Design Competitions 2017-18

Bay Book House (BaBH) Competition


Posted 02.09.18

Sponsor: arquideas
Fee: 50-100 euros
Deadline: April 27, 2018

Design Challenge: The objective of this competition consists of proposing a space for cultural exchange that will activate one or several of the unused piers of the historic Port of San Francisco. Thanks to its privileged location, it will seek to become an international meeting point for students, researchers, and lovers of culture and general knowledge. The aim is attract residents or visitors with cultural consultation, open-air reading, and/or technological innovation.
Submission Requirements: Visit arquideas.net/competition/bay-book-house for more details.

R.E.D. Student Portfolio Competition


Posted 02.07.18

Sponsor: MG2
Fee: Free
Deadline: March 16, 2018

Design Challenge: The MG2 Recognizing Exceptional Design (R.E.D.) Student Portfolio Competition celebrates the work of architecture students (undergraduate and graduate) across the nation. Winning entrants will each receive a three-month paid summer internship at any U.S. MG2 office, plus a $500 housing stipend each month.
Submission Requirements: Visit red.mg2.com for more details.

Dwell: Mumbai Mixed Housing


Posted 01.24.18

Sponsor: Arch Out Loud
Fee: $55-$95
Deadline: May 1, 2018

Design Challenge: Rapid urban growth and growing inequality has created a global crisis in housing that increasingly segregates the rich from the poor. Though not fully understood, there is a clear and parallel relationship between the size of a city and its level of socio-economic disparity: the larger the city, the less equal it tends to be. Arch Out Loud challenges competition entrants to design a mixed dwelling development on one of the last undeveloped sections of Mumbai’s coastline.
Submission Requirements: Visit archoutloud.com/dwell for more details.

Home 2018 Competition


Posted 01.24.18

Sponsor: Arch Out Loud
Fee: $40-$80
Deadline: July 14, 2018

Design Challenge: A home is the setting of one of our most personal interactions with architecture. The Home Competition invites all designers to engage ideas of living and domestic architecture for the future. What do you think the future of “home” is?
Submission Requirements: Visit thehomecompetition.com for more details.

F3 University Design Challenge


Posted 12.22.17

Sponsor: Fluor
Fee: Free
Deadline: May 25, 2018

Design Challenge: Fluor sponsored University design competition to develop an “international” production facility. Universities from around the globe have been invited to participate and are challenged to create a design solution for a simple, rapidly deployable, small scale manufacturing facility that can be shipped to any location in the world and assembled with minimal expertise.
Submission Requirements: Click here to download full details.

California Preservation Foundation Call for Student Papers

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Posted 12.22.17

Sponsor: California Preservation Foundation
Fee: None
Deadline: February 19, 2018

Design Challenge: The California Preservation Foundation is pleased to announce the 2018 Call for Student Papers to be presented at the California Preservation Foundation’s annual conference, entitled, “Deep Roots in Dynamic Times.” Selected students will present a topic at the “On the Cutting Edge: Students in Preservation Share their Research” session. Up to five students will be selected to present their papers at the conference, and each selected student will be awarded a travel grant of $400. Proposals should share, describe, or include a more focused analysis of historic preservation topics.
Submission Requirements: Visit californiapreservation.org/education/students for more details.

ARKxSITE Cultural Center

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Posted 12.14.17

Sponsor: ARKxSITE
Fee:  60€ + VAT *(early),  75€ + VAT * (regular),  90€ + VAT * (late) [*A tax of 23% (VAT rate in Portugal) will be applied to the fees]
Deadline: March 15, 2018

Design Challenge: The Site Cultural Center aims to create a new destination point where diverse activities for the local community and visitors take place; a shaded space within which to sit and engage with the landscape while visiting the remarkable Atalaia Magra remains. The overall design should be sensitive to the historical remains and enhance the singularity of an experience within this unique setting. There are no limitations in height and excavation.
Submission Requirements: Visit www.arkxsite.com for more details.

AIA | LA  “Mobile” Center for Architecture and Design

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Posted 12.01.17

Sponsor: AIA Los Angeles
Fee: Free
Deadline: January 31, 2018

Design Challenge: The AIA Los Aneles Chapter invites California architecture and design school students to submit concepts for a “mobile” Center for Architecture and Design. Student proposals shall be overseen by faculty/staff to help control quality and feasibility of submission.
Submission Requirements: Visit www.aialosangeles.org for more details and the application.

