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September, 2012

  1. 2013 Mock Firms International Skyscraper Competition

    September 30, 2012 by architectural competitions

    With the theme of “Rediscover the Future,” aspiring young design professionals will be challenged to produce an iconic super-tall for Amman, Jordan (collegiate) and Chicago, IL (high school). Programmatic targets include design solutions for a diverse and comprehensive vertical healthcare community. Finalist will share in the unique experience of interacting with leading design professionals and having their ideas evaluated by the same.

    Entering its 5th year, the Chicago-based Mock Firms Competition is firmly established among student-based design competitions. The Mock Firms model aims to help facilitate the formation and function of simulated-architectural design firms by collegiate and secondary school students.

    The 2013 installment of the Mock Firms Competitions hopes to establish a platform for aspiring young professionals to “re-discover” the ideas, designs and technologies which helped to introduce past communities to their “future” work, leisure and domestic environments.  It is possible the next iconic skyscraper, home design or building technology resides in this upcoming group of competition participants. Could that be you?

    This year could hold that defining moment for your academic (and maybe professional) career through the gathering of a “dream team” of skilled classmates, the submission of a ground-breaking design, and the confident pitch to some of the nation’s leading architects. Why not take on the challenge as a senior project, independent study, semester assignment or studio project. Measure your progress and your abilities against many of the best in your subject, major or field of study. The ascent to the top may be the result of an  ambitious path of adventure! Be apart of an elite class. Step out from the crowd. Apply online today!

    Early Registration Ends Friday, October 5. 2012
    Regular Registration Ends Friday, January 11, 2013
    Late Registration Ends Friday, March 1, 2013
    Event Dates Thursday & Friday, April 25 & 26, 2013

    Please email questions, registration and proposals to, more information:

  2. International Architectural Photography Awards

    September 28, 2012 by architectural competitions

    This International Architectural Photography Awards competition is organised by ArchTriumph and calls on architects, designers, engineers, students, professional and non- professional photographers to enter a maximum of two photographs that depicts a Public Realm Intervention Architecture anywhere in the world. The award aims not only to recognise the role of architecture in shaping, addressing and engaging communities but also recognise the contribution, collaboration and photographic talent within the architectural profession and those on the fringes.

    Bridges, Buildings,Cityscapes, Industrial, Historic, Interiors, Public Open Space, Space and Views.

    Architects, Architecture Graduates, Architecture Students, Designers, Landscape Architects, Engineers, City Planner, Urbanist, Professional or Non-professional photographers.


    • Employees, consultants,agents of ArchTriumph.
    • Employees, partners, friends, family, personnel, office practice or studios associated with any of the Jury.
    • Persons who have taken part in the organisation of any of our Competitions or the writing of this competition brief
    • Persons involved in the establishment or in the preparation of the competition (including any feasibility for the Competition subject or topic).

    Entrants may register by filling the online registration form and submitting it with the relevant payment where appropriate by Debit/Credit card through a secure gateway.

    Entrant may be required to pay entry fee as follows:

    • Free Registration: from 3rd September 12:00 (GMT) to 14th November 2012 11:59 (GMT)
    • Late Registration: US $20 from 14th November 12:00 (GMT) to 14th December 2012 11:59 (GMT)

    Note: Fees are not refundable where applicable under any circumstance as stated in the terms and conditions. All deadlines are 11:59 Hours (GMT)

    Applications to register for the Competition must arrive no later than 11.59 hours (GMT) on the date specified in the Timetable.
    Registration payments can be made to ArchTriumph by the following methods:
    VISA Debit/Credit Card, Master Card, Maestro Card, Solo Switch Card, Electron Card, PayPal Account.

    14th December 2012 —————————- Closing Date for Submission

    08th January 2013 —————————— Announcement of Winners

    More information on website: 

  3. Draw Up a Chair: The Battery Conservancy 2012 Americas Design Competition

    September 26, 2012 by architectural competitions

    The Battery Conservancy (the “Conservancy”) invites design professionals and students from North, Central, or South America or the Caribbean (the “Americas”) to design an iconic moveable outdoor seat for The Battery, the 25-acre park at the tip of Manhattan (the “Park”), which welcomes six million visitors each year.

