Competition introduction

Competition organisers


Battling a life-threatening illness is an incredibly difficult challenge, especially for children and their families. It’s an impossible situation to get through, and a family may not always be able to give all the support that’s needed, no matter how much they try. Doctors and specialists can offer support for a child’s physical health, but they need more than just that when struggling with an illness, and so does their family.


The Children's Hospice architecture competition is the second in a series that looks to create designs for a place that can give more support to children and their families facing terminal illnesses. The jury are looking for designs that offer respite, recuperation and receive support in whatever form they may need it while they are battling their illness.


The Children’s Hospice would act as a center where children can visit daily to get whatever help and support they need while they’re going through treatment. This competition is a chance for participants to explore how architecture can be used as a tool to help people and demonstrate how architecture can offer psychological relief to those who are suffering.

While this is an architecture ideas competition with an emphasis on creating more conceptual designs, the Children’s Hospice would still need to provide a few essential functions. It will need to have a common area with a gathering room, games room, small library, and chapel; a kitchen and dining room, as well as a private area that could function as a nurse’s room and therapy room for psychological support.

There is no defined location chosen for this competition, and participants are requested to select a theoretical site from their own home country.

Download the full competition brief for more information!

The competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum). Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English; All information submitted by participants must be in English.

Full competition brief

The full competition brief can be downloaded as often as required; no additional information will be provided after registration.

    • Règles de compétition
    • Regolamento del concorso
    • Reglas de la competencia


7,000 €
Total Prize Fund
3,000 €
Certificate of Achievement
1,500 €
Certificate of Achievement
1,000 €
Certificate of Achievement
1,000 €
+ 50 € ARCHHIVE BOOKS Gift Card 
+ 50 Points BUILDNER Architecture University Rankings

Certificate of Achievement
500 €

Certificate of Achievement



Buildner will also acknowledge the outstanding performance of all winners and honourable mentions with Certificates of Achievement.

Publicity campaign

The Buildner’s extensive global publicity campaign for the competition winners:

  • "SEEN BY" ONE MILLION Results published on - one of the leading websites in the industry and is visited by over one million unique visitors each year.
  • "SEEN BY" 800 000 MORE Publications on Buildner's social networks (over 600,000 followers) and newsletter campaigns (over 200,000 subscribers).
  • INTERVIEW Exclusive interview published with the results and shared on Buildner's social networks.
  • MOVIE The competition winners will be granted and opportunity to submit a movie about themselves. The video will be published on the Buildner's website and social networks.
  • MEDIA PARTNERS The competition results will get international art and design media coverage and will be featured in the world’s leading architecture media outlets.

Jury panel

Jury members shall under no circumstances be contacted by competition participants or their representatives. Participants who attempt to contact jury members, shall be disqualified.

All jury members are involved in the evaluation based on their availability at that time. All communication regarding the competition should only be carried out with Buildner staff. For any questions please contact us on [email protected]  


Find the extended list of jury panel biographies here!

Alan Dunlop Architect, Alan Dunlop Architects UK
Rubén García Rubio co-founder of studioVRA Spain
Sonsoles Vela Navarro co-founder of studioVRA Spain
Arturo Mc Clean Architect at Barcelona based Miralles Tagliabue EMBT Spain
Rion Philbin No So Germany
Dr Johan van der Zwart researcher and an assistant professor at the NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology Norway
Dr Nirit Pilosof Head of Research in Innovation and Transformation at Sheba Medical Centre Israel
Susanne Siepl-Coates member of the architecture faculty at Kansas State University USA
Steven Wright Principal at Perkins Eastman USA
Phyllida Mills Mills Power Architecture UK

Key dates

Closing date for registration

06 April, 2023

Closing date for project submission

05 May, 2023 (11:59pm London time)

Announcement of the winners

21 June, 2023

Competition Q&A deadline: 11 April, 2023

In order to guarantee equal opportunities to all competition participants,
no new questions will be answered after this deadline!

Registration fees

  • Advance Registration
    07 December - 08 February
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    125 €
  • Students
    105 €
+4.5% VAT
  • Last Minute Registration
    09 February - 06 April
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    145 €
  • Students
    115 €
+4.5% VAT



Contact us to receive special student rates for group registrations (discount applies for 3+ registrations from one university/school) and to receive further information and support for getting your students involved in architecture competitions. Send us request from your university email address along with basic information about yourself and your university/school. Please note that only recognized university staff can apply for the reduced student rate.


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Competition related questions

There is no defined location chosen for this competition, and participants are asked to select a theoretical site from their own home country.
This project has no set budget.
As it is explained in the competition brief - for this competition participants are required to upload one A2 presentation panel. Presentation deliverables set listed in the competition brief is a suggestion only. Participants are not required to present the entire list. Please choose only the most essential information set that would explain your design in the most efficient manner.
As the building is intended to function as a daycare centre, there is no overnight stay required.
There are no defined limitations for the building area.
Participants are asked to provide designs with the capacity to host 15 visitors and 5 staff members.
There is no maximum amount of allowed family members defined, however it should be an intimate gathering.
The staff would need to leave the facilities after the working hours. No overnight stay.

General questions

Click on "register now", fill in all the required fields, choose your payment method and submit your information. You will be forwarded to Paypal or CPS secure payment gateway, to cover the competition fee. Once we receive your payment, we'll send you an email with your username and password to upload your submission directly to the website.
You can add/remove/edit team member information as often as you want in the upload panel, up until the submission deadline.
Only one proposal per registration is permitted. Participants are entitled to register multiple times if they wish to participate in the competition with several proposals.
Yes we are in the process of negotiating with multiple international industry-related media representatives. The list of media partners is constantly updated on our website, please check it regularly to find latest updates.
Yes. If the jury panel selects a Student award's submission for the top 3, it will automatically be awarded both prizes.
Yes. If the jury panel selects a Sustainability award's submission for the top 3, it will automatically be awarded both prizes.
No. Competition entries are evaluated anonymously. The participant registration type is only revealed upon the announcement of the results.
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