All India Architectural Student competition for designing


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About The Competition Program

A Centre for Psychosocial Rehabilitation is a facility focused on treating and healing those afflicted with mental illnesses and conditions.

Mental health is more than the absence of mental illnesses. It includes mental well-being, prevention of mental disorders, treatment, and rehabilitation. Mental illness can manifest in many forms, beginning with autism and cognitive impairment in childhood, depression, anxiety, substance misuse, and psychosis in maturity, and ending with dementia in old life.

WHO estimates that, globally, one in every eight individuals suffer from a mental disorder. In sum, mental health illnesses constitute for 15% of the global disease burden.

In the latest national survey on mental health, conducted in 2017, found that one in every seven Indians are afflicted with some form of mental health issue. In India, more than 80% of people do not seek professional psychiatric assistance due to a lack of understanding about the issue, the taboo affiliated with it, a lack of qualified experts, insufficient financing, and a low priority given in the national budget. The Indian economic loss due to mental health conditions, between 2012-2030, is estimated at USD 1.03 trillion.

The typology and imagination of this unique program, so specific to modern day society, can be critically challenged and re-defined as per the context the participants shall choose to design the Centre for Psychosocial Rehabilitation for ARCHEAL 2023. Some of the questions framed by this year’s ARCHEAL are as following:

  • How can we use the narrative of “Mental Health” and explore programs in healthcare facilities, which get articulated, into an architectural form, which is embedded, into an India context?
  • What is the meaning of a rehabilitation center?
  • How must a space for treating mental illnesses be planned, designed and managed in India’s rural or urban societies?
  • What is the broader role of mental rehabilitation design in 21st century India?



Start of Competition and Registration

30th April 2023

Registration Ends

30th June 2023

Closing Date for Submission

30th July 2023

Announcement of Winners

15th August 2023


The Jury shall select 3 winning entries that will receive a cash prize and certificate from HOSMAC.

1st Prize: Rs   75,000/- + Certificate

2nd Prize: Rs  50,000/- + Certificate

3rd Prize: Rs   25,000/- + Certificate

The Jury shall also select 2 Honorable Mentions.

All top 5 entries will be published on Healthcare Executive Magazine powered by HOSMAC

Winning team members could apply for a paid internship opportunity in HOSMAC design studio in Mumbai or Dubai. Selection would depend after virtual interview.