International and national competitions

1. Houses for Change

Architecture for Social Responsibility

Local action, global impact

IE University announces its first competition initiative “HOUSES FOR CHANGE,” hosted by IE School of Architecture and Design. The purpose of the competition is to consider housing as an urgent and basic component  of improving urban environments for the poor and at risk and to propose viable housing alternatives for those often neglected or left out


A design competition for social and sustainable housing in cities for the 21st century

For the first time in history, more than half the world’s people live in cities. Over 90 percent of urban growth is occurring in the developing world, adding an estimated 70 million new residents to urban areas each year.

This is coupled with estimates that about 1/3 of the world’s population are slum dwellers. These  ettlements may be called different names – slums, villas miseria, favelas, bidonvilles, hantytowns – all have a common denominator of urgency and they are fast becoming the norm in our societies. While urban poverty is a complex situation, the physical environment of housing is one crucial aspect to be dealt with if this problem is to be tackled.

The purpose of the competition is to consider housing as an urgent and basic component of improving urban environments for the poor and at risk. Architecture students and recent graduates of architecture, along with peers from other fields forming multidisciplinary teams, have a unique role to play in suggesting solutions and approaches in response to the housing crisis facing many cities today.

Buildings and projects are place-specific and must take into account not only physical realities, but also cultural, economic, and the social context. Entries are invited for housing that is appropriate and affordable for a specific place (identified by the participating team). The housing must be for an urban area, and therefore address the needs of many. Schemes or units should be designed so the model can be reproduced/duplicated…(Entries for only one unit or a single family house or for a rural environment are NOT appropriate).

The housing proposed should respond to the needs (geographic, economic possibilities, arterials,

construction processes, cultural context, etc.) of a specific community or place, selected by the competition entrants. Participants are reminded that the proposal is directed at those in the most fragile economic situations – the poor and disenfranchised- and should selected their community accordingly. The design solution and budget must not assume government subsidies or support.


To take part in the competition, you must:

1. All members of a team must be currently registered students or recent graduates with a maximum of 5 years since the date of their graduation. That is to say, the official graduation date for a Bachelor degree or first Master degree was in 2009 or later. Additionally, no team may have any participant over the age of 35 years old at the time of submission of the competition entry.

2. There must be at least one architecture/design student or architecture/design recent graduate on each team.

3. The maximum team size is six people.

Each participant or member of a team may only participate in one project and may not submit more than one entry to the competition.


Participants must register between June 27, 2013 and December 10, 2013 and the complete competition proposal must be submitted by December 16, 2013.

The Jury

The Jury will be made up of the following members:

– Bijoy Jain, architect, founder of Studio Mumbai Architects, India

– Hubert Klumpner, Co-director of Urban – Think Tank and Chair of Architecture and Urban Design, ETH Zurich

– Kimberly Holden, Founding Principal of SHoP Architects, New York.

– Samia Yaba Christina Nkrumah, President of the KwameNkrumahPanAfricanCenter

– Yung Ho Chang, architect, professor at MIT and founder of Atelier FCJZ, Beijing


The winning project will be granted with a scholarship equivalent of 20.000 € applicable towards the tuition fees of a master program at IE.

It is the intention of IE to construct a prototype of the winning entry. A prototype may be realized, if sufficient funding can be secured and a partner school in the region is willing to assist with the organization and management of the project.

More information


We invite you to participate in distance blitz the competition in web design and computer graphics, which will be held from August 15 to August 29, 2013.

A professional jury composed of leading experts in web design and computer graphics, will determine winners in several categories.

Nominations of contestin web-designing:
• “The best graphic realization”,
• “The best software realization”.
Nominations of contestin computer graphics:
• “The best 2D raster-scan graphics”,
• “The best 2D vector graphics”,
• “The best 3D- graphics”.
Nominations of contestin computer animation:
• “The best GIF- animation “,
• “The best Flash- animation “,
• “The best 3D-animation”.

Subject assignments, which will be the same for all, will be posted on the contest website on August 15.
Participants of the contest will need to do the job on the same topic for two weeks (from August 15 to August 29) and send it to the organizing committee of the competition. Registration and entry period will made online contest

2.Youth architectural competition on the office site planning for 50 people. Solution design of office floor of “the Baltic Business Centre complex” in Petersburg

press release:
Comfortable working space can not be created without quality architectural solutions. At the same time, professional work of the designer is unthinkable without a carefully executed parts and properly selected materials. If you talk about talent, it is most often seen with the greatest force when the job turns out to be the lightest. All these ingredients are present in our competition: first

non-standard layout of the original space – a circle, the letter “O”

Gave the name of the project. In its place, and high-quality technology –

The task enters the application partitions from MWE Mauer Buro.