    This is a three-phase design competition (the “Competition”). The first phase is an open ideas competition. In the second phase, the Top Designs will be selected from the Entries received during the first phase. The Top Designs will be featured online and on exhibition banners around the Park, with opportunity for public comment of the Top Designs. From the Top Designs, Finalists will be selected, and the Conservancy will fund the production of a full-scale prototype of each finalist’s design. Design Miami/ has invited the Conservancy to exhibit these prototypes. In the third phase, the winner or winners will be awarded a cash prize. The Conservancy intends to fabricate the winning design or designs for use in the Battery Green, the soon-to-be constructed three-acre oval green space that is located at the Park’s Broadway entrance and is scheduled to open in 2014.
    Why a Moveable Seat?
    As the great urban theorist William Holly Whyte discovered: “Chairs enlarge choice: to move into the sun, out of it, to make room for groups, move away from them. If you know you can move if you want to, you feel more comfortable staying put.” The Park’s moveable seats will delight while they invite, animating the Park and making it downtown Manhattan’s central meeting place.
    Why a Design Competition?
    It is an opportunity to excite and challenge the academic and professional design communities to improve public outdoor furniture, and it demonstrates the Conservancy’s commitment to bring exceptional design into the daily lives of visitors to the Park. It is the Conservancy’s hope that the Competition will inspire other cities throughout the Americas to do the same.
    Why The Americas?
    The United States and its neighbors to the north and south are recognizing the economic potential of a vibrant design culture. The Competition will promote innovative industrial design and the flow of cross-cultural commerce and ideas throughout the Americas.

    Register by: 01.10.2012
    Submit by: 30.10.2012

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  4. LIVE.MAKE Industrial Arts Center Cincinnati / American Institute of Architects Cincinnati

    September 24, 2012 by architectural competitions

    The American Institute of Architects Cincinnati in partnership with the Over-the-Rhine Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation presents an architectural design competition open to professionals and students. LIVE·MAKE Industrial Arts Center Cincinnati calls for architectural proposals for a membership based facility that will feature private residences, maker-in-residence studios, light industrial studios and an open workshop that will help shape a new economic opportunity for the city of Cincinnati.  The proposed facility will offer access to a variety of industrial machines and tools for use by artists, designers, engineers or any other constituent to aid in the production of goods and crafts.  Design ideas should embrace the neighborhood’s history of innovation and civic engagement in order to inspire the next generation to develop innovative ways of making that will impact the city’s future.  This competition will provide an opportunity to showcase contemporary architectural solutions that embodies a modern means of living and making while existing within a dense 19th century fabric.

    Register by: 06.12.2012
    Submit by: 21.12.2012

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  5. Gowanus By Design Annual Competition: Water_Works / Gowanus By Design

    September 23, 2012 by architectural competitions

    GbD envisions this competition as an opportunity to consider a new urban typology while focusing on our protean relationship with water. Fresh water accounts for about 2% of all the water on the planet and as the climate continues to change, clean water is becoming a critical commodity. Its availability is subject to the vagaries of extreme weather patterns, such as droughts, hurricanes, and warm winters. Many designers are now evaluating the “embodied water” in their projects and seeking solutions that minimize the use of fresh water in a building’s construction and operations.

