Harness the collective wisdom of building industry experts from around the globe to transform your buildings and infrastructure

How Crowdsolving Works for Clients


Identify project

Identify client needs, project requirements and desired outcomes.


Design Proposals

Professionals and companies participate in the challenge and produces initial designs.

Provide Feedback

Designs are reviewed where client provides input.

Select a winner

Final design proposals submitted and clients or jury choose winning design.


Crowd-solving challenges leverage our diverse community from around the world with different backgrounds and skills to work together on creating innovative solutions for projects relating to the built environment.

Crowd-solving combines research, education, design, and implementation to solve real-world problems that will remain relevant and sustainable for years to come. Build Academy does this by empowering a global community of academic and engineering professionals, providing them with a venue to participate in the projects so that they are able to make a global impact.


Detail project specifications

Clients can specify project requirements, parameters, resource limitations and desired outcomes at great detail

Flexible involvement

Clients can be as involved or not involved through the process as they desire

Innovative solutions

Because of the global nature and mix of experience and skills in our community, pairing a mix of professionals breeds the most creative solutions


Timely results

Clients can set time constraints on how complex they want the challenge to be and how long they want it to run


High Quality

Because of the educational base we require participants to have and the high caliber of experts and professor engagement, the design solutions delivered are of the highest quality

Success Story

Liter of Light has been one of the most successful courses we have had thus far. Build Academy and Liter of Light teaches people all over the world how to Build Solar Lights for people living in underdeveloped areas where there is no affordable solution to get energy and lights.
The goal of this online course was to generate designs for cost-effective sustainable solar lights for people living in underdeveloped areas where there is no affordable solution to obtain lights. The participants in this online course designed affordable and easy-to-build lights, which will be implemented by Liter of Light and partnering organizations moving forward.

Emergency Shelters

Architects, engineers and other professionals must take immediate action in the development of the global emergency response to the natural or man-made disasters that are increasingly occurring in different part of the world. In times of crisis, the whole world should act to help war refugees and environmental migrants with the recovery efforts. Designers have the opportunity to propose solutions that can minimize the suffering and prevent the deaths of thousands of people.

Wars have devastating effects on people’s lives. By designing refugee camps, we will provide an alternative for the people who lost their homes and had to escape, leaving everything behind. The design of a refugee camp must minimize the already made psychological damage to the refugees by creating a welcoming environment and a new temporary home.

In current times, natural disasters are happening more often due to climate change. We can’t do much to stop them, but as architects and engineers, we can offer temporary solutions by designing transitional shelters for the recovery period. The 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the 2012 hurricane Sandy in the USA, the 2013 typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, are just some of the examples of the devastation effect of natural disasters. We need to take action.

The goal of this online course is to generate designs for emergency shelters for the victims of wars and natural disasters. The participants in this course will design affordable and easy to build shelters, which could be implemented by OCHA, UNHCR, WBG, and other international organisations. We will engage with a team of architects, planners, engineers, and social workers from all over the world. After the course, the projects and instructions will be placed on an open source platform, so anyone can download and use them.

Resilient Schools

On November 9, 2013, typhoon Haiyan hit the Phillipines, causing more than 5,000 deaths and destroying the homes and cities for millions. Natural disasters are happening more and more often due to climate change. We can’t do much to stop them, but as architects we can help with the recovery and to build shelters that would withstand them.

The goal of this online course is to generate design ideas for resilient schools for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan and other natural disasters. The participants in this course design schools, which are to be implemented by the Department of Education and Architecture for Humanity in the Philippines. We engage with a team of architects, planners, engineers, and social workers. The projects and instructions were placed on BuildAcademy.com, so anyone can download and use them.

An international jury select the best projects, which could be built. Weekly lectures and daily discussions were conducted on our forum. A team of professors, consultants, and teaching assistants led by Prof. Ivan Shumkov guided and assisted all students in their work.

Project Exhibits


What is crowdsolving?

  • Crowdsolving is a methodology that integrated education and traditional crowdsourcing which result in a high quality projects and proposals. Traditional crowdsourcing often results in a high number of projects of low quality that under deliver because there is no interaction between the client and the participants. Through crowd-solving participants receive tailors base education pertinent to the specific project and clients have the ability to provide iterative feedback through out the design process in an effective way.

What kind of projects can I initiate for a global challenge?

  • We mainly create challenges around commercial buildings and infrastructure projects. We also create challenges around innovative projects related sustainability and energy.

How will building industry professionals create good design solutions through an online process?

  • Our crowd-solving process combines the efforts of building industry professionals from around the globe with subject matter experts on specific projects, industry professors, and partnering companies.

What is Build Academy?

  • Build Academy is an online marketplace providing professional education and solutions for the building industry: architecture, real estate, engineering, construction and building products. We harness the collective wisdom of building industry experts from around the globe to transform buildings and infrastructure.

What does a typical process of a crowd-solving challenge look like?

  • Building industry professionals sign up for BA courses and establish credentials
  • Build Academy works with clients (ie. NGOs, real estate developers, and governments) who have a project development need to develop a crowd-solving challenge
  • BA Community competes in crowdsolving challenges
    • Leading participants move forward
    • Other participants can join leading teams or sharpen their skills with BA courses to increase their competitive advantage in future courses
  • BA jury and client choose challenge winner
  • The winning team receives prize money and a chance to implement the project that they have designed

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