Architecture Competition Pavilion Of Humanity: First Contact 1st and Student prize winners – Tsinghua University

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the 1st and Student prize winners of our “Pavilion Of Humanity: First Contact” competition – Jinghua Yuan, Siyu Li, Wenhai Zheng and Dayou Du from China!

Wenhai Zheng - Male, born on 19th December 1998. A senior student at Tsinghua University Academy of Art & Design, with a major in Architectural environment design and a research objective in Interior design.

Jinghua Yuan - Female, born on 23rd September 1999. A junior student at Tsinghua University Academy of Art & Design, with a major in Architectural environment design and a research objective in Interior design.

Siyu Li - Female, born on 26th April 2000. A junior student at Tsinghua University Academy of Art & Design, with a major in Architectural environment design and a research objective in Interior design.

Dayou Du - Male, born on 18th October 2001. A high school graduate of Wellington College UK, currently in a gap year and seeking further studies in the field of architecture.

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Tsinghua University, established in 1911, is one of China's most prestigious and influential universities. With the motto of "Self-Discipline and Social Commitment" and the spirit of "Actions Speak Louder than Words", Tsinghua University is dedicated to the well-being of Chinese society and to world development. Tsinghua is committed to cultivating global citizens who will thrive in today's world and become tomorrow's leaders.

Tsinghua University Academy of Arts & Design, founded in 1956, is the first higher education school of design and art in China. For nearly 40 years, it has been the only independent Chinese design & art college. It aims to lead the concept and system of Chinese education of art and design. Tsinghua University keeps expanding the students' view to improve their comprehension skills. At the Academy, great attention is paid to the studies of traditional arts around the globe. It also advocates the spirit of being precise in pursuing studies, relating theory to practice and seeking truth, and stresses the need to suit design to lives. Students are trained to accurately grasp the changing trend and pace of social and cultural life.

What does architecture mean to you and what is the role of an architect in your society?

Architecture carries us, carries the rationality and sensibility. It is a combination of engineering and art. Architecture depicts real life; our living environment is surrounded by buildings, the combination of space and the organization of function are questions answered by buildings. It is the context of civilization, and it imperceptibly affects everyone's life.

Architecture has an indelible connection with all aspects of our life. It serves not only individuals, but also the public. The goal of architecture is to create the perfect living environment and carry the spirit of human ideology. There are two powerful conquerors of human forgetfulness – poetry and architecture. The witnessing of human civilization is indispensable to architecture. As the participants of human civilization, architects build houses, temples, stadiums, and even whole cities, which embody the spirit of the times to a great extent.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

Architecture competitions have been an important part of innovation in the field for centuries. Over the past decades, architectural competitions have been able to find the best and unique designs for projects, and sometimes even to focus on social issues and promote social development.

We learned that BEE BREEDERS as the organizer of architecture competitions has carried out fully inclusive organization work for architectural projects and architecture ideas competitions. The winning works of their competitions are not only creative, but also caring for the environment and the society – this is one of the main reasons which attracted us. This competition, derived from Covid-19, is a topic concerned with the future destiny of mankind. The Covid-19 situation around the world is changing daily. The future of mankind is even more blurred with the factor of global warming endangering our lives. What is the role of mankind when we look at it from a cosmic perspective? We wanted to respond to the topic.

The tide of the times has violently impacted, deconstructed, and reshaped the living and working modes of contemporary people, which will profoundly rewrite the development process and basic consensus of human beings. Many problems that have been out of sight have become the centre on people's attention again, and architects cannot stand idly by. Participating in architecture competitions can inspire us to think about new problems, break the shackles of the past, and think about the boundaries and direction of the architecture of the future.

What advice would you give to individuals who struggle to decide whether it would be beneficial for them to participate in architecture competitions?

Architecture competitions are different from actual projects, and many people find it difficult to choose. In fact, high-level competitions can be more helpful in shaping the architect's foundational views.

On one hand, through participating in competitions, architects develop broader and more diversified thinking abput architecture and design; not only limited to the structure in reality, but also re-examining the design itself from different perspectives, such as urban living, construction of narrative, site history, and so on, considering the value of architecture and the value of architects.

On the other hand, competitions provide an excellent opportunity for participants to present their aspirations and ideas to the public in the form of competition works. Compared with long and complex construction projects, the virtuality of competitions enables participants to take more initiative to design, unleash their creativity, and realize their ambitions.

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Why do you enter
architecture competitions?

"Architecture competitions become our media to share our ideas and thoughts which sometimes we can’t deliver on our real projects. This way also improves our creative mind to always find new ideas and possibilities. Participating in architectural competition also challenges our idea in a bigger world that we can see where we/our idea/our architecture practice stand."

Honourable mention winners

MICROHOME2019 - SMALL LIVING, HUGE IMPACT! competition:

Garry Novianto and Rudy Hermanto from Indonesia!

"We participate in architecture competitions because if we only design what people already have or already want, nothing new will emerge, and we cannot solve our problems with the same thinking that created them."

"Architecture competitions provide the opportunity to think freely and conceptually, without the constraints of professional practice. We participate in these competitions because we see them as opportunities to research new topics, experiment with design, and challenge ourselves."

Honourable mention winners

MICROHOME2019 - SMALL LIVING, HUGE IMPACT! competition:

Jolanda Devalle and Alison Zuccaro from United States!

"Vision competitions provide a platform that allows total exploration of ideas and concepts that at the very least provide further elaboration on the ever-evolving definition of what architecture is, and how its meaning may be interpreted and implemented in both the near and far futures."

"I participate in competitions because they offer the possibility to design with new and innovative forms of architecture. They also push you to think outside of the box and do research into how you can make your vision possible. Competitions also give you the opportunity to design spaces that can be different from what you usually design."

Green prize winner

MICROHOME2019 - SMALL LIVING, HUGE IMPACT! competition:

Eric Weber from United States!

"I participate in architecture vision competitions mainly to challenge myself. I see it as a tool for learning and an opportunity to be creative and experiment with new ideas. Architecture vision competitions offer a freedom of expression that is otherwise restricted when you work for an office or a client."

3rd prize winner

MICROHOME2019 - SMALL LIVING, HUGE IMPACT! competition:

Raina Kanari from Sweden!

"We believe that participation in architecture competitions can create many great opportunities, especially for students. The basic and fair answer stands behind our personalities and is linked with our passion about architecture and the chance to challenge yourself. Architectural competitions are a great chance to improve many of your skills, to widen your knowledge and express your creativity. You can also learn how to work as part of a team and how to use your unique qualities to complete one project."

2nd and Student prize winners

MICROHOME2019 - SMALL LIVING, HUGE IMPACT! competition:

Bilyana Apostolova and Slavena Todorova from Bulgaria!

"Participating in architecture competitions is a way for us to take a step back from our day-to-day work and experiment with different ideas on design challenges that we may not otherwise come across. The process of working on a competition is rigorous and demanding, and helps us to keep an open mind, aiding our design and critical-thinking skills as they apply to real world projects."

1st prize winners

MICROHOME2019 - SMALL LIVING, HUGE IMPACT! competition:

Jerry Liu and Jesse Basran from Canada!

"It’s a chance to do different projects from what we are used to, and to be able to build our architecture in different cities and countries. Also, the media generated around the project is very important to the office’s growth."

"Competitions are a great way to design an interesting project and to gain new insights from designers around the world. I love to design, and the existence of many competitions allows me the freedom to choose to work on projects that interest me."

Honourable mention winner

ICELAND THERMAL SPRINGS GUEST HOUSE competition:

Noah Cai from Canada!

"We believe that in order to maintain the agency of the architect in society, that when entering a competition, since many entries remain unbuilt, that it further drives the progression of incoming architecture students, as well as helping maintain the public’s knowledge of where architecture is going. By pursuing competitions with the hopes of the possible construction of the results, our partnership gathers more authorship in the architectural realm."

Honourable mention winners

ICELAND THERMAL SPRINGS GUEST HOUSE competition:

Nicholas Houser and James Hardt from United States!

"We participate because we believe it is important to develop research through design on a regular basis."

Honourable mention winners

ICELAND THERMAL SPRINGS GUEST HOUSE competition:

Mattias Dahlberg and Annapaola Busnardo from Sweden!

"It allows us to experiment and try out new concepts and ideas. This type of competition gives us creative freedom – not being limited by loads of rules. We aim for new designs that are “out of the box“, in order to push current limits and boundaries of architecture."

Honourable mention winners

ICELAND THERMAL SPRINGS GUEST HOUSE competition:

David Erik Bernatek and Adam Repaský from Czech Republic!

"Competitions allow us to develop a collective thinking and re-question the boundaries of the discipline."

"It's a stimulation. It keeps my mind constantly alert and open. It also allows me to confront new topics and specific contexts. It is an opportunity to be able to express myself freely and to perfect my architectural style."

3rd prize winner

ICELAND THERMAL SPRINGS GUEST HOUSE competition:

Marwan Hamama from France!

"I want to challenge myself because competitions allow one to think out of the box and to increase one’s potential. I also believe that the competition will bring the opportunity to grow ideas and develop human resources and skills. Competitions encourage a dynamic working environment as the working team will do brainstorming to come up with the best design."

2nd prize winner

ICELAND THERMAL SPRINGS GUEST HOUSE competition:

Nuttapol Techopitch of Looklen Architects in Thailand!

"Competitions are a great way to explore and test in an uninhibited context that allows for new creative freedoms and playfulness."

1st prize winner

ICELAND THERMAL SPRINGS GUEST HOUSE competition:

Eric Gonzales from United States!

"I enjoy the dynamism of leaning toward ideas or toward reality. I find clarity from the ideas that inform the aspects of reality I want to represent."

Honourable mention winner

ICELAND BLACK LAVA FIELDS VISITOR CENTER competition:

Catalina Edey from Australia!

"It’s as important to have a vision as it is for people to know where to go before driving their car onto the road. Vision in architecture is critical to design and building better for people and generations from now on. It pushes the boundary that defines us and our world, which can be better and will be better."

Honourable mention winner

ICELAND BLACK LAVA FIELDS VISITOR CENTER competition:

Xinyi Wang from Australia!

"Creative thinking is one of the best things that we can do without even moving a finger. And this is the key to what architecture vision competitions are about. Not to mention that they make me want to acquire more knowledge in a fun way!"

Honourable mention winner

ICELAND BLACK LAVA FIELDS VISITOR CENTER competition:

Davor Robitschko from Hungary!

"The focus was on being creative together again. A small task which felt refreshing outside of daily jobs."

Honourable mention winners

ICELAND BLACK LAVA FIELDS VISITOR CENTER competition:

Anna Laura Hölz and Stefan Pflips from Germany!

"Participating in an architecture competition allows the participating architects and students to share, discuss and compare views and ideas internationally. This supports the spreading of knowledge and expertise outside of the home, university or workplace."

Student prize winners

ICELAND BLACK LAVA FIELDS VISITOR CENTER competition:

Annika Möbs Johanna Spies von Büllesheim from Germany!