    Despite the impact of climate change and efforts by the environmental and design communities, access and use of fresh water is still largely assumed to be a right, rather than a privilege. To challenge these assumptions, the competition program deliberately places two disparate uses of water on the same site. At the canal, untreated sewage overflow at the pump station is a conduit for waste entering the local environment. At the park, filtered water from the upstate reservoir system fills a pool that supports recreation. By redirecting overflow to a retention tank where it will be stored during heavy weather events, the area in and around the park becomes an active participant in a water management solution that dramatically reduces the canal’s pollution.
    Design entries should present site-specific solution(s) that simultaneously explore water’s role in recreation, quotidian uses, and in contaminated urban environments, and demonstrate how a redesigned community center and retention facility represent a more progressive view of our city’s infrastructure. The jury will look for designs that explore these challenges and propose a stronger community node within an area that is slowly establishing its identity as a viable mixed-use urban neighborhood.

    Competition Launch  …………….  07/16/2012
    Registration Deadline  ………….  10/19/2012
    Submission Deadline  ……………. 12/14/2012
    Jury Convenes  ……………………..January 2013
    Winners Announced  ……………. January 2013
    Exhibition Opening  ………………  Spring 2013

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  6. KRob 2012: The 38th Annual Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition

    September 21, 2012 by architectural competitions

    The Ken Roberts is the most senior architectural drawing competition currently in operation anywhere in the world.

    In the late 1920’s, The Architectural League of New York established the first American competition for architectural drawings. It was named after Birch Long, one of their greatly talented and much-loved members who died while working on their 1927 exhibition. The “Birch Burdette Long Memorial Prize” was awarded annually until 1972, when it was discontinued for lack of interest in architectural illustration. It seems a remarkable coincidence, indeed that a new annual event in far-away Texas was initiated the following year by the Dallas Chapter of the AIA, and was subsequently named for the untimely death of a respected colleague.

    This event preceded by two years the 1975 founding of the British Society of Architecture Illustrators (SAI), the first of several national organizations to follow. In 1980 the Japanese Architectural Renderers Association (JARA) was initiated, followed by the 1986 founding of The American Society of Architectural Perspectivists (ASAP) in Boston by Frank Constantino, Steve Rich and myself. The NYSR in New York and the short-lived New Jersey Association were formed soon after ASAP. After the Koreans founded KAPA in 1990, the Australians became the “newest kid on the block” with their AAAI, which was organized [in 1995]. All this makes the Ken Roberts the most senior architectural drawing competition currently in operation anywhere in the world. – (article researched and written by Paul Stevenson Oles, FAIA)

    All entries must be of an architectural nature, and must be authored by one individual. Entries can be elevations, sections, or perspectives, and can be conceptual or final renderings. Exploration and innovation in unique techniques are encouraged. While there is no limit to the number of entries one can submit, submissions awarded in past Ken Roberts competitions are not eligible. Sketchbooks as a whole will not be accepted; a single, clearly marked page within the sketchbook may be entered.

    Professional Eligibility
    Each entry must have been executed while entrant is a professional in architecture or in related fields (architectural illustrator, educator, engineer, cg animation). Due to the versatile nature of the architectural profession, it is not required for the entrant to be employed at the time submitting work for KRob. All work completed after graduation from a design program is considered professional.

    Student Eligibility
    This category is open to individuals currently attending high school or pursuing a degree in architecture or design.

    Entry Deadline
    All entries must be received by Friday, October 26, 2012 5pm CST.

  7. Call for Papers (Fall 2012)* International Journal of Interior Architecture + Spatial Design

    September 19, 2012 by architectural competitions

    As emergent design specializations, spatial design and interior architecture have repositioned the way that we conceive, perceive, and experience our built environment. Autonomous Identities, ii journal’s inaugural issue, seeks scholarly design-research, visual compositions, and work that challenges disciplinary specificity.  Spatial environments are informed by not only our perception of space, but also through their social engagement, performance engineering, and graphic integration. New awarenesses have converged to reimagine the design and construction of spatial and temporal interventions, as well as the corporeal and theoretical conditions of architectural environments and performance events.

