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Architecture Competitions 2020

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

e-architect list the latest architecture tenders and requests for architectural services around the World.

Architecture Tenders

Architecture Competitions, chronological:

International Design Competition for Library; SONGDO International City, S. Korea

The target is this design competition 「The Library of SONGDO International City」 is a key indicator to carry out the purpose of Incheon-city which orients ‘An International City of Northeast Asia to the World’ and is an important challenge to expand the cultural infrastructure of the local residents.

December 31, 2020: registration deadline

February 22, 2021: submission deadline

Language: English, Korean
Location: Concept
Prizes: Yes
Type: Open

International Design Competition for Library; SONGDO International City

Belgrade Concert Hall Design Competition 2020, Serbia

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP Serbia) hereby invites interested bidders to submit their application for prequalification for the Design competition and subsequent full design services for the Belgrade concert hall.

Belgrade Concert Hall Design Competition

More details on the applicable procedure, as well as on how to participate and submit application, are available on the following link:

Detailed requirements are listed in the Invitation to Prequalification (ITP) document available on UNDP ATLAS e-Tendering system ( Event ID: 0000007687, under the Business Unit: SRB10.

Your application should be submitted in accordance with the ITP requirements, through the UNDP ATLAS eTendering system and by the deadline indicated in the above Event. In case of any discrepancies, the deadline indicated in the eTendering system shall prevail.

UNDP looks forward to receiving your application and appreciates your interest to participate in UNDP procurement opportunities.

Belgrade Concert Hall Design Competition

Façade Design Ideas Competition for RTS Link Bukit Chagar Station

A sum of RM 250,000 awaits the first prize winner of the RTS Link Station Façade Design Ideas Competition whose façade design may be adopted for the future Bukit Chagar RTS Link Station of the Rapid Transit System Link (RTS Link) between Johor Bahru and Singapore.

RTS Link Station Façade Design Competition 2020

RTS Link Station Façade Design Competition 2020

arch8 studio Design Competition 2020

Being designers and architects, we are well aware of the equipment and stationary we require and the challenge of keeping them in place. The different types of pens and highlighters, rulers, dividers, portfolios, sheet holders, laptops and what not.

And well, the truth is, organising things is one of the most difficult tasks for an architect/designer.

And this is what the challenge is all about.

arch8 studio competition 2020

30 November 2020: registration deadline

5 December 2020: submission deadline

arch8 studio Design Competition 2020


PLAY is a design competition with the aim of generating interactive, modular and dynamic furniture prototypes for children up to the age of 10. Furniture for children should be a reflection of their personality and must be more than just a functional entity for them. The furniture should have an innate sculptural quality that could stimulate a child’s creativity and imagination.

Archasm Play Design Competition 2020

31 December 2020: standard registration deadline

9 February 2021: late registration deadline

10 February 2021: submission deadline

Archasm Play Design Competition 2020

Re-use Grottole Church Competition, Grottole, Matera, Basilicata, southern Italy

The third edition of the contest Re-use Italy: an International Architecture Competition on the reuse of the Fallen-church of Grottole, Matera, Italy.

Re-use Italy’s 3rd edition concerns The Fallen-church, a XVI century abandoned church in the village of Grottole, and participants are asked to turn this space in a concert hall.

Reuse the Fallen Church, Chiesa Diruta Grottole, Matera Italy

12 March 2021: submission deadline

Total prizes: €4000 EUR

Submission: 1xA1 sheet

Re-use Grottole Church Design Competition

YAC Competition

YAC Competition

Winter Stations Competition 2020

YAC Competition

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.

Prima Competition

28 Feb 2021: deadline

Prima Competition 2020

PRIMA competition is an invitation to explore micro architecture as a bridge between design, art and architecture – using 3 materials – stone, concrete and steel.

PRIMA competition is launched by Groupe CB, under the artistic direction of micro-architecture-studio Atelier 37.2 – who signed the first 2 works.

