from around the world are uniting today with MARS CITY DESIGN, creating the blueprints of a sustainable city, its possible lives, art, architecture, science and technology for Mars.


to our contestants, for participating in


“The original meaning of the word compete derives

from the Latin: com, means: ”together”

and petere “to seek” or “to strive.”

Competition did not originally connote comparison,

it meant: “to strive together for shared goals.”

Mars City Design is created to provide a platform for all of us to strive together for a shared goal, to create a great future for the human life on Mars, inspiring the human behavior and condition on Earth today.

Thank you for uniting with us in achieving this great goal!





Best Mars City Design 2016 

for Structure Category

by Alain Robert 

and United Atelier team:

Liu Le Kang & Xie Xin Cong   



Favorite Mars City Design 2016 

for Structure Category 

by Reza Eslami and Asal Shokati



Best Mars City Design 2016 

for Agriculture Category

by Jeff & Melissa Pernell 

and team of Galactic Farms



Best Mars City Design 2016 

for Infrastructure Category 

by Karan Gandhi



Favorite Mars City Design 2016 

for Infrastructure Category 

by Ava Iranmanesh & MIT Team



Best Mars City Design 2016 

for Architecture Category 

by Matthew Jennings



Favorite Mars City Design 2016 

for Architecture Category

by Eugene Jahng 

& Prof. Christina Ciardullo of CMU


‘Local Positioning System (LPS)’

Best Mars City Design 2016

for Innovation Category

by Dean Little and team (Piyush Patil)



Best Mars City Design 2016

for Human Health Category 

By Adrian Pelkus


‘Mars Terraforming Platform (MTP)’

Best Mars City Design 2016 

for Human Environment Category 

by Dean Little and team (Pablo Fregenal Sotelo)




James K. Ericksonnasa-jpl

Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Project Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), NASA. Former Mission Manager, MER; former Project Manager, Galileo Project to study Jupiter; senior level experience on the Viking Missions.

Mr. Erickson started working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in 1974 as a Summer hire. Since there was always something fun to do at JPL, he never left. During his 33 years at the JPL, Mr. Erickson has worked on numerous spaceflight projects including the Viking mission to Mars, the Voyager mission to the outer planets, Mars Observer, and managed the Galileo Project to the planet Jupiter.

Mr. Erickson then managed the Mars Exploration Rovers, the Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter, the DSN’s Mission Support and Planning Program Office, and now the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover. Mr. Erickson received his B.S. from Harvey Mudd College in 1975, and his MBA from West Coast University in 1981.


Colonel Gregory Johnson

President and Executive Director, CASIS

Gregory H. Johnson is the President and Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS).
As Executive Director of CASIS, Johnson is responsible for leading the organization in the identification of novel applications and the development of new partnership opportunities that will advance utilization of our nation’s orbiting laboratory and will accelerate development of the emerging commercial market in low earth orbit.
Prior to CASIS, Johnson was a decorated officer and fighter test pilot with the United States Air Force. Among his assignments, he flew over 60 F-15 combat missions in support of the Persian Gulf in the early 1990’s. Retiring as a full Colonel after nearly 25 years, Johnson logged over 5,000 flight hours in more than 50 different aircraft.
In 1998, Johnson was selected as a NASA Astronaut and ultimately piloted two Space Shuttle missions (STS-123 and STS-134, both aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour) where he spent nearly 32 days in orbit contributing to the assembly of the ISS. In October 2011, Johnson served as the Associate Director for external programs at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH. In that role, Johnson managed all public affairs, outreach and educational programs at the Center.
Johnson received his B.S. in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy, his M.S. in flight structures engineering from Columbia University and his M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Anousheh Ansari

Dr. Anousheh Ansari is a Co-Founder, Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of Prodea Systems. As she launched her new company, on September 18, 2006, she also blasted off for an eight-day expedition aboard the International Space Station and captured headlines around the world as the first female private space explorer.
As a successful serial entrepreneur and active proponent of world-changing technologies and social entrepreneurship she along with her family provided the title sponsorship for the Ansari X Prize, a $10 million cash award for the first non- governmental organization to launch a reusable manned spacecraft into space twice within two weeks. This feat was accomplished in 2004 by legendary aerospace designer Burt Rutan in 2004. With the success of the X Prize competition, Ansaris had helped launch a new era in private space exploration.
Prior to Prodea Systems, Anousheh co-founded Telecom Technologies Inc., where she served as chief executive officer and chairwoman. After earning three key U.S. patents and growing 100% year over year since inception, her company successfully merged with Sonus Networks, where she served as General Manager and Vice President of the Softswitch division.
Anousheh serves on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations focused on STEM education and youth empowerment. She currently works to enable social entrepreneurs to bring about radical change globally, with organizations such as ASHOKA, which supports social entrepreneurship around the world, including the Middle East and Central Asia.
Anousheh earned a bachelor’s degree in electronics and computer engineering from George Mason University, followed by a master’s degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University. She received an honorary doctorate from George Mason, as well as Utah Valley University and International Space University.



Dr. Slade Gardner

Advanced Manufacturing and Materials at Lockheed Martin Corporation.

Dr. Slade Gardner is the technology and strategy leader for implementation of Advanced Manufacturing and Materials at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company Advanced Technology Center. He is leading the maturation and acceptance of Advanced Manufacturing capabilities for product implement. His molded thermoplastics portfolio is demonstrating and inserting a broad range of complex molded hardware into various products for a complete series catalog of aerospace quality and space qualified next-gen structures.

Slade’s Direct Manufacturing portfolio is rooted in current implementation of electron beam direct manufactured titanium products for space vehicles but extends to creative and affordable alloy development solutions to nuclear energy components for the DOE. Dr. Gardner’s CNT composites work is combining high throughput surface chemistry modification with selected advanced matrix materials to achieve creative solutions to space vehicle multi-functional structure needs. He is also a subject matter expert in composites materials/manufacturing and routinely provides program manufacturing support for strategic planning and tiger team urgent response.


Dr. Andrew Barton

Technical Director for Google Lunar XPRIZE

Dr. Andrew Barton is Director for Technical Operations at the XPRIZE Foundation where he supports the operation of the Google Lunar XPRIZE. Coming from a background in the aerospace and mechanical engineering fields, Andrew previously worked in the private space industry in Europe as a technology developer, project manager and entrepreneur. Among other roles, he worked for 4 years as a specialist at the European Space Agency in the Netherlands where he supported the development of space missions, including significant contributions to future lunar and Mars landers as well as the VEGA launch vehicle. As Director of Technical Operations for the Google Lunar XPRIZE, he is responsible for selecting and managing the panel of independent judges, communicating technical aspects of the prize to the space industry and the general public, and he also led the implementation of the Milestone Prizes program held in 2014. Andrew holds a Ph.D and bachelors degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Sydney and a Masters degree in Space Studies from the International Space University.

Amir Blachman

Executive Vice President at Phase Four

Mr. Blachman leads business development and finance for Phase Four, a company building plasma thrusters for the rapidly-growing satellite market. He also serves as a Strategic Advisor to the electric aircraft company Bye Aerospace. Prior to Phase Four, he served as Managing Director of Space Angels Network, investing in emerging aerospace companies.

Mr. Blachman has over 20 years’ experience in startup operations, finance and marketing, and real estate investment. He holds a bachelors degree from UC Santa Barbara, an MBA from UCLA Anderson, and is a graduate of the NASDAQ/Anderson Director Certification Program for corporate governance.

Mr. Blachman served as an instructor in the Israel Air Force, and holds a private pilot license with an instrument rating. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife and daughters.