The Plan Award 2018

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Posted 12.01.17

Sponsor: The Plan website
Fee: Early bird registration 150 euros per project
Deadline: February 28, 2018

Design Challenge: Do you have a project you'd like to showcase? The Plan Award invites individuals or groups of students/professionals to enter. Awards are broken into categories based on the type of project and each individual or group may compete in each category with one or more projects.
Submission Requirements: Visit theplan.it/eng/award for more details and the application.

"Beyond the Centerline" Competition

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Posted 11.17.17

Sponsor: Fisher Brothers
Fee: Free
Deadline: February 2, 2018 | 5:00p

Design Challenge:  Park Avenue, one of the world’s premiere thoroughfares, is traditionally known for its tall buildings that are home to Fortune 500 companies. The medians of Park Avenue, or the “centerlines,” are traditionally characterized by plantings and periodic sculpture installations. The goal of this competition is to foster creativity and challenge participants to think outside the box; to propose exciting ideas that have never been considered possible for the medians; and to reimagine the existing urban landscape.
Submission Requirements: Visit www.fbdesigncom.com for more details and the application.

2018 HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing

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Posted 11.17.17

Sponsor: US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R)
Fee: Free
Deadline: February 5, 2018 AND April 16, 2018

Design Challenge: It is the hope of HUD and PD&R that by initiating and funding this competition, a new generation will advance the design and production of livable and sustainable housing for low- and moderate-income people through research and innovation. Multi-disciplinary teams of graduate students in architecture, planning and policy, finance and other areas will be asked to address social, economic, and environmental issues in responding to a specific housing problem developed by an actual public housing agency (PHA).
Submission Requirements: Visit www.huduser.gov/challenge for more details and the application.

2018 IDeA Compeition: Place and Displacement

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Posted 11.15.17

Sponsor: IDeA
Fee: $50-$70
Deadline: February 1, 2018

Design Challenge: IDeA invites innovative minds around the world to propose spatial design and programmatic solutions that provide opportunities for refugees and local communities to strengthen ties while enabling self-agency.
Submission Requirements: Visit www.idevelopment.us/competition for more details.

Gabriel Prize 2018

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Posted 11.15.17

Sponsor: Western European Architecture Foundation
Fee: Free
Deadline: January 15, 2018

Design Challenge: Each year, the Western European Architecture Foundation awards the Gabriel Prize-a $20,000 grant for the study of classical architecture and landscape in France. Prize winners embark on a three-month itinerary of their own devising. While abroad, Gabriel laureates focus on some particular aspect of French architecture.
Submission Requirements: Visit www.gabrielprize.org for more details.

2018 Parking Solutions Competition

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Posted 11.3.17

Sponsor: International Parking Institute
Fee: Free
Deadline: February 23, 2018

Design Challenge: Parking is an essential element of the mobility equation—and the creation of “smart cities.”  Parking, transportation, and real estate are linked and impact the others in myriad and complex ways. This competition is a chance for students to express their rendition of The Garage of the Future. IPI seeks to engage students in a challenging parking solutions exercise based on real-world scenarios.
Submission Requirements: Visit www.parking.org/parking-solutions-competition for more details.

Italian Fashion Hub

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Posted 10.25.17

Sponsor: Young Architects Competitions
Fee: 75-150 euros
Deadline: January 31, 2018

Design Challenge: Fashion is increasingly becoming a global phenomenon, and the future of fashion is in speed. If fast fashion has its own capital in Europe, such place is--without any doubt--Centergross. This competition, by Young Architects Competitions and Centergross, aims to give the capital of the European Fast Fashion a new look!
Submission Requirements: Visit www.youngarchitectscompetitions.com for more details.

2018 Berkeley Prize Essay Competition

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Posted 10.13.17

Sponsor: Department of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley
Fee: Free
Deadline: November 1, 2017

Design Challenge: Each year the Prize Committee poses a question related to a specific topic. Students enrolled in any accredited undergraduate architecture program or diploma in architecture program throughout the world are invited to submit a 500-word essay proposal responding to the question. This year's question is "What is the social art of architecture?"
Submission Requirements: Visit www.berkeleyprize.org/competition/essay/2018 for more details.