Prima Competition

Thamesmead Waterfront Competition, England, UK

25 November 2020 – 12 noon : Deadline for Stage 1 submissions

International competition to find masterplanners for Thamesmead Waterfront

With approximately 2km of river frontage, Thamesmead Waterfront has the ability to deliver a new concept for waterfront living that is accessible, inclusive and productive. Surrounded by a richness of green spaces and a natural environment, the site is expected to include a strong retail, commercial and leisure offer as well as a substantial number of new homes, of all tenures.

Thamesmead Waterfront Competition

Render of the Year award

Render of the Year Award
image courtesy of architects

November 23, 2020 : Early Registration Ends

December 31, 2020 : Regular Registration Ends

January 2, 2021 11:59 pm EST : Submission Deadline

Render of the Year award

Render Battle Architecture Competition

Renderings have been an architect’s greatest medium to convey a design. It is the art of creating images that highlight the best attributes of an architectural design. Architectural renderings can take many forms – digital collages, hand sketches, perspectives, illustrations, drawings, realistic renders etc.

Render Battle Architecture Competition

November 5, 2020 – Registration Deadline

November 10, 2020 – Submission Deadline

Render Battle Architecture Competition

Micro Nation Challenge 3 Inhabit Competition

Registration deadline: 25 November 2020

Submission deadline: 30 November 2020

A challenge to design a small living unit for stray animals (dogs, cats, cows etc.) at street level, where there is facility of dumping your leftovers and vegetable peels for stray animals.

Cash prize worth INR 12,000.

Micro Nation Challenge 3 Inhabit Competition

Floating House Ideas Contest

Floating House Concursos AG360 Competition

A floating house prototype (FLOATING HOUSE) will be conceptualized, which functions as an independent element and that, thanks to its shape, can be formed into a set of 10 units, adding value to the natural environment:

Floating House Ideas Competition

Leeds City Square Redevelopment Competition, England, UK

The competition is seeking a multi-disciplinary design team to redevelop Leeds City Square and create a world class and vibrant piece of inclusive public realm, which responds positively to the city’s diverse population, cultural richness and to the city’s climate change ambitions.

Leeds City Square Redevelopment Competition

Architecture Competition for Q-Village, Guangzhou, China

Gangtou Village, Huadu District, Guangzhou, China
photo © Guangdong Hengguang Investment Co., Ltd.

Join-in the revival of the village with the power of design, discover lost cultural memories in the continuation of rural life and aesthetics, and rebuild the confidence of rural culture.

Q-Village Architecture Competition

Photodemic Architecture Photography Competition 2020

Photodemic Architecture Photography Competition

Archue – A complete Architecture Platform presents ‘PHOTO DEMIC Architecture Photography Competition’. Capturing the journey of spaces through Pandemic.

Photodemic Architecture Photography Competition

LIS x Jacobs Challenge: Reinvent your High street

Do you want to: access and receive mentoring from one of the world’s top engineering firms, get behind-the-scenes of London’s top strategic body, shadow the work being done on billion pound regeneration projects, and present your winning idea to senior professionals?


All over the UK, urban centres are being revived and regenerated. In light of Covid-19, the pressure is on to build more, better, faster, and cheaper than ever before. But any attempt to change the urban landscape is a highly complex process. Can the traditional high street be reimagined through these neighbourhood regeneration initiatives, or will they be left behind?

The London Interdisciplinary School has teamed up with Jacobs and the Greater London Authority (GLA)  to host an exciting competition around the future of cities. If you’re interested in sustainability, urban design, engineering, social change, architecture, or wellbeing, then this is the challenge for you.


There are two challenges to choose from: Either re-design your local neighbourhood centre, or consider the effects regeneration efforts would have on an icon high street like Oxford Street. You can submit a written response or a visual piece to either of the challenges. The judging panel will be choosing a winner from each challenge, as well as runners up.

