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Submittal Requirements

Does each submission team need a NC licensed architect or even a licensed architect at all?
The competition mentions "designers" may submit meaning an unlicensed architectural designer, correct?

How is the selection committee making sure to promote inclusive and diverse applicants into this competition?

Are there funding/resources available to include members of the disability community,  especially disabled seniors, in the submission process? Another way of asking this: what resources exist for groups submitting designs?

Does a site need to be identified as part of the submission?  How does this relate to the "Context" scoring criteria?

What is the format for submissions?

Should the designer's name and information be on the submissions or are these judged anonymously?

Can people submit plans for ADUs that are already built?

Development and Zoning

Why the emphasis on using the Age-Friendly Criteria?

Development and Zoning

Can submitters select innovative elements such as off-grid energy, water and waste lines?

Is it possible that multiple designs can get on the fast track permitting list?

Can there be subdivisions created just for seniors who want an ADU?

Will there be any incentives made available for projects that include the winning ADU plans?

Will the winning plans be ready for permitting?


What funding programs are available to the primary dwelling unit (PDU) owners to finance the ADUs? Are there banks teaming with the city and AARP to help make these projects viable options for folks?


I want to know if you will be including physical accessibility for people in wheelchairs, etc.

The Criteria document mentions designs should have “a mainstreamed appearance”. What is meant by that? “

Are their additional points for using LEED?

Can designs be 1 bedroom, 2 bedrooms, or studio? Is one preferred?

What is included in the max square feet?

Are these meant to be designed for a single occupant or a family or something in between?



The RL Mace Universal Design Institute is a non-profit organization based in North Carolina dedicated to promoting the concept and practice of accessible and universal design. The Institute's work manifests the belief that all new environments and products, to the greatest extent possible, should and can be usable by everyone regardless of age, ability, or circumstance.

As the Institute's sister initiative, Better Living Design is changing the way homes and home products are designed, built, and remodeled to better meet the needs of everyone at every life stage. 


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