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Architecture Competitions 2020

We feature the latest Architecture Competitions from around the world, updated daily to weekly.

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Architecture Competitions, chronological:

Tomb of Waste Architecture Competition

Tomb of waste design competition by Switch

The competition should rethink the relationship between sustainability and architecture contrary to the common understanding of sustainability as a cosmetic concern. The competition aims at designing an icon that explores sustainability as a tool for critical thinking. The installation should have an immersive and symbolic impact on the context and should strive to become a strong reference point.

First Prize: Eur 1200
Second Prize: Eur 800
Third Prize: Eur 500

The competition is open to everyone in the world (architects, students, engineers etc.). You can participate individually or in a team. A team can have a maximum of three members only.

30 May 2020: Standard registration deadline

31 May 2020: Submission deadline

Tomb of Waste Architecture Competition

FutureNOW Architecture Competition 2020

FutureNOW Architecture Competition 2020

Design Contest website:

Paul-Henri SPAAK Building Renewal Architecture Competition

The European Parliament in Brussels announce a design competition for the Renewal of the Paul-Henri SPAAK Building in Brussels, home to the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium.

Design Contest website:

Pandemic Dwelling Design Competition 2020

Pandemic Dwelling Design Competition 2020

The Dwelling (A House) remains the place where we all spent most of the time of our lives and experience architecture, learn to connect it through emotions, it also saves us from various calamities and bring peace to our core.

Pandemic Dwelling Architecture Competition 2020

Moscow Metro International Competition, Russia

Architectural design of new stations

The main objective of the Competition is to find the unique architectural-artistic solutions for interiors of passenger areas and entrance halls of the two new metro stations – «Prospekt Marshala Zhukova» and «Klenoviy bulvar 2».

Principal design solution must include a proposal on materials, lighting and non-bearing structures of the stations.


21 MAY 2020
Application submissions deadline

2 JUNE 2020
Jury meeting. Selection of the Finalists

17 JUNE 2020
Introductory seminar for the Competition Finalists

24 JULY 2020
Concepts submission closes

20 AUGUST 2020
The final Jury meeting. Selection of the winners

Moscow Metro is the mainstay of the Russian capital’s transport network and the most popular kind of public transport in Moscow.

More than 2.5 billion trips are made in the Moscow Metro annually; the Moscow Metro is one of the most intensely used undergrounds in the world.

Moscow Metro International Design Competition

‘RETHINK: 2025’ Design Competition

12 June 2020, 14.00 GMT: Closing date

RIBA launches international search for post-pandemic design ideas

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has today (12 May 2020) launched ‘RETHINK: 2025’ – a design competition in search of big ideas for our post-pandemic world.

RETHINK: 2025 Design Competition

Call For Submissions: Sustainable Revolution

21 June 2020: Deadline for submissions

As a reaction to the unprecedented moment that we are all experiencing, Zuecca Projects has decided to launch its first ever Open Call, on the theme of Sustainable Architecture and Design.

Call For Submissions: Sustainable Revolution

WAF / PechaKucha ‘Isolation Transformed’ Design Competition

Architects, Designers, and Engineers to re-imagine post-pandemic homes, workplaces, and neighbourhoods.

LONDON, 30th of April 2020 – Today, World Architecture Festival and PechaKucha join forces to launch a virtual 2020 ideas competition. ‘Isolation Transformed’ asks architects, designers, and engineers to reimagine post-virus environments that would mitigate, improve, or offset current community distancing and isolation:

Isolation Transformed Design Competition

Kaizhou New City International Young Designer Competition, Sichuan, China

Kaizhou New City International Young Designer Competition

Urban competitiveness largely depends on the creation and regeneration of its public space these days, while public space is no longer restricted by simple and functional concept of connectivity, which has evolved into a multi-dimensional and interdisciplinary experience field that can reflect urban life.

Kaizhou New City International Young Designer Competition

LOOP Design Awards

LOOP Design Awards launches the first edition of its prize in 2020:

LOOP is an open platform to creativity and talent, where all the designers may showcase their best projects, giving them great visibility around the world. We want to celebrate and honor diversity with remarkable projects globally.

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Moscow Metro Design Competition, Russia

Moscow Metro Design Competition 2020

Moscow Metro Competition:

Architectural concept of new stations.

