ArchDaily Innovation Challenge - Innovative Workplaces

A better workplace can foster better social dynamics, more creativity, an increase on production, and of course, improve the quality of life of the ones using it on a daily basis.

We have partnered with HP to recognize the projects that are pushing the boundaries in this area, creating remarkable spaces for work, and also to foster experimentation among students to think about the workplace of the future.

We have therefore divided the competition into two categories: for professionals and for students.

Architects from around the world are invited to submit their recently completed workplace projects. The jury will award entries that are able to demonstrate innovations in this area in the form of sketches or diagrams.

Use your power of synthesis to show us why your project introduces innovation to the workplace!

Students from around the world are invited to design an innovative workplace within a given generic floor of office space. This constrain will force students to operate on actual market conditions.

Unleash your imagination within a delimited space to show us how innovation can be made possible in today’s structures, to foster tomorrow’s ideas!

Schedule, eligibility, prizes, and general rules after the break.

Competition Schedule

  • Competition Launch/Submission Start: June 5th Noon EST
  • Submission Ends: June 20th Midnight EST
  • Review period: 21st- 23rd
  • Voting Phase Start: June 24th Noon EST
  • Voting Phase Ends: July 1st Midnight EST


  • There are no nationality-related constraints. Any architect or architecture student can participate
  • Neither the Promoter of the competition, Assessor/s engaged for the competition nor any of their associates, partner or employee shall compete, assist a competitor or act as an architect or joint architect for the competition project.


Prizes will vary depending on the category and how the winner was selected:

  • Professionals

- HP expert´s choice: HP DesignJet T920 + USD2,500

- People´s choice: HP DesignJet T120 + US 1,500

  • Students

- HP expert´s choice: HP DesignJet T120 + USD 1,000

- People´s choice: HP DesignJet T120

HP will deliver the printer to the country where the winner resides, or any other country he/she chooses. In case the selected country has custom constraints (e.g. Irak, Cuba, Russia) HP is responsible for the shipping of the product but it cannot guarantee its delivery. HP will cover the cost of the product, freights, duty, and any other logistic cost BUT NOT local custom agents in countries that require it.


The jury will be conformed by a group of renowned architects that are part of the HPDesignjet Experts.

General rules

  • Submissions must be made using the dedicated page for this purpose, in digital form. No hardcopies will be required. No entries will be received via email or other electronic methods. If you have any issues uploading your entry you must contact
  • A Question about the rules or the process must be submitted to
  • Competitor may be requested to submit a proof of qualification regarding the authorship of the project for professional entries, or school enrollment (undergrad/postgrad) in the case of student entries.
  • Contacting the jury is prohibited.
  • ArchDaily reserves the right to disqualify entries that do not comply with the rules at any point with no previous warning.

Rules for Professional entries

  • Professionals are invited to submit a completed project of their authorship
  • Projects must have been completed (built) after January 1st, 2011
  • Collective projects can be submitted, but only one prize will be given to each awarded entry
  • Offices can submit as many projects as they want, each as a separate submission
  • Buildings and interiors can be submitted, but judges will only focus on the actual workplace space
  • The submissions consists of four parts: a) one (1) general image of the project in JPG/PNG format, hi-res (up to 10mb) b) one (1) image or PDF containing sketches, diagrams or other types of drawings that illustrate the workplace innovation (it can be a composition that includes serveral drawings but it can weight up to 10mb) c) data sheet of the project d) a written description that includes the innovative aspects of the project (up to 400 words).
  • In short: Use your power of synthesis to show us why your project introduces innovation to the workplace!

Rules for Student entries

  • Students are invited to submit original ideas of their authorship for a proposed workplace.
  • Students must use the given floor plan and axonometric as the base for their project, being free to apply any representation technique on top of it.
  • For the purpose of the competition, please assume all all four facades are glass, with no specific orientation or location (which must be made clear by the contestant).
  • Structural elements of the plan cannot be altered (columns, vertical cores).
  • The project cannot extend outside of the façade.
  • Submission will consist of a) one (1) floorplan in JPG, PNG or PDF format (10mb max), and b) one (1) interior view in JPG or PNG format (10mb max) and a written project description (up to 400 words)
  • Multiple entries can be submitted, as separate submissions
  • Collective projects can be submitted, but only one prize will be given to each awarded entry.
  • In short: Unleash your imagination within a delimited space to show us how innovation can be made possible in today’s structures for tomorrow’s ideas!

Copyright & Right of ownership:

  • Each competitor shall retain Copyright in his own competition design.
  • Each competitor shall retain the right of reproduction of his own competition design.
  • By submitting their work, competitors authorize ArchDaily and HP to display their projects on the competition website, their own websites, on banners and social media channels, newsletters, and other promotional material.

Submit your entry right now here!

About this author
Cite: Sebastian Jordana. "ArchDaily Innovation Challenge - Innovative Workplaces " 17 Jun 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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