CHIDESIGN: Designing a Center for Architecture, Design and Education

Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation

Type: Open, International

Fees: $100 for Professionals; $25 for Students

Eligibility: Design professionals and students


31 July 2015 – Questions due

7 Aug 2015 – Registration closes, questions answered

19 Aug 2015 – Late registration closes

9 Sept 2015 – Submissions due

1 Oct 2015 – Exhibition opens



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Creating the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Inside Story

Book Review

By Paul D. Spreiregen

Creating the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Inside Story

By Robert W. Doubek


McFarland; 311 pages, illustrated


Photos: Paul Spreiregen

On any given day visitors to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington may number in the hundreds, sometimes the thousands. Immediately upon its dedication in November 1982 it became and has remained one of the most visited sites in our nation’s capitol. Extending tranquilly across a tree bordered meadow near the Lincoln Memorial, its power as a work of tribute stands among the great memorials of any time or place. It is an American icon.

Visitors to the memorial may know that a college student designed it in a nation-wide design competition and that the selected design was the subject of great controversy. Little else about its creation is known or need be known by a typical visitor. The memorial speaks for itself, honoring the nearly 58,000 Vietnam veterans who died in the war and by implication the millions of others who served. As a work of public art it honors memory and service admirably.

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The Guggenheim Helsinki Competition Draws 1,715 Entries From Around The World

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Winning Entry by Moreau Kusunoki Architectes

The Guggenheim Helsinki Winners on Stage in New York by Jayne Merkel


Staging a completely open, international competition for one of their museum projects marked a significant departure for the Guggenheim Foundation. The Bilbao Museum had been an invited competition won by Frank Gehry, and the more recent Whitney Museum project in New York was a Renzo Piano commission. So the Helsinki Guggenheim project—though without any guarantee from the Finns that it will be built—was open to all comers, completely absent of shortlisting based on size of office or any history of built projects. But this was Finland, and that Scandinavian country is known for opening up important projects to international competitors—the most recent Helsinki Library and Serlachius Museum competitions being prime examples.

The soothing circular auditorium beneath the rotunda of Frank Lloyd Wright’s New York Guggenheim Museum was an unusually suitable setting for the revelation of the winning design for the proposed Helsinki Guggenheim and a discussion of the process that led to its selection. On July 1, the winners of the competition, Hiroko Kusunoki and Nicolas Moreau, of Moreau Kusunoki Architectes in Paris, took turns describing their scheme as they showed an impressive series of drawings and models. After their presentation, they joined a discussion, moderated by Architectural Record Editor Cathleen McGuigan, with Guggenheim staff members Ari Wiseman and Troy Conrad Therrien. Wiseman, a Deputy Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, has shepherded the competition from the conception stage in 2013. Therrien, the Curator of Architecture and Digital Initiatives, has created the state-of-the-art digital archive that has brought this competition and its entries into the public domain. Although their English was sometimes halting, Kusunoki and Moreau managed to explain the thinking process that brought their scheme into being with a charming combination of confidence and modesty. Then they showed a few other projects they have already managed to build at their young firm. The couple met in Tokyo, where Kusunoki worked for Shigeru Ban after graduating from the Shibaura Institute of Technology there. Moreau, who was educated at l’École Nationale d’Architecture de Belleville in Paris, started out at SANAA, where he worked on the New Museum in New York, then joined Kengo Kuma and Associates. The two paired up to start a Parisian office for Kuma in 2008 and formed their own firm three years later.


From left: Jan Wurm, technical team leader, ARUP; Hiroko Kusunoki, Principal, Moreau Kusunoki Architectes; Nicolas Moreau, Principal, Moreau Kusuonoki Architects; Pekka Pakkanen, Architect, Huttunen Lipasti Pakkanen Architects. Photo: Ritta Supperi


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2015 Burnham Prize Competition: Currencies of Architecture

Sponsor: Chicago Architectural Club

Location: Chicago, IL, USA

Type: Open, international, ideas

Language: English

Eligibility: Open to students, architects, landscape architects, planners, designers and artists.

Fee: Professional $90 Student: $50

Awards: A prize totaling $3,000 will be awarded to a winner or dived amongst multiple winners at the discretion of the jury.

Timeline: 31 July

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International Competition: Multifunctional Integrated Development on Sofia Embankment, Moscow

Sponsor: Capital Group; Moscow Government

Location: Moscow

Type: RFQ, international, 2 stage

Language: Russian, English

Eligibility:Â Russian and foreign architectural companies who can engage to their teams in landscape design, ecology, economy, and heritage are invited to participate in the competition.

Awards: Each of six teams selected at the first stage of the competition will

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Tintagel Castle – Bridge Design Competition

Sponsor: English Heritage; Malcolm Reading Consultants

Type: International, Two stage, Expressions of Interest

Location: Tintagel Castle, Cornwall, UK

Languages: English

Eligiblity: Proposed teams should be led by an architect or design engineer.

Budget and programme: Total project costs are estimated to be £4 million (including, fees, VAT and associated costs) and delivery of the bridge

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National Pavilion Design Competition – Atlanta Beltline Westside Trail

Sponsor: AIA Atlanta; Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.; City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs

Type: Open

Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Languages: English

Eligiblity: The competition is open to individuals with an architectural license and active AIAmembership or design teams of any size with at least one licensed architect having active AIA membership. Design teams are

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10th Korean Rural Architecture Competition

Sponsor: Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; Adminstration of Goesan-Gun, Chungcheonbuk-Do

Type: Open, international, ideas

Location: Sari-Myeon, Goesan-Gun, Korea

Languages: English

Eligiblity: Architects, students, and graduates from all over the world.

Entrance Fee: $100


1st place (1 applicant/team): USD $30,000 2nd place (3 applicants/team): USD $5,000 3rd place (3 applicants/team): USD $2,000


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17th Shelter International Design Competition

Sponsor: Shelter Co., Ltd

Type: Open, international, student

Location: Japan

Languages: Japanese, English

Eligiblity: Applicants must be under-graduate or post-graduate students at universities or at tertiary institutions (as on September 11, 2015).Tertiary institutions include: junior colleges, colleges of technology, and other relevant vocational schools.

Entrance Fee: None


First Prize: ¥2,000,000 ($16,250 USD) Second Prize:

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