We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to one of our Honorable mention winner for our  "Yoga House in the Bog" competition – Stephanie Fischer and Eva Kukurīte from Austria!

Honorable mention winners from Austria

Eva studied architecture and urban planning at the Riga Technical University and University of Liechtenstein, while Stephanie focused on architecture at Regensburg University of Applied Sciences and wooden construction and energy efficiency at Rosenheim Technical University of Applied Sciences. For the past few years, both of us have been working together at a company located in Vorarlberg, Austria.

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?

We are involved in diverse projects, including middle and large-scale public buildings, residential projects and urban planning. Apart from our daily project work, we actively engage in research on sustainable building principals – mainly focusing on ecological and social aspects.

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

Architecture serves as a mediator between society and nature by creating spaces that harmoniously blend with their surroundings while meeting the needs of the people who inhabit them. It promotes sustainable practices and well-being of individuals and the planet as a whole. Furthermore, it acts as a mediator within society by creating spaces that facilitate social interaction and community engagement. Architects aim to foster a sense of belonging and promote inclusivity, ensuring that the built environment reflects the values and aspirations of the users.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

We both have a strong passion for sharing ideas, fostering creativity and collaborating. This led us to seize the great opportunity to work together. For us it is important to keep exploring unconventional thinking, different settings, and new frameworks beyond our usual projects.

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

Just go for it and have fun! Embrace the opportunity with enthusiasm and an open mind, and you'll discover new insights and grow personally and professionally. Enjoy the journey and make the most of every moment! It is a great way to gain valuable experience.

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