The prize

Our judging panel will select two winners (one from each challenge) as well as runners up.

Both winners will be invited to present their ideas to senior members of Jacobs and the GLA Regeneration team. They will be offered remote mentoring sessions with a senior member of the Jacobs team. COVID-19 permitting, the winners will also be invited to London to shadow Jacobs, the Meridian Water project, and projects led through GLA’s London Recovery High Street Mission.


The challenge is aimed at those aged 16-20, but open to anyone.

The submission deadline is the 30th of September- don’t miss your chance!

Find out more, including how to enter, see LIS x Jacobs Challenge

International Design Competition for Central City Square of Rahovec, Kosovo, Europe

Central City Square of Rahovec Design Competition

Central City Square of Rahovec Architecture Competition

Camden Highline Competition, London, UK

Camden Disused Railway London

A competition to find a design team that can deliver a stunning design for the Camden Highline, a new park and linear walk linking London’s Camden Town to King’s Cross, on a disused railway viaduct.

Camden Highline Architecture Competition

Radical Urban Intervention

November 25, 2020 – Registration deadline

November 30, 2020 – Submission deadline

Registration fee: Free

Radical Urban Intervention Competition 2020

Radical Urban Intervention Competition

Urban Adaptation Architects’ Competition

Urban Adaptation Architects' Competition 2020

Buildings are static. They serve the purpose they have been designed for. But when cities grow and the needs of the community change, this becomes a problem. Modular construction with engineered wood products like Kerto LVL are the solution, because they enable adaptable, sustainable and cost competitive designs. It is time to provide solutions to the changing needs of our cities. Time to create an urban adaptation.

Urban Adaptation Architects’ Competition

Visual Art Gallery Florence Architecture Competition, Italy

The participants must address the questions whether art should be just a visual object in an architectural space or it should be the part of the concept. Should this distinction be merged/blurred?

Standard registration – 1 September 2020 – 31 October 2020

Late registration – 1 November 2020 – 29 November 2020

Submission deadline – 30 November 2020

Visual Art Gallery Florence Architecture Competition

Winter Pavilion London Competition

Winter Pavilion London Competition

The objective of this competition, Winter Pavilion London, is to create a multi-usage pavilion in the emblematic Hyde Park that can connect people, nature and architecture. The pavilion should celebrate and capture the essence of winter landscape by hosting different activities that would invigorate the zone.

Prizes worth EUR 2500 are up for claim with the distribution

Standard registration – 1 September 2020 – 31 October 2020

Late registration – 1 November 2020 – 29 November 2020

Submission deadline – 30 November 2020

Winter Pavilion London Architecture Competition

Tubądzin Design Awards

The 3rd edition of Tubądzin Design Awards is an international competition for architects, designers and students. They appreciate your commitment and inspiring ideas. TDA is a chance to unleash the creative potential of architects and designers.

Tubądzin Design Awards 2020

Tubądzin Design Awards 2020

Bcome 2020 Architecture Competition

2020 Bcome International Ideas Competition

Busan is the second-largest city in South Korea and is also famous for the Busan International Film Festival.

This year, the ‘2020 Busan Architecture Festival’ will host the “2020 Bcome International Ideas Competition for community Housing Model Proposal:

2020 Bcome International Ideas Competition

Architecture Competition for Suncheon New City Hall, South Korea

Suncheon New City Hall Architecture Competition

The competition is organized by Korea Institute of Architects.

The site for New Cityhall is seated in the general commercial region , Jeollanam-do, Suncheon-si, Jangmyeong-ro 30, S. Korea. The area of the site for competition is 31,783㎡. Total Floor Area : New Cityhall 47,000㎡, Culture station 11,995 ㎡

– Registration to September 29 2020

– Submission by 17:00 (UTC +09) December 4 (Fri), 2020

– Main Review (First) December 9 (Wed), 2020
– Main Review (Second) December 14 (Mon), 2020

Architecture Competition for Suncheon New City Hall

Future offices Architecture Competition

Future offices Architecture Competition

In the wake of Coronavirus – which has changed the way we work and how we commute to those packed spaces full of people – we consider working from home or visiting the office on alternate days.

