Government of Jamaica Houses of Parliament Design Competition

Competition Details

Competition Documents

Design Brief

The Government of Jamaica Houses of Parliament Design Competition Design Brief

Terms & Conditions

The Government of Jamaica Houses of Parliament Design Competition Terms & Conditions

Stages and Prizes


Stage 1

The top 5 selectees will be awarded
2 Million JMD each.


Stage 2

The top 3 selectees will be awarded:
1st Prize – 5 Million JMD
2nd Prize – 4 Million JMD
3rd Prize – 2 Million JMD 

Peoples' Choice Award

Awarded to one of the top 5 selectees.
Voted on by the general public.


The competition is open to citizens of Jamaica residing locally or abroad who are Architects registered under the Architects Registration Act (1987) of Jamaica and who are duly licensed at the time of submission for the competition or teams led by such a person. Participants are to be guided by the following criteria:

  • The team lead must be fully qualified as stated and able to be the Architect of Record for the building project.
  • The team complement must include at least 50% Jamaican citizens or persons of Jamaican heritage. 
  • The team must present a full list of the membership, organisational chart and confirmation of citizenship or heritage for the Jamaican members.
  • The team lead can participate in only one submission.
  • Team members, other than the team lead, may participate in more than one submission.
  • Evidence must be provided at the time of submission (on or before September 17, 2018) of the citizenship, licence and registration of the team lead and relevant team members.
  • All eligibility documents must be notarised for submission.

Peoples' Choice Vote

Please be guided by the following:

  1. Vote(s) may be submitted by individuals by going to or by texting the individual vote codes to (876) 399-4774
  2. Online voting limit one (1) vote per person, per day.
  3. Text limit five (5) votes per person for the voting period.
  4. The use of script, macro or any other automated system to vote is prohibited and all such votes will be void.
  5. Finalists are prohibited from obtaining votes by any fraudulent or inappropriate means, including, but not limited to, offering prizes or other inducements to members of the public, vote farming, or engaging in any other activity that artificially inflates the finalists’ votes.
  6. Votes cast or received in violation of these Official Rules will be disregarded and disqualified.
  7. The People’s Choice Award will be granted to the submission that has received the most public vote for their favourite proposal, which concept inspires the public the most and which they would like to see in the Park and Heroes Circle subsequently. This award will not contribute to the Juror’s final decision (Competition Terms and Conditions, item 1.11.3: People’s Choice Award).
  8. The visible vote count will be removed at or before February 14, 2019 and the winner of the People’s Choice Award will be announced at the Competition Awards Event. The date for same is to be announced. 
  9. By participating, voters agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Design Competition Secretariat.
  10. The Secretariat reserves the right to disqualify persons found tampering with or otherwise abusing any aspect of this promotion as solely determined by the Secretariat.
  11. In the event the website is compromised by a virus, non-authorized human intervention, tampering or other causes beyond the reasonable control of the Secretariat that
    corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness or proper operation, the Secretariat reserves the right in its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the
  12. The Secretariat will not be responsible for failure to receive votes or other electronic communications due to transmission failures or technical failures of any kind, including,

    without limitation, malfunctioning of any network, hardware or software, whether originating with sender or the Secretariat.

  13. In the event of a dispute, all votes will be deemed to have been submitted by the owner of the ISP and/ or email account from which they were sent. For these purposes, an

  14. ISP and/ or email account holder shall mean the natural person assigned to such ISP and/ or email account by the Internet access provider, online service provider or other

    organization responsible for assigning ISP and/ or email addresses for the domain associated with such account.

  15. Any questions regarding the number of votes submitted by the owner of an account shall be determined by the Secretariat in its sole discretion.
  16. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any such provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable, these rules shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or unenforceable provision was not contained therein.


Competition Schedule

All submissions of proposals should be made by the specified times listed below


Competition Launch

May 17, 2018  


Registration Period

May 17, 2018 – June 14, 2018 by 4:00 pm


Site Visit – National Heroes Park

July 6, 2018


Tour George William Gordon House

July 9, 2018


Competitor’s Conference

July 9, 2018


Stage 1 Deadline for Questions

July 12, 2018


Stage 1 Deadline for Answers

July 19, 2018


Stage 1 Design Period

July 20, 2018 – September 17, 2018


Stage 1 Design Submission deadline

September 17, 2018 by 2:00pm


Stage 1 Jury Evaluation

September 18, 2018 – October 2, 2018


Exhibition of Stage 1 Entries

October 8, 2018 – October 22, 2018


Announcement of shortlisted competitors

October 10, 2018 at 1pm


Stage 2 Deadline for Questions

October 12, 2018


Stage 2 Deadline for Answers

October 22, 2018


Stage 2 Design Period

October 23, 2018 – December 17, 2018


Stage 2 Proposal Submission

December 18, 2018 by 2:00pm


Stage 2 Jury Evaluation

January 7, 2019 – January 25, 2019


Exhibition of Stage 2 Entries

January 28, 2019 – February 8, 2019


Awards Ceremony & Announcement of Competition Results

March 27, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.