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posted 7 June 2023

Design Competition launched for Bradford City of Culture 2025

Tuesday 27 June 2023, 12.00 midday (BST): applications deadline

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is pleased to announce the launch of a new design competition on behalf of Bradford 2025, inviting expressions of interest for the design of an iconic travelling performance space for Bradford City of Culture 2025.

The competition is seeking an architect-led team to design this temporary arts space, named ‘Beacon’.  Embedded in communities, Beacon will be a platform for performances, installations, and live events across the district during 2025.

Awarded every four years by Government, the UK City of Culture title has had a transformational impact on previous host cities, securing millions of pounds of investment and acting as a catalyst for creative place-making and culture-led regeneration.

The intention behind Beacon is for it to have sustainability at its heart, to celebrate Bradford’s cultural heritage and to reflect its diverse, cosmopolitan communities. The venue will facilitate and promote meaningful interchange between communities.

Tumpa Husna Yasmin Fellows, co-founder and director of Our Building Design and RIBA Architect Adviser for the competition said: “I am pleased to be working as the RIBA architect adviser for this competition with the Bradford City of Culture 2025.  The Beacon is a competition for arts and performance spatial design, seeking responses through the lens of de-colonial architectural practice, design methods and proposals.

Speaking to the global impacts of climate change and to a desire to create more equitable public spaces by facilitating the voices of under-represented and local diasporic communities, in the design, build and use of Beacon; widening access to the arts, architecture and design.”

Applications are invited in accordance with the requirements set out in the briefing document and submission form.  Further information can be found on the competition webpage at including a link to register for the competition.

Shanaz Gulzar, Creative Director of Bradford 2025, said: “It’s crucial that our year as City of Culture reaches every corner of Bradford district and Beacon will be just one of the ways we do that. This new peripatetic venue will be an incredible space for people to get together, to show off the creativity of our district as well as taking  spectacular events and performances to a wider Bradford audience.”

The deadline for receipt of applications is 12.00 midday (BST) on Tuesday 27 June 2023.


2023 AIA COTE Top Ten for Students Competition

7 June 2023 : submission deadline

2023 AIA COTE Top Ten for Students Competition

Architects play a crucial role in addressing both the causes and effects of climate change through the design of the built environment. Innovative design thinking is key to producing architecture that meets human needs for both function and delight, adapts to climate change projections, continues to support the health and well-being of inhabitants despite natural and human-caused disasters, and minimizes contributions to further climate change through greenhouse gas emissions. Preparing today’s architecture students to envision and create a climate adaptive, resilient, and carbon-neutral future must be an essential component and driving force for design discourse.

Given their long lifespan, new buildings must be designed to address solutions to climate change and to respond to its projected impacts, well into the second half of the 21st Century and beyond. As with the COTE Top Ten award for built work by design professionals, COTE Top Ten for Students allows designs to be characterized in terms of 10 measures ranging from Community to Water to Wellness.

To learn more, please visit:

Organizer: The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)

Category: AIA COTE Top Ten for Students Design Competition

Eligibility: An ACSA member school, faculty sponsor is required to enroll students by completing an online registration form prior to submission by April 5, 2023. The competition is open to students from all ACSA Full and Candidate Member Schools, as well as ACSA Affiliate Members Schools including international member schools. Students are required to work under the direction of a faculty sponsor. Submissions will be accepted for individual as well as team projects. Teams must be limited to a maximum of three students.

Students are invited to submit their studio projects. Entries must be buildings, but can be of any program, at any scale, in any location. Projects can be a remodel or adaptive re-use. Work should have been completed in a design studio or related class within the 2022-2023 calendar year. Projects completed in the Spring 2022 are eligible to submit, due to the competition calendar shift.

Register: by April 5, 2023 via

Awards & Prizes: $13,500 in cash prizes will be distributed among ten winners and their faculty sponsors.

