Design Marfa is conducting an international ideas Competition to propose designs for multi-family housing in Marfa, Texas.

Design Marfa has extended the submission deadline to November 3, 2014.

Design Marfa will accept submissions June 2 – November 3, 2014. The winning design will be chosen by a select jury. Please see Jurors section for more information.

Currently, Marfa has limited property zoned for multi-family housing. Please see Marfa's zoning requirements on our Downloads page. As tourism increases in Marfa, the availability of housing for full-time residents has the potential to become even more limited as the attractiveness of vacation rentals and part-time residences remove inventory from the market.

The objectives of the Competition are to:

  • Encourage multi-family housing projects
  • Consider housing as an urgent and basic component of improving the urban environment in Marfa
  • Promote dialogue on how to improve the housing shortage
  • Encourage city planners and property owners to rethink existing code limitations and potentially rezone appropriate properties for multi-family housing

Marfa, Texas is a town of approximately 2000 residents and is located in the Chihuahuan Desert.

The site to be used for this Competition is located at
701-721 N Kelly Street in Marfa, Texas. Google Map coordinates: 30.316001, -104.026360 and is 71,550 square feet.

The site is located in a community of single-family residences and in close proximity to the public schools.


Competition LaunchJune 2, 2014
Deadline for QuestionsAugust 1, 2014
Registration DeadlineNovember 3, 2014
Submission DeadlineNovember 3, 2014
Jury ReviewJanuary 2015
Winners AnnouncedFebruary 6, 2015