    Interior architecture and spatial design are poised to transform the design disciplines, and thus, Autonomous Identities is searching to identify tomorrow’s spatial precedents.  Both disciplines offer the potential to claim new territory by operating at the intersection of previously discrete knowledge bases.  Thus, interior-related theory, praxis, and practice have assumed a collective crisis of identity.  In this issue, ii is collecting work which has the potential to blur the traditional boundaries of the design by identifying provocative new spatial territories.  The journal endeavors to gather exemplary projects that reveal interdisciplinary approaches to research and ‘making’ skills as they apply to interiors, light-mobile-architectures, and designed objects. Autonomous Identities will reveal contemporary developments in design education and practice relative  to the exploration of emerging materials and technologies.  The issue will highlight experimentation, theory, research, speculation, and innovation through its focus on collectively re-thinking ‘space’.

    Autonomous Identities will feature cross-disciplinary work that offers an alternative perspective on space, materiality, and tectonics. Work may include, but is not limited to, spatial design, graphic design, architecture, industrial design, engineering, fashion, performance, film, and multi-media, as well as the environmental and social sciences.


    15 August 2012 _ worldwide call announced
    01 October 2012 _ paper submission deadline
    15 October 2012 _ paper selections announced
    01 November 2012 _ final edits due
    01 December 2012 _ typeset confirmed
    15 January 2013 _ journal printed

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  8. Stanford White Awards for Excellence in Classical and Traditional Design

    September 17, 2012 by architectural competitions

    The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is proud to announce the first annual Stanford White Awards for Excellence in Classical and Traditional Design.

    These awards will recognize excellence in new classical and traditional architecture, interiors, landscape, urbanism, and building craftsmanship & artisanship throughout New York, New Jersey, and Fairfield County, Connecticut. The awards program is named in honor of Stanford White (1853-1906), of the distinguished New York firm McKim, Mead & White, whose legacy of design excellence and extraordinary creativity in architecture and the related arts continues to serve as a source of inspiration and delight.

    For details on submission and eligibility requirements visit:

    Winners will be announced the third week in November and celebrated at an Awards Presentation on Friday, December 9th in New York City at the McKim, Mead and White designed Racquet and Tennis Club at 370 Park Avenue.

    October 1, 2012 – Submission Deadline: Entry Forms, Fees, and Submittals Due by 5:00pm
    November 10, 2012 – Adjudication
    November 12, 2012 – Winners Announced
    December 7, 2012 – Stanford White Awards Reception in New York City

  9. [Imagine Downtown] Lafayette: Open Ideas Competition for Downtown Development

    September 16, 2012 by architectural competitions

    Creative Action, in partnership with Urban Land Institute (ULI) Louisiana, announces an open ideas competition for six downtown sites in Lafayette, LA. “[Imagine Downtown] Lafayette” invites individuals, students, and professionals to participate.  Each of the six sites has a unique set of strengths, weaknesses and opportunities. Participants must select one of these sites and propose specific solutions to its particular challenges.  The goal is to invigorate the urban core while also uniting surrounding neighborhoods and producing a 24-hour community.

    Downtown Lafayette has developed from rural beginnings into a regional metropolitan center, boasting a thriving economy, rich cultural assets, and tight-knit community values. While Lafayette has many elements necessary to fuel its growth, many barriers remain in realizing its full potential as an innovative, sustainable city. The pervasive influence of the automobile has fragmented the historic urban core and has promoted sprawl throughout the city. Like many post-modern American cities, Lafayette is left with a landscape dominated by underutilized parking lots, inadequate pedestrian connectivity, and isolated neighborhoods. This condition presents opportunities where innovative urban development of these latent spaces can enhance urban living and cultivate a community of creative-class citizens.

    Site considerations include increasing affordable residential and mixed-use density; accommodating parking needs; reinforcing existing plazas, parks and streetscapes; strengthening pedestrian and bikeway connectivity to surrounding neighborhoods and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s main campus; facilitating public transportation; and developing a sustainable urban condition.

    Registration opens August 30, 2012 and closes October 15, 2012. All entries must be received by January 15, 2013.  A single winning design will be selected for each of the six sites, with each winning design receiving a $1500 cash award. There will also be a public exhibition following the competition, in the spring of 2013 featuring the top-rated designs. Jurors will include local, regional and national architects and urban designers.

