Reimagine the Astrodome: A Competition for the Southwest

Sponsor: The Architect’s Newspaper; YKK AP

Location: Houston, Texas

Type: Open, ideas

Language: English

Eligiblity: Open to all architects, artists, designers, and students nationwide.

Registration Deadline: 17 September 2013

Submission Deadline: 1 October 2013

Entry Fee:

Professional – $50
Student – $20


First Prize – $2,500
Second Prize – $1,000
Third Prize – $1,000
2 Honorable Mentions – $250 each


  • Sheryl Kolasinski, FAIA, deputy director of the Menil Collection
  • Patricia Belton Oliver, FAIA, dean of Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, University of Houston
  • Robert M. Rogers, FAIA, principal at Rogers Partners
  • Lawrence W. Speck, FAIA, principal at PageSoutherlandPage, professor at University of Texas School of Architecture, 2013 president of the Texas Society of Architects
  • Bryan K. Trubey, AIA, principal/director at HKS Sports & Entertainment Group
  • Sarah M. Whiting, Ph.D., principal at WW Architecture, dean and professor at Rice School of Architecture

Design Challenge: This competition invites entrants to submit their concepts on how the Houston Astrodome might be reimagined, repurposed, and reused. The goal is to bring the same energy, innovation, and “can-do” spirit that motivated the construction of the original dome to an architectural proposal that will preserve the historic structure while giving it an imaginative future. Since this competition is being conducted independent of Harris County’s reuse/preservation efforts, it is meant to generate innovative and provocative ideas. Great aspirations and utopian schemes are welcome, as are feasible proposals that mesh with The New Dome Experience.

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