Institutional projects are critical focal points for peri-urban and rural communities and serve as places for exchange. Often, these projects present themselves as tough landscapes to build within. There are many challenges: logistical constraints, shortages of material, limited budgets, lack of supporting infrastructure, difficult terrains and concerns of the stakeholders. To create meaningful architecture, the architect is confronted with difficult questions and good design emerges from the ability of the architect to respond to these questions. The three institutional projects chronicled here deal with the challenges of the context and demography with empathy and restraint all the while producing meaningful architecture and therefore, these projects are cited as Special Mentions in The Merit List.