Architecture Competition Iceland Volcano Lookout Point Honorable mention - LECKIE STUDIO ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to one of our Honorable mention winners for our "Iceland Volcano Lookout Point" competition – Michael Leckie, Jason Hall, Peter M Wenger and Melody Chen from Canada!

Leckie Studio Architecture + Design Team


Leckie Studio Architecture + Design was founded in 2015 by Principal Architect Michael Leckie as a platform to craft singular, thought-provoking, and imaginative architectural work. The studio is understood as a vehicle for creative speculation, expanding the boundaries of traditional architecture practice through research, client commissions, and self-initiated projects that combine architecture with creative entrepreneurship.

We are an interdisciplinary design firm of 20 team members, practicing across a range of scale and typology. We combine the disciplines of architecture, interior architecture, industrial design, digital visualization, and design research under one roof. We tend to abide by a critical regionalist approach to architecture, looking for a fit with circumstance that is simultaneously appropriate and progressive.

Brief information about the projects that you/your company have been involved with. For instance, what scale have you focused on/preferred, any significant projects where the company/ individuals have been involved?

The studio’s approach to creative process is based on creative problem-solving and design-thinking, understanding that the formulation of the design question is as critical as the process of delivering the design solution. Rooted in a rigorous architectural methodology that focuses on design research, the work of the studio spans across a wide range of scale and typology. The studio’s current portfolio of project work is intentionally diversified to include custom single family homes, multi-family residential projects, institutional buildings, hospitality design, boutique interiors, and installations. The studio has also developed expertise in mass timber and prefabrication methodologies through its work with The Backcountry Hut Company.

Studio Principal Michael Leckie is a co-founder of two other startups – The Backcountry Hut Company (www.thebackcountryhutcompany.com) and arcana (www.findarcana.com).

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

All architectural work is a form of speculation. As architects and designers, we are speculating about a possible future, visualizing how our work can create a meaningful and positive impact on individuals and communities, and then working hard to realize this vision. Our role is to arrange the material world, in whatever small part, to demonstrate hope and optimism.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

Competitions provide an opportunity for practitioners to speculate freely and dream outside of the constraints of client work – often in areas of practice and/or at scales of work that we have yet to explore in daily practice. Competitions also provide a means for emerging practitioners to demonstrate competency and garner recognition.

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

Understand the terms of reference and the goals of your practice. Consider architectural competitions as an investment in the evolution and development of the practice.

Open architecture competitions

  • Closest Deadline first
  • Project competitions first
    Selected winning projects have the potential to be constructed
  • Ideas competitions first
    Experimental competitions with the focus on pushing the boundaries of creativity
project COMPETITION
Portugal Elderly Home

Design a comfortable and accessible home for the elderly in Portugal

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Dec 06
Jan 25
Apr 19
project COMPETITION
Portugal Olive Guest House

Design a guest house and olive oil tasting room located in Portugal

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Dec 08
Jan 27
Apr 21
ideas COMPETITION
The Home of Shadows

Design a home with no artificial lighting

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Dec 05
Jan 24
Apr 18

Reccuring architecture competitions

ideas COMPETITION
Children's Hospice
Home for the Terminally ill / Edition #2

Design a safe and supportive space for children struggling with a terminal illness

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Dec 06
Feb 08
Apr 06
Run repeatedly
Milan Affordable Housing Challenge
Affordable Housing Series #15

Design a concept for affordable housing in Milan

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Dec 07
Jan 26
Apr 20
Register now
Run repeatedly
Office
Office Design Challenge / Edition #2

Reimagine the workplace of the future, and design the new way of working

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jan 03
Mar 01
May 04
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Run repeatedly
Timber Skyscraper
SKYHIVE Skyscraper challenge! Edition #6

Design an iconic new skyscraper constructed from timber

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Nov 01
Jan 04
Mar 09
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Run repeatedly
Rammed Earth Pavilion
Material studies. Edition #2

Design a pavilion to exhibit rammed earth as a building material

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Sep 06
Nov 02
Jan 05
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Creativity gym Short term competitions for you to exercise your creativity

essay COMPETITION
Why do you enter architecture competitions?

Share your views on architecture competitions

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Oct 04
Dec 07
Feb 02
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T-SHIRT DRAWING COMPETITION
The Architect's T-shirt

Design THE architect's t-shirt!

Prize: 3,000 €
Eligibility: open to all

registration deadlines

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Nov 30
Dec 31
Jan 31
Register now

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Competition results

Hong Kong 
Pixel Homes

Hong Kong Pixel Homes

Affordable Housing Series #2
MICROHOME

MICROHOME

Small living, huge impact! Edition #4

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