Showcase your idea. Seen or unseen. Submit.


100,000 €

Where creativity meets recognition

The Buildner's Unbuilt Award 2024 stands as a grand celebration of architectural creativity and innovation, dedicated to honoring the brilliance of unrealized designs. It recognizes the profound value embedded within the creative process, celebrating ideas and visions that, while not brought to life, embody the spirit of architectural exploration and ingenuity. This competition celebrates the creative journey of architects and designers, providing a stage for the ideas that push boundaries and shape the future.

Concepts, completed or in progress, seen or unseen

Participants are invited to submit their work, offering unrestricted freedom to highlight their creativity and vision. Whether it's designs still on paper, detailed plans awaiting realization, or conceptual ideas seeking acknowledgment, all forms of unbuilt projects are welcome.
Submissions are categorized as small, medium, or large, so every project gets the recognition it deserves. Buildner aims to showcase the incredible potential of these unbuilt designs, applauding the imagination and commitment of architects and designers striving for innovation and excellence.

Small, medium large? Submit!


Select one of three categories based on project size: Small scale up to 100 sqm, medium scale from 101 to 999 sqm, and large scale over 1,000 sqm.

Small Wonders

up to 100 sqm

Medium Marvels

from 101 to 999 sqm

Large Visions

over 1.000 sqm


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

(!) Full Competition Brief

Download brief

Ben Van Berkel



Ece Calguner Erzan



Francine Houben



Lyndon Neri

Neri&Hu Design and Research Office


Michael Meredith

Princeton University, MOS


Doriana Fuksas

Studio Fuksas



Prize Fund

100,000 €

& your chapter in the book

The Buildner Unbuilt Award winners

Small scale category winner

20,000 €

Medium scale category winner

20,000 €

Large scale category winner

20,000 €

Honourable mentions

Five small scale
category honourable mentions

1,000 € x 5

Five medium scale
category honourable mentions

1,000 € x 5

Five large scale
category honourable mentions

1,000 € x 5

Student prize winners

Small scale category winner

5,000 €

Medium scale category winner

5,000 €

Large scale category winner

5,000 €

The best presentation award

All categories compete for one prize

10,000 €

Publicity campaign

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

Reach over 2,000,000 viewers

Publications on Buildner's social networks (over 600,000 followers) and newsletter campaigns (over 250,000 subscribers).

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.


Exclusive interview published with the results and shared on Buildner's social networks.


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.


ArchDaily feature

As part of the collaboration between Buildner and ArchDaily, the competition winners will be showcased on ArchDaily, a leading architecture news platform.

This feature will greatly boost the winners' visibility to millions of architecture professionals and enthusiasts worldwide, increasing their chances for new opportunities, attracting new clients, and establishing their reputation in the industry.

Read more about Buildner and ArchDaily partnership

Feature in the book

Buildner will publish winners, honorable mentions, and select participants in a book, celebrating their architectural creativity and vision.

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Key dates

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Registration fees


26 Mar - 29 May

120 €

90 €


30 May - 30 Jul

140 €

110 €


31 Jul - 30 Oct

160 €

120 €

+4.5% VAT

When deciding on the project size category for your submission, consider the primary focus of your architectural design. For example, if your project includes a 30 sqm house within a larger architectural ensemble that exceeds 100 sqm, you need to determine whether the small house or the overall architectural concept is the main highlight of your design. If the 30 sqm house is the focal point, submit it under the small-scale category. Conversely, if the broader architectural ensemble is the central element, choose the large-scale category. Base your category selection on the aspect of the design you wish to emphasize.
For the ‘Unbuilt Competition’, you need to submit only one panel. If your project from the previous competition included four panels, you will need to consolidate and rearrange the information to fit into a single panel presentation for this submission.
When calculating the area and choosing the category, think about what you want to present and focus on that. If it's a small building in the park and the park isn't a central feature, you don't need to include the entire park area. However, if the small building is connected to the park and the park is an inseparable part of the architectural solution, then include the park area. There are no specific requirements or boundaries for calculating the area, so consider what is important to you and focus on your design's main vision.
Yes, you can submit your university project even if you are no longer a student. When registering, select the category that best describes your current status. If you want to enter as a student, you must be enrolled in a university at the time of registration. Otherwise, choose the appropriate category such as architecture designer, enthusiast, or licensed architect.
To register, simply click on "Register Now," fill out all necessary fields, select your preferred payment method, and submit your details. You will be redirected to PayPal or a card payment gateway to settle the competition fee. Upon confirmation of your payment, we will send you an email containing your Unique Identification Code (UIC). You must then log in to your Buildner account using your credentials and validate your UIC to complete the process. Learn more here -
You can add/remove/edit team member information as often as you want in the upload panel, up until the submission deadline. Learn more here -
No. Competition entries are evaluated anonymously. The participant registration type is only revealed upon the announcement of the results.
Please contact us – [email protected] and we will address the problem directly.
Yes you can submit previously published project for The Buildner's Unbuilt Award.
Celebrate your idea. Register today!