With the growth of large, complex organizations such as the Royal Navy and the East India Company in the 18th century, the first purpose-built office spaces were constructed.

Japanese businesses have set themselves apart from their American counterparts by implementing different techniques in the way they handle business.

Future offices Architecture Competition

Open International Competition for development concept of Gorky Central Park, Siberia, Russia

Gorky Central Park Krasnoyarsk Competition

This architectural competition is initiated by RUSAL, one of the world’s largest aluminum suppliers. The renovation of Gorky Central Park in Krasnoyarsk is to be one of several large-scale integrated public space development initiatives that RUSAL is supporting in the cities where it has a presence.

Application submission is open until September 24 at The competition itself will have two stages and will end on December 15. The competition is open to Russian and foreign professional organizations in the field of the integrated development of territories and urban planning, architecture, design, elaboration of concepts for the development of public spaces, and master planning, provided that they operate in Russia.

Each team that makes it to the final stage will receive 900,000 rubles. In the final vote, the judges will pick the winner of the competition, who will receive an additional 1,800,000 rubles; the second place finalist will receive 1,000,000 rubles; and the third place finalist, 500,000 rubles.

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

November 17, 2020 – Early registration deadline

January 26, 2021 – Late registration deadline

February 9, 2021 – Project submission deadline (23:59 hours US Eastern Time)

eVolo 2021 Skyscraper Competition

Open Call – Alternate Realities 2020

Nov 25, 2020 – Registration Deadline

Nov 30, 2020 – Submission Deadline

Alternate Realities 2020 Architecture Competition

This design competition exists in an Alternate Reality. You make the rules in this realm. Does gravity exist? Do humans live on Earth? How far has technology advanced? You decide!

The aim of this competition is to explore wild design ideas – what architecture truly means and what it can achieve without any constraints.

First Prize: $1,000
Second Prize: $600
Third Prize: $400

Fee: $45

Alternate Realities 2020 Architecture Competition

Open Call – 2A Continental Architectural Awards 2020

The 2A Continental Architectural Awards (2ACAA) has been primarily structured and designed to acknowledge and recognize the noteworthy contributions of individuals and organizations in the field of Architecture worldwide. Organised by 2A magazine:

2A Continental Architectural Awards 2020

Re-imagining Stations Competition

International competition to shape the future of Britain’s railway stations.

The competition will provide architects, engineers and designers the chance to improve the travel experience for the millions of passengers who use Britain’s railway, and leave a lasting legacy on station design.

It is run by Network Rail and RIBA Competitions:

Network Rail Re-imagining Stations Competition

Vietnam Ricefield Lodge international architecture competition, South East Asia

Vietnam Ricefield Lodge Design Competition

These days are complicated but, in spite of this difficulty we believe that a great opportunity may arise. The reTHINKING competitions team together with Fran Silvestre arquitectos and Luciano Kruk, is very happy to announce the new launch of the international competition # 023 VIETNAM RICEFIELD LODGE.

Vietnam Ricefield Lodge architecture competition

Alphabet For The Future

Alphabet For The Future architecture competition 2020

A new curatorial initiative by Matteo Cainer Architects, an international OPEN CALL to all Architecture Graduates of 2020, to imagine and sketch a new extraordinary world capable of transforming the pandemic crisis into an opportunity to foster new lines of thinking, innovation and research. Envisioning radical strategies and alternative behavioural models for the future of our cities will provide an opportunity to question our current mode of living and create a new resilient global narrative.