The Open International Competition for the architectural and artistic design of stations on two new branches of the Moscow Metro – “Prospekt Marshala Zhukova” on the Rublevo-Arkhangelskaya Line, and the station with the working name “Klenoviy bulvar 2” on the Biryulevskaya Line.

The competition started on the April, 15. The competition has become part of comprehensive work of the city, which is being implemented as part of the Moscow Metro development program.

The competition was initiated by Mosinzhproekt JSC, the single operator of the Moscow Metro development program. It is conducted with support of the Moscow Government.

Agency for Strategic Development CENTER is the operator of the competition.

The competition will be held from the 15 April until 20 August 2020. The Bolshaya Koltsevaya (Large Circle) Line is the largest project of the Moscow metro today, but no less important is the development of long-term radial directions. Already today, the Bolshaya Koltsevaya Line is being built with the development of new lines from it, which will ensure transport accessibility to residents of remote districts.

Two transfer stations of new radial lines from the Bolshaya Koltsevaya Line – “Prospekt Marshala Zhukova” on the Rublevo-Arkhangelskaya Line and the station with working name “Klenoviy bulvar 2” on the Biryulevskaya Line – are represented in the competition.

Format of the competition: international, two-staged, open. The competition is open to Russian and foreign architectural bureaus (with a Russian representative office or in consortium with a Russian partner) that are able to attract designers, engineers, planners, and specialists in economics and financial modeling to their team.

The quality and feasibility of the projects will be assessed by a professional jury chaired by Andrey Bochkarev, Deputy Mayor of Moscow in the Moscow Government for Urban Planning Policy and Construction. The jury also includes Sergey Kuznetsov, Chief Architect of Moscow, First Deputy Chairman of Committee for Architecture and Urban Planning of Moscow, Mars Gazizullin, Director General of Mosinzhproekt JSC, Viktor Kozlovskiy, Head of Moscow Metro, as well as leading Russian and foreign specialists in architecture, design and urban planning.

The competition website:

The Radical Design Project Competition

Floating hotels? Houses under bridges? Plug and play retail? Detachable aircraft pods?!

Do you think of crazy (read: ridiculous) ideas but brush them off? DON’T! If you love radical disruptions in the built environment, this project is for you. The Radical Design Project (RDP) is intended to be a collection of innovative ideas that trigger design thinking and, hopefully, generate fresh perspectives for the built environment.

Radical Design Project Competition 2020 is inviting entries for RDP from creatives, students, architects, designers and anyone related to the real estate / building industry. The proposals should include innovative, original, previously unpublished ideas or concepts that might seem impossible but interesting. The intent is to push the envelope and generate design dialogue about design thinking. Note that these are *not* meant for realization.

Show us your creativity! Submit a proposal or project with a topic and site (real or hypothetical) of your choosing anywhere in the world. We’re looking for radical, crazy and downright ridiculous design ideas that challenge the status quo in the built environment. The proposals should be prepared on 1 (one) A1 size sheet in PDF format (landscape orientation) and an optional supporting write-up of maximum 500 words in word document (.doc) format. Do not include any images in the word document. Do not send image files. Use graphics, sketches, 3D renders, picture collages or any other medium you are comfortable with.

• Title: The Radical Design Project

• Type: Ideas Competition

• Registration Deadline: June 25, 2020 11:59 PM EST

• Submission Deadline: June 30, 2020 11:59 PM EST

• Price: Free

• Website:

ArΧellence 2 International Architecture Ideas Competition

We are pleased to announce that the competition “ArΧellence 2” has started.

ArΧellence is an Open & Free, One-Stage International Ideas Competition that is looking for the next architect (or team of architects) who will redesign and give a new perspective to the West Gate of Thessaloniki.

Thessaloniki is located on the Thermaic Gulf, at the northwest corner of the Aegean Sea and was founded in 315 BC, named after princess Thessalonike of Macedon, the sister of Alexander the Great. Unfortunately, Thessaloniki’s Western Waterfront, where the city’s harbor is located, is today an underprivileged urban area. Nowadays, the city strives to change and is ready for the next step. So, this is a challenge for visionary patterns.

In a misused area of 120,000 m² in the west side of the city, ArXellence is looking for the new Central Business District of Thessaloniki, the second-largest city in Greece, with an allowable building area up to 400,000 m². This architectural competition aims to highlight innovative design under the main principles of Sustainability and in respect of the 7 buildings & settlements, which should be retained and officially set to be conserved.