    Those encouraged to participate include individuals and interdisciplinary teams of students, architects, urban planners, landscape architects, designers, real estate developers, artists, creative professionals, and entrepreneurs. Entry fee is $30 per submission. Full registration guidelines will be available on the new website,, starting August 30th.


    September 14, 2012 by architectural competitions

    The Topic

    1. Societal processes are presently emerging that make a balancing of social inequalities ever more unlikely and that pose a serious danger that society will drift apart, both on the global and national level and on the regional and local level.

    People are born into socio-spatial circumstances. Their chances in life vary in the extreme because of this “randomness”. In the interest of social integration and in accordance with democracy’s postulate of equality, modern societies embody the promise of an equalization of living circumstances. This is a guarantee for the political stability of a community. So it is not only permitted, but clearly necessary to ask about the fulfillment of this political desideratum. That means to ask what social reality actually looks like; to ask about the balance of a 30-year phase of neoliberal economy on a global level; to ask what effects deregulation and the privatization of state tasks and the restructuring of the social systems in Europe have had; and to ask how the unleashing of the global financial industry affects above all the economically weak.

    Cities have always been the sites of migrants’ hopes for survival and the improvement of their situations, but they are also sites of organized defensiveness, inequality, and exclusion. The urbanization of world society is an accelerating process. In the 21st century, for the first time in the history of humankind, more people live in cities than in rural environments, with unpredictable and initially catastrophic consequences for both rural and urban areas. In the megalopolises of the Third World and emerging countries, the social conditions of 19th-century Europe are resurfacing in potentiated form. At the same time, these processes affect the “old” world by means of streams of capital, goods, and migrants, creating new imbalances and disadvantages there. Starting with the financial markets, a system of organized irresponsibility has spread that not only exacerbates social differences, but also consciously exploits them for private advantages.

    We live in a time that must be newly surveyed – in social terms and as the basis for a new societal consensus. Coming back to “real things” is the precondition for this.

    2. Today, the difficulty of empirically describing reality no longer lies in a lack of information, but, quite the contrary, in the constantly growing amount of data that make it difficult to draw an overall picture of society and to distinguish between what is important and what is unimportant. Today we have access to an unencompassable wealth of data, much of it automatically generated: statistics, personal data, photos, documents, etc. Hardly anything seems able to elude this universal visibility in the digital age. At the same time, the present is increasingly more opaque. There are precise data for more and more questions of detail, but it is getting harder to find orientation and gain an overview of the present; the quantitative description of phenomena is getting denser, but understanding of the underlying relations and processes seems to be vanishing. Considering that all societal activity depends on information, the wealth of data poses a real dilemma; we can indeed speak of a “digital opacity”. Automated processing with the aid of programs that autonomously view, order, and evaluate data in no way automatically creates transparency. A situation arises in which political activity is not empirically verifiable and is dissolved in politically exploitable contradictions.

    Information design is more than a collection of data: information design uses data to create statements that provide insights into societal circumstances. Information design reveals connections behind the surface of the phenomena. Information design provides orientation. It creates a hierarchy of information based on relevance and content. It reduces complexity, thereby creating an overview.

    Information design is not neutral. The shaping of information is influenced by the interest in knowledge. An enlightening, emancipatory information design reveals facts that are repressed, not spoken of, or forgotten, but that are nonetheless essential for understanding the present. And it thereby influences the perspective of societal activity. The image of the world we make for ourselves determines how we act.

    Registration from August 15, till November 12, 2012
    here at or at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
    Submission of the works by January 31, 2013 (postmark). ARCH+ and the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation will carry out the preliminary examination of the works. The jury will select the prize winners from among the submitted works. It determines the number of prizewinners and the apportioning of the prize money awarded for the further elaboration of the winning project(s).

    20.000 Euros

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