Competition introduction

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Modular Architecture

Modular architecture is one of the most dynamic components of design, offering versatile solutions in creating efficient and sustainable spaces. Modules can be used as both the building blocks of a structure and standalone elements, adding customisation to projects without incurring excessive costs.

The Modular Architecture Essay Competition is being run in tandem with the Modular Home Design Challenge 2021, in which participants are tasked with designing a modular home that can be constructed in any form or layout in any location in the world. This essay competition is calling for submissions that offer a critical analysis of modular architecture and how it can be used to revolutionise architectural design in both residential and commercial spaces.

How has modular construction enabled more sustainable designs? How has modular architecture been integrated into standard practice? What is the global impact of modular design trends and how will the future of architecture be impacted by this versatile design component?

Winning entries will be featured in the next edition of ARCHHIVE BOOKS’ ‘Modular Architecture’ publication, alongside the winning entries of the design competition. Participants are welcome to enter either competition separately or both of them together.

Do you have an idea or something to say about modular architecture?

Download full competition brief for more information!

Competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum). Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English; All information submitted by participants must be in English.

Full competition brief

The full competition brief can be downloaded as often as required; no additional information will be provided after registration.


1,000 € + Publication in the book
Total Prize Fund
600 €
Publication in the book
Certificate of Achievement
300 €
Publication in the book
Certificate of Achievement
100 €
Publication in the book
Certificate of Achievement


Selected winners will receive monetary awards and will be included in the next ARCHHIVE BOOKS publication.


Bee Breeders will also acknowledge the outstanding performance of all winners and honourable mentions with Certificates of Achievement.

Jury panel

Professor Han Slawik

founder of architech and a leader in modular design, Netherlands

Sevince Bayrak

architect, writer and co-founder of SO?, Turkey

Mathias Bernhard

a postdoctoral researcher at the Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Brandon Clifford

director and co-founder of Matter Design, USA

Emma Olbers

designer and creative director at Emma Olbers Design, Sweden

Jonas Prišmontas

co-founder of architectural and creative studio Boano Prišmontas, UK

Jury members shall under no circumstances be contacted by competition participants or their representatives. Participants who attempt to contact jury members, shall be disqualified. All jury members are involved in the evaluation based on their availability at that time.

All communication regarding the competition should only be carried out with Bee Breeders staff. For any questions please contact us on [email protected] 

Find the extended list of jury panel biographies here!

Key dates

Closing date for registration

08 July, 2021

Closing date for project submission

02 September, 2021 (11:59pm GMT+0)

Announcement of the winners

14 October, 2021

Registration fees

  • Registration Deadline
    23 April - 08 July
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    30 €
  • Students
    25 €
+21% VAT

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Competition related questions

No, we welcome submissions from all industries.

General questions

Click on "register now", fill in all the required fields, choose your payment method and submit your information. You will be forwarded to Paypal or CPS secure payment gateway, to cover the competition fee. Once we receive your payment, we'll send you an email with your username and password to upload your submission directly to the website.
You can add/remove/edit team member information as often as you want in the upload panel, up until the submission deadline.
Participants may submit multiple proposals per registration.
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