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ACROSS Architecture Competition, International
Organizing Committee of the 48th ASA (ANZAScA) Conference together with Ross & Dale Ltd, owner of “AJ – Absolute Joint System”, and the Department of Architectural Science of the Polytechnic School of Genoa (Italy) launch “ACROSS” , an International Ideas Competition for Students.

Winning Participants will receive prizes as follows:
1st PRIZE: 2,000 EUR
2nd PRIZE: 1,500 EUR
3rd PRIZE: 1,000 EUR

Closing date for submission – 3 Nov 2014
Announcement of winners – 10 Nov 2014

The design proposal should be based on the application of the elements of the AJ System as described in the website

ACROSS Architecture Competition – external link

After the registration on the website an e-mail will help you to download:
– AJ Rhino Template
– AJ Grasshopper Plugin
– AJ Guideline – Tutorial

Downtown Q 2025 design ideas competition

Registrations deadline was: 30 Sep 2014
Submissions deadline: 11 Nov 2014

Calling on all architects, landscape architects, urban designers and planners to shape the future of one of Australia’s oldest country towns.

Australian and international designers are invited to enter the Downtown Q 2025 design ideas competition – an opportunity to rethink critical streets and sites within the central business district of Queanbeyan, New South Wales in Australia.

Downtown Q 2025 design ideas competition

The competition prize pool is $62,000 with an additional $2,000 community prize pool.

Winning entries will combine urban design ideas and development concepts that project a visionary future of prosperity and design excellence for the regional city. These ideas will be used to generate confidence in outcomes for the community and may be further developed to define and stimulate investment opportunity – spearheading regeneration and renewal of one of Australia’s oldest inland settlements.

There is an eminent competition jury, chaired by renowned Australian architect John Wardle.

The competition has the endorsement of the Australian Institute of Architects 
and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.

Registrations close 30 Sep 2014, with entries due 11 Nov 2014.

Call for Papers – Achieving Green Healthy Cities

For more information, visit the competition website at or check out the video at Downtown Q Architecture Competitions #DowntownQ

Call for Papers – Achieving Green Healthy Cities

CALL FOR PAPERS – deadline: October 31, 2014

52nd International Making Cities Livable Conference on Achieving Green Healthy Cities

Bristol, UK, Jun 29 – Jul 3, 2015

Co-organizers: Bristol City Council, The Academy of Urbanism, University of the West of England

At this conference, we will examine creative strategies, tools and design solutions for Achieving Green Healthy Cities. We will review how the built and natural environment can be designed and managed to increase social and physical health and well-being, and to foster ecological, social and economic sustainability.

These goals cannot be achieved by professionals in one field alone. They require collaborative efforts and insights from many disciplines. We will hear from world-renowned experts working at the interface between planning, architecture, urban design, public health, landscape architecture, transportation planning, and social sciences, and review outstanding projects from the UK, Europe, North America and around the world.

Paper proposals are invited from elected officials, scholars and practitioners concerned with the following issues:

Topics for Achieving Green Healthy Cities:
• Physical Planning for Healthy Cities
• Ten-Minute Neighborhoods and Town Centers
• Healthy Buildings, Healthy Architecture
• Healthy Transportation Planning
• How Public Health and Planning Collaborate
• Counteracting Environmental Health Inequalities
• Urban Design for a Hospitable Public Realm
• Street Design in the Healthy City
• Sociable Squares and Special Places
• Green and Blue in the Livable City
• Regeneration Projects
• Lifetime Communities
• A Green Healthy City for Children
• Pedestrian Paths
• Wayfinding
• Festivals
• Community Participation in Planning and Reshaping the City
• Learning from Bristol

For more details, please see

Those wishing to present papers should submit a 250 word abstract for consideration before October 31, 2014. Please submit online, following the Call for Papers Guidelines on the web at

Please prepare proposals for blind peer review. Notification will be sent within 4 weeks of submission. Final accepted papers are due March 2014. Papers must be presented in person at the conference and will be published in the digital conference proceedings. Selected papers will also be published in eReports on focused topics.

Reinventing Public Space in Kyiv, Ukraine Design Contest
Kiev Architecture Competition
In April 2014, Kyiv City State Administration and the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine initiated an All-Ukrainian open competition for the best idea for the memorial site of the Heavenly Hundred heroes in Kyiv. Wide public discussion of the Program and terms of Competition was held from May till the end of October 2014.

