courtesy by School of Architecture | University of Miami

The Lantern House 

Location: Tokyo Bay Area

This design proposal explores the Tokyo Bay Area as a destination fo Go Friday's house boat competition. The design of this project pulls inspiration from the natural landscape and the Japanese cultural ties to water, free form, and framed views. The intentions behind the material choices and interior design composition looks to merge traditional Japanese elements with modern design, using sleek materials like steel and glass to create a light and airy ambiance. Through great emphasis on sustainability and self sufficiency, the design has been crafted through a lens of new technologies and innovative solutions. 

2nd place
Vanessa Crespo + Anan Yu

The Mangroon by Vanessa Crespo and Anan Yu © Courtesy by School of Architecture | University of Miami

The Mangroon

Location: La Parguera in Puerto Rico

La Parguera in Puerto Rico is a beautiful natural site surrounded by mangroves located on the southwest coast. Mangroves provide many benefits including stabilizing the coastline, water quality protection, and shelter to a variety of wildlife. The design happens around the mangrove, exploring the urban and architectural scale to create a floating city as an extension to the existing land community that has already developed a hybrid lifestyle living along the coast.

3rd place
Tiffany Agam + Isacio Albir

Aria by Tiffany Agam and Isacio Albir © Courtesy by School of Architecture | University of Miami


Location: Paris the Seine River Paris Olympics 2024

With the emphasis and goal of being able to be configured in an endless variety of options which can be tailored to each client's individual needs. Each space is designed to be independent but can also come together through either an immediate or prolonged process. Clients can choose between skeleton types and either one- or two- story structures. They can chosse from different offerings for living, dining, and recreation.

Honorable mentions

GoFriday x SRQ by Emi Kopke © Courtesy by School of Architecture | University of Miami

Emi Kopke 

A completely off-grid, self-sustaining floating micro community, equipped with solar energy, water filtration systems, hydroponic gardens, fish farms, and marine life rehabilitation centers, GOFRIDAY X SRQ provides solutions to affordable housing concerns, offers na educational experience for tourists, and combats effects of climate change, all while paying homage to the famous “Sarasota School of Architecture” inherent in its design. Inspired by the work of the late architect Paul Rudolph, the SRQ models boast the characteristics that dominated historic Sarasota architecture with a focus on open plans and seamless integration with the outdoors.


TF House by Sarah Alturkait and Carolina Barberi © Courtesy by School of Architecture | University of Miami

Sarah Alturkait + Carolina Barberi

Located in some of the most inadequate and tropical urban cities in the world, the tropical floating house would become an added beacon and speciality of equatorial cities. It is inhabitants of the tropics who will feel the effects the soonest, and who will suffer the most by the phenomena of climate change. The floating boat house would not only be a solution to flooding and urbanization, affordable, and an added cultural aspect, but will be designed as a modular unit that can be easily transformed, transported, assembled, and adjusted. Maximizing efficiency, a stacked, modular design would allow user adaptation due to flexible spaces. Resultantly, the project itself ranges from small, individual units to urban scale. This resilient and timeless design would adjust to not only todays’, but the future of climate change and environmental obstacles.

The Escape

The Escape by Morgan Rapp and Miranda Posey  © Courtesy by School of Architecture | University of Miami

Morgan Rapp + Miranda Posey

Located in Austin, Texas – specifically, Lake Travis, The Escape consists in 3 concepts: Studio, One Bedroom, and Two Bedroom - all of these maximize space and allow for engagement with the environment. The boat is designed with a docking system - meant to be anchored in Lake Travis. With this, comes the name The Escape – a place to get out of the day-to-day rush and escape to a beautiful body of water outside of Austin.

Honorable mentions

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