"Competitions help us to develop our conceptual thinking, creativity and to explore our architectural boundaries. We believe it is a great opportunity to show to the world what we think and what we love to do."

"I like the opportunity to test ideas and techniques in a very specific way. It is the challenge and fantasy that is the driving force."

1st prize winner

ICELAND BLACK LAVA FIELDS VISITOR CENTER competition:

Mikkel Vadstrup Schmidt from Denmark!

"Participating in ideas competitions is, for us, a way to question how our society works and to seek solutions to improve people's lives, or to respond to current problematics that are less obvious to be implemented in the professional world. The architecture competition makes it possible to develop radical ideas that can lead to changes."

Honourable mention winners

PARIS AFFORDABLE HOUSING CHALLENGE competition:

Aubéry De Bretteville and Sophie Ponthieu from France!

"Architecture competitions provide the opportunity to put forward a polemic or radical idea that prompts thought, debate and discussion which may often be a catalyst for change. Without the constraints of conservatism (and sometimes budget), we enjoy a level of freedom to question and often mock the ideas that we assume are a given."

Honourable mention winner

PARIS AFFORDABLE HOUSING CHALLENGE competition:

Noam Hazan from Canada!

"I am currently in the transition from the academic world to the architectural industry. Participating in competitions allows me to continue indulge in learning and thinking like a student. This competition is especially personal because it was based on my final year student project. It gave me a chance to rework the project and synthesize what was essential to carry it further."

Honourable mention winner

PARIS AFFORDABLE HOUSING CHALLENGE competition:

Mujung Ryan Chiu from the United States!

"As a series proposing an architectural design that satisfies local people's specific desire, we tried to apply our philosophy to the affordable housing challenge competition in Paris. We conducted in-depth research and discussion on the position of those who actually needed affordable housing in Paris. In other words, we envisioned a new space that would satisfy their innate fantasy by utilizing Paris underutilized rooftop and we would like to consider how a new pattern of life could be realized there."

Honourable mention winners

PARIS AFFORDABLE HOUSING CHALLENGE competition:

Jaewon Lee, Suk Lee and Woowon Chung from United States!

"For us, each competition is an opportunity to carry out research work and to question ourselves on society and the city. 
It is an opportunity to work on innovative themes that go beyond traditional consultations/building competitions."

"I believe participating in architecture competitions should be an integral part of architecture, it's an exercise in the most important topics that we face or will face as a society and thus should be the ones that get the most attention and work."

2nd prize winner

PARIS AFFORDABLE HOUSING CHALLENGE competition:

Lourenço Vaz Pinto from Portugal!

"What I find most beneficial about architecture competitions is the interchange of ideas. Not only do you get to exercise your way of thinking, you also get an insight into how other people approached the same problem."

1st and Student prize winner

PARIS AFFORDABLE HOUSING CHALLENGE competition:

Neno Videnovic from United States!

"Architecture competitions invite involvement in a range of projects that would not naturally occur when working on commissions. Most often they invite you to engage in something new and can serve to generate growth in your own work and thinking. I like to participate in competitions so I can feel engaged in the work of other designers around the globe after spending time, focus, and energy on a design. Plus you are your own boss."

Honourable mention winners

ARCHHIVE BOOKS' PORTABLE READING ROOMS competition:

Nick Safley, Ben Cyvas and Vince Noce from United States!

"Architecture competitions are a unique platform on which to design and represent experimentally. The fun of it is that design for competitions need not exist in exact reality. They are a chance to take risks and to work with different people in different ways. Ultimately, embracing this freedom allows for discovery and inspiration that provides invaluable insight for larger scale, commissioned design work."

Honourable mention winners

ARCHHIVE BOOKS' PORTABLE READING ROOMS competition:

Ashley Lepre, Philip Chaney, Lodrys Gomez and Scott Pakulski from United States!

"We participate in competitions to confront our work, our vision and to propose answers that we hope to be relevant to current issues. In addition, participating in competitions allows us to express ourselves freely, without any judgement and with an experienced jury."

Honourable mention winners

ARCHHIVE BOOKS' PORTABLE READING ROOMS competition:

Sixtine Bodard and Antoine Bouffard-Hanss from France!

"Architecture competitions give us an opportunity to test our creativity and come up with something that is close to pure fiction. It is an experience we enjoy returning to after a long, dull day of constraints. As a startup, we also find architecture competitions an efficient way to build up our experience while revamping our portfolio."

Green prize winners

ARCHHIVE BOOKS' PORTABLE READING ROOMS competition:

Joanna Abi Nader and Ragheed Abi Hassan from Lebanon!

"It has a novel topic and inspires my thoughts, allowing me to learn how other people think about the same problem, which is a very interesting and meaningful experience."

3rd and Student prize winner

ARCHHIVE BOOKS' PORTABLE READING ROOMS competition:

Wenhao Nie from China!

"I have had different reasons for participating in architecture vision competitions. Exploring other ways of approaching a project with a diversified team, discussing specific themes that are often neglected by my school, investigating other scales. However, there is always a common reason, to think outside the box."

2nd prize winner

ARCHHIVE BOOKS' PORTABLE READING ROOMS competition:

Renata Wuerkert from Brazil!

"We believe that participating in a competition is an extremely stimulating opportunity to express pure ideas and to experiment a multidisciplinary design by researching and involving different perspectives within the creative flow of architecture."

1st prize winners

ARCHHIVE BOOKS' PORTABLE READING ROOMS competition:

Lorenzo Sizzi and Müge Yürüten from Italy.

"We felt that this would be a good opportunity for us to explore and experiment with ideas that break conventional notions of architecture and the built environment. Participating in architectural ideas competitions allows our ideas to be heard and this could hopefully spark a critical debate among people of various disciplines regarding our interests to achieve a consensus in designing great cities."

Honourable mention winners

SKYHIVE 2019 SKYSCRAPER CHALLENGE competition:

Michael Tan, Haseef Rafiei, Khaled Salem and Ng Jia Han from Malaysia!

"As students of architecture, we spend a long time engaged in theoretical discussions which are essential in developing the mind. Much of this development is left behind as soon as one graduates and enters the workforce. I believe that architecture competitions are a way to consistently challenge one’s perception of reality. This allows the mind to develop beyond the regimentation of monotony and extend into the discourse that promotes change in the practice."

Honourable mention winner

SKYHIVE 2019 SKYSCRAPER CHALLENGE competition:

Jonathan L. Ong from United States!

"We see vision competitions as the best way to question the status quo of architecture. It is a great opportunity to criticize its weaknesses, turn up the volume on its threats and freely express our own perceiving of possible improvement. With this approach we always develop ourselves as well."

Honourable mention winners

SKYHIVE 2019 SKYSCRAPER CHALLENGE competition:

Kajetan Witkowski and Tomasz Żygo from Poland!

"We believe that this kind of gesture makes reality better. Architects who work in the field have limited time to think about diverse ideas. Participating in architecture vision competitions does have a lot of value in terms of studying and learning different perspectives, getting away from the frame of reality, and also providing examples for others."

Green prize winners

SKYHIVE 2019 SKYSCRAPER CHALLENGE competition:

San Yoon and Minjae Koo from Korea!

"Within our experiences, we found that competitions are incredibly useful creative exercises to imagine and produce a project. It also allows us to learn more about particular cultures and local materials. All in all, we believe competitions to be an opportunity to broaden our horizons as architects."

Honourable mention winners

TEAMAKERS GUEST HOUSE competition:

Filip Remplakowski, Ben Lee, Anisah Bhayat and Daven Masri from United Kingdom!

"Architecture can sometimes present times of mundanity, especially when one gets into the execution part of a building. The challenge that such competitions create, aids in keeping the problem solving mind alert. So we think of them as brain training for architects."

Honourable mention winners

TEAMAKERS GUEST HOUSE competition:

Matthew Gatt, Daniel Attard and James Dingli from Malta!

"Most of the time I work on real projects, for this type of competition can be really refreshing for the mind. I like to participate in architectural competitions from time to time, especially when an exciting subject comes up. The freedom of creativity are given, the ideas can be fully realized."

Honourable mention winner

TEAMAKERS GUEST HOUSE competition:

Bianka Varga from Hungary!

"I participate because it gives me the possibility to improve my personal skills and knowledge every step of the way. It allows me to be creative through the thinking steps and also to work rigorously on every step of the project."

Honourable mention winner

TEAMAKERS GUEST HOUSE competition:

Mathieu Cardinal from France!

"Participating in this competition is, for us, a way to improve and cultivate our curiosity and creativity, as architects or designers, we have to maintain those precious skill."

Honourable mention winners

TEAMAKERS GUEST HOUSE competition:

Lisa Gaudin and Sophie Charier from France!

"By participating in a design competition, it stimulates and develops the creative mind. And it connects how we perceive and want to be involved in architecture. A design competition like this is where the most special and unusual results are achieved."

Green prize winners

TEAMAKERS GUEST HOUSE competition:

Martin van der Vijver, Baktash Ibrahimi and Bas van Oosterom from Netherlands!

"These competitions help us to practice and – most importantly – to develop our conceptual thinking, to explore our architecture’s boundaries. They allow us to follow freely our creativity and to find inspiration. They are also good opportunities to test the strength and the efficiency of our team."

3rd prize winners

TEAMAKERS GUEST HOUSE competition:

Julia Losonczi, András Gyökér and Adham Shakaki from Hungary!

"Architecture competitions give participants the opportunity to act and design on architectural and social issues, attempting to solve real problems. We believe it is a good way to push ideas and abilities beyond the standard architectural practice, therefore increasing the freedom of thinking widely."

2nd and Student prize winners

TEAMAKERS GUEST HOUSE competition:

Virginia Pozzi and Alessandro Minotti from Italy!

"Architecture competitions are a great way for me to test my design skills and help me understand my own design vision. It is also a unique platform that allows young architects to express themselves."

1st prize winner

TEAMAKERS GUEST HOUSE competition:

Johann Evin from New Zealand!

"Architecture competitions of this nature allow anyone to challenge, and provide a fresh approach to existing design dogmas. It is an incredible chance to step away from the conventional means of execution, and present a different perspective to a broader audience. It helps to facilitate the change in the profession through exposure and discussion, as well as one’s own professional growth. We believe competitions are a great venue for experimentation, and a laboratory to unpack and test design philosophies."

Honourable mention winners

ROME COLLECTIVE LIVING CHALLENGE competition:

Chang Yuan Max Hsu and Jeremy Leonard from United States!

"Participation in the competition is always an incentive to search for new ideas, concepts, it is a challenge, first of all for yourself, a reason to get out of the comfort zone. It is also an opportunity to think about more global challenges, to go beyond student design. "

Honourable mention winners

ROME COLLECTIVE LIVING CHALLENGE competition:

Daria Studneva and Julia Studneva from Belarus!

 

"Office Provisional participates in vision competitions because they provide artificial deadlines for work that we might otherwise not produce. We believe that vision competitions offer a space free from too many constraints where some of the most excitingly fantastical ideas can emerge."