New Generations Platform Design Contest, International

Deadline: 14 Nov 2014 – 24:00 GTM+1 Late Registration

New Generations launches the 2nd edition of the open contest “Join the New Generations Platform”, which is open to all master’s students, new graduates, architects, designers and artists under 40 interested in joining our network and getting involved in our cultural activities.
You can join this competition individually or as a team.

New Generations Architecture Competition

Joining the open contest is easy – in only 2 steps
1 – register to the open call follow link above
2 – record and send us your video interview to (You can send us your video interview in many ways, via e-mail, dropbox, wetransfer… as you wish)

What we would like you to say during the video interview
– content is free! Present yourself (your team, your practice), introduce your work, talk about your collaborations… These are some keywords to record your video interview: collaboration / multi-disciplinarity / funding / innovation…
Be creative and remember, do not exceed the 5 minutes.

How to record your video interview
– Format is completely free!! You can record your video interview with any mobile, digital camera, ipad, webcam, apps… at any resolution. There’s no rule!
– Language: you can both record your video interview in English, or your native language (in this 2nd case please insert english subtitles, otherwise we won’t be able to understand you!)

Early Registration: 10 € until October 31st
Late Registration: 20 € until November 14th

The registration already includes our Cultural Association fee – Since we will receive your registration you will be officially part of our association!!

Participation and Prizes
A jury, composed by Indira van’t Klooster (NL – A10 editor in chief), Alison Killing (UK – Winner of the 1st edition of the open contest), Jason Hilgefort (USA – L+CC founding partner) and Tiago Mota Saraiva (PT – ateliermob) will make a first selection of (maximum) 8 video-interviews out of all the submitted videos and will include them in New Generations’ archive. Authors will be included in our network. Among the 8 finalist the Jury will choose one winner and honorable mentions.

The winner will be invited to participate to the Festival in Florence next November 28th-30th.
Honorable mentions will be able to join one of our practical workshops.

This will give you the chance to gain visibility during the 2nd edition of the New Generations Festival in Florence and the opportunity to participate in some of our future initiatives (workshops, festivals, exhibitions…).

• Online inquiries until 25-10-2014 GTM+1
• Early Registration: 31-10-2014 – 24:00 GTM+1
• Late Registration: 14-11-2014 – 24:00 GTM+1
• Deadline to receive the video interview: 16-11-2014 – 24:00 GTM+1
• Announcement of the finalists and the winner: 18-11-2014 in our website

Contact: opencall(at)

Bellaria Hill Park and Antenna/Landmark for Salerno, International
Deadline: 8 Jan 2015

International Ideas Competition

First Prize: Euro 12.500 + Commission
Second Prize: Euro 4.500
Third Prize: Euro 2.500

Design Contest Organisers: City of Salerno &

International Ideas Competition

Official website:


The competition focuses on the landscaping and redesign of an area currently occupied by a series of telecommunications antennas. Partially owned by the Town of Salerno, the site is situated atop the Bellaria Hill and includes the entrance area, internal paths, parking and a belvedere in a public park. The objective is to recover the use of this panoramic park in the heart of the city and, simultaneously, to ensure maximum safety for residents and visitors through the environmental rehabilitation of the entire area and the realisation of a safe and functional Telecommunications Antenna. The design of the new Antenna must minimise visual and electromagnetic impact and constitute an expression of contemporary design able to represent an urban Landmark that substitutes the numerous, obsolete and disturbing antennas currently situated atop a series of unattractive and intrusive steel structures.

Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, International


Who: The Bruner Foundation (Cambridge, MA, USA), sponsor of the biennial award

What: The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) celebrates urban places that are distinguished by quality design and their social and economic contributions to our nation’s cities. Winners offer creative placemaking solutions that transcend the boundaries between architecture, urban design and planning and showcase innovative thinking about American cities. One Gold Medal of $50,000 and four Silver Medals of $10,000 will be awarded. Projects must be a real place, not just a plan or a program, and be located in the 48 contiguous United States. Award winners may use prize money in any way that benefits the project.

When: Deadline for Entries: midnight on Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Where: Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence : application information

Why: Founded in 1986 by architect and developer Simeon Bruner, RBA seeks to promote innovative thinking about the built environment and advance conversation about making cities better, thereby benefitting urban communities nationwide.

Cost: $45.00 per entry

About the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence
The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA), a program of the Bruner Foundation, is a biennial award that celebrates urban places distinguished by quality design and their social, economic and contextual contributions to the urban environment. The event is intended to highlight the project, celebrate its award, and advance conversation about urban excellence in the city.

Bristol Arena Competition, England, UK

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Competitions and Bristol City Council are delighted to announce the launch of an international competition to design a new arena for Bristol.