Fairy Tales: When Architecture Tells a Story

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Posted 10.13.17

Sponsor: Blank Space
Fee: $40
Deadline: December 9, 2017

Design Challenge: Fairy Tales 2018 invites you to submit your own unique architectural fairy tales. A successful entry combines a text narrative with five images in the most spectacular way possible. Beyond that, the rules are yours to create, bend, and break.
Submission Requirements: Visit blankspaceproject.com for more details.

Pinocchio Children's Library

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Posted 10.11.17

Sponsor: Young Architects Competitions
Fee: 75-150 euros (per team)
Deadline: December 13, 2017

Design Challenge: Pinocchio Children’s Library will request a design that lives up to one of the most famous fairy tales: the adventures of Pinocchio. The library that the competition aims to create will have to be a real international fairytale monument, and a manifesto and compendium of architecture for childhood.
Submission Requirements: Visit www.youngarchitectscompetitions.com for more details.

IE Spaces for Innovation

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Posted 09.29.17

Sponsor: IE School of Architecture and Design
Fee: Free
Deadline: November 3, 2017
Design Challenge: IE School of Architecture and Design announces its fourth IE SPACES FOR INNOVATION PRIZE for young architects and designers worldwide. This award recognizes talented young designers by offering scholarships to our world‐class Master’s Degree, and facilitating full‐time, paid internships in some of the world’s top design firms.
Submission Requirements: Visit www.arquideas.net/competition for more details.

Barcelona Social Housing

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Posted 09.29.17

Sponsor: ARCHmedium
Fee: 60 euros
Deadline: October 30, 2017

Design Challenge: For this competition, contestants are tasked with the creation of the transformation of an existing building of the 20th century into social housing in the city center of Barcelona.
Submission Requirements: Visit student.archmedium.com/competition/bsh for more details.

Infiniti Green Factor Design Contest 

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Posted 08.24.17

Sponsor: Infiniti
Fee: Free
Deadline: October 30, 2017

Design Challenge: The contest addresses to designers under the age of 35 to design a pair of sustainable and 100% recyclable items made of wood. 
Submission Requirements: Visit infinitidesign.it/en/contest for more details.

ACA 5th International Design Competition

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Posted 08.23.17

Sponsor: Aditya College of Architecture
Fee: Free
Deadline: October 1, 2017

Design Challenge: The proposed design intervention could be ranging from built form and landscape to urban renewal and systems. As long as the chosen intervention fits the scope of the brief, the participants are encouraged to think on multiple scales.
Submission Requirements: Visit adityacampus.org/idc for more details.

Race to Zero Student Design Competition

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Posted 08.09.17

Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy
Fee: $100
Deadline: November 7, 2017

Design Challenge: The Race to Zero challenges teams of 3 or more students led by a faculty advisor to design a single family house, townhome, apartment building, or elementary school so energy efficient all or most annual energy consumption can be offset with renewable energy.
Submission Requirements: Visit energy.gov/eere/buildings/us-department-energy-race-zero-student-design-competition and see the flyer for more details.

ARKxSite Site Theatre Competition

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Posted 08.09.17

Sponsor: ARKxSITE
Fee:  60€ + VAT *(early),  75€ + VAT * (regular),  90€ + VAT * (late) [*A tax of 23% (VAT rate in Portugal) will be applied to the fees]
Deadline: October 26, 2017

Design Challenge: The Site Theatre aims to create a new cultural destination and provide a place for open-air performances to enhance the experience within the landscape.
Submission Requirements: Visit www.arkxsite.com for more details.

Architect's Newspaper Best of Design Awards 2017  

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Posted 07.26.17

Sponsor: Architect's Newspaper
Fee: $125
Deadline: September 30, 2017

Design Challenge: Entrants are invited to submit completed works in 42 categories that reflect A|N’s editorial coverage, as well as the interests and obsessions of our readers.
Submission Requirements: Visit archpaper.com/event/call-entries-best-design-awards-2017 and see the flyer for more details.

2017-18 AIA COTE Top 10 for Students  

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Posted 07.20.17

Sponsor: AIA
Fee: Free
Deadline: December 6, 2017

Design Challenge: The program challenges students to submit projects that use a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology to provide architectural solutions that protect and enhance the environment.
Submission Requirements: Visit asca-arch.org/competitions for more details.

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