Alphabet For The Future Architecture Competition

Architectural Poetry Competition Series, 2nd Cycle

Architectural Poetry Competition Series 2020

Architectural Poetry Competition Series, 2nd Cycle is the seventh initiative of the Architectural Journalism & Criticism Organization, India founded by architect Pappal Suneja to spread awareness about this subject and sow the seeds of inspiration to explore and write about Architecture and allied fields from a lyrical perspective. The Theme for the Series 1.0 in this cycle is Responsive Poems.

Architectural Poetry Competition Series

“Conversations about Climate Change” Design Competition

Supported by the Department for International Development, the Timber Trade Federation has launched a “Conversations about Climate Change” design competition.

“Conversations about Climate Change” is a specially commissioned design competition, exhibition, and events series providing a platform for urgent climate debates.

Conversations about Climate Change Design Competition

Novità Italia: Advancing Responsible Design For A Better Future

The contest invites individual designers, studios, and production companies working in design and architecture to submit sustainable, ethical, responsible and creative designs for consideration. The winner will receive 3 free months of international press service. Participation in the contest is free of charge. For Novità Italia, this project is a declaration of love to our gracious host, Mother Earth.

Novità Italia Design Competition 2020

Novità Italia: Advancing Responsible Design For A Better Future

Street City Vietnam Design Competition

Vietnam after second world war faced a series of battles lead by their leader Ho Chi Minh for decades. This was to free the country from Japan, and subsequently the French Colonization. Their freedom struggle from foreign colonization was successful in 1986. The country had been through a turmoil for decades and was in a state of great disparity. After 1986, Economic and political reforms under Đổi Mới, launched in 1986 itself, transformed the country’s economic status for the following years.
The Fishing and seafood industry expanded dramatically after the reforms and its historical importance were evidently visible in the number of employees directly or indirectly involved with the industry.
The economic and population growth, has fueled an increase in consumption of fish in Vietnam. Subsequently, it raised demand for an increase in production as well, ultimately leading to intensive methods of fish farming.

Amidst the struggle for mass production using synthetic farming and export, the local fishermen are perishing to make a living and sustain.
The produce from aquaculture in Vietnam is much more than the local produce, and the competitive market demand has subdued the local vendors. Although traditional methods still prevail and attract tourists, the disparity in demand of naturally grown fish has denied them a modern infrastructure in urban areas. The street market culture is thriving in Vietnam, yet the infrastructure for same has not been explored.
Brief: The challenge here is to design, an open seafood market infrastructure to house the local sellers and rejuvenate the street market culture through physical structures. It would also act as an avenue for tourists making it a part of public space fabric.

Registration Ends: 26th Oct, 2020
Submission Deadline: 10th Nov, 2020
Result Announcement: 31st Dec, 2020

Prize pool of worth 22,000$
First Prize: 5000$ (For students and professionals)
Runner Up: 6 x 1300$ (For students and professionals)
People’s Choice: 4 x 500$ (Open for all)
Honorable Mention x 12: 600$ Each

Street City Vietnam Design Competition

Museum of Design Oslo Contest

Design is born out of our desire to elevate our experiences, both practically and emotionally. Design encourages us to explore and experiment, and thus transcend into an improved world. Human ability to use design as an expressive system and a process to develop solutions is evident all the way from primitive times. Despite its diversity w.r.t to different areas of intervention, design is omnipresent and invisible.

Museum of Design Oslo Competition by Switch

Museum of Design Oslo Architecture Competition

Architecture Thesis Of The Year Competition

– an international architecture thesis competition that aims to extend appreciation to the tireless effort and exceptional creativity of student thesis in the fields of Architecture, Urban Design, Landscape and Restoration. We seek to encourage young talent in bringing their path breaking ideas to the forefront on a global scale.

Architecture Thesis Of The Year Competition

Architecture Thesis Of The Year 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

WAF / PechaKucha ‘Isolation Transformed’ Design Competition

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

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.

See our events page for more details – top navigation bar

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

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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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