Entries deadline: Submission deadline is June 7, 2023

Venue: Virtual

Price: Free


2023 Concrete Masonry Student Competition

7 June 2023 : submission deadline

2023 Concrete Masonry Student Competition

The challenges of the past few years have demonstrated the need for places for individuals in communities gather. The goal of this competition is to create a functional space within a community for gathering, play and shelter. A multi-functional building that can be used in a variety of ways is the overall goal. Think about how communities will gather in the future and design a building to meet these needs. Concrete masonry is an ideal choice for this type of building. It is durable and long-lasting, providing a pleasing aesthetic, and can be used for security and safety. Designs should identify multiple ways to take advantage of concrete masonry’s benefits to meet the needs of this new community center.

The design competition asks students to use concrete masonry products as the primary material in the design of a state-of-the-art Community Commons. This community center, both indoor and outdoor gathering spaces can be used for education, recreation, networking events and more. The Community Commons must be able to be used as a community storm shelter in case of extreme events such as tornadoes, hurricanes, or other natural disasters. Concrete masonry is a flexible, resilient and durable material, and provides vast opportunities for form, function and expression.

To learn more, please visit:

Organizer: The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)

Category: Concrete Masonry Student Design Competition

Eligibility: Because the support of NCMA FDN is largely derived from masonry companies whose markets are mainly in the U.S. and Canada, the ACSA/NCMA Student Competition is open to students and/or student teams from ACSA Full and Candidate Member Schools, as well as ACSA Affiliate Members Schools from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico only. All published materials, websites included, associated with the ACSA/NCMA Student Competition will describe eligibility as per above.

An ACSA member school, faculty sponsor is required to enroll students by completing an online registration form prior to submission by April 5, 2023.

Register: by April 5, 2023 via the link:

Awards & Prizes: $20,000 in cash prizes will be distributed among the top three winners and
their faculty sponsors.

Entries deadline: Submission deadline is June 7, 2023

Venue: Virtual

Price: Free


Architectural Competition launched for a new Timepiece for the Railway, UK

13 June 2023, 12.00hrs (BST) : submission deadline

new Timepiece for the Railway UK
photo © Bjoern-Altmann

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Design Museum (London), have launched a design competition, in partnership with Network Rail, inviting proposals for the design of a timepiece to be used across the British rail network.

Anthony Dewar, Head of Buildings and Architecture at Network Rail, explained:
“The British railway was integral to the standardisation of time across the world but unlike other countries, Britain did not implement a standard railway clock. We hope this competition will put that right with the creation of a timepiece that can be adapted for use across the whole rail network – from stations to maintenance delivery units, railway control centres to train depots.

“The winning entrant will need to be an inspired design, which can be cost-effectively implemented at scale and adaptable to a wide variety of settings. This a unique opportunity to create a design that could have a highly visible and enduring legacy.”

Justin McGuirk, Chief Curator, the Design Museum & Director of Future Observatory commented:
“An awareness of time is crucial to the experience of being in a train station. This is an extraordinary opportunity to redesign that experience. Instead of everyone being ensconced in their phones, how can we return time to its central presence in stations, with civic purpose and a strong sense of place? The Design Museum is delighted to be collaborating with Network Rail on this international competition.’’

The competition is open internationally to practitioners within the fields of art, design, engineering and/or architecture. Submissions are also welcome from students from these disciplines. Collaboration is encouraged between individuals and organisations of different size, expertise and experience.

The competition brief has been developed in collaboration with industry design experts including Margaret Calvert, Crispin Jones and Violetta Boxill, who will all form part of an Evaluation Panel.

To view the full architecture competition brief and for details on how to register please visit The closing date for submission of design proposals is 12.00hrs (BST) on Tuesday 13 June 2023.

RIBA Competitions:


EPAC Experimental Puppetry Arts Centre Competition, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria

15 July 2023: registration deadline

15 July 2023: submission deadline

EPAC Experimental Puppetry Arts Centre Competition
image Courtesy architecture competition organisers

EPAC Experimental Puppetry Arts Centre Competition

The STATE PUPPET THEATRE in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria and the Ministry of Culture of Bulgaria, supported by Stara Zagora Municipality are delighted to launch an international Open Architectural Competition for a conceptual design of the EPAC – Experimental Puppetry Arts Centre at State Puppet Theatre – Stara Zagora. The EPAC – Experimental Puppetry Arts Centre will be an incubator for live theatre – syncretic, originally incepted, unconventional, interactive and bold.


