Foreword

Buildner is pleased to announce the results of its second annual Architect’s Sugar Architectural Visualization Award!

The Award series seeks outstanding architectural visualizations of all kinds. It is one of the Buildner’s ‘silent competitions’, in which participants must communicate without the use of any text, and solely through the use of visuals.

Visualizations are the primary communications tool for architects and designers to express creativity, design intent and aspirations. Visualizations are limitless in their scope, and can be used to describe details, spaces, buildings, systems, and even entire cities.

The way architectural visualizations are created has changed dramatically over the years, but regardless of the technology or technique, creative thinking has always been fundamental to developing innovative drawings.

The Architect's Sugar Architectural Visualization Award is the second competition in a series in which Buildner is calling for architects and design enthusiasts to share some of their favorite work. Buildner’s network of architects and designers are some of the most talented in the world, and the Architectural Visualization Award is a chance to highlight the most outstanding design work created around the globe.

Buildner worked with an outstanding international jury to evaluate and award the received submissions: Ricardo Gomes, partner of Lisbon-based KWY.studio; Andrea Hansen-Phillips is the principal of Datum Digital Studio, founder of the online journal Atlas of Visualization, and Adjunct Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture at the University of Tennessee; Lydia Kallipoliti is an architect, engineer, scholar and an Assistant Professor at the Cooper Union in New York and principal of ANAcycle thinktank; Karel Klein is the co-director of Ruy Klein and an architect licensed in New York state; Michael Meredith is Associate Dean and Professor at Princeton University and a principal of MOS, an internationally recognized architecture practice based in New York; Stephen Pimbley is a British architect based in Singapore and is the founding director of SPARK Architects.

Buildner and its jury panel thank each of the participants and teams that submitted their work.

COMPETITION ORGANISERS
Architectural 
Visualization Award

1st Prize Winner

Project name

The Imaginary Variance: Collective Memories and Urban reconstruction

Participating in architecture competitions is a conscious and deliberate decision on our part, driven primarily by our desire to maintain a platform for personal expression and to preserve our intellectual curiosity. These competitions represent a fertile ground where ideas can grow unrestrained, allowing us to push our design ideas beyond conventional boundaries and explore theories that pique our interest.

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University Pratt institute
Authors Meshal Alradadi, Halie Kim
Country United States
+122 points Buildner University Rankings
  • 10/10 Linework
  • 10/10 Quality of drawings
  • 10/10 Balance of color
  • 10/10 Layout
  • 9/10 Hierarchy
  • N/A Annotation
  • N/A Text
  • 9/10 Clarity of story
  • N/A Clarity of diagrams
  • 10/10 Quality of overall presentation

2nd Prize Winner

Project name

Not up to Code

I participate in competitions to test my creativity and explore my ability to transform ideas from my mind into tangible environments and spaces. These challenges push me to find innovative solutions, engaging and stretching my creative capabilities.

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Author Nithya Ranasinghe
Country Australia
  • 10/10 Linework
  • 10/10 Quality of drawings
  • 10/10 Balance of color
  • 10/10 Layout
  • 10/10 Hierarchy
  • N/A Annotation
  • N/A Text
  • 9/10 Clarity of story
  • N/A Clarity of diagrams
  • 10/10 Quality of overall presentation

3rd Prize Winner

Project name

Is-home-land

We see architecture competitions as opportunities for our team to challenge ourselves and continually develop our design skills. They often involve unique and complex design problems that push us to think creatively and find innovative solutions. Competitions often have fewer constraints than real-world projects, allowing for greater creative freedom. This encourages us to explore unconventional ideas and collectively push the boundaries of design.

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Authors Yulun Liu, Dongqi Chen
Country United States
  • 9/10 Linework
  • 10/10 Quality of drawings
  • 10/10 Balance of color
  • 9/10 Layout
  • 9/10 Hierarchy
  • N/A Annotation
  • N/A Text
  • 10/10 Clarity of story
  • N/A Clarity of diagrams
  • 10/10 Quality of overall presentation

Honorable Mentions

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Project name

Arctic uthopia

International competitions pose the most pressing questions of the moment, challenging architects to address society's most urgent problems and emphasizing the need for their vision where it is most needed. Therefore, I feel obligated to provide a direct response to the current societal challenges, shaping the future and envisioning what it means to take charge. This year, I participated in several competitions independently and attempted to formulate a Ph.D. proposal topic. However, the work is still in progress and awaits approval.

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Author Dajana Elez
Country Serbia
Project name

Temporal Fissure

Competitions help me fuel my creative spirit, pushing me to innovate and convey my vision creatively amidst challenging constraints. This journey assembles a global brainstorming, fostering an enriching exchange of ideas and ultimately helping us shape our architectural practice.

