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Hello Wood Announces Open Call for Team Leaders for Its Summer School

14:00 - 10 April, 2016
Hello Wood Announces Open Call for Team Leaders for Its Summer School, © Tamás Bujnovszky
© Tamás Bujnovszky

Budapest-based Hello Wood has announced an open call for team-leaders to participate in its award-winning summer school from July 14-22, 2016. The eight day Project Village program focuses on envisioning a design for a “new village model,” and then on building the imagined projects. The 2015 program brought together academics and students from more than 30 countries and 25 universities. This year, Project Village is looking for experienced architects, designers and artists to join the team in western Hungary, only two hours away from the capital.

The theme for the 2016 program is “Settling: The Rituals of Arrival,” which will explore the ways communities make themselves feel at home. Participants will be asked to build “a place of arrival, permanence, and connection," exploring in their designs the architectural aspects of settling, what makes a place feel like home, and the roles of hosts and guests.

Open Call: Drawing of the Year 2015

14:00 - 27 September, 2015
Open Call: Drawing of the Year 2015, First prize, Drawing of the Year 2014: Olga Krukovskaya, Russia. Image via Aarhus School of Architecture
First prize, Drawing of the Year 2014: Olga Krukovskaya, Russia. Image via Aarhus School of Architecture

Aarhus School of Architecture, schmidt hammer lassen architects, VOLA, and the Danish Arts Foundation have announced their collaborative competition, entitled Drawing of the Year 2015, which calls for imaginative student drawings, and aims to “celebrate the oldest tool of architects.”

Students worldwide are invited to submit drawings “that inspire, communicate, and engage” with the theme of Sustainability Through Architecture. Thus, drawings “should focus on sustainability and architecture’s ambition to take an active part in the change of our society,” and “should address architecture’s ability to contribute to a sustainable environment on all scales—concepts, utopias, buildings, landscapes, and cities.”

Modernism Memorial: A Funerary Monument for the Death of Modernism

16:00 - 26 September, 2015
Courtesy of Archstudies.gr
Courtesy of Archstudies.gr

Archstudies.gr and DeCorbuziers, in partnership with the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens, have announced their international student competition to design a conceptual funerary monument for the death of Modernism.

With this year marking the 50th anniversary of Le Corbusier’s death, the team of organizations is seeking “contemporary interpretations concerning multidisciplinary approaches over Modernism and specifically over Le Corbusier’s work, while [exploring] possible themes and directions of the memorial representation” in present day. Designs should emphasize commentary, rather than a tribute to Le Corbusier.

2016 Berkeley Prize Now Open

14:10 - 21 September, 2015
2016 Berkeley Prize Now Open, La Casa Permanent Supportive Housing / Studio Twenty Seven Architecture + Leo A Daly. Image Courtesy of AIA
La Casa Permanent Supportive Housing / Studio Twenty Seven Architecture + Leo A Daly. Image Courtesy of AIA

The 2016 Berkeley Prize is now open. Open to all undergraduate architecture students, the essay competition "strives to show architects-in-training that the smallest act of building has global implications: that design can and does play a major role in the social, cultural, and psychological life of both the individual and society at large." This year's competition theme is "Sheltering Those in Need: Architects Confront Homelessness." All initial submissions are due November 1, 2015. Essay semifinalists will be given the opportunity to apply for a travel fellowship. All the details, here

6th Annual ISARCH Awards is Open for Entries

16:00 - 5 September, 2015
6th Annual ISARCH Awards is Open for Entries, Last Year Finalist. Image Courtesy of ISARCH
Last Year Finalist. Image Courtesy of ISARCH

Open to any student of architecture or architect who has graduated within three years prior to their submission, the ISARCH Awards are international awards providing a platform for debate surrounding student solutions to architecture’s problems. The competition highlights avant-garde trends and recognizes new research emerging from university studies. By extending the traditional relationship of student to university, young people are encouraged to join the debate on architecture, contributing fresh new visions and opinions.

Open Call: Royal Exchange Design Competition for 2015 Graduates

06:00 - 21 August, 2015
Open Call: Royal Exchange Design Competition for 2015 Graduates , © The Royal Exchange
© The Royal Exchange

London-based architects Aukett Swanke, in partnership with the Royal Exchange and Oxford Properties, has announced its new competition for recent graduates to design six new market barrows located at The Royal Exchange in London. The deadline is September 11, so act fast!

TIMBER IN THE CITY: Urban Habitats Competition 2015/2016

16:00 - 18 June, 2015
TIMBER IN THE CITY: Urban Habitats Competition 2015/2016, © ACSA
© ACSA

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) is pleased to announce TIMBER IN THE CITY: Urban Habitats Competition for the 2015-2016 academic year. The student competition is a partnership between the Binational Softwood Lumber Council (BSLC), the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons The New School for Design (SCE).

