Introducing the third edition of the Hospice – Home for the Terminally Ill Competition, an evolving architectural ideas contest dedicated to crafting sanctuaries for those grappling with terminal illnesses. 

Building on the success and insights gained from our inaugural challenge, this year's competition continues to delve into the critical need for spaces that extend beyond medical treatment. The first editions unveiled inspiring designs that recognized the intricate interplay of emotional, psychological, and physical needs in end-of-life care. This new edition seeks to further this exploration, encouraging architects to innovate and refine their approaches in creating environments that offer comfort, dignity, and a sense of community to those facing life-threatening illnesses. 

Hospice - 
Home for the Terminally ill

Participants are tasked with conceiving a facility that not only provides medical support but also caters to the psychological and emotional well-being of its visitors. The design should comfortably host up to 15 visitors and 5 staff members, featuring essential spaces such as a common area with a library, a gathering room, a chapel, a kitchen, a dining room, a nurse’s room, and a therapy room for psychological support.

In this third edition, we continue to offer participants the freedom to select a theoretical site within their own country, encouraging them to integrate cultural, environmental, and social contexts into their designs. This competition goes beyond architectural aesthetics; it's an opportunity for participants to demonstrate how thoughtful design can offer solace and support to those in the most challenging phases of their lives. 

Download the full competition brief for more information!  

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.

The full competition brief

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

(!) Full Competition Brief



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500 €

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6 Honourable mentions & certificates

Buildner will 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:

Buildner's two million

The results are published on, a leading website in the architecture industry, attracting over one million unique visitors annually. Additionally, the campaign extends to Buildner's social networks, which boast over 800,000 followers combined, and through newsletter campaigns reaching over 200,000 subscribers.

Interview and movie

Winners will have the opportunity to submit a movie and an interview, boosting their recognizability and helping to build their name in the industry.

Extensive media network

Buildner leverages an extensive network of media industry leaders to publish the competition results. This broadens the audience further, ensuring that participants' work is showcased across multiple platforms known for their influence and reach in the architecture and design sectors.

Key dates

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Registration fees


21 Mar - 23 May

100 €

full award package

80 €

no monetary award

90 €

full award package

70 €

no monetary award


24 May - 25 Jul

120 €

full award package

90 €

no monetary award

110 €

full award package

80 €

no monetary award

+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. 


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]  

Alan Dunlop

Architect, Alan Dunlop Architects


Dr Nirit Pilosof

Head of Research in Innovation and Transformation at Sheba Medical Centre


Rubén García Rubio

co-founder of studioVRA


Arturo Mc Clean

Architect at Barcelona based Miralles Tagliabue EMBT


Rion Philbin

No So


Sonsoles Vela Navarro

co-founder of studioVRA


Susanne Siepl-Coates

member of the architecture faculty at Kansas State University


Steven Wright

Principal at Perkins Eastman


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.
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.
No. Competition entries are evaluated anonymously. The participant registration type is only revealed upon the announcement of the results.
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