Competition introduction

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Architecture of Illusions

The Architecture of Illusions essay competition is looking for your thoughts and opinions on the role of illusions in architecture. What is the impact of optical illusions in architecture, if there is one at all, and how do they affect architectural designs?

Renowned architects like Frank Gehry and Vlado Milunic are just some of the names that use optical illusions in some of their most famous work. These have included mirrored or reflective surfaces, geometric shapes and lines, and stylized facades that create the illusions of shapes and space in iconic buildings around the world.

For this essay competition, participants are invited to submit their thoughts and ideas on anything relating to the topic of illusions in both design and architecture. This could be anything, from an exploration of how artwork can modify a space purely through visual alterations, to an in-depth discussion and analysis of the power of form in terms of creating moods and atmospheres. How do illusions affect the way spaces are perceived and how are they achieved through both traditional and modern techniques?

The topic is completely open for interpretation and all ideas are welcome on the role of illusions in architecture. Participants may submit their essays in a written format, a visual format, or a combination of the two. Winning submissions and honorable mentions will be featured in the next ARCHHIVE BOOKS’ publication "Illusions in Architecture''.

Do you have an idea or something to say about illusions in architecture?

Download full competition brief for more information!

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

Full competition brief

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



1,000 € + Publication in the book
Total Prize Fund
600 €
Publication in the book
Certificate of Achievement
300 €
Publication in the book
Certificate of Achievement
100 €
Publication in the book
Certificate of Achievement


Selected winners will receive monetary awards and will be included in the next ARCHHIVE BOOKS publication.


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

Jury panel

Víctor Enrich Tarrés

Barcelona-based photographer and artist, Spain

Peter Thompson

Emeritus Professor, Department of Psychology, University of York and Chief Editor of Perception & i-Perception journals, UK

Monika Woźniak

architect and 3d designer, Antireality, Poland

Jury members shall under no circumstances be contacted by competition participants or their representatives. Participants who attempt to contact jury members, shall be disqualified. All jury members are involved in the evaluation based on their availability at that time.

All communication regarding the competition should only be carried out with Bee Breeders staff. For any questions please contact us on [email protected]  


Find the extended list of jury panel biographies here!

Key dates

Closing date for registration

16 July, 2021

Closing date for project submission

10 September, 2021 (11:59pm GMT+0)

Announcement of the winners

26 October, 2021

Registration fees

  • Registration Deadline
    01 May - 16 July
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    30 €
  • Students
    25 €
+21% VAT

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Competition related questions

No, we welcome submissions from all industries.

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