Architecture Competition MICROHOME/ Edition 3 (2021) 2nd prize winner – Helmuts Nežborts

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the 2nd prize winner of our "MICROHOME/ Edition 3 (2021)" competition – Helmuts Nežborts from Latvia!

2nd prize winner from Latvia

I finished my master's degree in Architecture in 2019 at Riga Technical University, Latvia. In 2016, I studied at Aachen Technical University during an Erasmus exchange programme. For the last 5 years I have worked at different architecture practices on a wide range of building types.

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?

During my academic years I put a large emphasis on sustainable vernacular design. The best example of this is my Saint-Gobain student contest, 2018 national stage winning submission. Lately I'm more focused on housing affordability and how to achieve it while being environmentally responsible.

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

Architecture has always been a representation of the society's contemporary cultural and philosophical state. In this sense an architect's role is to embody the character of its users into the built environment, and architecture at its greatest creates a symbiosis between it and its users.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

To challenge and develop myself professionally.

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 a good place to experiment on new ideas by going an extra step further. It's better to start early and develop necessary skills that are needed later in a professional career.

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
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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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
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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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