The competition is sponsored & organized by ALUMIL and endorsed by the International Union of Architects (UIA). It will be conducted according to the UNESCO Standard Regulations for International Competitions in Architecture and Town Planning and the UIA best practice recommendations.

As participant of the ArXellence Competition, you could claim the following awards:

1st 20,000€
2nd 15,000€
3rd 10,000€
4th 7,000€
5th 5,000€
6th 3,000€
+ 4 Honorable Mentions

You are invited to interpret the aims of the competition in the most creative way. Spatial organization, aesthetics, choice of materials and the incorporation of sustainability measures are to be factors that will buttress the primary aim, to make this project a standout initiative that will attract investors, businesses and visitors.

ArΧellence 2 International Architecture Ideas Competition

Archasm Home Design Competition

Our home will always be the place for which we feel the deepest affection, no matter where we are. Home is our ‘little world’ where we dream of getting condensed after a hard day at work.’

Early registration: – 1st April 2020- 31st May 2020

Standard registration: – 1st June 2020- 29th June 2020

Submission deadline: 30th June 2020

Archasm Home Design Competition

Reuse the Roman Ruin: Piscina Mirabilis Design Competition, southern Italy

Reuse the Roman Ruin: Piscina Mirabilis Architecture Competitions

The second edition of the cultural project Reuse Italy promotes an international architecture competition on the reuse of Piscina Mirabilis, a Roman reservoir located in the countryside of Naples.

Reuse the Roman Ruin: Piscina Mirabilis Design Competition

Home of 2030 Architecture Competition, UK

MHCLG design competition launched to attract the best and brightest talents of the housing industry to design the homes of the future.

The Home of 2030 project at Design Council is a partnership being led by BRE with the Design Council, MOBIE and RIBA, focused on bringing forward ideas for the future home.

The architectural competition launch has just gone live and can be viewed here –

Design Council’s, Elli Thomas, Lead Programme Manager on the Home of 2030 project, said: “We will all want different things from our homes in the future, but this means new ideas and innovation now to make it happen. Sustainability, accessibility, affordability and health have been big themes from our public engagement work so far. There is a huge amount of sector knowledge in these areas already so we want to encourage entries from right across the built environment community – not just architectural practices of every size but modular homes pioneers, larger housebuilders, contractors, designers, innovators and other supply chain partners. If you haven’t considered entering an architectural competition previously this could be the one for you.”

“Making new homes desirable to all demographics is key to the Home of 2030 challenge. We need to ensure homes can adapt to changing needs, for example for the benefit of an ageing society and to positively impact people’s lives and our communities”. Alan Somerville, Head of Building Performance Group, BRE.

Low-cost House Design Competition Open Call

Registration Deadline: May 31

Submission Deadline: June 1

Open Call: Low-cost House Design Competition
Type: Open/International/Architecture
Location: Worldwide/Concept
Language: English

Price: USD 45-75

We are pleased to announce the launch of an annual international design competition: Low-cost House Design Competition.

Low-cost House Design Competition 2020

The architecture competition is designed to challenge and seek creativity with ideas and concepts in architectural design, as well as landscape design or site planning:

Low-cost House Design Competition


Tottenham Pavilion 2020, North East London, England, UK

8 April 2020 – 24:00 hrs (midnight): deadline for submissions

Reimagine warehouse culture in the public realm.

In 2020, a new pavilion will be designed, self-built and opened for the general public to experience the unique characteristics of Harringay’s warehouse district as part of the London Festival of Architecture.

– Call out for architects, artists, innovators and imaginators.

– Competition to design a new kind of public space.

– Winning design will be featured in London Festival of Architecture 2020.

Tottenham Pavilion Competition

Almetyevsk Reservoir Open International Competition, Russia

We are happy to inform you about the Open International Architecture and Urban Planning Competition for the development of a master plan for the territory adjacent to the Almetyevsk Reservoir on the Stepnoy Zay river.

One of the most beautiful Russian cities, the city of Kazan is located in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. Almetyevsk is an oil capital of the Republic of Tatarstan with the headquarter of PJSC TATNEFT – the 5th largest oil company in Russia.