Honourable mention winners

ROME COLLECTIVE LIVING CHALLENGE competition:

Jacob Comerci and Eli Braff Back from the United States!

"We think they are useful and important tools to explore the issues we face as a society in our everyday lives. "

Honourable mention winners

ROME COLLECTIVE LIVING CHALLENGE competition:

Gustav Svanberg, Isak Jannert and Anna McDermott from Sweden!

"Architecture competitions are a good way to get out into the architectural world, it’s an opportunity to grow and explore the different edges of architecture. Ideas are flowing freely and nothing is filtered."

Honourable mention winners

ROME COLLECTIVE LIVING CHALLENGE competition:

Kajsa Henriksson, Paul Weedle and Tara Fartash-Naini from Sweden!

"We participate in architecture competitions because we can explore creativity, create remarkable designs and study unusual themes. In this specific competition we were especially interested about the site, the city of Rome, a historical and cultural environment where Camilla and Rafaela had lived."

"These competitions give a voice to what is most needed in our built environment. It creates a platform upon which to develop new narratives in hand with provocative designs."

2nd prize winner

ROME COLLECTIVE LIVING CHALLENGE competition:

George Guida from Italy!

"To participate in an architecture vision competition is an important step from the imaginative stage to the professional. When participating, one is pushed into thorough research, clear communication as well as questioning and refining the material produced."

1st and Student prize winners

ROME COLLECTIVE LIVING CHALLENGE competition:

Karin Frykholm, Lisa Fransson and Rron Bexheti from Sweden!

"I am a bridge engineer. I am trained in the mechanics and engineering of structural engineer system, but I have not received the orthodox study of architecture. I try to study bridge architectural aesthetics through self-study, investigation and project practice. I want to discuss and communicate with architects all over the world through this competition, and express a reasonable and beautiful understanding of bridge scheme as a bridge engineer through my work."

Honourable mention winner

GAUJA NATIONAL PARK FOOTBRIDGE competition:

Wang Fan from China!

"Competitions are a great way to design an interesting project and to gain new insights from designers around the world. I love to design, and the existence of many competitions allows me the freedom to choose to work on projects that interest me."

Honourable mention winner

GAUJA NATIONAL PARK FOOTBRIDGE competition:

Zhong Cai from Canada!

"Architectural competitions are a great chance to test certain ideas. They are great opportunities as well to launch your career and establish yourself on global markets."

Honourable mention winner

GAUJA NATIONAL PARK FOOTBRIDGE competition:

Giorgi Maisuradze from Italy!

"Competitions are about exercising your muscles and trying to beat your peers. There really is no better way to hone your skills than to be shut away in a room with collaborators discussing brazen ideas and acting on them. A completed competition entry will often exemplify the soul of an architectural idea untarnished by the decision committees of the real world."

Honourable mention winners

GAUJA NATIONAL PARK FOOTBRIDGE competition:

Bryce Suite and Rūta Daubure from United KIngdom!

"Competitions allow us to explore emerging research through concrete design exercises, elevating our design process and scientific inquiries through their overlap. They also give us an opportunity to playfully exercise our design skills and develop effective methods of collaboration and communication."

Honourable mention winners

GAUJA NATIONAL PARK FOOTBRIDGE competition:

Paul Mayencourt and Mohamed Ismail from United States!

"Architecture competitions offer a chance at some kind of success but also help bolster my portfolio and keep me stimulated. I like to believe they improve my employability."

Student and Green prize winner

GAUJA NATIONAL PARK FOOTBRIDGE competition:

 Inness Yeoman from United Kingdom!

"Gauja National Park Footbridge architecture competition perfectly matched our philosophy. We also work in industrial design and have developed the organic design bark for the Italian firm Alessi, and also for our office house "casa boucquillon" bathed in the heart of Tuscan nature. We could not have imagined a better integration into nature this organic motif that represents the tree bark in Gauja National Park."

3rd prize winners

GAUJA NATIONAL PARK FOOTBRIDGE competition:

Michel Boucquillon and  Donia Maaoui from Italy!

"Competitions allow us to focus on the experimental, for me it is a challenge revolving around re-questioning boundaries and norms of the discipline."

2nd prize winner

GAUJA NATIONAL PARK FOOTBRIDGE competition:

Paul Kaloustian from Lebanon!

"As a test and as a means to train instincts and refine intuition."

1st prize winner

GAUJA NATIONAL PARK FOOTBRIDGE competition:

Abraham Fung from Australia!

"Participating in vision competitions is a great opportunity to step out of our daily practices to reinvent our conceptual skills."

Honourable mention winners

URBAN ZOO COWORKING DESIGN CHALLENGE competition:

 Olivier Lord, Dany Durand-Courchesne and Karen Piché from Canada!

"Competitions, such as this one, allow us to push our limits and expand our boundaries. In all fields of design, when working for clients, ideas can get lost in translation or dismissed all together. It comes with the territory. With competitions, we gain a therapeutic sense of freedom to create on our own terms."

Honourable mention winners

URBAN ZOO COWORKING DESIGN CHALLENGE competition:

Andrienne Francis and Patrice Parker from United States!

"There’s something about a deadline that makes you create things you wouldn’t normally start do. This type of work should be a constant in the work of architects, as they enhance their creativity and quick problem-solving."

Honourable mention winner

URBAN ZOO COWORKING DESIGN CHALLENGE competition:

Daniel Movilă from Romania!

"Architecture competitions are a great way of testing concepts and strategies freely. Within the framework given by the brief, one has the opportunity of constructing a narrative that is true to their beliefs and to test it."

Honourable mention winners

URBAN ZOO COWORKING DESIGN CHALLENGE competition:

Alexandra Berdan and Ancuta Costandache from Romania!

"This is the first competition I’ve taken part in. I considered this experience as a chance to put myself out there, no matter the result, while unleashing my creativity. I find these competitions a great way to have a nice confrontation with other experts while having fun."

Honourable mention winner

URBAN ZOO COWORKING DESIGN CHALLENGE competition:

Davide Franchi from Italy!

"For us, it is a unique opportunity to participate in those fields that are not fully developed inside the bureau, or in that typologies that are not required at the moment by the client but will be definitely in demand in future."

3rd prize winners

URBAN ZOO COWORKING DESIGN CHALLENGE competition:

Darya Khrenova, Ekaterina Zakharova and Ilyas Belyaev from Russian Federation!

"We love a challenge and see the innovative and conceptual briefs of architecture vision competitions as an opportunity to be forward-thinking and experimental in our designs. We find participating in these competitions is also a great way to contribute to the design culture on an international scale and connects us with designers worldwide."

2nd prize winners

URBAN ZOO COWORKING DESIGN CHALLENGE competition:

Rachel Fay and Liv Green from Australia!

"Competitions are a free space to challenge yourself as a creative and to challenge the cohesion of your team. It’s also an occasion to think freely and to define what matters to you and what architect you’d like to be."

1st prize winners

URBAN ZOO COWORKING DESIGN CHALLENGE competition:

Marianne Ventre and Anthony Spennato from France!

"The challenge, the exposure and the experience. The challenge is to get together and create something that is engaging and appreciated by our peers and architectural enthusiasts alike."

"I like professional challenges, participation in architectural competitions gives me an opportunity to create different interesting projects. The necessity to get involved in the cultural, geographical, climatic and other aspects of designing competitive objects in different parts of the world - is the best way to develop the professional level."

Honourable mention winner

ABU DHABI FLAMINGO OBSERVATION TOWER competition:

Julia Shemchuk from Ukraine!

"The firm regularly participates in competitions to inspire their creative staff, foster collaboration, improve their design process, and celebrate their diversity and passion for design."

"In real projects, there are a lot of factors that limit the designer, such as municipal plans, governmental procedures, clientele’s budget, etc. You have little chance to implement what you imagine. In this respect, competitions are a platform which set the designers free. In this ambiance, the designer could show his own style easily and force his limitations."

"Two points. Firstly, it is a rare opportunity for me to think in different ways from the normal work in school. Secondly, I am pretty interested in designing the flamingo observation tower."

Student prize winner

ABU DHABI FLAMINGO OBSERVATION TOWER competition:

Min Liu from China!

"Conceptual architecture, even if not built, expresses the direction of our society and how we envision our future. Participating in conceptual architecture competitions offers the opportunity to escape from the strict limitations that a real commission carries and allow for exploring freely new ideas. Furthermore, they often give architects the opportunity to expand their experience and portfolio on non-conventional projects that extend internationally beyond the regions of a country."

3rd prize winners

ABU DHABI FLAMINGO OBSERVATION TOWER competition:

Panagiotis Dimakidis and Rafail Gkaidatzis from Netherlands!

"We treat competitions as the vehicle for testing lines of research currently being developed within the studio. We target specific subjects that help us expand our portfolios and where we can implement our research in complex geometries and sustainable design."

"As young architects/ designers, architecture vision competitions provide a good platform and opportunity for us to speculate and test different design ideas and present to a worldwide audience."

1st prize winners

ABU DHABI FLAMINGO OBSERVATION TOWER competition:

Bryan Fan and Shelley Xu from Australia!

"I feel it is important to think about not only the proposals which would accept in your own country, but also try to create architecture which is strong enough for various people to be convinced, and the competition is a chance to practice."

Honourable mention winner

PAVILOSTA POET HUTS competition:

Hiroyuki Gondo from Japan!

"In competitions, we have more freedom to really show our own way of thinking and our ideas. It is a perfect opportunity to let our imagination go, and to do research about cultures, architecture, materials, and so much more."

Honourable mention winners

PAVILOSTA POET HUTS competition:

Renáta Orova and Tamás Hamburger from Hungary!

"We participate in different architecture vision competitions to continue to work on and improve our skills while sometimes doing less conceptual work at our daytime jobs. We probably want to be challenged a bit and feel the adrenaline of a short-term project. Moreover, vision competitions allow us to imagine a poetic vision for a project and gives us the opportunity to develop more theoretical ideas, which is mostly neglected in traditional competitions."

Honourable mention winners

PAVILOSTA POET HUTS competition:

Grégoire Hubert, Eloïse Rudolph and Agathe Sautet from France!

"They are a challenge that lets you work beyond your own abilities and they give an opportunity to design in an often unique environment. They force you to explore different concepts and cultures and simply are an amazing experience in themselves."

Honourable mention winner

PAVILOSTA POET HUTS competition:

Agata Mila from Poland!

"Competitions are a way to push my ideas and abilities beyond what I would in practice. They are driven by concepts and vision, providing the freedom to experiment. They are refreshing, motivating and remind me why I started studying architecture."

Green prize winner

PAVILOSTA POET HUTS competition:

Margaux Loubser from South Africa!

"We were longing to do a smaller scale project on our own, test our creativity and take advantage of knowledge gained in the past years. Taking part in this competition was a great opportunity for us to explore a new typology, context and approach."

3rd prize winners

PAVILOSTA POET HUTS competition:

Katharina Kocol and Olga Bialczak from Germany!