The Bristol Arena project is a large indoor multipurpose arena, to be located on the former diesel depot site close to Temple Meads railway station in central Bristol. It is anticipated that the Arena will open in the summer of 2017.

Multi-disciplinary teams will have the opportunity to design the 12,000 capacity entertainment arena. The successful experienced design team will have architectural, structural and building engineering capabilities as well as experience within the performance venue field and significant knowledge of the creation and development of urban spaces.

George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol said: “The Bristol Arena is key to the city region’s future and will act as a major catalyst to the development of the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone. We have to grasp the opportunity to design a building that not only works really effectively but is an inspiring place that enriches this new quarter of the city.

Bristol Arena Architecture Competition

NBH International Youth Creativity Award, Kingdom of Bahrain

The Nasser Bin Hamad International Youth Creativity Award is a non-profit creativity competition which aims at providing the opportunity to youth aged between 14 and 30 years old to compete with creative youth and peers worldwide. The award consists of six different majors including photography, film making, graphic design, science, art and architecture. The winner is eligible to win grand prizes reaching up to $11,000.

NBH Architecture Competition

To all the young architects who are hoping to leave a touch in their societies and use their talents effectively. This is your chance to be part of the award and show the world what you are capable of doing.

Urban SOS: Towards a New Industry
2014 International Architecture Student Competition
AECOM is seeking submissions to their fifth student competition. The theme this year is Urban SOS: Towards a New Industry. They are seeking integrated design, planning, environmental and engineering proposals in any urban context that relates to and improves the relationship between industry and urban development worldwide. For complete details, terms and conditions, please download the brief. If you are familiar with the brief and are ready to enter the architecture competition, please pre-register and upload your submission.

An internal jury of AECOM practitioners will select three semi-finalist teams, who will then be flown to New York City in the first week of September to present their schemes to a prestigious jury at the Center for Architecture. They will compete for US$15,000 in cash prize money. One winning team will be selected. The partner group of the winning design will receive an AECOM donation of up to US$25,000 of cash and in-kind staff time to further develop and implement the project.

Here’s a link to the architecture competition brief, which includes the program and all the terms and conditions.

RTS Campus Competition, Switzerland
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Swiss Radio and Television Site Contest

The Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS) is planning the construction of a new multimedia site next to the campus of the federal polytechnical school of Lausanne (EPFL) and the university of Lausanne (UNIL).
The new building should embody innovation and awareness in new trends, in new behavior of the public, in mixing of cultures, ideas and opinions as well as new technologies.
In association with the Swiss Company of Broadcasting (SRGSSR), the RTS organizes a parallel development study to one degree in selective procedure.

Space Forward: Ideas Competition
The Lightstone Group Architecture Contest – 1407 Broadway, NYC, USA
New York Architecture Competition
$14,000 goes to jury prize winner with $3,000 prize for 3 runners-up
1407 Broadway, a premier building in Times Square South undergoing a dramatic transformation with extensive building renovations and an image repositioning, has launched a contest inviting designers to create the ideal work environment – with the winner receiving $14,000.
The Lightstone Group, owners of the building, and its branding partner CO OP, launched the competition to foster an environment that sparks creativity and collaboration through the building’s new office spaces, amenities and creative tenant mix.

Reanimate The Ruins Architecture Competition
Parallel Projections Architecture Competition
This new design contest by Parallel Projections, proposes the creation of secondary urban nodes with mixed-use, medium density development and public transportation to link each node, collectively pointing back toward the city center. Specifically, they are focusing on the Packard Motor Plant in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Reanimate The Ruins Architecture Competition
You can find more details, including a tentative time-frame on their website: We aim to post more details shortly.

Moriyama RAIC International Prize
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Canadian Architecture Prize
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Foundation announces the launch of one of the largest architectural prizes in the world — the Moriyama RAIC International Prize.
Distinguished Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama established the prize together with the Foundation. To be awarded every two years, the prize consists of CAD $100,000 and a sculpture designed by Canadian designer Wei Yew.
“My hope is that this prize will raise not only the stature of the RAIC internationally, but also the stature of Canada, and inspire Canadians and Canadian architects to aspire higher,” says Moriyama, 84.

UIA-HYP Cup 2014
UIA-HYP Cup 2014
International Student Competition
2014 marks the third edition of UIA-HYP Cup International Student Competition in Architectural Design. As the exclusive annual international student competition in Mainland China sponsored by UIA (Union International des Architects), HYP Cup competition has provided a platform for architectural schools and students from different countries to exchange ideas on current architecture issues in relation to environment, specific sites, and urban spaces.