Europan 17 Design Competition

Europan 17 Design Competition

Europan 17 Design Competition

The competition is open to professionals of the architectural, urban and landscape design under 40 years of age. Students with a bachelor degree or equivalent can be associates, yet under the condition that the team representative is a graduated architect.

More info and registration on the Europan-Europe website.


Eurasian Prize 2022

Eurasian Prize 2022 competition

The mission of the ‘Eurasian Prize’ is to advance the appreciation of architecture as a force that can transform the world, erasing boundaries between states and removing barriers between nations. The slogan of the international competition is ‘Innovation for sustainable architecture for the good of humanity’.

Current season entries will be evaluated by the world-renowned practitioners. Thanks to its reputation, Eurasian Prize has again succeeded in convening a remarkable jury, which includes the world’s best architects and designers from 16 countries: Bangladesh, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, USA.

The membership of the jury for this season’s competition includes 23 world-famous architects and designers:

Eurasian Prize 2022 competition


Kaira Looro 2023 Architecture Competition, Africa

Kaira Looro 2023 Competition, Africa
photo © Balouosalo
Kaira Looro 2023 Architecture Competition
The Kaira Looro 2023 theme will be the design of a Primary School for rural areas of Africa, to protect the rights of education of every child. The registration opened on 13rd January 2023. This African architectural competition is open to students and young architects as individual participants or as a team.


Adaptive Reuse: Design Transformations for Community Healthcare

2023 Epidemic Urbanism Initiative Design Competition

Design interventions into pre-existing sites play a critical role in global healthcare. The 2023 Epidemic Urbanism Initiative Design Competition will focus on adaptive reuse, inviting submissions that consider how pre-existing vacant, underused, or currently used sites, structures, and spaces can be transformed into healthcare settings with thoughtful, sustainable design interventions.

2023 Epidemic Urbanism Initiative Design Competition


Design Competition for White Hart Street, Mansfield, Nottingham, central England, UK

White Hart Street Design Competition, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
photo © Chris Holloway, The Bigger Picture media

White Hart Street Design Competition


Archiol Competitions for students and young professionals

New architecture competitions in 2023:

Archiol Competitions invites all the students, and young professionals to participate in these competitions.


Architectural Awards

Offsite Construction Awards

The Concrete Centre is delighted to be sponsoring the Best Use of Concrete Technology category for another year in the Offsite Construction Awards. The 2021 entries are now open, so please ensure you submit your project or innovation by the 28th May deadline.

More about the category – Best Use of Concrete Technology

This category will reward the exemplar use of precast concrete in a project across any UK construction sector. Including floor and wall panels, cladding, volumetric and pod technology, pre-stressed units and formwork systems, the entrant will have used concrete as a major factor in delivering quality, factory-controlled, robust and sustainable offsite manufacture.

Special attention will be given to material performance levels and any project should clearly demonstrate how cost-predictability, economy, accuracy, transportability, speed of installation and principles of lean manufacture have been achieved.

Last year’s winners – Kier Integrated Team – New Build Prison at Wellingborough

Winners of the category in 2020 were Kier Integrated Team – New Build Prison at Wellingborough. This vast £253m project delivers 1,680 prison places and is the first in a series of schemes to reform and modernise the prison estate to make it more efficient, safer and focused on rehabilitation.

Wellingborough is the perfect blend of digital and DfMA advancement; providing direct project benefits, wider economic gains, as well as programme-wide improvements through standardisation, digital integration and MMC leaving a legacy that will transform the way the Ministry of Justice deliver future prisons.

Why enter the Offsite Construction Awards?

  • Benefit from free publicity within Offsite Construction Awards promotion.
  • All categories are free to enter.
  • Stand out as a leader in the industry.
  • Have your projects/companies assessed by a distinguished panel of industry experts and receive quality feedback and recognition for your outstanding work.
  • Receive a specially commissioned winner’s trophy – giving recognition to your staff and team that their hard work is acknowledged and rewarded by the industry.

