The theme of the third £25,000 annual Davidson Prize was 'Somewhere to Call Home'. The brief asked multi-disciplinary teams to communicate innovative design solutions for a home community where people who have experienced the trauma of homelessness and housing insecurity are given time to settle, recover and find their bearings.


Studio MUTT and Neighbourhood with The Independence Initiative, Hugh Baird College, Islington Hostel Outreach, Amber Akaunu, Peter O’Neil and Dead Good Poets Society

In June 2023, The Davidson Prize announced Helping Hands as the winner of the £10,000 prize. Helping Hands addresses the urgent need for temporary homeless accommodation and support services in Bootle, Liverpool, with a particular focus on the needs of young people leaving the care system. The team’s project proposes a nurturing communal landscape for people facing homelessness – co-created by residents, neighbours and specialist support organisations.

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The winner of the first People’s Choice Prize was Switch by Rifugio

A total of 882 people voted in the public poll, with Switch receiving more than 20% of the votes. The team proposed repurposing a disused station in Highgate, London as place where asylum seekers are offered sanctuary to process the trauma of their preceding journey. Assisted by food-based projects and the rituals of everyday life, inhabitants are supported to make a switch towards a chosen onward journey.

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Neuronest London

Exploring relationships between homelessness, neurodivergence and architecture

The Mother’s House
Balaam Murphy, Platform Homes Self-Build, Social Action for Health, Single Parent Rights, Lucie Stroud, Circlus

A new typology forged from existing structures to support single mothers and children

Carpenters Estate
Building Trust International

Accommodation and support services integrated with training and employment

Homes on the High Street
Duty to Care

A holistic high street place for recovery, support and opportunity – scalable across the UK

The Talbot Sisters’ Legacy
Footprint Architects with Hope for Food Charity, Tammy Woodward and Rebecca Smith of WDA

Reimagining the Victorian model village to tackle 21st century homelessness

An Unhostile Environment
Jas Bhalla Architects with All People All Places and Sheffield University

Creating unhostile environments for retreat, recovery and re-emergence

City Arcade
Patchwork with Coffee Tots

A lightweight modular timber frame adaptation of shopping centre typologies

More Not Less
Re-Group: ZCD Architects and Madeleine Kessler Architecture with Datshiane Navanayagam, Architecture Doing Place, JCLA, Webb Yates Engineers, Charles Jegar, Gene Limbrick and Poppie Skold

Design codes reinventing temporary accommodation for positive futures


Repurposing a disused station with a linear modular design rooted in productive community

Rights of Passage
Soft Cities with Coffey Architects, Margaret Ravenscroft, Dion Barrett, Room for Refugees and Vanclaron CIC

A group-built community and scalable sanctuary for asylum seekers

Studio idir with Me, Him & Her Design, Peter McKinney and Maura de Mello

Supported transitional homes for care-leavers in the heart of a new West Belfast

Helping Hands
Studio MUTT and Neighbourhood with The Independence Initiative, Hugh Baird College, Islington Hostel Outreach, Amber Akaunu, Peter O’Neil and Dead Good Poets Society

A nurturing communal landscape in Liverpool co-created by residents, neighbours and specialist support organisations

Garden Family
Tonkin Liu, Studio Mama, Hildrey Studio and Under One Sky Together with Exmouth Market community

A hyper-local social infrastructure of guardians to protect and nurture care-leavers

Re-Focus E15
Tropisms, Eco-Responsive Environments, Elena Tamosiunaite, Yasmin Lennon Chong, Marie-Louise Jones and Focus E15 Campaign

Reinventing temporary accommodation for the needs of mothers and children

Home Building
Wild & SNaB

Harnessing learning, collaboration and sustainable production to generate a sense of belonging

Space for Roots to Grow
Will King, Hari Kumar Studio, Amnesty Feminists, Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance

Secure intergenerational housing empowering domestic abuse survivors to recover


Sadie Morgan OBE, BA (HONS), MA, DU LSBU (HON.), FRSA, HON FRIBA (Chair) Co-Founder dRMM and Founder of the Quality of Life Foundation
Yemí Aládérun Senior Development Manager Meridian Water for Enfield Council
Osama Bhutta Director of Policy, Campaigns and Communications Shelter
Charles Holland Principal Charles Holland Architects
Priya Khanchandani MA (Cantab) MA (RCA) FRSA Head of Curatorial & Interpretation the Design Museum