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
Portugal Elderly Home

Design a comfortable and accessible home for the elderly in Portugal

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
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

Remind me
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

Remind me
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

Remind me
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

Remind me
Jan 03
Mar 01
May 04
Register now
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

Remind me
Nov 01
Jan 04
Mar 09
Register now
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

Remind me
Sep 06
Nov 02
Jan 05
Register now

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

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

Design THE architect's t-shirt!

Prize: 3,000 €
Eligibility: open to all

registration deadlines

Remind me
Nov 30
Dec 31
Jan 31
Register now

Please enter your email address to receive download link

Thank you!

The download link will be sent to your email shortly

please check the spam folder
in case you can not find it
OK

Competition results

Hong Kong 
Pixel Homes

Hong Kong Pixel Homes

Affordable Housing Series #2
MICROHOME

MICROHOME

Small living, huge impact! Edition #4

Sign up for our newsletter

Be the first to know when
new competitions are launched!