Call for Ideas: RE School 2018 Architecture Competition

The world is growing at a break-neck speed today and with rapid urbanization, information and technology, it is demanding a constantly changing human intellect. To face these transformations, the upcoming generations need to be moulded in a way that they can cope efficiently with the variations. Education can help initiate this change by altering the mindsets and outlook of people around the world.

Over the last decades, education has evolved into a vital necessity for people belonging to all facets of the ever-changing world. An important agent of social change, education not only helps in molding young minds with values but also guides their intellectual development and boosts the society’s potential for its own progressive transformation. Education can help in the eradication of many social evils such as poverty, poor health, scarcity of food and water, pollution and other stigmas.


UNICEF, with its campaign ‘Education for All’, aims to educate 110 million children and help them find a school, making them capable to effectively face the burgeoning challenges of the changing world.

In spite of its significance, millions around the world lose the opportunity to learn, owing to inaccessible locations and lack of facilities, a situation that needs immediate attention and remediation. The agenda of providing the prospect of education to the isolated population needs to be prioritized in today’s day and age.


We believe that architecture and design can considerably help in rebuilding children’s lives around the world by bringing education closer to them. Spaces have a great impact on the lives of the people that inhabit them and by designing one that impart education, millions of children can be benefited. It is our responsibility as designers to redefine our role in the process of tackling social issues using design as a primary tool.

The participants are to design a multifunctional educational space to accommodate a capacity of 200 students from the age group of 5 to 11 years. These spaces should also function as an interactive space for the local community post-school hours.

The chosen site should be in a region where education is inaccessble. The built up area of the school should not exceed 500 square metres.

The designed spaces should be innovative, encourage learning for children as well as strengthen the communal spirit. The space should incite a healthy dialogue among-st the local communities. These spaces can work in unison during school hours or after. Thus, enhancing the social development.

We encourage the participants to develop their own program. The spaces designed should not be limited to the standard activities viz. educational spaces, sanitary and administrative areas; the designs should promote innovative activities that stimulate accelerated learning and development.

The competition aims to focus on architecture and infrastructure as an instrument of social change.

Jury Panel

Paulo Afonso
Paulo Vale Afonso Architecture Studio
Porto, Portugal

Hellmut Raff
Ackermann+Raff GmbH & Co. KG

Team TAM Associati
TAM Associati

Jun Sekino
JUN SEKINO Architect and Design

Taku Hibino

Hoang Thuc Hao


Prizes of total USD 4000, broken down as follows:

  • 1st Prize: USD 2000 + Certificate + Trophies + Publication 
  • 2nd Prize: USD 1200 + Certificate+ Trophies + Publication 
  • 3rd Prize: USD 800 + Certificate+ Trophies + Publication 
  • 10 Honorable mentions: Certificates

Winners and Honourable Mentions will be published on Volume Zero website and several international architecture and design magazines.

To show our appreciation, all the participants would receive participation certificate.

  • Title

    Call for Ideas: RE School 2018 Architecture Competition
  • Type

    Competition Announcement (Ideas)
  • Website

  • Organizers

    Volume Zero
  • Registration Deadline

    January 15, 2019 11:59 PM
  • Submission Deadline

    January 25, 2019 11:59 PM
  • Price

    Early Bird Registration: Participants from India - INR 2000 (per team) Participants from Other Countries - USD 75 (per team) Standard Registration: Participants from India - INR 2800 (per team) Participants from Other Countries - USD 95 (per team)

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Cite: "Call for Ideas: RE School 2018 Architecture Competition" 18 Nov 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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