With its challenging topics, professional committee and jury as well as thorough organizing, HYP Cup competition has attracted students from all different countries to actively participate, and become one of the largest and most professional student competitions. Its influence and outreach has raised significantly throughout the globe.

SuperSkyScrapers Architecture Contest
Elevator Annual 2014 Competition
Elevator Annual 2014 : “A Unique Vertical Experience”
SuperSkyScrapers Architecture Competition
The program challenges participants to design or present an Elevator concept that takes into account today’s need for a unique vertical transportation experience with the added expectation of spectacular views during the ascend to higher floors or planes.

Beijing Cityvision Competition 2014
Beijing Cityvision Competition 2014
Evolution: the architecture of future mankind
Beijing Cityvision Competition is the sixth international competition launched by Cityvision and it’s part of the annual programme 2014, Evolution: the architecture of future mankind.

The purpose of the architecture competition is to provide a future vision of Beijing perceived as a Supercity (a unique one) that will absorb the best features from other cities (Satellites), assuming them as her own, and then reinvent itself in the form of a new – and unparalleled – model.

At the same time the architecture competition goal is to imagine who will inhabit this Supercity and how will the evolution of its future inhabitants take place.

Liget Budapest Masterplan Competition
Liget Budapest Project
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Liget Budapest Architectural Competition
Registration began for the Liget Budapest International Architectural Design Competition on 27 Feb 2014. A summary of the competition and its set of rules are available for all those interested on the official homepage of the open, free, international, two-round, anonymous competition announced after a successfully completed ideas competition for the location of the Museum Quarter buildings with a record number of submitted projects, three years of preparatory work and agreements conducted with national architectural and museum organisations; supplementary materials to the individual competitions are available upon registration.

International Urban Design Ideas Competition Bucharest, Romania
The Association Ivan Patzaichin – Mila 23 launches the international design competition Eco-Archipelago: Temporary Outdoor Urban Objects for Eco-design and Eco-tourism Destinations.
Designers, architects, artists and interdisciplinary teams around the world are invited to promote in an innovative way eight destinations from the Danube Delta, Romania: Crisan, Chilia Veche, Periprava, Letea, Mila 23, Cararoman, Sf. Gheorghe, Sulina. All entries in the contest will be dedicated to one of the eight destinations, the most important landmarks of Danube Delta biosphere.
The architectural proposals, in the form of floating islands, will be exhibited in the summer of 2014 in Bucharest on the Dâmbovița River, between the Romanian National Library and the Unirii Bridge.
Call for proposals:

International Open Call ‘Berlin Unlimited’
Berlin Unlimited architecture competition
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Berlin Unlimited, initiated by Urban Transcripts, realized by CollageLab + Guerilla Architects, is surrounding the questions of “Berlin at its limits” through art, architecture and urban related events.

Only 25 years after the fall of the wall and the end of the “concrete division” (Willy Brandt, 10.09.1989), the city of Berlin still passes through the progress of re-definition and growth – a complex urban and political process, between the renewal of its own image as the “creative capital” and the establishing corporatism.
The exhibition “Berlin Unlimited” is about to explore the contradiction of urban realities – between matters of individual freedom and urban constraint. By means of art and creative media, architecture and urban design, theory and research “Berlin Unlimited” aims to reveal an interdisciplinary narrative about the city and to display a critical view on former limits, todays limitations and tomorrows possible new divisions.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of public events: Through discussions in between different invited professionals and nominated artists/participants we want to open up a broader public field for urban related discussions around the opportunities and problems Berlin is facing. Furthermore the exhibition comes along with a program of unlimited events such as film screenings, guided tours, intensive workshops, urban talks and a publication.

EUR Rome Design Contest
Esposizione Universale di Roma Competition, Italy
EUR Competition
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EUR Architecture Competition
The creation of the EUR was a huge, 1930s urban regeneration project, spearheaded by Mussolini, Italy’s controversial prime minister and self-titled Il Duce (meaning “the Leader”), who intended to showcase the area at the 1942 World’s Fair to celebrate 20 years of fascist Italy. However, the World’s Fair was abandoned at the onset of World War II, and, subsequently, Mussolini’s ambitious EUR project was left incomplete.

Shape the Future of Black Architecture Competition
Shape the Future of Black Competition
Shape the Future of Black Architecture Competition
The DuPont™ Corian® business has launched an international design award, called “Shape The Future Of Black”, across the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. The award is open to professionals and students in the fields of architecture, furnishing, interior design, industrial design, general design, decorative arts, engineering and similar disciplines.