For more information, please visit

The Concrete Centre provides material, design and construction guidance. Our aim is to enable all those involved in the design, use and performance of concrete to realise the potential of the material. The Concrete Centre provides published guidance, seminars, courses, online resources and industry research to the design community.

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The 4th Quadrant of Victory Square International Architectural Competition, Prague, Czech Republic

4th Quadrant of Victory Square Prague Competition
photo source : ONplan, photo: Libor Fojtík

4th Quadrant of Victory Square Prague Competition

An international two-round architectural competition under the title “4th Quadrant of Victory Square” was announced by the City of Prague and the site developer the Fourth Quadrant company. Leading architecture studios are encouraged to apply and design a mixed-use development of 100 000 m2 on Victory Square, Prague’s third largest public space, gateway to university campus and the centre of Prague 6 District.


City Of The Future Competition

No date confirmed as yet:

Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland

£10k Prize

City of the Future Design Competition Belfast
image from design contest organiser

City of the Future Urban Design Competition, Belfast

Take Back the City Coalition is launching an international competition for architects, planners and urban design consultants to submit a design to transform Belfast’s largest publicly owned site. With the potential for 950 gentle density homes in the area of highest social housing need in Belfast, entrants are being encouraged to submit design concepts to help transform the site formerly occupied by Mackies, once one of West Belfast’s largest employers.


The Drawing Board Competition

The Drawing Board is an international competition for architecture students held every year by Rohan Builders and Mindspace Architects.

What is The Drawing Board Competition?

The fundamental goal of this work is to provide a platform for students to grasp the crucial role played by architecture in determining the way communities grow. It was conceived as an attempt to provide architectural students with real-world design issues in real-world settings.

There are two phases to the competition. Students are required to submit their design presentations online in the first phase. In the second stage, the top eight entries, as determined by a panel of judges, are given the opportunity to present themselves in person to an architectural jury. Soumitra Ghosh, Naresh Medappa, Bijoy Ramachandran, Rahul Kadri, Sanjay Patil, Prasanna Desai, Rahul Gore, Takaharu Tezuka, Bijoy Jain, Neelkanth Chhaya, Peter Stutchbury, and Rupali Gupte have all been a part of this initiative in the previous years.

Response to this competition in the last six years has been very inspiring, with over 5000+ students registering from 500+ colleges from 40+ countries, including India. To learn more about us, please visit or follow us on Instagram at

Why do we do this?

Thoughtful and sensitive architecture has been the soul of all our delivered projects. The goodwill and credibility that ROHAN has built over the past 29 years has been heavily dependent on all our architects. With this initiative, we intend to do our bit to facilitate and encourage young minds in the field of architecture and shall always remain grateful to everyone for their support.

TDB 2022

This year’s design challenge is in honour of Ar. Charles Correa, an architect who is known across the globe.

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YAC Competition

YAC Competitions


Arquine Competition No.23 Pavilion

Arquine Competition MEXTÓPOLI 2021 Pavilion

Arquine Competition 2021

Arquine call out for design of a meeting point in the public space, keeping a safe distance.

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Architecture Competitions 2020 Archive

Past Architecture Competitions – selection:

Q-Village Architecture Competition

Photodemic Architecture Photography Competition

Central City Square of Rahovec Architecture Competition

Camden Highline Architecture Competition

Winter Pavilion London Architecture Competition

eVolo 2021 Skyscraper Competition

eVolo Magazine invite architects, students, engineers, designers, and artists from around the globe to take part in the 2021 Skyscraper Competition. Established in 2006, the annual Skyscraper Competition is one of the world’s most prestigious awards for high-rise architecture.

eVolo 2021 Skyscraper Competition

eVolo 2021 Skyscraper Competition

Alternate Realities 2020 Architecture Competition

Render Battle Architecture Competition


Architecture Competitions Links

Architectural Contests – links to cyclical architectural competitions:

24h competition
24H Competition

eVolo Skyscraper Design Competition
eVolo Skyscraper Architecture Competitions

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

Major Architecture Awards

Stirling Prize

Pritzker Prize architects

World Architecture Festival Awards

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London Architecture Competitions

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