Concert Centre in Kaunas, Lithuania


Sponsor: City of Kaunas, Lithuania

Type: open, international, one-stage

Eligibility: Licensed Architects

Process: Three (3) finalists from the first stage will be asked to refine their designs for a final presentation to the client

Fee: none


6 September 2017 – Deadline for submissions


Jonas Audėjaitis, Kaunas Faculty Dean, Vilnius Academy of Arts,

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Seventh Annual Zero Net Energy Design Competition


Sponsor: PG&E (Pacific Gas & Electric), AIA California Council, San Francisco State University’s Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies.

Type: open, one-stage

Topic: science education facility in Tiburon, California


The competition is open to students, architects, landscape architects, urban planners, engineers and designers internationally


Architects, Engineers and Designers: $275 • Students and

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Ross Pavilion Design Competition


Image: © wHY Architecture


Location: Edinburgh, Scotland


Type: RfQ with shortlist of seven (7) teams


Site: The site for the new Pavilion is a nationally-important space, perfectly positioned below Edinburgh Castle and adjoining the city’s most famous shopping street. Currently occupied by the Ross Bandstand, this is a true

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Building Voices Design Competition

Photo: © Olivier Koning


Organized by the University of Hawai’i School of Architecture and the University of Hawai’i Center for Community Design as part of the BUILDING VOICES DESIGN FESTIVAL, this open, international competition drew 111 entries from the continental United States and around the world.


The theme of the competition focused

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Ross Pavilion International Competition Shortlist


The seven-strong shortlist that reached the second stage of the Ross Pavilion International Design Competition was selected from the 125 teams (made up of 400 individual firms) who entered the competition. The Pavilion, which will provide a flexible platform for the imaginative arts and cultural programming that Edinburgh excels in, will allow visitors and

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Nizhny Novgorod Town-planning Competition for a Public Space


Sponsor: Union of Moscow Architects (Russia) Type: International, open, ideas Fee: €80 Timetable

15 July 2017 – Registration deadline 30 August 2017 – Submission deadline Design Challenge The main task formulated for the Competition participants is to suggest a conceptual solution demonstrating a contemporary approach to the complex development of the introduced site and

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Southmere Village Library Competition


Sponsors: Thamesmead and Peabody Group Organizer: RIBA Type: Invited, RfQ, 2-stage Timetable: 13 July 2017 (14:00 hrs) Deadline for RfQ submission

Design challenge

Peabody is seeking to select a firm of architects to provide architectural design and related services for a new, purpose-built library building at Southmere Village. Consultants from other required design disciplines

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The Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art


by Stanley Collyer


Photo: © Timothy Hursley (all other photos by author)


When you think of iconic libraries in the United States, Louis Kahn’s Kiimball Library in Fort Worth, Texas is one of the first that comes to mind. But space in the old existing Museum of Modern Art as well as in the Kahn building was limited; so in 1996 a competition was organized to select an architect, based on a winning design. The competition, which was documented in our quarterly (COMPETITIONS, Vol. 8,#1), was supplemented by an insightful article by the former Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington, George Wright. He mentioned that the competition took place at the same time that the competition was occurring for MOMA in New York, but that this did not deter architects from the first echelon from submitting their qualifications for a shortlist.


From that group, Tadao Ando from Japan won out over Richard Gluckman (New York), Arata Isozaki (Tokyo), Ricardo Legorreta (Mexico City), and David Schwartz (Dallas).


The brief stipulated that the new museum should “neither mimic the Kimball nor dispute its primacy.” As a very modern giant box with protruding galleries breaking up the façade by facing out into the lagoon, Ando’s design did neither. But its very spacious entrance and lobby area was an immediate sign that it was a different kind of museum. Consisting for the most part of large volumes, it was ideally designed to accommodate 21st Century art installations and art works.


Visiting such an important facility more than a decade after its opening was an opportunity to examine how the museum has stood the test of time. From my perspective, it is certainly one of the best museums dedicated solely to modern art that I have visited—a view affirmed by others accompanying me on this visit, most of whom were not architects but frequent museum visitors.


Aside from the many attributes of the main building, the landscaping, containing a large lagoon surrounding the structure, was also masterfully conceived. As a shallow element at the edge of the building, one could see an artwork by Jenny Holzer, illuminated words in red, carrying a message out of the building into the shallows. Also of special note, exemplifying the spatial attributes of the building, was Martin Puryear’s Ladder for Booker T. Washington (left), an obvious crowd favorite.


This building, exquisite in its finished concrete interior and spatial planning, with a flexibility to accommodate all kinds of modern art, is an example not only of good architecture in the broader sense, but also turning the landscape into an art form.


Martin Puryear – Ladder for Booker T. Washington




View to museum entrance


Main lobby





Lagoon perspective


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2017 Fentress Global Challenge: Airport of the Future

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Clandon Park International Design Competition Shortlist and Competition Jury Announced

The National Trust has announced the six multi-disciplinary teams shortlisted to restore and reimagine Clandon Park, along with details of the competition jury.

The charity aims to give Clandon, a Grade l listed, 18th-century Palladian house, near Guildford, a new life through new uses, and transform

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