The Bloomsbury Association Prize, London, UK
The Bloomsbury Association, in partnership with Wainbridge Ltd, New London Architecture and Store, is pleased to introduce the inaugural Bloomsbury Association Prize.

The Bloomsbury Association Prize is an annual design competition which invites entrants to challenge and re-imagine the nature and use of one of Bloomsbury’s celebrated buildings or spaces. This year The Bloomsbury Association Prize invites visionary proposals which re-imagine the iconic Eisenhower Centre, a former deep-level shelter on Chenies Street.
Twenty chosen finalists will have their work exhibited at The Store Gallery. The winning entry, as chosen by our panel of judges, will receive a prize of £1,000, with a £250 prize for the the runner up.

Baltic thermal Pool Park Architecture Competition
International architecture vision competition organisers Homemade Dessert announce a new architecture vision competition in Latvia:
Baltic thermal Pool Park Architecture Competition
Homemade Dessert in cooperation with Liepaja City Council, Latvia ask you to present the vision for a new development that would consist of thermal pool park with outdoor and indoor SPA facilities.
Efforts to restore Liepaja as a resort city have been revived in the new millennium. The wide beaches here attract visitors seeking recreation in the waterside cafés and bars, and nature lovers seeking peace on the coast. The unique natural healing resources available here call for the development of a new resort and health tourism amenities. Liepāja is the 3rd largest city in Latvia and 10th largest one in the Baltic States.

New Berlin Natural Science Museum Competition, Germany
New Berlin Natural Science Museum Competition
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New Berlin Natural Science Museum Architecture Competition
Almost no other metropolis has experienced such frequent, radical change transforming the face of the city. Although Berlin saw steady growth in its importance, dazzling epochs alternated with darker eras. Nevertheless, the formerly divided city has succeeded in becoming a vibrant metropolis in the heart of Europe.

Architecture Competitions – Recent Additions

International Financial Center in Russia Competition, Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye, Russia
Russia Masterplan Architecture Competition
Two-stage open international competition for the development of the masterplan of the International Financial Centre in Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye. The competition is held by CJSC Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye, part of the CJSC Sberbank Russia group of companies, and is supported by Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design.

Russia Theme Park Architecture Contest
Russia Theme Park Architecture Contest
“Russia” Theme Park is the first entertainment and educational park where visitors will have the reason to stay for more than one-two days. All existing theme and amusement parks are focused on one-day visit and are not designed for users who want to spend more than a week. The aim of this architecture competition is to change the concept of the theme parks.

Project of the Year and the Emilio Ambasz Award for Green Architecture 2013, Israel
An initiative of AI and the EU, the competition is open to architects, designers, landscape architects, researchers and students, who are invited to submit work designed or written since 2009.
Emilio Ambasz Prize

First Architecture Competition Grañen, Spain
Architecture Competition Villa Grañen:
Rehabilitation of Municipal Building for Public Space of Art and Sound.
The purpose of this architecture competition is to gather ideas for a public space to host activities related with the plastic art and music, by fostering an environment of creation, education and the relationship between users.
It aims to encourage innovative proposals in terms of space and their integration in Grañén.
1st: € 2.500 EUROS + other benefits
2nd: € 1.000 EUROS + other benefits
3rd: € 500 EUROS + other benefits

More architectural contests are welcome – please mail info(at) for details

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Green Line Ideas Competition, Toronto, Canada
“Or how to bury the imagination”
Green Line Ideas Competition (Underpass Solutions)

Green Line Ideas Competition

“If it is useless to hold a competition when there are no beliefs in the virtues of emulation and collective judgment, it is, above all, futile to hold an ideas competition when one fears the surprises of imagination and experimentation. The first part of the Green Line ideas competition (Toronto, 2012), presented in the most recent update of the Canadian Competitions Catalogue, proposed an ideation exercise aiming to generate public debate. However it is harder to understand the relevance of the second part, entitled “Underpass Solutions”, which required designers to stick to “realistic and feasible ideas”.
Jean-Pierre Chupin
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Major Architecture Awards

Stirling Prize

Pritzker Prize

World Architecture Festival Awards

Recent Architecture Competitions

eVolo Skyscraper Design Competition
VeVolo Skyscraper Architecture Competition
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eVolo Skyscraper Architecture Competitions

A101 Urban Block Competition, Russia
A101 Urban Block Contest
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A101 Urban Block competition

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