International Architecture Competition

The Marker
Design Challenge

A dedicated recognition of women in architecture!

Results

Competition organisers

The Marker 
Design Challenge

Official Partners

The Marker 
Design Challenge
1ST PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

SHED LIGHT

Company

Haa&d

Country

Germany

Project authors

Hagar Abiri
Justyna Piasta
Zuzanna Światowy
Klara Krešo

jury commentary

Shed Light reveals the name of the little-known female co-designer of the Barcelona Pavilion with Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, Lilly Reich. The minimal steel letters horizontally mounted reveal her name when sunlight casts its shadow against the exterior travertine wall. The marker is both subtle and powerful in commemorating the female designer’s role, writing a new conscious memory of Lilly Reich’s contribution to the making of this modernist classic. Shed Light serves as a permanent “intervention” to a building originally meant to be the temporary German Pavilion for the 1929 International Exposition. This Markerfunctions well in any climate, in any season as it literally writes a new kind of narrative, strengthening women’s positions in the architectural pantheon with compelling evidence. According to the jury, it is “elegant with a universal application” and “can be implemented anywhere. We love that it is both sacrilegious and good word play.”

2ND PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

Portal

Country

New Zealand

Project authors

Tayla Clarke

jury commentary

Portal honors architect Lina Bo Bardi with a free-floating exterior frame (or pavilion), in the form of a large interactive screen which serves to educate visitors on Bo Bardi’s design of the São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP). In addition, Portal functions as a new piece of small architecture that “expresses the power of design identity in concert with the existing landmark”. This Marker proposes an on-going digital, global mapping of places and spaces designed by women - according to the jury - “not only a testimony to Bo Bardi, but also an experiential journey building a collective visual memory by providing the larger public with awareness of women’s material contributions to the built environment.” This Marker commemorates the female architect and keeps the memory of her and her peers alive and in the minds of the community and beyond.

3RD PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

Highlight

Country

Poland

Project authors

Weronika Zaborek

jury commentary

Highlight provides a neon-lit arch-frame through which one can view the housing complex at Grunwaldzki Square - one of the most innovative examples of modernist residential architecture in Wroclaw, Poland designed by Jadwiga Grabowska-Hawrylak, the first woman in Poland to receive the title of architect. This Marker both figuratively and literally draws attention and focus to the buildings, while providing a peaceful pause to learn about Grabowska-Hawrylak’s career. The floor-mounted digital infographics below the neon frame provide interactive information on the culture and identity of the Plac Grunwaldzki housing estate to be respected and preserved. Highlight visually links the legacy of Jadwiga Grabowska-Hawrylak, and according to the jury, “has the potential to inspire, enrich the community and revise the cultural record of women working in the built environment professions.” In its elegance and simplicity, Highlight “is designed to spark serendipitous interactions, and encourage reflection”. It is at once an expression of the contemporary while erecting testimony to its past.

ARCHHIVE STUDENT AWARD

Project Name

In praise of Shadows

Country

Spain

Project authors

Cristina Bao ye
Ignacio Urbistondo Alonso
AAPPAREL SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

Project Name

Opening the corner

Country

Ireland

Project authors

Grusa Bauman

Honorable mentions

VIEWclose HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Project Name

WINGS OF CHANGE

Country

United Kingdom

Project authors

Dunja Ratkovic

Project Name

The Bo Bardi Stage

Country

United Kingdom

Project authors

Alexandra Arad
Leman Zlatkova

Project Name

Invisible Stumbling Blocks

Company

Landmark planning & design inc.

Country

Canada

Project authors

Tessa Mccharles
Choi Ho
Evan Allan
Marie Etcheverry

Project Name

Should have been built

Country

Ukraine

Project authors

Olena Kondrashevska

Project Name

Hittite Sun

Country

Germany

Project authors

Asli Cinar

Project Name

Embroidered Cushion

Country

United States

Project authors

Catalina Ruiz
Dee-Anna Ancliff
Abby Critselous
Edgar Betancourt

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Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Prize: MONETARY AWARD
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Competition results

MICROHOME

MICROHOME

Small living, huge impact! Edition #2 (2020)
Hong Kong 
Pixel Homes

Hong Kong Pixel Homes

Affordable Housing Series #2
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