"Our aim is to enter at least two open competitions a year with different programs and scales. It is a way for us to practice agile thinking, a chance to play, a way of developing a collective thinking and of connecting to a larger international architecture community. We always enter with the goal of winning."

2nd prize winners

PAVILOSTA POET HUTS competition:

Karl Zetterholm, Linnéa Holmberg and María Torrent from Sweden!

"Practice. It is also an excellent opportunity to re-evaluate yourself and compare your ideas with architects from all over the world with a much larger variety of design strategies and ideas than you could ever find in a single university or work environment."

1st and Student prize winner

PAVILOSTA POET HUTS competition:

Daniel Brigginshaw from United Kingdom!

"Participating in the competition has allowed me to pursue a brief which I was passionate about, this made the design process extremely rewarding as I was able to draw upon many areas of interest to formulate my design. The work produced in these competitions is a good way to explore new ideas in a public forum which may go on to inspire others in their own design work."

Honourable mention winner

SILENT MEDITATION FOREST CABINS competition:

Joseph Watkins from United Kingdom!

"A shared vision, and a burning desire to design, and build what the architecture vision competitions are asking for from participants. For instance, Mandira has wanted to design and build a meditation cabin for a very long time. A prospective client with a site, a program of requirements with room for change, and a deadline challenges her out of her comfort zone to do it."

Honourable mention winner

SILENT MEDITATION FOREST CABINS competition:

Mandira Sareen from United States!

"I wanted to push myself to the limits of my design abilities, and have a chance to experiment with some design ideas I have had for a long time."

Honourable mention winner

SILENT MEDITATION FOREST CABINS competition:

Nicholas Horvath from United States!

"Participating in an architecture competition is a great way to stay current and have fun along the way. "

Honourable mention winners

SILENT MEDITATION FOREST CABINS competition:

Panos Tharouniatis, Panagiotis Lampronikos and Min Duan from United States!

 

"Competitions are an opportunity for architects to speculate and to develop themselves. Competitions are to architecture as peer review is to other fields; a competition can be a testing ground for design ideas before they are implemented."

Honourable mention winners

SILENT MEDITATION FOREST CABINS competition:

Zachary Bundy, Nicholas Shekerjian and Elena Rocchi from United States!

"NÓS participates in competitions to experiment new processes of design, representation and collaboration in a global contemporary setting."

Honourable mention winners

SILENT MEDITATION FOREST CABINS competition:

NÓS architects from Canada!

"This is an opportunity to share your views with the world."

Green prize winners

SILENT MEDITATION FOREST CABINS competition:

Andrii Koval and Olha Laktionova from Ukraine!

"For now there is nothing we wish more than to get the possibility to share our enthusiasm, experiences and ideas for the new dimension of art and architecture."

"I feel that architectural competitions are important in improving your creativity, and also a good way to improve your skills in using different software and making visual presentations. In general, it is a good way to present your new ideas about the topical issues on architecture to a broader public."

2nd and Student prize winner

SILENT MEDITATION FOREST CABINS competition:

Marko Simsiö from Finland!

"Architecture competitions challenge you to rethink specific topics. They provide the freedom for testing alternative ideas."

1st prize winners

SILENT MEDITATION FOREST CABINS competition:

David Florez and Stefani Zlateva from Austria!

"We believe that architecture competitions help to explore new alternatives to existing problems, and even sometimes pose new questions/dilemmas for future explorations. We feel privileged/ hopeful to be a building block for future, even greater ideas."

Honourable mention winners

EUROPEAN VELO STOPS competition:

Christian Steixner and Boutros Bou-Nahra from United States!

"We believe that there is no better way to improve our skills and awareness of architecture outside of our job than to enter great competitions like this. It not only allows us to see other approaches to one single topic but also gives us a chance to work purely on our terms without any limit to creativity, which we find extremely stimulating as thriving architecture students."

Honourable mention winners

EUROPEAN VELO STOPS competition:

Thanat Prathnadi and Joana Vilaça from Portugal!

"Competition briefs that challenge new thinking are a compelling way to reconsider many age old social issues that need fresh eyes. A simple question posed to a room of creatives will bring an abundance of different responses, all correct in their own interpretation."

Honourable mention winners

EUROPEAN VELO STOPS competition:

Nick Butterfield, Tom Butterfield, Will Butterfield and Angela Butterfield from United Kingdom!

"Vision competitions give us the opportunity to be more experimental than we would be in the office. These competitions often have very interesting and inspiring tasks that you wouldn’t typically receive from a client, that raise current global issues and challenge our way of thinking."

Honourable mention winners

EUROPEAN VELO STOPS competition:

Elin Schnipper and Benjamin Alstrup Velure from Sweden!

"We see architectural competitions as opportunities to showcase our philosophy. By truly including nature and society in the question, projects can only be improved."

Honourable mention winners

EUROPEAN VELO STOPS competition:

Ahmed Arhda, Alexandre Bellanger, Julien Blatteau and Zaur Huseyn-Zada from France!

"We would like explore and enrich our experience among different types of projects and test our efficiency within a limited of time. And we discovered, the sky is our limit."

Green prize winners

EUROPEAN VELO STOPS competition:

Tsz Wing Wu and Wesley Fung from Hong Kong!

"Competitions are usually a great opportunity to develop new ideas, to dream big or small, and to develop yourself as an architect. It has always been important to me to participate. I treat myself with a competition praline once in a while. It makes me happy! It is a different way of thinking, like ”outside the box”. It is not just about to solve the task."

3rd prize winner

EUROPEAN VELO STOPS competition:

Malin Persson from Sweden!

"We see the architecture competition as a fertile ground for us to exercise our design muscles – to think through program materiality, construction, and other issues, outside traditional contexts. Architectural design takes a long time. However, in the realm of competitions, our creative spirit can manifest much quicker. The competition challenges us to test ideas and rethink convention."

1st prize winners

EUROPEAN VELO STOPS competition:

Edbert Cheng and Ivory Wang from United States!

"It is a really good option to start your career and to exercise designing and team-working. In most cases the topics are very interesting and most of the time there are no limits for your ideas and thoughts. So you can do (nearly) whatever you like and try the concept of your dreams. And of course because we like doing it."

Honourable mention winners

GREAT KEMERI BOG VISITOR CENTER competition:

Germán Goldschmidt and Eldar Hajdarevic from Austria!

"The competition was a good way to test how the team worked together. It is also a challenge to engage with a subject rarely encountered in everyday practice."

Honourable mention winners

GREAT KEMERI BOG VISITOR CENTER competition:

Adrian Hill, Milena Patru and Florina Pop from United Kingdom!

"For us, taking part in architectural vision competition is a big chance for experimentation with space and structure, an opportunity to celebrate the design process and to face unusual topics."

"We understand that the true value of an architectural project comes from the discussion between different opinions of the subject. Likewise, we believe that being participants of this exchange of different points of view enriches the professional formation of those who dare to do so."

Honourable mention winners

GREAT KEMERI BOG VISITOR CENTER competition:

Federico Rodriguez Fragela and Elías Martínez Ojeda from Uruguay!

 

"It provides an opportunity to explore theoretical ideas in practical terms."

Honourable mention winners

GREAT KEMERI BOG VISITOR CENTER competition:

 Lawrence Kim / A+U LAB from Korea!

"We take part in architecture vision competitions because it brings new challenges, fresh ideas, conceptual thinking and mainly great fun for us."

Honourable mention winners

GREAT KEMERI BOG VISITOR CENTER competition:

Aleš Javůrek and Jiří Bužek from Czech Republic!

"We always wanted to work together and then this competition came up. The matter was interesting so we thought we should give it a try. Additionally it was a great opportunity to practice the design process. Learning by doing, right?"

Green prize winners

GREAT KEMERI BOG VISITOR CENTER competition:

Jinsoo Kim and Dalya Ortak from Germany!

"We decided to participate in this contest to test our abilities as young architects."

Student prize winners

GREAT KEMERI BOG VISITOR CENTER competition:

Aleksandra Kubiak and Marta Buchner from Poland!

"I participate in architecture competitions to compete with talented enthusiasts from all over the world. This particular mindset challenges your ability to develop conceptual approaches and strengthen your ability to communicate your proposal."

3rd prize winner

GREAT KEMERI BOG VISITOR CENTER competition:

Florent Sauvineau from France!

"Architecture competitions give us an excuse and an opportunity to explore different ideas and concepts that we can later incorporate in our everyday practice."

"As most of our works are built, the focus is on the functionality of the execution, rather than the vision. In our day-to-day practice, we miss having the freedom to have a complete control over the vision. Competitions are a chance to show that we care about it and we want to show what our vision is."

"We think that participating in architecture vision competitions is a chance for young architects pay attention to social issues, a chance for us to contribute something valuable back to the society."

Honourable mention winners

SYDNEY AFFORDABLE HOUSING CHALLENGE competition:

Cuong Hoang, Hiep Che, Giang Vu and Duong Dang from Australia!

"We view architecture competitions as an important tool in strengthening our own design thoughts and conceptual progression. We also find it essential as a learning tool to look at how other architects face, and resolve the same problems."

Honourable mention winners

SYDNEY AFFORDABLE HOUSING CHALLENGE competition:

Brent Winburn and Lachlan Joseph from Australia!

"For us participation in architecture vision competitions is a great opportunity to develop our skills and broaden our perspective. Most importantly we treat this as a new experience and we wouldn’t be able to have this sitting around doing nothing."

3rd prize winners

SYDNEY AFFORDABLE HOUSING CHALLENGE competition:

Olga Filipowska and Tomasz Twaróg from Poland!

"We sincerely hope that through the power of architecture, we can eliminate the imbalances and inequalities among the urban classes and find a dignified way of living for the low-income groups."

2nd and Student prize winners

SYDNEY AFFORDABLE HOUSING CHALLENGE competition:

Xu Jiatong, Gao Yinyuan and Shi Ying from China!

"Through the NIKA Creative Lab, we are always looking for ways to cultivate new ideas in a collaborative ‘lab’ environment. Vision competitions are the perfect place to test and build a conceptual model of organic design ideas that can influence research and real projects in future."

1st prize winners

SYDNEY AFFORDABLE HOUSING CHALLENGE competition:

Tae Jung, Pauline Sipin, Hazel Ventura and Diana Lopez from United States!

"To participate in a competition of ideas, it means to elude the function and the structure to favour a language closer to the architectonic dogma. With utopia as a connecting line, it allows us to develop a discourse which is not dependent on time, allowing us to discuss pure shapes and spaces."

Honourable mention winners

SKYHIVE SKYSCRAPER CHALLENGE competition:

Francesco Maria Fratini and Marco Padovani from Italy!

 

"To test the aforementioned principle."

Honourable mention winners

SKYHIVE SKYSCRAPER CHALLENGE competition:

Bastiaan Muilwijk and Paul Ouwerkerk from Netherlands!

"When we decided to join the SKYHIVE Skyscraper Challenge, our first participation in an architecture vision competition, we were fascinated by the idea to open our minds to a new design topic."

