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6 awesome design competitions you shouldn’t miss out on the summer of 2020

With summer right around the corner why not enter different design competitions during your free time? For all of those students, recent graduates, and architects around the world looking for ways to build a reputation and collect accolades to put you on the forefront of potential hires, here’s your chance! Even though COVID-19 has been on our heads for the past few months, its time to put your architecture gears in motion and work on ways to address the question of sustainability.

The impact of globalization and developments around the world are also putting our livelihoods at risk, so why not seek for ways to help minimize the negative effect we are generating and take these design competitions as an opportunity to help out. Here are 6 competitions we’d think you would be interested in and could help you reach your maximum potential as an architect!

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As you are aware, COVID-19 has put society in a situation that will be devastating to the economy. Many expect it to be worse than the financial collapse of 2008.  So, the challenge for this competition is to submit a project which proposes a way in which the economy of a particular region or city can be revived after the damage left by the outbreak. What you must do is choose a specific sector you want to dive into and then decide which social issue you aim to solve. This is an opportunity for you and up to four people to join forces and see how you can tackle this issue.

Registration Deadline:  Tuesday, Jul 21, 2020
Submission Deadline:  Monday, Aug 10, 2020

2. Call for Submissions: Sustainable Revolution

Amidst the global pandemic we are facing, Zuecca Projects are organizing a competition open to designers and engineers. Their hope is to see the works of motived designers with a vision to come up with sustainable solutions to inspire audiences on a global scale. The submission deadlines for this competition is coming up very soon, so if you have time in the next couple of days to compile your work and write a brief English descriptions that details the sustainable aspect of your project, do so now!

Zuecca Projects
Register/Submit Deadline:  Sunday, Jun 21, 2020

3. WARMING Architecture Competition

I’m sure you have seen the Hollywood thrillers which present global disasters in a startling way. Well, this competition is somewhat similar to that. Your goal is to envision a crisis like the ones portrayed in films and think of adapted architecture that responds to those scenarios. So, the aim of this project is for you to submit an idea of a building type that explores topics like air quality, sea-level rise, or other global issues you feel may be a problem in the future.

Arch Out Loud
Registration Deadline:  Sunday, Aug 2, 2020
Submission Deadline:  Monday, Aug 3, 2020

4. Reimagining Museums for Climate Action

With sustainability in mind, how to you envision the future of museums? How do you think you could reimagine the institution as a whole and present a way that can adapt to the changes in our climate? Now that must museums and similar institutions like these are closed around the world, it is a good time to think of uncommon ways to confront this global pandemic.

The UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Heritage Priority Area
Registration Deadline:  Friday, Jul 31, 2020
Submission Deadline:  Tuesday, Sep 15, 2020

5. Land Art Generator Initiative 2020: Design the Future of Fly Ranch

The main objective of this project is to find creative solutions to systems of regeneration, shelter, energy, and other necessities such as food and water. The property which must be envisioned is located north of the famous annual event called the Burning Man. The jury consists of talented environmentalists, designers, architects, and many other important heads interested in bringing new ecological infrastructures to the world.

Land Art Generator Initiative and Burning Man Project
Register/Submit Deadline:  Saturday, Oct 31, 2020

6. ESSAY COMPETITION: What is Sustainable Architecture?

Are you good at writing and enjoy the process of doing so? If the answer is yes, then this is the perfect competition for you! However, designers mainly in the U.S. can participate in this competition due to the fact that students must be from ACSA Affiliated Schools. So, if you school is, then do not miss out on this opportunity.

Registration Deadline:  Wednesday, Nov 11, 2020
Submission Deadline:  Monday, Dec 14, 2020

Our team at Architect-US will be on the lookout for more design competitions as they arise. So, stay tuned and make sure you checkout upcoming posts! In the meanwhile, stay safe and hope one of these competitions caught your attention!



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