Competition introduction

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Office

The modern workplace has evolved a lot over the past few decades, and the introduction of new technologies and the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic is set to completely change how we work even more in the future. 

Back in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, offices were still mostly set up for individual working, with staff set up in their own cubicles and managers in their own offices. And while over time, technology was slowly introduced to help improve productivity, most business communication was still carried out via traditional landlines or in person, and documents were all created, stored and shared as hard copies. Email, word processors and personal computers had all been invested in the 70s, but didn’t become ubiquitous until decades later. And mobile phones, while available to the public from the late 80s, were large, expensive and not standard practice until the new millennium.



Since 2000, there has been an increasing focus placed on being comfortable in the workplace, with most modern setups centered around collaboration rather than individual working. New tools and new technologies have transformed the way we work and communicate such cloud-based software, video conferencing, and even email and social media. This has made it possible for many people to work anywhere and have become less dependent on a fixed office space.



This was made all too clear during the Coronavirus pandemic, when many of us were required to work remotely far more than ever before. It’s unlikely that workplaces will fully return to normal ever again, but there is still a need for office space for a number of reasons. Social interaction with colleagues, more effective tools (technology, furniture, space), face-to-face collaboration and client meetings, for example. So how can workplaces evolve and adapt to help facilitate a combination of in-person and virtual working?

The Office Design Challenge / Edition #2 is the second in an annual competition series in which participants are tasked with exploring the work environment. The jury will be looking for design projects that use architecture as a tool to improve a worker’s wellbeing as well as their productivity. This challenge is an opportunity to envision the new normal of the workplace post-COVID.

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.

  • - (!) FULL COMPETITION BRIEF

Prizes

7,000 €
Total Prize Fund
1st PRIZE
3,000 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
2nd PRIZE
1,500 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
3rd PRIZE
1,000 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
BUILDNER STUDENT AWARD (more details)
1,000 €
+ 50 € ARCHHIVE BOOKS Gift Card 
+ 50 Points BUILDNER Architecture University Rankings

Publications 
Certificate of Achievement
BUILDNER SUSTAINABILITY AWARD
500 €


Publications 
Certificate of Achievement
+ 6 HONOURABLE MENTIONS

 

CERTIFICATE:


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

Publicity campaign

The Buildner’s extensive global publicity campaign for the competition winners:

  • "SEEN BY" ONE MILLION Results published on buildner.com - one of the leading websites in the industry and is visited by over one million unique visitors each year.
  • "SEEN BY" 800 000 MORE Publications on Buildner's social networks (over 600,000 followers) and newsletter campaigns (over 200,000 subscribers).
  • INTERVIEW Exclusive interview published with the results and shared on Buildner's social networks.
  • MOVIE The competition winners will be granted and opportunity to submit a movie about themselves. The video will be published on the Buildner's website and social networks.
  • MEDIA PARTNERS The competition results will get international art and design media coverage and will be featured in the world’s leading architecture media outlets.

Jury panel

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

Buildner is committed to selecting the most qualified industry professionals to comprise its jury panels. Jury panels consist of architects, in addition to professionals from other professional backgrounds that are relevant to the competition topic, to guarantee the most objective competition results.

You may find the invited jury list from previous competitions here – https://architecturecompetitions.com/guest-jury/

Key dates

Closing date for registration

04 May, 2023

Closing date for project submission

02 June, 2023 (11:59pm London time)

Announcement of the winners

19 July, 2023

Competition Q&A deadline: 10 May, 2023

In order to guarantee equal opportunities to all competition participants,
no new questions will be answered after this deadline!

Registration fees

  • Early Bird Registration
    08 November - 03 January
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    110 €
  • Students
    95 €
+4.5% VAT
  • Advance Registration
    04 January - 01 March
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    125 €
  • Students
    105 €
+4.5% VAT
  • Last Minute Registration
    02 March - 04 May
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    145 €
  • Students
    115 €
+4.5% VAT
  • Early Bird Registration
    08 November - 03 January
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    110 €
  • Students
    95 €
+4.5% VAT
  • Advance Registration
    04 January - 01 March
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    125 €
  • Students
    105 €
+4.5% VAT
  • Last Minute Registration
    02 March - 04 May
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    145 €
  • Students
    115 €
+4.5% VAT
  • Early Bird Registration
    08 November - 03 January
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    110 €
  • Students
    95 €
+4.5% VAT
  • Advance Registration
    04 January - 01 March
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    125 €
  • Students
    105 €
+4.5% VAT
  • Last Minute Registration
    02 March - 04 May
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    145 €
  • Students
    115 €
+4.5% VAT

STUDENT REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

 

Contact us to receive special student rates for group registrations (discount applies for 3+ registrations from one university/school) and to receive further information and support for getting your students involved in architecture competitions. Send us request from your university email address along with basic information about yourself and your university/school. Please note that only recognized university staff can apply for the reduced student rate.

 

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F.A.Q.

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.
Only one proposal per registration is permitted. Participants are entitled to register multiple times if they wish to participate in the competition with several proposals.
Yes we are in the process of negotiating with multiple international industry-related media representatives. The list of media partners is constantly updated on our website, please check it regularly to find latest updates.
Yes. If the jury panel selects a Student award's submission for the top 3, it will automatically be awarded both prizes.
Yes. If the jury panel selects a Sustainability award's submission for the top 3, it will automatically be awarded both prizes.
No. Competition entries are evaluated anonymously. The participant registration type is only revealed upon the announcement of the results.
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