Green prize winners

SKYHIVE SKYSCRAPER CHALLENGE competition:

Alessandro Buffi and Gian Maria Angelini from Italy!

"Beebreeders is a platform that allow us to exercise our design skills and explore unconventional situations, that is why we have the opportunity to experiment and address the projects with ideas that might not be feasible in real life."

"This was my first design competition. I love the freedom to push the boundaries of design and to explore futuristic concepts of form, space and technology. The majority of us will lose that vision when leaving school and entering the workforce, but these competitions allow us to rekindle why we wanted to be an architect in the first place."

2nd prize winner

SKYHIVE SKYSCRAPER CHALLENGE competition:

Jon Carag from United States!

"Design competitions are great opportunities for young architects to offer answers to building programmes they would not otherwise have access to. This is a unique opportunity to question programmatic and contextual issues that are often complex. The variety of proposals put forward by the various candidates also allows them to see their own approach to the project in perspective, and learn from it."

Honourable mention winner

AMBER ROAD TREKKING CABINS competition:

Jean-François Madec from France!

"Participating in a competition means team building. It’s pizza nights, out of the box thinking, improving your skills on making concepts, visualizing and storytelling. It’s a chance to get involved in other types of projects, different from those you work on every day."

Honourable mention winners

AMBER ROAD TREKKING CABINS competition:

Jos Burger, Wouter Keijzer and Bas Schrooten from Netherlands!

"Competitions are usually a great opportunity to develop new ideas, to dream big or small, and to develop yourself as an architect."

Honourable mention winner

AMBER ROAD TREKKING CABINS competition:

Malin Persson from Sweden!

"I participate in architecture vision competitions to gain a broader awareness and exposure that goes beyond the physical realm I’m naturally bound to."

Honourable mention winner

AMBER ROAD TREKKING CABINS competition:

Alessandro Pupillo from United States!

"Architecture vision competitions allows participants to push the limits of their ideas. It educates designers to deal with different ecological and social problems through architecture. It is a learning process of framing complications and devising good solutions. Experience from competitions help us grow as designers, in the words of Frank Lloyd Wright  "talent is good, practice is better, passion is best.”"

Honourable mention winners

AMBER ROAD TREKKING CABINS competition:

Shahrzad Nasiri and Ben Chang from Canada!

 

"We are interested in public opinion - we see it as an exchange, competition and a challenge. We are always open for discussion and are ready to share our vision and experience with others."

Green prize winners

AMBER ROAD TREKKING CABINS competition:

Roman Leonidov, Pavel Sorokovov and Fiantseva Svetlana from Russian Federation!

"First and foremost, architectural competitions are fun, and they provide a great opportunity to explore new ideas and perfect presentation ideas."

3rd prize winners

AMBER ROAD TREKKING CABINS competition:

Rob Brown, Carly Martin and Jincheng Jiang from Australia!

"Vision competitions bring us to simple, yet strong ideas. This particular one provoked us to answer questions such as: what is a shelter nowadays? What is the minimal area for living? What does it mean to share a space with others?"

2nd and Student prize winners

AMBER ROAD TREKKING CABINS competition:

 Łukasz Pałczyński, Antoni Prokop and Jan Szeliga from Poland!

"White is interested in any platform where we can affect positive change through architecture. Architecture idea and vision competitions provide a unique opportunity to explore concepts between building and landscape in a more speculative context, and they can be a very effective way to allow younger architects and interns the chance to immediately impact the design process."

"I like to challenge myself in architecture and try to get out of my comfort zone and architectural competitions gives you this kind of opportunity. It is a way to pick a different architectural program or object, and try something you really wanted to do but you just never did before."

Honourable mention winner

PAPE BIRD OBSERVATION TOWER competition:

Ana Rita Gomes from Portugal!

"We participate in architectural competitions because we want to exchange experience and knowledge which we've gained on our education and professional paths in a challenging way. We spend free time with a common passion, we do not only enjoy our time but also develop crucial skills like creative thinking."

Honourable mention winners

PAPE BIRD OBSERVATION TOWER competition:

Weronika Kogut and Karolina Toporkiewicz from Poland!

"While working at an office you are limited in your design decisions by all sorts of factors. Competitions allow you to work freely."

Honourable mention winners

PAPE BIRD OBSERVATION TOWER competition:

Christian Schunke and Anna Bugoslavska from Germany!

"These competitions offer a safe playground for our ideas, visions to fly freely. A place where we can try our creativity and brains to put together a powerful concept. A liberation of the constraints and time consuming day-to-day tasks. They offer possibility to challenge yourself, compete with others, familiarise yourself with different sites and communities, analyse other points of view on the same subject, while working together with your colleagues."

Honourable mention winners

PAPE BIRD OBSERVATION TOWER competition:

Bogi Kovács, Anna Gassner and Zsolt Krausz from Hungary!

"Currently, all of our ongoing projects are in Canada and to be specific in the Greater Toronto area; so we are trying to explore new contexts."

Green prize winners

PAPE BIRD OBSERVATION TOWER competition:

Reza Aliabadi and Arman Ghafouri - Azar from Canada!

"In order to gain experience as students. Also we like to have an area where we can express our interest in parametric design techniques."

Student prize winners

PAPE BIRD OBSERVATION TOWER competition:

Alicem Öztürk and Konuralp Senol from Turkey!

"I enjoy the creative freedom that these competitions allow. While daily practice is incredibly rewarding, competitions such as this offer a chance to exercise my mind and explore design problems that I might not otherwise have the opportunity to delve into. They provide me the opportunity to research and explore a place and context that I may not otherwise have explored. I enjoy that. And I enjoy seeing other solutions to the same problem."

2nd prize winner

PAPE BIRD OBSERVATION TOWER competition:

Jeffrey Clancy from USA!

"Participating in competitions is a perfect opportunity to face this challenge, developing new ideas, evolving personal perspectives, acquiring new capacities and tools. To achieve this, each new project must be faced with accuracy, curiosity and the will to surprise and be surprised."

1st prize winners

PAPE BIRD OBSERVATION TOWER competition:

Manuel Pareja Abascal and Berta Risueño Muzás from Spain!

"Competitions are the means to challenge norms of corporate architectural production. It is a possibility for young architects to find our positions and communicate through well-articulated projects."

Honourable mention winner

MODERN COLLECTIVE LIVING CHALLENGE competition:

James Mak from United Kingdom!

"Architecture competitions give an opportunity to speculate on design and test the limits of what architecture can do for society. These competitions stress the importance of conceptual design and research that challenges the profession to create more dialogue."

Honourable mention winners

MODERN COLLECTIVE LIVING CHALLENGE competition:

George Guida, Tatjana Crossley and Carolina Gismondi from United Kingdom!

"Participating in architecture vision competitions is an opportunity for us to challenge our own understandings of architecture, and to speak our own thoughts out loud. It's a journey through which we give our best, hopefully to contribute on the subject, and at the same time, it gives back to us. We improve ourselves, and we get even more motivated and passionate to prepare for the next journey."

Honourable mention winners

MODERN COLLECTIVE LIVING CHALLENGE competition:

Sixin Liang, Su Wu and Taifu Zheng from Italy!

"Besides having a deep respect for the tradition of competitions in the architecture field, I think this kind of experience provides a perfect venue for showcasing ideas that can get heard by a large audience, having the potential to impact the architectural culture as a whole. I also firmly believe that each competition I have submitted to date somehow represents at least a step towards a learning curve, affecting my practice and teaching deeply."

"I participate in architecture competitions to challenge myself as a designer and thinker. On another level, I do so in order to join conversations about what is possible through architecture and learn from the international architectural community."

Honourable mention winner

MODERN COLLECTIVE LIVING CHALLENGE competition:

Tien Chen from United States!

 

"I like interesting challenges that I cannot often encounter in school. Schools are training us for the professional world, so we will have a very certain theme and specific requirements which can be constraining sometimes. Competitions give me more freedom and control to think about architecture problems and it is fun."

3rd prize winner

MODERN COLLECTIVE LIVING CHALLENGE competition:

Zihao Wei from Canada!

"Participation in architectural competitions allows me and my colleagues in the studio to apply our own ideas and practice author's methods in the process of solving various architectural problems.This can be both small design tasks, and large conceptual works, for example, the concept of territory development. Participating in contests brings up such important qualities for the architect, such as the ability to quickly switch from one task to another and the ability to complete work on time."

2nd and Student prize winner

MODERN COLLECTIVE LIVING CHALLENGE competition:

Gabdrakhmanova Ilsiyar from Russian Federation!

"Architecture competitions are important to challenge our architecture to be more than practical and they give us a better view on the builded society in the future."

1st and Green prize winners

MODERN COLLECTIVE LIVING CHALLENGE competition:

Misak Terzibasiyan, Athanasia Kalaitzidou and Luigi Simone from Netherlands!

"Architecture competitions of this nature allow anyone to challenge and provide a fresh approach to a design dogma. It is an incredible chance to step away from conventional means of execution, and channel a different point of view to a broader audience. It facilitates the change in the profession through exposure and discussion, as well as one's professional growth."

Honourable mention winners

ADELAIDE CREATIVE COMMUNITY HUB competition:

Chang Yuan Max Hsu, Hadeel Ayed Mohammad and Veronika Volkova from United States!

"We consider architecture vision competitions as a tool to express ourselves in a unique way, because the format allows us to reach beyond what we see. These competitions not only give us a route to explore our creative potentials but they’re also a getaway to a more exciting field of understanding."

"Architecture competitions are the opportunity for our practice to completely unhitch our design thinking from standard worldly constraints. Competitions are the chance to take a pure functional or architectural thought and extrude, develop and test it in isolation from forces of the market place, community expectation and client requirements. Competitions are the playgrounds of an architect’s mind."

Honourable mention winners

ADELAIDE CREATIVE COMMUNITY HUB competition:

Kash Moghaddam, Sofiya Yunovidova, Sam Boyce and Andrew Luong from Australia!

"To participate. To exercise our creativity. To explore our creative identity in a space that is free of the constraints that we usually have to contend with."

Honourable mention winners

ADELAIDE CREATIVE COMMUNITY HUB competition:

Adam Brown, Kirsty Hewitt and Kirsty Butler from Australia!

"We want to share our vision of a better life for people and our ideas to make it happen. We are interested in creating architecture that is driven by social causes, context-related, environmentally sustainable, and have positive influences on people’s lives. Competitions are where we have the freedom to implement what we believe without too many constraints. Besides, it give us the opportunities to expand our professional network and potential collaboration."

Honourable mention winners

ADELAIDE CREATIVE COMMUNITY HUB competition:

Kevin Pham and Alex Hoang from Australia!

"We participate in architecture vision completions to have a say in shaping the society. We appreciate the democratic nature of competitions and the platform it offers to express ourselves and make us better architects. Our designs are informed by research and the concerns of the context. However, we enjoy the flexibility vision competitions offer in flexing the creative muscle."

Festival state award

ADELAIDE CREATIVE COMMUNITY HUB competition:

Luke Carter, Mukesh Vanjani and Dain McClure-Thomas from Australia!

