Architecture Competition Toronto Affordable Housing Challenge 3rd prize winners – Ana Luisa Rolim, Isabella Trindade, Beatriz Bueno and Larissa Falavigna

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the 3rd prize winners of our “Toronto Affordable Housing Challenge” competition – Ana Luisa Rolim, Isabella Trindade, Beatriz Bueno and Larissa Falavigna from Brazil!

Ana Luisa Rolim, Isabella Trindade, Beatriz Bueno and Larissa Falavigna from Brazil

Ana Luisa Rolim is an architect and educator whose experience encompasses working in Brazil and the U.S. She is a professor at the Architecture and Urbanism school at Unicap ICAM-TECH, Brazil. Ana Rolim runs coletivo-rt architecture + interiors, a collective practice based in Recife (Brazil) and Brooklyn (U.S.) that seeks to reinforce women’s role in design, focusing on residential, workspaces, and commercial projects. As an extension of their practice, coletivo-rt has also participated in several architecture competitions.

Isabella Trindade is an architect, interior designer, and educator who has lived and worked in Recife (Brazil), Paris and Bordeaux (France), Barcelona (Spain), and Toronto (Canada). Throughout her career, Trindade has combined her academic and professional practice. She has extensive experience in architecture and interior design, and has executed a number of projects, including participation and awards in national and international competitions. Currently, Trindade is an instructor at the Ryerson School of Interior Design in Toronto, Canada.

Beatriz Bueno recently graduated from Universidade Católica de Pernambuco (Unicap) with a bachelor's degree in Architecture and Urbanism.

Larissa Falavigna graduated from Universidade Católica de Pernambuco (Unicap) with a bachelor's degree in Architecture and Urbanism, and has steadily participated in design competitions as part of coletivo-rt’s team.

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?

At coletivo-rt we have been involved mostly with interior design projects and building renovations of medium to small scale, including residential, workspaces, and commercial projects, as well as architecture competitions. A recent highlight of our work is the Unicap-Icam Pavilion, a building renovation project to house the creative spaces of the International School Unicap-Icam in Recife, Brazil. The Pavilion marks the first venture in Latin America of the renowned Institut Catholique d’Arts et Métiers (Icam). This project won 2nd place in the 2019 Cultural Heritage Challenges Award by the Architecture and Urbanism Council of Brazil.

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

Both professionally and academically we are interested in exploring the potential of architecture as a means to generate positive experiences for people who use it. Aligned with this approach, we are attracted to spaces and forms that state their presence through simplicity and a strong materiality.

We believe the main role of an architect is being able to convert people’s needs and aspirations into space and form with a humanistic approach, which ultimately means that people should feel at ease while experiencing or inhabiting such spaces.

Nowadays, as COVID-19 spreads to the world, we are more conscientious of our role and how architecture impacts our lives, and that the way people use a building goes far beyond its structure. We believe this is a revolutionary moment to reflect about the way we live and how to improve experiences in our buildings, communities, and towns.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

Besides having a deep respect for the tradition of competitions in the field of architecture, we believe this kind of experience provides a perfect venue for showcasing ideas that can be heard by a large audience, having the potential to impact the architectural culture as a whole. We also firmly believe that each competition we have participated in represents a step towards a learning curve, affecting our practice and teaching deeply.

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

Do not hesitate, go ahead, work on your entry, and submit it. You will only win by doing this, no matter what the official results might tell you later. The majority of the architects you admire have probably gone through this experience at some point, so join them and leave you mark somewhere.

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ideas COMPETITION
Greening the Industrial City
Houston ★ Texas

Submit a masterplan for an industrial park in Houston, Texas

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Sep 16
Sep 23
Oct 14
project COMPETITION
Tili Wine Italy Guest Homes

Design guest homes for an organic winery in Italy

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 07
Sep 07
Nov 01
project COMPETITION
Painters' Lake House

Design a picturesque painters' residence

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 09
Sep 09
Nov 03
project COMPETITION
Gaudi La Coma Artists’ Residences

Design a sustainable artists residence in honor of Antoni Gaudi

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 10
Sep 13
Nov 04
project COMPETITION
Iceland Movie Pavilion

Design a movie pavilion set in the stunning scenery of northern Iceland

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
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registration deadlines

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Jun 17
Sep 14
Nov 08
ideas COMPETITION
Tokyo Urban Meditation Cabins

Design meditation cabins to help Tokyo citizens destress and reconnect

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
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registration deadlines

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Jul 08
Sep 15
Nov 09
ideas COMPETITION
Memorial for Witches
Edition #1

Design a structure that would function as a source of education on past events or a method of raising awareness of ongoing injustices

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
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Sep 20
Nov 11

Reccuring architecture competitions

ideas COMPETITION
Silent contest
For this competition, NO DESCRIPTION TEXT is allowed. The architecture ideas must be communicated strictly with visuals.
Museum of Emotions
Edition #2

Use architecture to create different emotional states

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Aug 02
Oct 05
Dec 01
ideas COMPETITION
Silent contest
For this competition, NO DESCRIPTION TEXT is allowed. The architecture ideas must be communicated strictly with visuals.
Architectural Visualization Award
Edition #1

Present your best work and submit your favorite architectural visualization

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
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Aug 16
Sep 22
Nov 10
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Timber Skyscraper
SKYHIVE Skyscraper challenge! Edition #6

Design an iconic new skyscraper constructed from timber

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
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Nov 01
Jan 04
Mar 09
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Las Vegas Affordable Housing Challenge
Affordable Housing Series #14

Design affordable housing in Las Vegas

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Sep 08
Nov 02
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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
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Nov 02
Jan 05
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MICROHOME
Small living, huge impact! Edition #5

Design a new concept of small-scale home

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN MAGAZINE
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Sep 07
Nov 03
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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

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Dec 07
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T-SHIRT DRAWING COMPETITION
The Architect's T-shirt Edition #16

Design THE architect's t-shirt!

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Oct 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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