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

Design Marfa will accept submissions June 2 – October 6, 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 DeadlineOctober 3, 2014
Entry DeadlineOctober 6, 2014
Jury ReviewNovember 2014 – January 2015
Winners AnnouncedFebruary 6, 2015