Architecture Competition Tiny Kiwi Meditation Cabin 2nd prize winner – Mat Winter

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the 2nd prize winner of our “Tiny Kiwi Meditation Cabin” competition – Mat Winter from Canada!

Mat Winter from Canada

I completed my Master of Architecture degree in 2015 and spent 3.5 years working for Herzog & de Meuron in Switzerland. Returning to my home country of Canada in 2018, I worked in Toronto as an architectural designer before founding Winter Studio in August of 2020.

Shortly before starting Winter Studio, I was involved in the design and construction of large-scale office buildings in Switzerland, as well as domestic projects in Southern Ontario. Winter Studio focuses on participating in international competitions of all types and sizes, while continuing to design and build houses and cottages throughout Ontario.

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

Architecture is an environmental and societal reaction of materials and phenomenon. Architects build in and with space and time.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

Competitions, like school, allow for the freedom to “play”, test ideas, take risks, to be unusual. Besides the benefit of exploring ideas and representational methods beyond the sometimes-banal day-to-day tasks of the profession, competitions allow me the opportunity to demonstrate who I am as an architectural designer, from the selection of competition briefs and sites to the choice of materials and organizational strategies, to the final panel layouts.

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

Competitions are an opportunity to push yourself outside of your comfort zone; they are a creative outlet if you otherwise feel limited in your freedom to explore in the work you do. They provide us designers with the chance to have more control over the outcome of our projects; and above all, the process guides you to learning what is truly important to you as a creative, and can be a valuable reminder, when needed, for why you’re in the profession in the first place.

Open architecture competitions

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  • Project competitions first
    Selected winning projects have the potential to be constructed
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    Experimental competitions with the focus on pushing the boundaries of creativity
project COMPETITION
Tili Wine Italy Guest Homes

Design guest homes for an organic winery in Italy

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 07
Sep 07
Nov 01
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ideas COMPETITION
Las Vegas Affordable Housing Challenge
Affordable Housing Series #14

Design affordable housing in Las Vegas

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 08
Sep 08
Nov 02
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ideas COMPETITION
MICROHOME
Small living, huge impact! Edition #5

Design a new concept of small-scale home

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN MAGAZINE
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jul 05
Sep 07
Nov 03
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ideas COMPETITION
Museum of Emotions
Edition #2

Use architecture to create different emotional states

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Aug 02
Oct 05
Dec 01
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ideas COMPETITION
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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Other competitions

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 / May 2022

Design THE architect's t-shirt!

Prize: 1,000 € Monthly
Eligibility: open to all

registration deadlines

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May 07
May 20
May 31
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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 #2 (2020)

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