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December, 2012

  1. Chicago Women in Architecture / 2013 Scholarship Competition

    December 31, 2012 by architectural competitions

    About the scholarship
    Chicago Women in Architecture [CWA] is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization that exists as a forum for women in Architecture and related professions. Each year Chicago Women in Architecture awards a scholarship to a female student in the last year of studies, with an outstanding Design Studio Project.  The $2000 Scholarship is awarded at the CWA Scholarship Brunch, where her author presents the winning entry.

    Applicants must be female architecture students scheduled to graduate in the 2013/2014 Academic Year (December 2013 or May 2014) with a M. Arch or a five year B. Arch Degree from a NAAB Accredited Architectural Program in the State of Illinois. There is no limit of student submission per school.

    Eligible Institutions
    Illinois Institute of Technology
    Judson University
    The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
    Southern Illinois University Carbondale
    University of Illinois at Chicago
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Registration Deadline      January 31, 2013 (early registration is encouraged)
    Submission Deadline       January 31, 2013
    Winner announcement    TBD April, 2013 – CWA Scholarship Brunch

    Jury team will be composed by CWA Executive Board members, Board of Directors members, and recognized architecture practitioners.

    CWA winner will receive a $2000 scholarship and a one-year membership to Chicago Women in Architecture, along with two tickets for the Spring Brunch event. The winning project will be featured in detail at the CWA website. IDP credits will be available for winning entry.

    Please submit questions to
    Questions and answers will be published in our website and twitter account. For updates please visit our website


    December 30, 2012 by architectural competitions

    AZURE, the influential contemporary design and architecture magazine announces the opening of submissions to the AZ AWARDS January 3, 2013. The 3rd annual international competition celebrates excellence in design.


    Please visit:

    Submissions are open to designers and design firms from all disciplines, manufacturers and clients.

    Categories include:
    Architecture: single-family, and multi-unit residential, commercial & institutional, landscapes, temporary & demonstrational spaces
    Design: furniture, furniture systems, lighting, interior products
    Interiors: residential, commercial & institutional
    Concepts: unbuilt competition entries, other unrealized concepts
    A+ Award: $5000 prize for work developed by a student enrolled in a post-secondary design or architecture program in 2012. Sponsored by TD Bank Group.


  3. It’s LIQUID International Contest | Second Edition 2012

    December 28, 2012 by architectural competitions

    It’s LIQUID Group, in collaboration with International ArtExpo, is proud to present “It’s LIQUID International Contest | Second edition 2012” (

    The contest is born with the goal of promoting contemporary art, architecture and design through all the divulging tools that the communication platform It’s LIQUID has used for years (press release, mailing list with more than 80,000 subscribers, international contemporary art and design events realization).

    Who can apply?
    The contest is open to artists, architects and designers from all over the world without any limit of age and nationality. Solo artists, architects and designers can participate to the contest as well as groups.

    The contest will have ten main categories:
    – painting
    – sculpture and installation
    – photography
    – video-art
    – computer graphics
    – architecture
    – performing art
    – product design
    – fashion design
    – illustration

    Submission Deadline: January 23, 2013
    Winners Release: February 28, 2013

    Why enter It’s LIQUID International Contest?
    It’s LIQUID International Contest promotes contemporary art, photography, architecture and design all over the world. Artists have the chance to win €50,000 in prizes, chosen both by public vote and professional jurors. And, among others, there are the chances to win a Solo Exhibition in Venice and a Solo Exhibition in Istanbul, leader cities for contemporary art.

    How does it work?
    Winners will be selected by public vote (which will award the Venice Art Residence) and by professional jurors’vote (which will award one Solo Exhibition in Venice, one Solo Exhibition in Istanbul, Art Residences in Rome, Istanbul and Turin, 1 year of participation in International ArtExpo’s festivals, 1 year of It’s LIQUID Platform services).

    To have the chance to be the winner of an Art Residence in Venice, after applying for the contest, It’s LIQUID will upload the participants’ artworks on It’s LIQUID International Contest website and give the artists the direct link of their artworks. To vote and be voted it’s necessary to share the direct link and like it on our website. Artist with the greater number of “like” by the deadline, will be the winner. The sooner you apply the better your chances of being the winner! The public vote will start on January 07, 2013 until the deadline.


    How much is the entry fee?
    There is a 50 euro entry fee to submit up to 3 artworks.

    How many artworks can I enter?
    A maximum of 20 artworks may be submitted, per person, to one or all of the categories.