The purpose of the Competition is to engage students to imagine the repurposing of our existing cities with sustainable buildings from renewable resources, offering expedient affordable construction, innovating with new and old wooden materials, and designing healthy living and working environments.

Open Call: AECOM's 2015 Urban SOS Student Competition

12:00 - 6 June, 2015
Open Call: AECOM's 2015 Urban SOS Student Competition, Courtesy of AECOM
Courtesy of AECOM

In collaboration with the Van Alen Institute and 100 Resilient Cities, AECOM has announced its international Urban SOS: All Systems Go competition for undergraduate and graduate students.

The competition “calls on multidisciplinary teams of students to envision more resilient food, water, and energy systems for supplying cities and regions today and in the future.” Teams should “identify an urban population facing the possibility of disruption to its food, energy, or water systems, and offer strategies that strengthen these systems’ ability to withstand future shocks or stresses, while also making them more efficient, equitable, and accessible to diverse populations.” All “proposals must be located in one of 67 cities that currently make up the 100 Resilient Cities network.”

Michelle Tianhui Chen Wins Robert A.M. Stern's 2015 RAMSA Travel Fellowship

19:00 - 8 May, 2015
Michelle Tianhui Chen Wins Robert A.M. Stern's 2015 RAMSA Travel Fellowship, Chen's travel plan. Image © Michelle Tianhui Chen
Chen's travel plan. Image © Michelle Tianhui Chen

Michelle Tianhui Chen, a Master's candidate at the Yale School of Architecture, has won Robert A.M. Stern Architects' $10,000 RAMSA Travel Fellowship. With the award, Chen will travel to India where she will study the architectural shift from a diverse fabric of expressive design languages to a politically and ethnically neutral vocabulary.

Hello Wood 2015: Project Village

17:00 - 3 May, 2015
Hello Wood 2015: Project Village, © Hello Wood
© Hello Wood

Hello Wood is looking for students and young architects, designers, and artists in their Project Village, its 2015 workshop and symposium held 11-19 July. Applications are due before the 16th of May.

This year’s event follows the success of Hello Wood’s workshop in the summer of 2014, which saw participation from over 120 architects, artists and designers from 25 countries. Project Village will examine the typology of the village and the means for its production, proposing new and more efficient methods of master planning and construction. Among the invited team leaders of Hello Wood 2015 are: the founder of Invisible Studio and Studio in the Woods, Piers Taylor; winner of ArchDaily’s Building of the Year 2014 award, Katsuya Fukushima; and founders of 72 Hour Urban Action architectural group. Open Call for students is available here.

Open Call: ITAD Competition Seeks Student Proposals for "Urban Smart Green Office"

15:15 - 30 April, 2015
Open Call: ITAD Competition Seeks Student Proposals for "Urban Smart Green Office", Singapore. Image © Flickr CC User Leonid Yaitskiy
Singapore. Image © Flickr CC User Leonid Yaitskiy

The Singapore Building and Construction Authority (BCA), together with Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) and Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) are jointly organizing the International Tropical Architecture Design Competition 2015 for Institutes of Higher Learning (ITAD Competition) for the fifth run this year. Themed “Urban Smart Green Office,” this year’s competition seeks for innovative and sustainable design entries that demonstrates the essentials and key constituents of a Smart Green Office Building in an urban city of participant's choice. The competition is open to tertiary students worldwide. Read on to learn more. 

Open Call: Inside 2015

17:00 - 15 March, 2015
Open Call: Inside 2015

Inside 2015 invites students and young professionals to submit a collection of their "inside" work comprised of up to three digital images. By submitting your work, we invite you to share your voice with the collective intelligence of a community of visual thinkers. The competition is open to all design disciplines including architects, interior designers, furniture designers, digital fabricators, graphic designers, lighting designers, product designers or any other creative field that creates for the inside. The competition is free to all entrants. Learn more, here

Canadian Team Takes First in Tirana Architecture Week's "Lost Architecture" Competition

01:00 - 18 January, 2015
Canadian Team Takes First in Tirana Architecture Week's "Lost Architecture" Competition, © Naiji Jiao & Seven Xiru Chen
© Naiji Jiao & Seven Xiru Chen

Presented by the Ministry of Culture of Albania and Tirana Architecture Week 2014, "Lost Architecture - [En]Visioning New City Squares" attracted international entries from students and practitioners under the age of forty alike. Designers were invited to submit proposals for the improvement of Pyramid Square in Albania's capital, Tirana, and tasked with reflecting the city's rich history and evolving identity.

Amongst the proposals received was one from a Canadian team comprised of architect Naiji Jiao and landscape architect Seven Xiru Chen, whose entry “The Pyramid Park" was awarded first place. Read more about the winning entry after the break.

