Architecture Competition Tiny Kiwi Meditation Cabin Honorable mention – Al Barry Ayaquil and Andrea Bianca Novencido

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to one of our Honorable mention winners for our “Tiny Kiwi Meditation Cabin” competition – Al Barry Ayaquil and Andrea Bianca Novencido from Philippines!

Barry Ayaquil and Andrea Bianca Novencido from Philippines

AB Design Architecture and Interiors is a young architectural design consultation firm established in 2017 by spouses Al Barry and Andrea Bianca, who are both architects. The firm is small and is situated in the northernmost region of the Philippines. It is run by a team comprised of only 3 personnel, mainly the 2 owners and an administrative staff member.

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 company focuses more on residential projects which range from small housing units, such as condominiums and permanent residences, to country villas. The projects are carried through all phases of planning, economic viability, environmental impact, and socio-cultural design.

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

The company stands by its belief that design is evolutionary. Through design solutions, new value is being created. Though we at AB Design understand that architecture is basic, and that it only intends to shelter and introduce certain activities for its users, time and again it has proven that, once in a while, new demands for a space usage appears. This is true to all facets of human existence. Going beyond the basics of architecture is a choice. And one must recognize its evolving nature. As architects and designers of our physical environment, it is our role to protect it, make improvements, and nurture the relationship we create from it. Architects not only build forms and spaces with art and science, but we also acknowledge that we share the responsibility as stewards of the race and all entities that surrounds us, and that we hold a place in society in which we can educate everyone through the spaces we make.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

Architecture competitions offer many possibilities and design solutions for a single design problem. This being said, the firm strongly feel that it is through design competitions that the company grew to be more diverse when it comes to approaching these problems. Though we had a fair amount of successes and more abundant losses in participating in design competitions, “we did not lose entirely. Even if we did, we only failed forward.” In accepting this truth, we believe it has become one of the strengths of the company. There is excitement when one explores, competes with the best minds, and participates to learn a thing or two from competitors and your previous self. It taught us to be dynamic but with good sense, as oftentimes we discover that we are so caught up and far ahead in searching the answer that we miss the obvious. The experience is priceless, and the recognition for each success is equally incomparable.

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

Find a reason to enjoy the process and love it despite the pressure. Don’t be afraid of failure, this is very common to us, so don’t worry. If we accumulate all the learning for each of these failures, we can morph into well-rounded designers. Find mentors. It will help you so much if you have someone who can show you the way. Innovate. Try again and again, better than the previous time, until you find the best fix to a problem. And lastly, like most professions, success comes from hard work and perseverance. Until you are not there, keep threading one step at a time.

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
ideas COMPETITION
Tokyo Urban Meditation Cabins

Design meditation cabins to help Tokyo citizens destress and reconnect

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jul 08
Sep 15
Nov 09
ideas COMPETITION
Memorial for Witches
Edition #1

Design a structure that would function as a source of education on past events or a method of raising awareness of ongoing injustices

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jul 08
Sep 20
Nov 11
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
project COMPETITION
Painters' Lake House

Design a picturesque painters' residence

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 09
Sep 09
Nov 03
project COMPETITION
Gaudi La Coma Artists’ Residences

Design a sustainable artists residence in honor of Antoni Gaudi

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 10
Sep 13
Nov 04
project COMPETITION
Iceland Movie Pavilion

Design a movie pavilion set in the stunning scenery of northern Iceland

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 17
Sep 14
Nov 08

Reccuring architecture competitions

Run repeatedly
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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Run repeatedly
Silent contest
For this competition, NO DESCRIPTION TEXT is allowed. The architecture ideas must be communicated strictly with visuals.
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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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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Run repeatedly
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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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 / June 2022

Design THE architect's t-shirt!

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

registration deadlines

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Jun 07
Jun 20
Jun 30
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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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