With their help it is necessary to make the mobile space, giving

Tenants the opportunity to convert a circle in two semicircles. Thus

and the ability to provide rapid feedback of transformation:

Each half of the “O” must always remember about the whole letter.

The winner of the competition, as well as studios, trapped in a short-list (top 10

authors) can apply for the project in the case of

Interest of the tenants of the room.

Besides, organizers provide remuneration for winners of competition.

First award of 1000 euro

Second award of 700 euro

Third award of 500 euro

The jury will include famous Petersburg architects and designers: Vadim Kondrashov, Savely Archipenko, Michael Pine, as well as Denis Ivanov (CEO Mauer Buro) and a representative of the “BalticBusinessCenter.”

The competition invited architects and designers in St. Petersburg and other cities of Russia at the age of 35. Work performed in accordance with the Terms of Reference should be sent to the specified email address in the TOR up to June 1, 2013

Results of the competition and exhibition of projects caught in the short-list will be held in June 2013 in the office of Mauer Buro. The results will be published in the 19th issue of the magazine “Project Baltia”.

Anikina A.
Manager of the project magazine Project Baltia
Tel.: 8 (812) 640 21 92
Mob.:8 (911) 273 39 04


dead-line registration: 30.06.2013
dead-line submission of projects: 25.07.2013
date of the announcement of results 10.10.2013
country International
open for architects, designers and students, individual participants and teams
registration fee: No
award: $ 20 to all registered participants, the jury will choose 3 winners and winners in several categories.
jury: Kate Orff – landscape architect;June Williamson – designer, architect;James Garrison – architect;

Laura Smiros – architect;

Brian Pues – architect

organizer                                                      ORLI (Operation Resilient LongIsland)





4. Skin – international digital fabrication сcompetition


dead-line registration: 30.06.2013
dead-line submission of projects: 30.06.2013
date of the announcement of results 25.10.2013
country International
Open for Architects designers, artists, students
Registration fee: no
Award: in the first stage 4 winner will receive $ 1,000, the winner of the second stage of the competition will receive another $ 1000
Jury: Phil Anzalone – architect;
Maria Mingallon – architect;
Gregg Pasquarelli – architect;
Randy Stratman – architect;
Skylar Tibbits – architect.
Organizer Company TEX-FAB
Since the beginning of XX century, the interaction between the shell of the building, external and internal space occupies the minds of architects. Contest organizers offer participants more time to reflect on what could be the “skin” of the modern building. Contestants may choose to design a new building or reconstruction of the old, to choose any typology of buildings anywhere in the world. Particular attention should be paid to the facades, which use metal elements. However, the combined solutions (+ other metal materials) are also possible. In the project, study participants must propose specific methods for producing “skin” (methods and materials).The competition takes place in two phases: the first phase will be selected four finalists, who will continue its research and development together leading metalworking companies, prototypes will be showcased at the 2013 ACADIA conference in October of this year, after which the winner will be selected.


5.Architecture in Transformation: The Disappearance of Architectures  competition for students


dead-line registration: 30.06.2013
dead-line submission of projects: 15.08.2013
country China
Open for students of professions of the architect and design
Registration fee: no
Award: 1st place – 50,000 RMB (about $ 8000), 2nd place (3 teams) – for 20,000 RMB (about $ 3200), 3rd place (8 teams) – 5,000 RMB (about $ 800), all winning students will be able to go in China and to undergo training in architectural office
Jury: Dominique Perrault – architect;Kai Cui (China) – architect;Francisco Mangado (Spain) – architect;Wong Mun Summ (Singapore) – architect;

Eric Messerschmidt (Denmark) – architect;

Yao Renxi (China Taiwan) – architect;

Zhong Dekun (China) – Dean of TsinghuaUniversity;

Zhu Wenyi (China) – Dean of the TianjinUniversity;

Zhang Qi (China) – Dean of ChongqingUniversity;

Zhao Wanmin (China) – Dean of ChongqingUniversity

Organizer International Union of Architects (UIA);
School of Architecture, Tianjin University;
Urban Environment Design Magazine
Press-realizeThe organizers offer the participants to reflect on the “vanishing architecture” when erased the boundaries between landscape and architecture, the physical body and spiritual at between presence and absence. 

Architects can do for themselves to develop the terms of reference, to choose the typology of the building. The plot can also be selected contestant, but there are a few requirements: it must be located in an urban environment, be complex – with the site should be interesting to work area – about 4,000 sq.m. The design should take into account the needs of different user groups and ensure the relationship with the context.