CTBUH Announces Five Finalists in its Student Competition

00:00 - 11 September, 2014
CTBUH Announces Five Finalists in its Student Competition, © Alex Balchin Courtesy of CTBUH
© Alex Balchin Courtesy of CTBUH

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has announced five finalists in their 2014 Student Design Competition, which asked entrants to respond to the theme of "sustainable verticle urbanism" in order to "shed new light on the meaning and value of tall buildings in modern society."

"There has been a major transition in the sense of the value of the tall building and what it can contribute to the urban realm, and society in general," said former Competition Jury Chair William Pedersen of Kohn Pedersen Fox. "This transition moves the tall building away from just an instrument of financial exploitation and toward a development highly concerned with its impact on the city, the environment, and the urban habitat."

The winner of the competition will be announced at a special judging session as part of the CTBUH's 2014 Shanghai Conference which begins on Tuesday. Read on after the break for all the finalists.

© Mikela Marques, Michael Dawson, and Clara Senatore Courtesy of CTBUH © Hong Seob Ahn Courtesy of CTBUH © Ran Song, Mengyu Li, Chengxing Hou, and Qian Zhang Courtesy of CTBUH © Matthew Humphreys Courtesy of CTBUH +13

Winners Named for 2013-2014 Steel Design Student Competition: Border Crossing

01:00 - 29 August, 2014
Winners Named for 2013-2014 Steel Design Student Competition: Border Crossing, Donovan Dunkley, Vail Nuguid & Alexia Sanchezm, City College of New York. Image Courtesy of Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
Donovan Dunkley, Vail Nuguid & Alexia Sanchezm, City College of New York. Image Courtesy of Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture

In Borders: A Very Short Introduction, Hagan Diener writes, "…every border has a story. Every line on a map, every maker in the landscape, was derived from some complex negation of power and culture." It is this potency of meaning that makes the physical and conceptual border such a fascinating site. The 2013-2014 ACSA administered and AISC sponsored Steel Design Student Competition challenged students to design a border crossing station addressing the complex factors of cross-border relationships, using structural steel as the primary material. Learn more about the competition and the winning projects after the break.

Donovan Dunkley, Vail Nuguid & Alexia Sanchezm, City College of New York. Image Courtesy of Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Kyle Marren, Ryerson University. Image Courtesy of Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Jorge Cornet, Adam Schroth & Thomas Soldiviero, Catholic University of America. Image Courtesy of Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Donovan Dunkley, Vail Nuguid & Alexia Sanchezm, City College of New York. Image Courtesy of Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture +19

Inaugural Global Schindler Award Registration Now Open: Mobility in Shenzhen

01:00 - 13 August, 2014
Inaugural Global Schindler Award Registration Now Open: Mobility in Shenzhen , Courtesy of Global Schindler Award
Courtesy of Global Schindler Award

The Global Schindler Award is a new competition for students that will explore questions about universal mobility and access amidst rapid globalization and urbanization. In its inaugural year, a real site in Shenzhen – a booming commercial and industrial area adjacent to Hong Kong – has been chosen as the subject of the urban design proposals. Entrants are being asked to re-imagine the city as an inclusive urban environment and will be vying for portions of the $150,000 prize fund.

Submit Your Unbuilt Work to Pinup 2014!

01:00 - 2 June, 2014
Submit Your Unbuilt Work to Pinup 2014! , Courtesy of The Morpholio Project
Courtesy of The Morpholio Project

Our friends at The Morpholio Project have just announced that submissions are open for Pinup 2014 - a free competition for students and young professionals to submit up to three digital images of their studio, 3D-printed, or unbuilt work. All work should acknowledge the existence of technology and question why/how "we harness it as designers." The guest jury includes participants from Fast Company, Metropolis Magazine, Columbia GSAPP, and even our very own Editor-in-Chief, David Basulto. Learn how to apply after the break!

UN-Habitat Announces Winners of Mass Housing Competition

01:00 - 24 April, 2014
UN-Habitat Announces Winners of Mass Housing Competition, The entry by Team Render for Homs, Syria. Image Courtesy of Render (Marwa Al-Sabouni & Khaled Komee)
The entry by Team Render for Homs, Syria. Image Courtesy of Render (Marwa Al-Sabouni & Khaled Komee)

A universal problem facing cities worldwide today is mass social housing. This issue manifests differently in different places: in some cases, housing built on modernist principles has proven unsustainable and socially problematic; in others, the challenge is to replace informal construction with safe, universal housing schemes -- without repeating the mistakes of modernism.

To address these issues, UN Habitat launched a student competition in September to provide designs for local, specific social housing solutions for cities around the globe. We've collected the winners in the overall competition, as well as some of our favorites from the 6 regional and 38 national winners, after the break.