"Because I have found them a great opportunity to express the way to make architecture on a human scale, through the vindication of previous concepts. When I had some freedom to design, but at the same time respecting certain parameters of design, i had the opportunity to design from the other side of the world for a place that has been recognized worldwide for having great potential in every field, and was the gateway to the new look of architecture."

Student prize winner

ADELAIDE CREATIVE COMMUNITY HUB competition:

Banny Fabian Sandoval Salinas from Chile!

"We participated in this competition thanks to the openness of the brief and our common interest in the theme: creativity. It gave us the opportunity to test the tools we have learned during our degrees in the real world without the restrictions of a university assignment."

"For young architects, architecture vision competitions are a great opportunity to work on programs and scales that the first commissions of a young company can't reach. These competitions are good exercises, to experiment but also to be aware of the reality of the demand. It's also a way to choose projects that really inspire us and develop a creative process with more liberty than your usual client."

2nd prize winners

ADELAIDE CREATIVE COMMUNITY HUB competition:

Judith Busson Taridec and François Cattoni from France!

"Mainly to keep our creativity going and to challenge ourselves. It’s also a way to learn about and investigate different subjects. We view these competitions as a way to improve ourselves and to widen our knowledge. It is also a great experience to work in a team and add to everyone's experience and background to the proposal."

Honourable mention winners

Construction Container Facelift competition:

Larissa De Rosso and Ana Bretes from United Kingdom!

"I have a passion for design and a burning desire to tackle and contribute to real-life problems and global challenges."

Honourable mention winner

Construction Container Facelift competition:

 Julie Tse from New Zealand!

"Because it can provide me with a good stage to show my ideas about architecture."

Student prize winner

Construction Container Facelift competition:

Lanxin Zhong from China!

"The majority of our firm’s work is production-oriented with little design input. We decided to do design competitions to allow the creative juices to flow and expose ourselves to a project that we would not find within our client base."

2nd and Green prize winners

Construction Container Facelift competition:

Martin Dion, Devin Marie Cressman, Aram Piligian and Jeff Simmons from United States!

"Global competitions provide me with a brainstorming challenge to inspire creativity and offer a chance to find answers to real-life market requirements, offering a platform to showcase my innovative ideas."

1st prize winner

Construction Container Facelift competition:

Katarzyna Formela from Poland!

"I believe the architectural vision competition to be a valid and important process of furthering the architect’s roles in the progress of creating and implementing new methods of living, working and travelling and imagining the future scenarios of our cities."

Honourable mention winner

LONDON AFFORDABLE HOUSING CHALLENGE competition:

William Maddinson from United Kingdom!

"We participate in architecture vision competitions as part of our ongoing research for new housing typologies. These competitions give us a site and context to visualise our ideas, put them to test and help us better understand the strengths and weaknesses of each iteration."

Honourable mention winners

LONDON AFFORDABLE HOUSING CHALLENGE competition:

Jeffrey Lam and Douglas Leung from Hong Kong!

"Architecture vision competitions allow us to consider the built environment abstractly in order to address global issues concerning the design of cities and the state of the built environment separately from our practice as a professional service. We also use the competition format to test ideas, techniques, and various modes of representation - formal explorations, new software, image making and graphic representation."

Honourable mention winners

LONDON AFFORDABLE HOUSING CHALLENGE competition:

Melissa Shin and Amanda Shin from United States!

"Entering architectural vision competitions is an interesting and collective way for the design community to come together around real problems. We understand competitions as a testing ground for new ideas and as a method to challenge preconceptions about our world. We decided to enter this competition in particular because the housing crisis is a very palpable, very complex issue. Living in London and especially working in architecture, we see every day the tension the housing crisis causes in the city."

Honourable mention winners

LONDON AFFORDABLE HOUSING CHALLENGE competition:

Amrita Raja and Katharine Storr from United Kingdom!

"It was actually the first time I participated in an architectural vision competition, and wanted to use it as a space to test ideas within my research. It formed part of the collective research of the design unit I am studying with @bartlettu13 and for @somosaldea."

Honourable mention winner

LONDON AFFORDABLE HOUSING CHALLENGE competition:

Robert Newcombe from United Kingdom!

"Vision competitions give a freedom to develop or rethink our ideas. It gives opportunities to take another position and point of view which changes how we see things in a new way and boosts our creativity. But our motivation is not only intrinsic, at the same time we want to share our knowledge and our research by participating in vision competitions."

"Social housing as a typology is a complex work of architecture intended to be inhabited by a diverse population. The answers given to this typology are unfortunately based on simplified assumptions, repeated standards and uninspired architecture. Our interest in this competition was to create a vision beyond today’s monotonous development, which this competition allowed for."

3rd prize winners

LONDON AFFORDABLE HOUSING CHALLENGE competition:

Medina Dzonlic and Daniel Andersson from Denmark!

"Vision competitions are an important element to test research ideas and thoughts and even to develop research by design activity in a more protected environment: when doing exploratory research to be realistic is much more relevant than to be real. And vision competitions have exactly this kind of connotation. Moreover, it is also very important to confront what you are doing in your practice and research with what many other peers are doing."

"Instead of living my own dream, I wish I could have the opportunity to present my schemes to the public, to people who are from different professions and different backgrounds, and to people who might really need that scheme to help them sort through the issues they have now. I wish I could have the opportunity to hear the voice from them, to receive all the comments and criticism from them, which is extremely essential to any architecture proposals. We are building for people."

1st prize winners

LONDON AFFORDABLE HOUSING CHALLENGE competition:

Lianjie Wu from United Kingdom!

"We live in a society that is becoming over-regulated. A vision competition gives us the opportunity to embrace our creativity. Also, it is an opportunity to take over the challenge of dealing with a very unique site and brief."

Honourable mention winners

Kemeri National Park Observation Tower competition:

Joana Correia and Guillaume Boitier from France!

"By taking part in architecture vision competitions, we are aiming to refresh our design mind as the design approach would be completely different from daily work."

"We participate in architecture vision competitions because we want to measure our ideas against international competitors, and to get international public recognition."

"We were interested in the unique site situation and program. We believed it was a chance to create new culture by design for this project."

"After having successfully completed student projects together we decided to bring our work to the next level."

Honourable mention winners

Kemeri National Park Observation Tower competition:

Alex Kirschstein and Clemens Berresheim from Germany!

"The site was very interesting at the first time too. And a good idea for the concept which came at the very beginning gave us the motivation to participate."

3rd prize and Student prize

Kemeri National Park Observation Tower competition:

Fanni Zita Salamin and Hunor Albert Szántó from Hungary!

"Participating in architecture vision competitions gives us a chance to explore further in various international projects. It also enhances our knowledge in assimilating and learning the new culture and development. Simultaneously, it’s an opportunity to explore and express the new concepts that we have not attempted on our daily basis projects."

2nd prize winner

https://architecturecompetitions.com/kemeritower/ competition:

Nathira Haja from Malaysia!

"I participate in architecture vision competitions because I like thinking about a concept, planning and formulating with building components, and discovering possibilities for specific sites. Since I love nature, I try to pick competitions which allow me to show the impact of nature on architecture design and vice versa. I perceive such competitions as an important input in a professional career and a priceless contribution to my personal growth."

Honourable mention winner

Pape Nature Park Gateway competition:

Fernando Alonso Tuero from Spain!

"As young architects, we believe that vision competitions allow us to express our ideas and realize our designs in a non-constrained manner. Moreover, we believe that it kick-starts our careers and gives us exposure in the design and architecture world. Seeing other entries for the same competition allows us also to learn and grow by seeing other points of views and solutions designed for the same project."

Honourable mention winners

Pape Nature Park Gateway competition:

Alessia Falcini and Christelle Maalouf from Italy!

"We saw Pape Nature Park Gateway competition as a way to consider the relationships between the natural environment and human intervention through symbolism, function and form. Participating in such a competition helps us reflect on issues that are crucial in the broader context, yet something we typically do not encounter in our daily lives in the metropolis."

Honourable mention winners

Pape Nature Park Gateway competition:

Kaon Ko, Hiroki Kondo, Yuki Matsubara and Satoshi Hotsumi from Japan!

"I enrolled this competition for the following purposes: to practice how to output my study and how to express my ideas ; as part of a laboratory curriculum to acquire architectural communication skills; to acquire worldwide perspective and ability; specifically, I am interested in generation of architecture in the place where the primitive environment of the earth remains, such as the horizon of landscapes in Northern Europe. In BEE BREEDERS there are many competitions for such sites."

Student prize winner

Pape Nature Park Gateway competition:

Kahara Mori from Japan!

"Modern cultural and economic conditions in Ukraine shape a development far from the samples of modern architecture. Participation in competitions allows us to be involved in the new history of architecture and to be in the context of its development."

"I enjoy the creative freedom that these competitions allow. While daily practice is incredibly rewarding, competitions such as this offer a chance to exercise my mind and explore design problems that I might not otherwise have the opportunity to delve into. They provide me the opportunity to research and explore a place and context that I may not otherwise have explored. I enjoy that. And I enjoy seeing other solutions to the same problem."

2nd prize winner

Pape Nature Park Gateway competition:

Jeffrey Clancy from United States!

"I enrolled in this competition as I had to work on my final thesis and I found this competition interesting to use."

Honorable mention winner

IRISH CULT MUSIC VENUE competition:

Guillem Roca Canals from Spain!

"We seek out interesting architectural competitions as a way to hone our craft for the everyday world. They present an amusing and low-stakes opportunity to test out new ideas, or to explore new project typologies that we haven’t had a chance to jump into professionally. Perhaps most importantly they offer a fun excuse to practice how we illustrate and explain our ideas – both graphically and verbally – which is critically important for the success of a small firm."

Honourable mention winners

IRISH CULT MUSIC VENUE competition:

Marty Sandberg and Cristina Gallo McCausland from United States!

"Architecture competitions allow a unique opportunity to explore the capability of architecture, somewhat removed from the pressures of regular work. I have chosen to participate because I felt the urge to extend the ideas and interests that were aroused from my studies. This specific competition was appealing to me because it combines my interests of architecture and music, in a country I love."

Honourable mention winner

IRISH CULT MUSIC VENUE competition:

Robert Leslie Hillman from Australia!

"Competitions offer designers an opportunity to investigate design challenges with a different set of constraints. We feel that competitions allow us to think in new ways, examine our process and explore alternative means of graphic communication. We spent a lot of time prior to entering the competition arguing about everything under the moon. The competition was a way to take our two different personalities and see what cohesive idea could come out of it. It was a great way to put arguments on paper."

Honourable mention winners

IRISH CULT MUSIC VENUE competition:

Andi Reeder and Kirk Malanchuk from United States!

"Most of the time we are working with so many demands; it can be a wonderfully collaborative experience, but it can pull us away from our original intentions as architects. Competitions are an opportunity to step away from external demands and rediscover what is important to us. Ideally this resonates with others, and we see how others responded to the exact same parameters."

