Screen Shot 2020-04-12 at 8.46.20 PM.png

Crowdsourcing Architectural Design


Principal Investigator: Imdat As 

Project Duration: July 2011 - present

Funding: Angel and Institutional Investors

Team: 5-10

Status: Ongoing



DESCRIPTION: is the first-of-its-kind crowdsourcing marketplace for architectural, interior and landscape design projects. At Arcbazar anyone can launch a design competition for any scale of project: an addition to a home, a remodeling job for retail space, a design of an entire family home, a landscape project, a mixed-use development, or any other architectural design project. The client describes the project, uploads images, and provides basic information that form the basis for designers to develop their architectural concepts. The client sets the award and timeline, and in the end picks the best design solution. The award is distributed among the first three ranking design schemes.





  • 107th ACSA Conference, “Competitions in a networked society: crowdsourcing collective design intelligence,” Competitions, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, March 28-30, 2019.

  • 12th Pattaya International Conference on Advanced in Engineering and Technology, “Generating design: Training deep neural networks for architecture,” Pattaya, Thailand, 2018.

  • Forum8 Asia Seminars in Three Cities, “Arcbazar: From Crowdsourcing to Artificial Intelligence in Design,” Tokyo, Japan; Seoul, South Korea; and Shanghai, China, 2018.

  • ACADIA 2017 Conference, “Crowdsourcing the Obama Presidential Center,” Disciplines and Disruption - 37th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture, Cambridge, MA, 2017.

  • Forum8 Design Conference on Real-time 3D VR Technologies, Autonomous driving, BIM/CIM and cloud computing, “Arcbazar x Project VR,” Shinagawa Intercity Hall, Tokyo, Japan, 2016.

  • United Nations University Seminar, “Crowdsourcing Design and Sustainability for Urban Design Projects,” Tokyo, Japan, 2016.

  • Harvard Real Estate Conference, “Leadership and Entrepreneurship: Transforming the Real Estate Realm,” Cambridge, MA, 2016. (Invited Presenter/Panelist)

  • MIT Hacking Arts Conference, “Is Design Still a Differentiator?” MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA, Fall 2014. (Invited Panelist)

  • FutureM Conference, “Boston Shark Tank,” Microsoft NERD Center, Cambridge, MA, 2013.

  • ACADIA 2012 Conference, “Crowdsourcing architecture: A disruptive model in architectural practice,” Synthetic Digital Ecologies - 32nd Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture, San Francisco, CA, 2012.

  • MIT VMS v2i, “Arcbazar Start-up Story,” MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA, 2012.

  • ABX 2012 – Architecture Boston Exposition, “Crowdsourcing architecture and the disruption of the traditional praxis,” Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, MA, 2012. (Panel Organizer)

  • MIT Enterprise Forum, “Arcbazar Poster Presentation,” Microsoft NERD Center, Cambridge, MA, 2012.

  • Harvard GSD course lecture, “The Future of Architectural Practice: Crowdsourcing Architecture,” Cambridge, MA, 2011.

Arcbazar featured as one of the "Top 100 Most Brilliant Companies" by Entrepreneur Magazine.

Obama Library Competition on Arcbazar

Builtworlds - Project Innovation Video:

The Obama Library Competition on Arcbazar.

Arcbazar Explainer Video