The architecture competition is of particular importance as one of the most remarkable projects, aimed at the rehabilitation of compromised land plots and the preservation of valuable natural resources caused by production work when creating and locating infrastructure facilities. At the end of the competition, the results of environmental rehabilitation from man-made impact can be applied on similar sites both in Russia and all over the world.

The architectural competition will take place from November 27, 2019 through April 23, 2020.

(Design contest applications were accepted until January 21, 2020.)

Invited to participate in this architecture competition are professional organizations from all over the world in the field of integrated land development and urban planning, architecture, design, development of concepts for the development of public spaces, master planning, who are able to attract specialists in economics, finance, and content programming. The total prize fund will be 14,500,000 rubles.

The jury consists of representatives of state authorities of the Republic of Tatarstan and the municipal body “Almetyevsk city”, experts in integrated land development, ecology and specially protected natural areas, economics and spatial planning, marketing and communications, technologies and innovations, as well as representatives of the initiator of the competition. The jury is chaired by Nail Maganov, General Director of PJSC TATNEFT. The international curator of the design competition is British Professor, Guy Eames, academician of the RAACS, co-founder and Chairman of the Russian Green Building Council (RuGBC).

The initiators of the competition are the Administration of the city of Almetyevsk and PJSC TATNEFT named after V.D. Shashin. The competition is supported by the Government of the Republic of Tatarstan. The operator of the Competition is the Agency for Strategic Development CENTER.

You can find more information in the links below:

SNP Square and Kamenné Square, Bratislava

Slovakia, Europe
Competitive Dialogue 2019/2020

Metropolitan Institute of Bratislava

The competitive dialogue concerns the area in the middle of the city center of Bratislava (the capital city of Slovakia) and included Slovak National Uprising Square (SNP Square) and Kamenné Square, which represent one of the most important urban spaces in Bratislava. The area combines several important features – it is a significant space from both the historical and social point of view, an important public transportation transfer hub, and location of historical monuments.

As other European cities, the 20th century Bratislava was characterized by a dynamic development of central urban spaces. Despite their significance, some of them are undergoing gradual deterioration. The opinion, that the present state of this public space is unsatisfactory, is openly shared among experts, the public and the city administration. It is necessary to create a realistic scenario to renew and develop this area.

Briefly about the process

Evaluation committee will choose four teams, which, based on submitted documents, will seem to be the most capable for creating a quality proposal. At the initial conference there will be an introduction of the territory and its current topics. In less than two months, all teams will separately present their concepts to the evaluation committee, experts and stakeholders, and after a thoughtful discussion will receive feedback and guidance for further refinement.

After another two months, the competing teams will present their final designs and after the discussion the jury will evaluate them based on the quality. Then the competition teams will submit their price offers, which will be assessed together with the outputs from the previous stage. With the candidate, whose project (quality at first, price as second) will be assessed as the best, a contract will be signed. The subject of the contract will be a continuous work on the proposal within further projects milestones.


(17. 1. 2020 – submissions of requests to participate)
(14. 2. 2020 – submissions of professional approach portfolio)

• in week 09.03.2020 – 13.03.2020 – initial conference
• in week 27.04.2020 – 01.05.2020 – separate presentations of the proposal concepts (1st workshop)
• in week 22.06.2020 – 26.06.2020 – separate presentations of the final proposals and evaluation based on quality of the proposal (2nd workshop)
• 10.7.2020 – submissions of the price offers
• 31.1.2020 – declaration of results of the competitive dialogue

Committee Members:

Matúš Vallo, SK, City Mayor of Bratislava
Zuzana Aufrichtová, SK, Mayor of the Old Town
Igor Marko, SK/GB, architect,
Michal Fišer, CZ, architect,
Marko Studen, SLO, architect,
Daniel Zimmermann, AT, landscape architect,
Pierre Alain Ttrévelo, FR, architect,

Alternate Members of the Committee:

Antonín Novák, CZ, architect,
Juraj Šujan, SK, Advisor to the City Mayor of Bratislava, architect in ŠujanŠtassel
Michal Marcinov, SK, MIB, member of Živé námestie, landscape architect – LABAK
Roman Žitňanský, SK, MIB – Public Space Section, architect

Remunerations in competition

For each of the four teams in competitive dialogue, a €20,000 compensation exclusive of VAT is reserved. The first half will be paid after the presentation of the concept in the required scope of outputs. The second half will be paid after the presentation of the final proposal in the required scope of outputs.