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Country Spain
Project name

The future is Guarani

To me, participating in architecture competitions is a conduit for innovation, learning, and professional growth. They provide a platform to explore new design paradigms, confront contemporary challenges, and engage with diverse architectural ideologies. Through competitions, I delve into uncharted territories of architectural and urban design, aligning with my ongoing exploration of blending traditional practices with modern technological advancements.

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Project name

Zen Oasis: Lake Resort

I participate in architecture competitions because they present diverse challenges, prompting me to seek varied solutions. It's an invigorating exercise that allows me to try, dream, and actualize my visions, continually refining my approach and expanding my design horizons.

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Author Zhuofan Ma
Country United States
+72 points Buildner University Rankings
Project name

Desolation

Architectural competitions offer a chance to explore various scales and usage typologies. They provide an opportunity to unleash your creativity while tackling new and unfamiliar challenges. Competitions serve as a tool for self-expression and growth within architecture, allowing us to apply our learned knowledge to different briefs and scenarios, continuously challenging our own ideas.

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Authors Cason Micallef, Liam Fujita
Country Canada
+72 points Buildner University Rankings
Project name

Decolonizing syncretism in the Caribbean

Participating in architecture competitions gives me the opportunity to break free from the confines of conventional thinking that architects often find themselves in. It allows me to escape the limitations of my ideas, encouraging me to explore beyond the ordinary and perceive from diverse viewpoints. It is a refreshing way to stay inspired.

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Country Puerto Rico

Shortlisted projects

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The Imaginary Variance: Collective Memories and Urban reconstruction

Meshal Alradadi

Halie Kim

United States

Dancing to The Stars

Ahmed Sarwat

United Kingdom

Scarlet Vertex

Leonardo Tonon

Octavio bastos university center (unifeob - centro universitário da fundação de ensino octávio bastos)

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Brazil

The Children's School

Elizabeth Rand

Atkins

United Kingdom

Tomols

Ron Patanavin

Cal poly san luis obispo, california polytechnic state university

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
United States

Sandscape Elysium

José luis Pérez hermo

Spain

Temporal Fissure

José Luis Pérez Hermo

Spain

Mystery School

Alex Noaks

United States

Futuro House

Alexandru Ciubotaru

United Kingdom

Fleeting materia

Maddalen Arakama

Spain

BOLDRVIZ Lake House

Michael Sudolsky

Max Mesillas

United States

Zen Oasis: Lake Resort

Zhuofan Ma

United States

Transcultural Journey on the Orient Express

Chi wai vincent Chuk

The hong kong polytechnic university (polyu)

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Hong Kong

Is-home-land

Yulun Liu

Dongqi Chen

United States

QUARANTINE

Philippos Photiadis

Greece

Metamorphoses

Sotirios Ntzoufras

Greece

Solitude

Samiha Ali

Toronto metropolitan university - tmu

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Canada

Illusio Bibliotheca

Ho lam phoebe Mak

The hong kong polytechnic university (polyu)

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Hong Kong

Decolonizing syncretism in the Caribbean

Brian Torres Negrón

Puerto Rico

The future is Guarani

Matheus Rudo Oliveira

Unb - university of brasília (universidade de brasília)

+72 points Buildner University Rankings!
Brazil

Climate Healing

Brendan Hampton

University of east london

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
United Kingdom

New Industrial Initiation

Asterios Marosis

Apostolos Thomos

Greece

Morning Walk

Majdi Haddad

Canada

Desolation

Cason Micallef

Liam Fujita

Toronto metropolitan university - tmu

+72 points Buildner University Rankings!
Canada

H7

Madhu Raj

K S Raman

Nishant Raj

Aashish Kumar

Work room 360 studio pvt ltd

British Indian Ocean Trty.

Verdant Utopia

Insu Kim

United States

Ephemeral Foundation

Emanuil Sklianin

United States

Krøyers Plads

Praveen Kumaraswamy ramachandran

Austria

Arctic uthopia

Dajana Elez

Serbia

Globe-Trotter

Félix Roudier

Felix-illustra

France

Shifting Ground

Min yeong Cha

South Korea

Ark of Despair

Adrian Carp

Ioana-maria Benghe

Ion mincu university of architecture and urbanism - uauim

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Romania

Wind Seeding Tower

Bingjie Wang

Fang Huo

Xinxuan Li

Southwest jiaotong university

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
China

Hereafter

Hao Cao

Truc Nguyen

Isabel Witten

United States

LANDSCAPE DEFORMATION

Nadim Becerra

Chile

Not up to Code

Nithya Ranasinghe

Australia

Urbanization 2069

Joseph Merán

Pontificia universidad católica madre y maestra

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Dominican Republic

ALICE

Mehul Patel

New Zealand

Wasser +

Maximilian Bachem

Henry Kirchberger

Germany

Moving Day _ lovely new micro apartment

Panagiota Pappa

Greece