3rd prize winners

IRISH CULT MUSIC VENUE competition:

Lisa Mullikin and Kevin Stevens from United States!

"We participated in this competition because it gave us a chance to exercise our muscles on a different project type and in a different context. Cultural venues are a building typology that interests us deeply because of the clear connection between people, place, events history and identity. It’s a tremendously exciting thing to be a part of and the competition gave us just that opportunity."

1st prize winners

IRISH CULT MUSIC VENUE competition:

Ian O’Brien, Enrique García Blázquez and Oliver James from United Kingdom!

"Because we are young and ambitious people (☺), we wanted to test ourselves at an international level as well. Dealing with such interesting topics has a very refreshing effect on the everyday-work and on our community as well."

Honourable mention winners

Iceland Northern Lights Rooms competition:

Norbert Pánovits, Orsolya Méhes and Zsuzsanna Köninger-Péter from Hungary!

"An architecture vision competition allows us to develop our ideas outside of the framework that reality usually places around a project. Of course we are also driven by the opportunity to realize our ideas, but a competition provides freedom, both in research, design development, detailing and presentation techniques."

"The competition is a means to rid yourself of the constraints of every day design, and explore your own creativity dynamically. It is also an interesting way to learn about the world."

Honourable mention winners

Iceland Northern Lights Rooms competition:

Tyler Mcbeth, Veronika Smetanina and Benjamin Dossett from Japan!

"All of my design processes begin with extensive research, so I consider architectural competitions as a great learning opportunity. Through this project for example, I discovered an array of fascinating facts about Iceland and its history, whilst also learning about state of the art construction materials and building technologies. In addition, architectural competitions give me full freedom of imagination that is sometimes restricted in practice due to budget, planning and client’s preferences."

Honourable mention winners

Iceland Northern Lights Rooms competition:

Madina Zhazylbekova from Kazakhstan!

"Each competition is an opportunity to grow. Competing and confronting with other equally prepared firm/individuals pushes us to improve, experimenting and going beyond our limits, within the architectural field."

"Architecture competitions of this nature allow anyone to challenge, and provide a fresh approach to existing design dogmas. It is an incredible chance to step away from the conventional means of execution, and present a different perspective to a broader audience. It helps to facilitate the change in the profession through exposure and discussion, as well as one's own professional growth."

Green prize winners

Iceland Northern Lights Rooms competition:

Chang Yuan Max Hsu and Hadeel Ayed Mohammad from United States!

"I participate in architecture vision competitions because they allow me to use my original ideas in architectural designs. I am sure that developing my imagination has improved the quality of my daily work in the office."

Student prize winner

Iceland Northern Lights Rooms competition:

Magdalena Pająk from Poland!

"Architecture vision competitions allow artists to explore the possibilities of the framework to its latest extent, something that is sometimes difficult when third party interests are involved. We consider these opportunities unequalled chances to present our conversation with context as a pure manifestation as a designer could expect."

"I participate in this type of competition because the architectural program and the location is unique. The challenge to be met is even bigger when you know that there are many young talents who participate. Moreover, it goes about a competition that enjoys great international visibility. Beyond all this, the personal challenge is to excel while having fun."

2nd prize winner

Iceland Northern Lights Rooms competition:

Francois Bodlet from Belgium!

"For us, taking part in architectural vision competitions is a big chance for experimentation with space and structure, an opportunity to celebrate the design process and to face unusual topics."

1st prize winners

Iceland Northern Lights Rooms competition:

Kamila Szatanowska and Paulina Rogalska from Poland!

"I understand competitions as a mental exercise, in which you ask, think and reflect on the search for universal solutions to specific isolated problems."

"For us as students and working architects, participating in this vision competition was a way to step out of the boundaries of the day-to-day profession, and helped us broaden our horizons on how to take on projects. With this we concluded that every assignment, also within the profession, should be approached in this way. Keep a fresh mind on what architecture can mean or express."

Honourable mention winners

NEMRUT VOLCANO EYES competition:

Marilu de Bies and Simon Wijrdeman from Netherlands!

"Competitions are thought provoking exercises. They test your understanding of various architectural challenges while at the same time offering you different narratives on different societies and places, and the impact design has on them. The research process, collaboration and execution are a learning process. A fun one to be sincere."

Honourable mention winner

NEMRUT VOLCANO EYES competition:

Joseph Mwaisaka from Kenya!

"This is a good way to keep the mind rolling and flexible. Competition usually puts architects in a position of searching for questions before coming up with a solution. These are interesting moments for experimenting. Besides everything else, it is a way to put in act new collaborations, like our team did."

Honourable mention winners

NEMRUT VOLCANO EYES competition:

Guido Mitidieri and Venessa Mok from Finland!

"Architecture competitions are fun. They offer a good platform to experiment new ideas and explore different approaches to architecture."

Honourable mention winners

NEMRUT VOLCANO EYES competition:

Chun Fei Wong and June Yong from Malaysia!

"Architecture vision competitions continuously trigger us to train our sensations on designing, redesigning and finalizing. As a team, we learn so much from each other through one architectural design."

Honourable mention winners

NEMRUT VOLCANO EYES competition:

 Fang Xu, Yuxuan Jiang and Zhi Wen Sun from Canada!

"Competition prompts give us the constraints and platform to pursue creative design projects outside of the office. They also motivate us to follow through on these pursuits through a financial investment and fixed schedule."

Green award winners

NEMRUT VOLCANO EYES competition:

Sam Naylor and Elaine Stokes from United States!

"This kind of competition is a good field for matching with other points of view. It can be fascinating to observe how a place can be conceived by other architects and designers. It gives you an opportunity to try different approaches and experiment which is definitely something you don’t see every day."

"It is a refreshing exercise and an escape from our everyday works. Generally, we get to design things that we do not regularly have a chance to design – sometimes for places and users we do not get to think about. It is a rewarding opportunity to face a challenge and develop new design perspectives as a result."

2nd prize winners

NEMRUT VOLCANO EYES competition:

Keremcan Kirilmaz and Erdem Batirbek from Turkey!

"The architecture competitions allow the possibility to take the design process to a level where experimentation and speculation become problem solving strategies in a creative and unconventional way. This is the perfect venue for telling a story through architecture."

1st and Student prize winners

NEMRUT VOLCANO EYES competition:

Fernando Irizarry, Marcos Ortiz and Gabriel Rivera from Puerto Rico!

"Nat saw the call for this competition one day, and it appeared to us all as a great opportunity to sharpen our innovation and designing skills. Besides, we always want to work together in some challenging project. Since everybody is now in Bangkok, so we knew this competition is a great chance for us to brainstorm and to do something stimulating."

"We had this idea before we participated in this competition and think our idea is suitable for this competition. During the project, we deepened and furthered our idea. Of course, we faced many challenges, but finally overcome them.
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3rd and Student prize winners

HONG KONG PIXEL HOMES competition:

Yukang Yang and Jingwen Cui from China!

"We enjoy the research dimension of vision competitions because it is a field where we can experiment new ideas. It is finally a way to continue to express ourselves as young architects."

2nd prize winners

HONG KONG PIXEL HOMES competition:

Maria Fernandez and François Chantier from France!

"We participate in architecture vision competitions when we find extra time in our office work. The value we find in participating in these competitions is that it builds our vision, challenges us to think of design issues that we do not work with everyday, and brings more and more ideas into our firm’s oeuvre. It is a great way for us to be inventive and to be engaged in what is relevant in the discipline."

"The ability to confront ideas is really significant. Nowadays, we have an unique chance to compare our level to participants’. Architecture vision competitions are known for being a great motivation to start brainstorming and conceptual thinking."

"We believe, that attending architecture competitions can be a great opportunity to showcase your ideas and visions to a wider audience and broaden your own knowledge and- gain experience. We are also defending our bachelor degree with this project as our final work, which is the initial reason and motive for us to participate in this competition. We had an explicit program set for us, thus, it was easier to handle the work process, having a clear task and a rigorous goal to achieve."

3rd prize winners

MANGO VINYL HUB competition:

Valdone Mitkeviciute and Greta Prialgauskaite from Lithuania!

"It is simple: it stimulates us. It allows you to experiment, to test your ideas and to refine them. It is the occasion to take a rough idea and to perfect it in an analogical context with the reality. And also for the liberty of expression of this idea, without any constraints."

 

2nd and Student prize winners

MANGO VINYL HUB competition:

Onea Ioana Alexandra, Nistor Raluca, Hirleata Stefania Daniela and Tirca Radu George from Romania!

"We find architecture vision competitions a great opportunity to get in touch not only with our creative potentialities, but also with awareness of the reality and demands of the present-day. It is a great challenge where future and young architects like us can practice to work independently, while having the pleasure to choose projects that really inspire them. These conditions generate an occasion to bring out the best results of young designers while enjoying the creative process as well."

1st prize winners

MANGO VINYL HUB competition:

Lucia Filippini, Elisa Dellarossa and Tuana Yıldız from Italy!

"Architecture design competitions are a wonderful way of communicating your ideas and visions to a larger audience. For a small team from a small developing country like ours, it is very difficult to reach out to a larger audience by any other means."

"It is fundamental, for us as a design firm, to participate in these types of competitions because it opens plenty of opportunities: it gives us a global vision of the architecture needs, it provides a bigger understanding of the importance of function and creativity and last but not least, it adds work experience to our office."

"The current cultural and economic conditions in Ukraine form an approach which is far from modern architecture samples. Participation in competitions allows us to be involved in the new history of architecture, be in the context, and keep up with its development."

"We always look to participate in the debate about the spatial tasks at hand. We do this to sharpen our minds and to meet people who want to work with us on exciting projects. "

Honourable mention winner

NEW YORK AFFORDABLE HOUSING CHALLENGE competition:

Hans Maarten Wikkerink from United States!

"It is always enjoyable to share a variety of ideas and see how other applicants came up with all different design options, so that I could broaden my perspective."

Honourable mention winners

NEW YORK AFFORDABLE HOUSING CHALLENGE competition:

Chang Kyu Lee and Beomki Lee from United States!

 

"To explore new futures for architecture."

Honourable mention winner

NEW YORK AFFORDABLE HOUSING CHALLENGE competition:

Seth McDowell from United States!

"Architectural vision competitions are an impetus for the flight of imagination that has potential to land on the ground with the appearance of something helpful, solid and appealing. It is the opportunity to create without seeing the competitors (who are also enormously empowered) which then you overcome and become stronger by yourself."

Honourable mention winners

NEW YORK AFFORDABLE HOUSING CHALLENGE competition:

Ksenia Chernobrovtseva and Petar Petricevic from United States!

"It is important to question. Too often, standardized practices or routines blind us from potential inquiries. While it is not helpful to re-invent the wheel, I find that architecture vision competitions to be a necessary freedom from this daily reality. In that freedom, it is truly possible to consider anything, and these unbiased visions I feel are essential in realizing our potential."

Green award winner

New York Affordable Housing Challenge competition:

Ryan Anthony Ball from United States!