All materials and meetings will be bilingual in English/Slovak.

Official page:
All materials to download:
Map of the area under consideration:

International Competition of City Main Library Gwangju, S. Korea

City Main Library Gwangju: This architectural competition seeks designs for a public library, that shall serve as the main Library in the city of Gwangju, in South Korea.
Main Library Gwangju, Competition 2019

London Marathon Competition 2019

Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and London Marathon Events Ltd competition for Part 2 architecture students and recent Part 2 graduates from UK universities

The contest objective seeks a design for new mile-marker structure located at each of the 26 miles strung along the Virgin Money London Marathon course:

London Marathon Competition 2019

London 2144 Competition: Future Skyline Contest

London, UK
London 2144 Competition: Future Skyline Contest
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New London 2144 competition: to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the iconic London landmark, Tower Bridge is calling all designers, artists, engineers and architects, to reimagine their vision for the London skyline 125 years from now:
London 2144 Competition

eVolo 2020 Skyscraper Competition

(Nov 19, 2019 – Early registration deadline)

Jan 28, 2020 – Late registration deadline

Feb 11, 2020 – Project submission deadline

eVolo Magazine invites architects, engineers, designers, and artists, including students, from around the world to take part in this skyscraper architecture competition.

Established in 2006, the annual skyscraper design contest is one of the world’s most prestigious awards for high-rise architecture:

Evolo 2020 Skyscraper Competition

Derbent Urban District Competition

Open international competition for the development of a master plan for the Derbent urban district, Republic of Dagestan, Russia
Masterplan for Derbent Urban District Competition

Multi-disciplinary design team sought for University of Plymouth’s New Engineering & Design Facility

Plymouth, Devon, England, UK

RIBA Competitions launch of a ‘Competitive Dialogue’ process.

The University of Plymouth wishes to procure multi-disciplinary design services for a New Engineering & Design Facility (NEDF). The building is to be located on its main city centre campus. The NEDF building will accommodate the School of Engineering, and also provide additional space for the School of Art, Design and Architecture.

Full design contest info here: Plymouth Architecture

New University of Leeds western campus student hub Competition

West Yorkshire, England, UK
RIBA Competitions announce the launch of a design competition on behalf of the University of Leeds:

University of Leeds Western Campus Architecture Competition

Design that Educates Awards

The Design that Educates Awards (DtEA) recognise and showcase the strongest ideas and constructions of educational architecture and design from around the world.
The design may provide an informative and educational layer to guides us through the complexity of our current environment:

Design that Educates Awards

LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction

Call for exemplary construction projects and visionary design concepts from arounnd the globe.

The LafargeHolcim Awards is seeking leading professional projects and also conceptual ideas. Designs must combine architectural excellence with strong sustainable construction solutions:

LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction 2019

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Flexible Housing Competition

, for Great Places Lakes & Dales Partnership, England, UK
The Royal Institute of British Architects launch a design competition on behalf the Great Places Lakes and Dales Partnership (GPLD). This architectural competition seeks flexible housing designs for two sites within the GPLD area:

Flexible Housing Competition for Great Places Lakes & Dales Partnership

London Festival of Architecture 2019 Public Realm Competition

, England, UK
The London Festival of Architecture and Westminster City Council announce an architectural competition for the design of a new public realm intervention along the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal, Westminster:

LFA 2019 Architecture Competition

North Design Union Headquarters – Architecture Design Competition 2019, China

A rare opportunity for young architects and designers to realize their dreams, an architectural contest from young Bird Plan, an international design competition platform.


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Sommer Pavilion 2018, Jardim da Parada, beside Casa Sommer, Cascais, Portugal

The design competition is run by the Cascais City Hall. It is to be assessed by the South Regional Section of the Architects Association, also known as OASRS.

The goal of this architecture contest is to select one idea for an ephemeral architectural intervention at Jardim da Parada. The site is located adjacent to the Casa Sommer, in the centre of Cascais, a Portuguese coastal resort town just west of Lisbon.

Sommer Pavilion 2018 Competition

Marstopia Design Competition
Marstopia Architecture Competition
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Marstopia Architecture and Design Competition

eVolo Skyscraper Design Competition
eVolo Skyscraper Architecture Competitions

A101 Urban Block Competition, Russia
A101 Urban Block competition

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