    More inofrmation:

  4. The 7th Annual Radical Innovation Competition

    December 26, 2012 by architectural competitions

    Acting as a catalyst for new ideas in hotel design, The Radical Innovation in Hospitality Award will accept submissions for its international competition starting Friday, Dec. 14. Co-founded and co-produced by The John Hardy Group and Hospitality Design magazine (sponsored by Global Allies), Radical Innovation has challenged designers to create innovative concepts for the past six years.

    All entries will be reviewed and three finalists will be selected by an esteemed jury: John Hardy, president/CEO, The John Hardy Group; Claude Amar, president, The John Hardy Group International; Michael Medzigian, chairman/managing partner, Watermark Capital Partners; Jena Thornton, managing director, Eagle Rock Ventures; Simon Turner, president, global development, Starwood Hotels; James Woods, president and chief operating officer, The Bowls; Wing Chao, renowned master planner, architect and designer. The event will be moderated by hospitality industry authority and speaker, Barbara DeLollis, Hotel Check-In Editor, USA Today.

    Finalists present their concepts in front of the jury and a live audience on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas during Hospitality Design Expo. In the spirit of democracy, attendees will watch a debate by the jury, then vote for the best concept; the winner is announced at the conclusion of the event.

    “Each year, we receive submissions that push the limits of what we expect from traditional hospitality as we set the stage for a showcase of true originality, often introducing groundbreaking concepts from around the world,” said John Hardy, president/CEO, The John Hardy Group.

    How to Submit

    Entries must include guestrooms and public areas. Food and beverage facilities or other amenities are highly encouraged. All submissions are scored on potential impact on the industry, design creativity, narrative, and viability.

    The competition is open to all individuals, firms, and brands. Students will be judged in their own category without an entry fee. Entries will be accepted from Dec. 14 – Mar. 1, 2013. The grand prize is $10,000, second prize is $5,000, and student prize is $1,500.

    For more details on the competition, visit:

    About The John Hardy Group

    The John Hardy Group provides independent, strategic development services to joint venture partners, asset managers and major brands engaged in hospitality real estate, globally. Recognized as the leader in creating creative solutions to complex challenges in building developments, the company uses propriety project research, planning and execution processes established by the group.

    JHG has successfully managed more than $6 billion in development-related assignments and completed projects with more than $2 billion in value, encompassing 866 hospitality projects in 35 countries. JHG operates internationally from offices located in Atlanta, New York and Paris.

  5. Innovative Minds 2013: Virtual Context

    December 23, 2012 by architectural competitions

    Design Challenge

    In today’s world, information is delivered through advanced technologies and is changing the way we interact with architecture. Information is exchanged through a virtual world built on the framework of the internet, computers, and mobile technology. This phenomenon is changing the way we interact with physical architecture. How interconnected can virtual and physical worlds become and how does this relationship influence physical architecture and its context?
    This design competition is an exploration into the relationship between an architectural design, the virtual world, and your chosen site. Investigate the influence of the virtual world blending with physical architecture. How are the users and site influenced by this concept? How does this process help solve some of the increasingly complex issues in our world today?

    Physical Architecture + Virtual + Context

    Innovative Minds Competition – Winner Gurroo Award
    $1000 USD to winning project. The winning project will also be published on the Gurroo .com.
    Honorable Mention – 10 Projects will receive this award. Honorable Mention projects will be published

    Site Selection
    Any site may be chosen for this design competition.
    This project may be designed on any scale; micro or macro.
    The relationship between the chosen site and the architectural design must be clearly articulated.

    Open to all individuals and teams of up to 4 members: students, design professionals, artists, and engineers are encouraged to apply. This is an international competition.

    December 2012 – Competition requirements announced (registration begins)
    March 31, 2013 – Early registration deadline
    May 15, 2013 – Registration deadline
    June 1, 2013 – Submission deadline
    June 2 – June 16, 2013- Preliminary judging evaluation by (to verify projects comply with competition rules)
    June 17 – June 30, 2013- Official judging panel evaluation
    July 1, 2013 Winner of the Innovative Minds Competition: Virtual Context announced

    Registration Instructions:
    Registration fees will be collected through Google Checkout. A project registration number will then be e-mailed to the applicants. Instructions will also be sent detailing how to electronically submit projects. One registration is required for a team or individual participant. (Individuals or teams are welcome to register multiple projects.)
    Early Registration:
    $25 Early registration is available for a discounted rate of $25 until March 31, 2013.
    Standard Registration:
    $35 Regular registration is $35 between April 1, 2013 and May 15, 2013.
    Submission Requirements
    Boards must be submitted electronically by June 1, 2013 to Gurroo.