"Architecture vision competitions are very stimulating, especially for students, offering an open space for sharing ideas from all over the world. I cannot think of a better way of learning, discovering new perspectives and ways of thinking a reality. Furthermore, they are one of the best incentives to test ourselves and improve. In addition, I personally took part in this competition because I found that the possibility of getting an internship in North America is worth the effort."

Rising Star award winner

New York Affordable Housing Challenge competition:

Antonio González Viegas from Spain!

"We want to encounter more design opportunities, and make our works visible."

3rd prize winners

New York Affordable Housing Challenge competition:

Liyang Chen and Yao Zheng from China!

"We participate in architecture vision competitions when we find extra time in our office work. The value we find in participating in these competitions is that is builds our vision, challenges us to think of design issues that we do not work with everyday, and brings more and more ideas into our firm’s oeuvre. It is a great way for us to be inventive and to be engaged in what is relevant in the discipline."

1st prize winners

New York Affordable Housing Challenge competition:

Lap Chi Kwong and Alison Von Glinow from USA!

"The way we see it, these competitions are a great way to try new things out. Their informal nature allows us to experiment with the way we design, work and collaborate. They also provide a platform to broadcast our ideas to a bigger audience."

2nd prize, BB Student award and BB Green award winners

KIP ISLAND AUDITORIUM competition:

Deyan Saev and Panayiotis Hadjisergis from Netherlands!

"We enjoy participating in Architectural Competitions as we see them as a healthy, refreshing way of putting our ideas out in the open, and a constant stimulus to move forward from from what we have already accomplished within our realm."

"Because it’s an opportunity to dream big, to find new solutions for a particular problem and to improve my architectural and communication skills. Basically, to keep on learning."

3rd prize winner

“Archhive: Architecture in Virtual Reality” competition:

Paolo Zurk from Colombia!

"International competitions propose original and actual topics. Participating in an architecture vision competition is a good exercise to develop new skills, design processes and learn of the problems around the world."

3rd prize winners

TRANS SIBERIAN PIT STOPS competition:

Alessandro Carrea and Djavan Cardona from Switzerland!

"Competition is in itself a challenge that is both exciting and capable to trigger creative processes. We believe this might be a combination that can lead to an interesting project."

2nd prize winners

TRANS SIBERIAN PIT STOPS competition:

Jacopo Abbate and Martina Mitrovic from Italy!

"Competitions for us are a way to test out creativity, where we are able to respond to a specific design brief in the way in which we find fit, using it as time to research and push forward thinking in the office and develop collaboration. Above all it challenges us and in doing so it forces us to evolve. "

"Participate in architecture vision competitions seems to me to be a good way to practice architecture, its spatialities and its concepts without too many constraints related to the architect profession."

2nd prize winner

MELBOURNE TATTOO ACADEMY competition:

Morgan Baufils from France!

"An architecture vision competition make us go to the essence of an idea, we have to translate it as directly as we can. It can also provoque a dialog without imposing a constructed reality. A building must not be only one man’s or team’s work, but the result of a long process which includes differents actors. A competition is only the first step."

1st prize and Student Award winners

MELBOURNE TATTOO ACADEMY competition:

Agathe Sautet, Clara Berthaud and Matthieu Friedli from Switzerland!

"Architecture vision competitions provide a platform that allows the greatest flow of creativity and imagination. It allows architects to dream big and to spread their ideas to a global audience. The social sphere of the competitions encourages the intermingling of ideas across the world."

3rd prize winners

ROME CONCRETE POETRY HALL competition:

Eveline Lam and Dave Holborn from Canada!

"The competition gives an impulse to search for new approaches to architecture. It is a way to express our commitment to humanistic ideas and an active professional attitude to architecture. This attitude gives guidelines for design of rational structures and sensible spaces throughout free search and common sense."

2nd prize winners

ROME CONCRETE POETRY HALL competition:

Sergey Korobkov, Alexey Yakushev, Evgeniy Korobskoy and Andrey Tsyplakov from Russian Federation!

"The participation to contests comes from the will to report with different ideas and ways to think about architecture. The contests allows you to investigate and address different issues, putting you constantly in a challenge. It is a processing project tool. It is a way to implement your project capacity, thanks to a constant confrontation with other project outcomes."

1st prize winners

ROME CONCRETE POETRY HALL competition:

Gino Baldi and Serena Comi from Italy!

"Architecture visions competitions create a platform for us to work through design problems that really enable us explore the potential of what architecture can be. It's part of trying to understand and develop what techniques and sensibilities work for us, and to develop our design identity. For us, these kinds of competitions create a space for that kind of exploration."

3rd prize winners

CANNABIS BANK competition:

Sheehan Wachter and Cruz Crawford (Uburgo Design)from United States!

"We like competitions because we can work from the beginning. Almost always the start of a journey is better than the return. To develop an idea and take it though until the end without losing it during the trip, is very easy in this type of competition and it attracts us especially. In this case we participate because the opportunity represents a taboo subject for society, policy and the law; addressing this taboo subject with the tool of architectural."

2nd prize winners

CANNABIS BANK competition:

Albert Pla, Joan Pau Albertí and Héctor Durán from Spain!

"We believe architecture visionary competitions are very much in touch with current social affairs. By participating in these competitions, we can stay in tune with world events and maintain our high design enthusiasm level."

1st prize winners

CANNABIS BANK competition:

I-Ting Chuang, Jing-Yao Lin, Takanori Kodama, Yu Han Wu from Taiwan!

"Architecture should be a unity of what’s rational and functional, with what’s sensual and beautiful. I think that modern construction developments reflect the creative possibilities of people. So for me, being a young architect, architecture is also a challenge."

3rd prize winner

LONDON INTERNET MUSEUM competition:

Michał Daniszewski from Poland!

"I enter about 1-2 architecture vision competitions each year to actively refine my skill sets. Often in our daily jobs we find our ways toward paths of increasing specialization. Competitions are a way to explore the breadth of the field. Especially in regard to teaching, I feel it is important to continue to push yourself and think critically, and the architectural competition is a framework to do that."

2nd prize winner

LONDON INTERNET MUSEUM competition:

Ryan Anthony Ball from United States!

"It is a great chance to propose your vision on a particular problem, to put your ideas out there, and get feedback from a range of high - profile jurors. We don't really ever stop. It's important for us to continue learning, with every competition or project, we always aim to develop our skills in something we have never done, or even with a new software have never used."

1st prize winners

LONDON INTERNET MUSEUM competition:

Shaun McCallum and Aleksandra Belitskaja from United Kingdom!

"Because competitions give the architect a very uncommon and unsafe freedom where a dialogue is initiated, not with clients or investors, but with themselves, working as a kind of exorcism where his passions, obsessions, fears, whims... come to light. Competitions help us to know ourselves better."

"The Charlie Hebdo Portable Pavilion competition was too interesting to let us pass up doing it. Because we’ve never had freedom of speech, it’s very difficult for us to solve these problems. How to emphasis the importance of freedom of speech? Should the pavilion be light or heavy? Finally, I let the contradiction and paradox coexist, just like the “conflict” in movie’s play. Therefore, the interests and challenges are the wave that pushes us ahead."

2nd prize winners

CHARLIE HEBDO PORTABLE PAVILION competition:

Shuzhi Yang, Liwei Yu and Yupeng He from China!

"We participate in architecture competitions in order to be part of something greater than ourselves, whether we are working with each other as a team, competing with other designers, or exploring the collective ideas. We love how the boundaries of ideas can be pushed by the collective, beyond any limits that we could individually have conceived."

3rd prize winners

Bangkok Artists Retreat competition:

Win Rojanastien, Nuttapol Techopitch and Satavee Kijsanayotin from Thailand!

"This competition gave me an opportunity to build my imagination about architecture in a basic and original way."

1st prize winner

BANGKOK ARTISTS RETREAT competition:

Quyet Tien NGO from Vietnam!

"Architecture vision competitions give us the possibility to concentrate our attention on ideas, wishes and values of the projects, keeping alive the creativity."

3rd prize winners

Baltic Way Memorial competition:

Federico Malnati and Thomas Giuliani from Switzerland!

"We participate in architecture vision competitions because of the above! It offers the unique chance to use architecture to uncover the potential of a site and program. Competitions allow us to escape from the ordinary settings and imagine something extraordinary."

1st prize winners

BALTIC WAY MEMORIAL competition:

Aidan Doyle and Sarah Wan from United States!

"Since graduating I have yet to find a job, and I didn't want my skills to get rusty so I decided to enter competitions as a source of income and portfolio filler. Also, the freedom to pursue my own ideas. This project was a first for me in that I had literally zero outside input. No professors, friends or colleagues bounce ideas off of was interesting to say the least."

3rd prize winner

KRAKOW OXYGEN HOME competition:

 Cameron Kollath from United States!

"We participate in competitions primarily to test ideas, and challenge ourselves against others through the competition format. We also use them to help hone our drawing and communication skills; this is important when teaching our students. The Architecture Vision organisation sets provocative and engaging briefs that are interesting to undertake."

2nd prize winners

KRAKOW OXYGEN HOME competition:

Paul Jones and Chris Brown from United Kingdom!

"Participation in architecture vision competitions for me is a good way to finding new answers for exciting problems in my context and a suitable direction to creating and detecting my own architecture language."

1st prize winners

KRAKOW OXYGEN HOME competition:

Nima Nian and Behdad Heydari from Iran!

"Instead of a vicious competition, we attempt to make room for productive discourse via proposition made in an arena set for architects and designers."

2nd prize winners

TRIPLE BRIDGE WATERFRONT competition:

Ka Leung Yuen and Sze Kwan Wan from United states!

"Learning to improve, practice with ideal."

1st prize winners

TRIPLE BRIDGE WATERFRONT competition:

Yu Sun and Xue Zhao from China! 

"Architecture vision competitions ventilate and allow the mind to look for new technologies and ideas. You can learn from people of different specialties about topics that apparently seem distant and unattainable. Technological visions advance our ability to serve local communities"

"Architecture competitions give us a great opportunity to do something different from the daily work routine, still being engaged in our favorite occupation, experimenting and developing our skills. It is also quite challenging to compete with architects from all over the world, comparing different solutions and learning new approaches. No doubt, you will improve, even if you don't win."

1st prize winners

BANGKOK FASHION HUB competition:

Pugachenko Ilya, Aniskova Alla and Saiko Andrei from Russia!

"We did the competition to stay fresh and for the fun of it."

2nd prize winners

RED SQUARE TOLERANCE PAVILION competition:

Ida Sandvik and Mesi Koponen from Norway!

"We believe that participation in architecture competitions can create many great opportunities, especially for students. The basic and fair answer stands behind our personalities and is linked with our passion about architecture and the chance to challenge yourself. Architectural competitions are a great chance to improve many of your skills, to widen your knowledge and express your creativity. You can also learn how to work as part of a team and how to use your unique qualities to complete one project."

2nd and Student prize winners

MICROHOME 2019 competition:

Bilyana Apostolova and Slavena Todorova from Bulgaria!

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