Women in architecture are often overlooked for their invaluable contributions to design, structures, and cities. For this competition Buildner is partnering with the Association for Women in Architecture + Design to create a commemorative marker for the important role played by female architects and designers.

The Marker Design Challenge "A dedicated recognition of women in architecture!" competition tasks its participants with designing a physical marker that will be placed next to a structure or landscape of their choice that was designed by a woman, anywhere in the world. The marker can come in any form - as a plaque, monument, mural, sculpture, symbol, piece of street art, or even physically embedded in a cornerstone.

The purpose of the marker is to express an element of design identity that is not visible, that adds context to the structure and is a testimony to the impact and influence of the chosen female designer. It should be linked to the history of women in architecture and have the potential to inspire others and enrich the community in which it’s placed. The marker would need to be highly versatile and function in any climate and any season.

Participants have total creative freedom and must propose which public environment in which city they feel would benefit most from their markers’ designs.

By adding women’s names to their own monuments, participants in the Marker Design Challenge "A dedicated recognition of women in architecture!" competition will be taking an active role in preserving legacies and revising the cultural record of women working in the built environment professions.

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.

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