    More info:


  6. Folly 2013

    December 21, 2012 by architectural competitions

    Socrates Sculpture Park and the Architectural League invite emerging architects and designers to apply for the opportunity to build and exhibit a full-scale project around the theme of an architectural folly. This residency was established to explore the intersections between architecture and sculpture and the increasing overlaps in references, concepts, and techniques between the two disciplines.

    Socrates and the League welcome proposals for large-scale projects and installations that explore contemporary interpretations of the architectural folly. Especially popular among the Romantics of the 18th and 19th centuries, architectural follies are small-scale structures, which often have no discernible purpose and are placed within a garden or landscape as a means to draw the eye to specific points or to frame a view. A jury of architects, artists, and arts administrators will select a single project to be realized within the grounds of Socrates Sculpture Park. The recipient will receive a $5,000 production grant to fund the project, as well as full access to the resources and fabrication facilities of Socrates Sculpture Park’s outdoor studio during a two-month residency at the Park, beginning in March 2013. Administrative support for additional fundraising and securing in-kind contributions, if necessary, will also be available. The completed project is tentatively scheduled to open to the public in early June 2013 with an accompanying electronic publication.

    For more information and how to apply, visit:

  7. Night Lights – Call for Entries

    December 19, 2012 by architectural competitions

    The Directors of 22 are proud to announce our latest gallery exhibit – Night Lights.

    Night Lights will showcase the work of 5-10 designers and artists who are working with concepts related to light. We are looking for a variety of work, including work that incorporates actual light sources and work that deals with “light” on a more conceptual basis. We’re open to all media, so we encourage people to submit work ranging from light fixtures and lighting installations to projections, light boxes, paintings, drawings, or anything else you think might relate. We can show existing work, and we can also work with you directly with you to create the right environment for new work if you’re interested in creating something site-specific.

    22 is a multi-use creative space in Berwyn, just west of downtown Chicago. The goal of 22 is twofold: to showcase the work of emerging and established artists and designers from within the Chicago area, and to bring innovative and informative work to our community from the rest of the world. To reach these goals, 22 functions as a design studio during the day and as a flexible art space the rest of the time. This flexibility allows 22 to serve as a venue for gallery exhibitions, markets, installations, performances, lectures, and so on. Many exhibits at 22 examine on the overlap between art and design, often through material studies or conceptual explorations. By focusing on light, a concept that concerns both artists and designers alike, Night Lights is our latest attempt to bridge this gap.

    We’re accepting submissions through December 16. We are accepting either completed existing work or proposals for new work. Even though we’re based near Chicago, we encourage local, national and international artists to apply. It is the responsibility of any accepted artist to have work safely delivered to the 22 studio and picked up at the end of the exhibit.

    We ask that participating artists who live in the Chicagoland area attend the Opening Reception on Saturday, January 19. Artists might also be asked to participate in a panel discussion or lecture at 22 during the run of the show.

    Submission requirements:

    • Artist name and contact information (e-mail, phone number)
    • CV
    • A written description of your submission, including size, medium and display requirements
    • 2-5 pictures (sketches or images of similar previous work are acceptable if submitting a proposal for new work)

    E-mail submissions and/or questions to

    Dec. 16th – submissions are due by midnight
    Dec. 21st  – artists/designers will be notified
    Jan. 13th– final work must be at 22 by the end of the day
    Jan. 19th – Night Lights opening reception at 7pm
    Mar. 16th – End of Night Lights exhibition

    *Submitting work does not guarantee you a spot in the show.
    For more information visit our website:

  8. Flat Lot Competition

    December 17, 2012 by architectural competitions

    The American Institute of Architects – Flint and Flint Public Art Project announce the first annual Flat Lot Competition, a program to design and build a temporary summer pavilion in the central parking lot in downtown Flint.

    Formerly occupied by a series of office buildings and storefronts along Saginaw Street, the full–block surface parking lot known as the Flat Lot has become a staging ground for parades, flower–plantings, car shows, road races, and almost every sort of public event that draws large crowds. The Flat Lot Competition seeks proposals to design and build an innovative temporary structure that provides shelter, shade, and seating for a wide range of public events, defines space within the lot, and demonstrates the capacity of contemporary architectural form–making to transform space and captivate the public imagination – all while occupying no more than eight parking spaces during normal business hours. The winner of the competition will receive $25,000 to realize their proposal.

