News from COMPETITIONS 9/12/2012



Re imagining York’s Guildhall Complex

Connecting River and City

Sponsor: City of York Council (UK)

Type: Open, international, two-stage

Eligibility: The competition is open (internationally) to registered architects and architect-led teams. Architects should be registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB) in the UK, or a recognised overseas regulatory authority.

Fee: £50.00 + VAT


24 Sept 2012 – Site visits

05 Oct 2012 – Q/A period deadline

06 Nov 2012 – Submission deadline

13 Nov 2012 – Assessment of Stage 1 designs

19 Nov 2012 – Shortlist notified

04 Dec 2012 – Final interview/presentation


Total of £12,000


• Keith Williams, Keith Williams Architects RIBA Adviser & Jury Chair

• Cllr Julie Gunnell, Cabinet member for Corporate Services, City of York Council

• Cllr Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability

• A business representative / Chair of York Economic Partnership

• Ken Powell, Independent Architectural Critic and Writer

• Darren Richardson, Director of City and Environmental Services at City of York Council

• David Warburton, City of York Council, Head of Design Conservation and Sustainable Development

Judging criteria:

quality of the design

– sustainability of the design

– inventiveness and flair

– response to site and context

– clarity of presentation

– viability of the submission

– meeting the City’s aspirations

Design Challenge:

The Guildhall has been at the heart of City governance since its construction in the mid fifteenth century. Over time, and through various phases of building the complex has expanded and evolved. It is currently occupied by the local authority, City of York Council, but in 2013 the council will move from 16 separate offices across the City, including the Guildhall into a new headquarters building. This new HQ has secured the future of York’s first railway station, a grade II* listed building, through a sensitive conversion scheme requiring significant contemporary additions to create the necessary accommodation.

The City is now keen to ensure that the future of the complex is similarly secured. This is important, because very soon a large part of the complex will no longer be in active use and the significance of these heritage assets is such that identifying new uses is a priority. The Council has committed to this competition process to explore the future potential of the complex and is calling for fresh and innovative thinking. The council appreciates that new ideas can very often highlight previously unseen potential. Furthermore, the City of York Council is committed to positive change and seeing the ideas which emerge taken forward to deliver a new range of viable new uses for the complex.

For more information and to enter, go to:


New Campus of the Vietnamese-German University

Sponsor: Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam (MoET)

represented through the Project Management Unit of the New Model University Project (PMU)

Type: Open, RfQ, two-stage

Fee: None

Eligibility: The authorized representative as well as all authors of design proposals must meet the eligibility criteria as defined in the World Bank Guidelines and the Request for Expression of Interest.

Site: The competition site is located approximately 50 km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City in the new urban area of My Phuoc in Thoi Hoa Commune, Ben Cat District in the northern part of Binh Duong Province.

The area of the competition site measures approx. 50.5 ha. It is bordered by Ring Road 4 to the north, existing settlements to the south and southeast, the National Highway 13 (Binh Duong Avenue) to the northeast and road D4 to the west. The new urban area of My Phuoc is rapidly developing with industrial complexes and large residential projects in the immediate surrounding of the site.

Selection process: The competition will be conducted according to World Bank guidelines. The Client will short list six general planners having submitted their expression of interest.

Those will be invited to submit a detailed proposal in the second stage.


4 October 2012 (5:00 p.m. Indochina (Vietnam) Time (ICT) – deadline for EOI submissions

December 2012 – Distribution Request for Proposals (anticipated)

March 2013 – Deadline for proposals (anticipated)


The client will provide the amount of 150,000 USD (including taxes) for prizes in respect of services rendered in preparing the design proposal. This sum will be distributed among those competitors having submitted the requested proposal.


The following prizes shall be awarded:

1st prize

45,000 USD

2nd prize

35,000 USD

3rd prize

25,000 USD

4th prize

20,000 USD

5th prize

15,000 USD

6th prize

10,000 USD

Design Challenge

The shortlisted consultants will be asked to prepare an urban design proposal for the new VGU Campus, complemented by a design proposal for selected buildings.

The campus will be built in two phases with total area of approx. 327.288 sqm floor area providing capacity for 5.000 students in this first phase (up to 2017) with a construction scale of approx. 134.550 sqm.The envisioned phase 2 will be built for 12.000 students with a construction scale of 192.738 sqm (up to 2020). It is asked for to design the complete new campus VGU and its facilities with a Gross Floor Area of 327.288 sqm at this competition.

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“Ideal Theatre” Student Design Competition

Sponsor: United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Inc.

Type: Open, international, student

Language: English

Fee: None

Eligibility: Teams of students of architecture (designers) and theater students (clients)


Total of $3,500


7 December 2012 – Registration and Q&A deadline

4 January 2013 – Deadline for entries

Jury: TBD

Design Challenge:

To design either (1) a new performing arts facility for the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee or

(2) a performing arts center of approximately equal size for your own university.

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Cleveland Design Competition – Schedule Updates

Since the juried review of submissions has been scheduled for October 19th, 2012, the competition deadlines have been extended by one week.

The competition schedule is now:

• Registration Deadline: September 17, 2012 (Updated -2 WEEKS AWAY!)

• Late Registration Deadline: October 1, 2012 (Updated)

• Submission Deadline: October 12, 2012 (Updated)

• Awards Reception and Exhibition: October 26th, 2012 (Did Not Change)

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Shortlist Announced for the Cadogan Café Competition

The Cadogan Estate today announced the six design teams invited to submit proposals for the new Cadogan Café , in the heart of fashionable Chelsea.

The shortlisted teams are (in alphabetical order):

• Architecture 00 Ltd.

• Carmody Groarke

• Duggan Morris Architects Ltd.


• Pernilla Ohrstedt Ltd.

• TaylorSnell

One hundred and forty-seven teams expressed interest in being considered for the project. The decision of the selection panel, including representatives of Cadogan, Paul Davis + Partners (as masterplanner) and Malcolm Reading Consultants, was unanimous.



PIDPR 2012: International Competition

Empowerment by Design

Sponsor: Lawrence Technological University, Detroit

Type: Open, international, one-stage

Eligibility: Professionals and students

Fee: none

Location: Detroit (other sites available)

Awards: TBD

Jury: TBD


29 September 2012 – Registration deadline

12 November 2012 – Final Submission Deadline

PIDPR Panel Discussion: Wednesday November 28, 2012

Award Winners Announced: Wednesday November 28, 2012

Design challenge:

PIDPR (Public Interest Design Practices and Research) aims to expand the discipline of architecture by challenging the traditional definition and boundaries of the architectural profession, and by exploring alternative design practices. Through the application of public interest design practice, collaboration with local stakeholders and digital networking to engage a worldwide audience, [gDx]³ proposes an alternative practice model to fully articulate public interest design and research. [gDx]³, through the PIDPR Competition, is seeking design projects that explore new and innovative ways of practicing architecture to empower and assist disadvantaged groups around the world.

Competition goals:

(1)Challenge the traditional definition of architecture,

(2)Explore ways in which the boundaries of architecture profession can be expanded to have a renewed sense of purpose in architecture, and to meet the demand of our future generations of architects,

(3)Educate students and others about how to expand the architectural profession and create new opportunities in architecture,

(4)Promote applied research on values, benefits, theories, and principles of PIDPR, as well as application of PIDPR in practice,

(5)Explore innovative and meaningful civic engagement, and

(6)Help and empower organizations and communities who are in need.

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