Architecture Competition MICROHOME / Edition #5 Honorable mention winner – Romana Dariana Benea

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to one of our Honorable mention winner for our "MICROHOME / Edition #5" competition – Romana Dariana Benea from Romania!

Romana Dariana Benea from Romania

I am a curious young architect from Romania who is constantly exploring different areas of architecture.

During my studies, I have found the social aspect of architecture, strategies to integrate marginalised groups through urban planning and inclusive architecture to be meaningful. I am also passionate about landscape design, with nature being my greatest source of inspiration.

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?

Over the past two years I have worked as a junior architect in Germany on a variety of projects of different scales, starting with a tiny house, individual and community housing, restorations, and most recently a larger project, a school.

My big scale project now is to expand my education in sustainable design, further my creative side through competitions, and learn more about different cultures and architectural practices around the world.

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

I ask myself this question very often, and I have not yet found an answer. I believe that architecture is about finding the simplest solution to the most complicated questions.

In my opinion the most significant architecture is when the design is focused on people, considers social issues, is aware of the impact on the environment, and is executed well.

The role of the architect is constantly changing, and it depends on each individual. Today, I often see it as a mediator between people, ideas, and a long list of decisions, while maintaining ones core beliefs and principles.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

What fascinates me about architecture competitions is the creative process. From the eager exploration of new cultures, sites and history to the absolute freedom to express oneself fully without constraints. Nonetheless, it's a great exercise for me to build confidence, express my ideas and engage in dialog with other architects around the world.

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

Give yourself the time to play and be creative without expectations!

Open architecture competitions

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    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
Sansusī Forest Food Court

Design a sustainable food court structure for the heart of a classical music festival

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jan 10
Feb 08
Apr 06
project COMPETITION
Yoga House in the Bog

Design a yoga guest house located within rich bog wildlife

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jan 11
Feb 08
Apr 26
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
project COMPETITION
Portugal Elderly Home

Design a comfortable and accessible home for the elderly in Portugal

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
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

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

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Dec 06
Feb 08
Apr 06
ideas COMPETITION
Portable Reading Rooms
Edition #2

Design a portable reading room that encourages reading in any location

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + SCOLARSHIP
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Feb 13
Mar 23
May 15
ideas COMPETITION
MICROHOME
Small living, huge impact! Edition #6

Design a new concept of small-scale home

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

registration deadlines

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Feb 16
Apr 18
Jun 16
ideas COMPETITION
Museum of Emotions
Edition #3

Use architecture to create different emotional states

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Mar 17
May 19
Jul 21
ideas COMPETITION
Architectural Visualization Award
Edition #2

Present your best work and submit your favorite architectural visualization

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Mar 23
May 25
Jul 27
ideas COMPETITION
Pavilion Of Humanity: First Contact
Edition #2

How would you represent the best that humanity has to offer through architecture?

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Mar 27
May 25
Jul 24
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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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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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
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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
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ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO COMPETITION
The Buildner Architecture Portfolio Competition
Edition #1

Submit your online portfolio!

Prize: 5,000 €
Eligibility: open to all

registration deadlines

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Dec 31
Jan 31
Feb 28
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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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