    A collaboration between AIA–Flint, Flint Public Art Project and the Downtown Development Authority, the Flat Lot Competition is modeled after the MoMA/PS1 Young Architects Program, which every year reinvents the former public school courtyard in Long Island City, Queens as a popular place for summer events and concerts.

    The Flat Lot will be a new center and symbol for the city, an attraction for regional visitors, and a site that amplifies the many existing events that help define cultural life in Flint.

    November 14, 2012: Competition announced
    January 31, 2013: Registration deadline
    March 1, 2013: Submittal deadline
    March 14, 2013: Winners announced
    April 12, 2013: Curated exhibit during Flint Art Walk and online
    June 14, 2013: Construction on winning proposal completed

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  9. GROUND UP Journal Call for Submisssions: GRIT

    December 16, 2012 by architectural competitions

    GROUND UP is an annual print and web publication created by students in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at the University of California, Berkeley. Each edition examines a critical theme arising from the tension between contemporary landscape architecture, ecology and pressing cultural issues. We operate on an open call with invited entries from academics, practitioners, students, designers, scientists, and activists. 

    Take part! ISSUE 02: GRIT // CREATIVE RESOLVE IN DESIGN Grit is from the ground, abrasive and coarse. Grit erodes and accrues. Like sandpaper, Grit refines. Like the grain of sand that creates a pearl, Grit is an agitator and catalyst. After peering into Landscapes of Uncertainty, the second edition of GROUND UP explores Grit as a quality, material, texture and approach for negotiating change in our landscapes. Shifts in climate and society call for responses and interventions grounded in creative resolve. What does the material quality of Grit cultivate in design practice? Can the Grit of localism, informal settlements and guerrilla urbanism cross cultures and/or scales? Can Grit appropriate prevailing power structures toward the empowerment of the economically and ecologically vulnerable? How does the friction of Grit in design create ground for collaboration and when does it become too hot? Can the mutability of Grit translate into resilience in design? Can Grit be used to navigate between human desire for stable settlement and the inevitability of change?

    The deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM PST on January 4, 2013.
     Please include a brief biography (2500 word maximum) in the body of your email. If selected for inclusion, the editorial team will contact you by February 22, 2013 for further collaborative editing and possible second stage of review. All who have submitted will be notified by March 1, 2013. The anticipated publication date of Issue Two: Grit // Creative Resolve in Design is May 2013.

    For more information, visit

  10. [PACIFIC] New Ocean Platform Prison

    December 14, 2012 by architectural competitions

    The imprisonment of people is probably one of the big taboo within our modern society. A Prison is a place in which people are physically confined and usually deprived of a range of personal freedoms. Imprisonment or incarceration is a legal penalty that may be imposed by the state for the commission of a crime. The Pacific Ocean is the largest of the Earth’s oceanic divisions. It extends from the Arctic in the north to the Southern Ocean in the south, bounded by Asia and Australia in the west, and the Americas in the east.

    The aim of this International Competition is to design a New Prison afloat the Pacific Ocean, using an oil Platform as a reference structure. The design of this new Platform will include all the facilities a prison may need including cells, exercise yard, etc.. with a design that still facilitates human rights within the deemed confinement. The architecture of this new building should reflect contemporary design tendencies, standing out for its uniqueness as a prison.
    This competition hopes to achieve the following:
    _To investgate new direction and functionality of incarceration including methods of confinement.
    _To generate the discussion of ideas regarding the ambiguous role of architecture in relation to the punishment of imprisonment.
    _Research, respond to and highlight the unique aspects of designing a highly functional piece of architecture with an economic and safety advantages for all.
    _Encourage and reward design excellence on a large scale, which integrates function, structure, details, etc within an Ocean environment.
    _Encourage the employment of sustainable design in all aspects of the proposal.
    This is a single stage Competition with the aim of identifing the most appropriate proposal, which best satisfies the general and specific objectives of the contest. This is an open International Competition hosted by [AC-CA]™ to generate progressive contemporary design ideas. There are no plans for the Ocean Platform Prison to be built. For more information please Download the Competition Brief from the website.

    Competition Officially Announced – 06th November 2012
    _Start of Competition and Early Bird Registration – 08th November to 20th December 2012
    _Late Competition Registration – 21st December 2012 to 18th February 2013
    _Deadline for Questions – 31st January 2013
    _Closing Date for Submissions – 22nd February 2013
    _Jury Evaluation – 27th February – 06th March 2013
    _Announcement of Winners and Publication at – 08th March 2013

    More information on website