Rules & Regulations

The main judging for the competition will be by a jury of five (5) with expertise from the fields of Architecture, Urban Planning, Engineering, Fine Arts, Culture, Commerce, Education, and Anthropology. 

Jurists will commit to three full days in closed session, prior to which they will individually assess the presentation boards and design briefs. The jury judging will take place without prior knowledge

of the results of the People’s Choice Competition. 

After the judges have their tally, bonus points resulting from the People’s Choice Competition will be added to the score for each competitor. Once this is completed, a final three will be selected. Interviews of the final three will take place following which an overall winner will be selected.


The overall winner, two runners up and People’s Choice winner would then be announced.

Panel of Judges


 Mr. Antonius Roberts


Professor Andrés Mignucci, FAIA, PHK

Puerto Rico

Mrs. Valaria Pintard-Flax


Dr. Nicolette Bethel


The Central Bank of The Bahamas


Technical Considerations for the Judges 

The jury will be guided by pre-established design considerations in accordance with the following criteria:

  1. Architectural design drawings.

  2. Design brief not to exceed number of pages stated.

  3. Site planning would include, but is not limited to, the proposed placement of Central Bank, Supreme Court, Houses of Parliament, Cabinet Office, Police Headquarters, Office of the Prime Minister, Office of Leader of the Opposition, Magistrate Courts, and other important buildings.

  4. Provide a concept for the repurposing of the existing Central Bank. Participants might decide that some current structures in the area under consideration should be relocated outside of the designated area. Urban design shall include the following concepts: a. formal and informal gathering spaces. b. pedestrian walkways and pedestrian streets. c. performance areas. d. display areas for recognition of persons or events of national significance or celebrations. e. retail areas for street artists and public vendors. f. greenspaces featuring gardens and water features and the like. g. suggestions for improved traffic flow.

  5. Public transport centers to be identified - bus depots, horse and carriage rides, and taxis shall be repositioned or expanded for improved functionality.

  6. Centralized parking shall be considered, including but not limited to park and ride.

  7. Increased appropriate and attractive signage for ease of tourists and locals to discover Nassau.

  8. Historic, cultural, and distinctly Bahamian installments shall be proposed.

  9. Central Bank concept building to be appropriately sized and positioned, based on information provided in design brief documents and architectural leanings of design competition applicants. Exterior concept views are required at this time.

  10. Emphasis shall be placed on concepts that limit the impact to the environment. Plans should show use of renewables, recycling, and promotion of energy efficiency where possible. The site and urban design to include the maximum number of sustainable components possible.

  11. The design needs to be functional and should give consideration to the local environmental factors and climactic conditions.

  12. The design should reflect adequate provision for utilities, taking into consideration future expansion and ease of access for maintenance.

  13. A proposed Government complex should be provided as a building or campus. Participants are to propose which entities should be placed in the complex or campus. Careful consideration should be given to placement with respect to how each selected division functions with the other.

  14. The design shall include for conservation and adaptive reuse of landmark properties.

  15. Participants are to familiarize themselves with the Protected Tree Order, which is found within the Conservation and Protection of the Physical Landscape of The Bahamas Act 1997. To note, the Protected Tree Order moved to the Forestry Act 2010; however, the Schedule of Protected Trees for the Forestry Act 2010 has not yet been gazette and defaults to the existing Protected Tree Order. Any person seeking to harvest a tree listed on the Protected Tree Order shall comply with the provisions of the Act and apply for a permit to harvest a protected tree species. A list of protected trees is provided in the Appendix. 

  16. Competitors should programme the urban space in order to indicate how the urban area design is to be phased and each phase should be prioritized so that it serves as a catalyst for continued development.

  17. Provide a budget and schedules for execution of the plans for revitalization, inclusive of the phasing strategy.

  18. All concepts should be original works. Direct duplication of the work of other architects would result in immediate disqualification.