Architecture Competition SKYHIVE 2021 Skyscraper Challenge 2nd Prize winner – The City University Of New York

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the 2nd prize winner of our “SKYHIVE 2021 Skyscraper Challenge” competition – Ahmed Helal from United States!

Ahmed Helal from United States

Ahmed Helal is an architecture student at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture in New York City; he is in his last academic year and has a GPA of 3.99. Ahmed has been studying architecture for the past 6 years between Cairo, London, Volos, and New York. He has studied in three different schools of architecture before The Spitzer School in NYC. He attended MSA University in Cairo, Egypt, Greenwich University in London, England, and the University of Thessaly in Volos, Greece. Ahmed has always been involved in pursuing architecture outside the academic sphere; he has participated in various architecture competitions, as well as practiced architecture as an intern. He is currently working at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) in the New York office.

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?

I have always appreciated working on small-scale interventions in architecture, as I believe they are quite rewarding in the way the public engages and interacts with them. On the other hand, big civic projects have the potential of being eye-catching and impactful on the scale of the city, and I enjoy being part of that as well.

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

Being an architect is being so many things. It is a recipe of multidisciplinary aspects. I believe one essential, almost crucial, aspect of that recipe is being a good human being. An architect should always put people first and try to provide equal and humane opportunities in his/her design as much as he/she can.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

Architecture competitions are great platforms that allow everyone to challenge their ideologies and thoughts on architecture and what architecture can do without the academic or practical constraints can sometimes greatly influence the design.

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

I genuinely believe there shouldn't be any reason for hesitation in that regard. Architecture competitions are quite rewarding and nourishing to the mind, win or not, there is always room for growth in seeing how others address the same challenge that you go through in a different way. It is a great platform for collective ideation.

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

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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
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

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
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

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Dec 07
Jan 26
Apr 20
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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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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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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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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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