Showing posts with label Competition. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Competition. Show all posts

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

An invitation to enter the AAI Awards 2016

Invitation to Enter 31st AAI Annual Awards 2016
Darc Space, 26 North Great Georges Street, Dublin 1
Deadline: 29th of January 12 - 6pm

Monday, 27 April 2015

Belfast based architect Mark Hackett receives honourable mention in Helsinki Guggenheim international competition

A worldwide open architecture competition for the proposed Helsinki Guggenheim attracted a record number of entries (1,715) and the organisers have now revealed the six finalists and fifteen other schemes which narrowly missed out on the shortlist. Amongst those to receive an honourable mention is Belfast based architect Mark Hackett.

Credit: Mark Hackett Architect

Mark describes his proposal as taking "a sensitive approach to the historic city and harbour, proposing the building as a permeable urban block, forming a new public street, ferry terminal and defining a promenade along the quayside. The building can be approached and entered from all these directions. The galleries enclose a garden with its grove of trees, a cafe with an open plan kitchen and herb garden." 

Credit: Mark Hackett Architect

Within Mark's proposal the "main galleries sit under a series of dimly lit and voluptuous vaults reflecting natural light from hidden sources. As one ascends to the roof terrace one can walk among the external expression of these vaults. Collectively they form a rarefied and abstract order at the scale of the harbour area, one that contrasts with the tacitly and intimacy of the lower building around the garden. The proposal seeks to create richly varied spaces that city residents can return to again and again."

Credit: Mark Hackett Architect

An exhibition of the finalists' schemes, including those chosen by the jury for honourable mention, has now launched at the Kunstalle Helsinki ahead of the jury's final decision in June.

For more information on the exhibition or competition, visit


  • AGPS Architecture Ltd Zurich, Switzerland and Los Angeles, USA
  • Asif Khan Ltd London, UK
  • Fake Industries Architectural Agonism New York, USA, Barcelona, Spain and Sydney, Australia
  • Haas Cook Zemmrich STUDIO2050 Stuttgart, Germany
  • Moreau Kusunoki Architectes Paris, France
  • SMAR Architecture Studio Madrid, Spain and Western Australia

Honourable Mention:
  • ACXT-IDOM Bibao, Spain
  • BUBE Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Diller Scofidio + Renfro New York, USA
  • Francisco Jorquera - Elena Campos Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • Helsinki Zurich Architecture Office Helsinki, Finland and Zurich, Switzerland
  • Ja Architecture Studio Toronto, Canada
  • KUTONOTUK Virginia, USA
  • Labics Rome, Italy
  • Mark Hackett Architect Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • No.mad Arquitectos Madrid, Spain
  • Nug Architects Barcelona, Spain
  • Nuno Brandao Costa Porto, Portugal
  • Projekt Praga Warsaw, Poland
  • Studio Fountainhead + MGG Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Viar Estudio Arquitectura Getxo, Spain

Monday, 15 December 2014

Registration for AAI Awards 2015 now open

Registration for the 30th Architectural Association of Ireland (AAI) Annual Awards 2015 is now open.   The deadline is 22nd January 2015.

The intention of the AAI Awards is to encourage higher standards of architecture throughout the country, to recognise projects which make a contribution to Irish architecture, and to inform the public of emerging directions in contemporary architecture.

Full details, registration forms and instructions to entrants are available at:

30th Annual AAI Awards

Friday, 29 March 2013

Exhibition Launch: 'Competitions in Architecture' | Thurs 4 April, 6pm at PLACE

This Thursday 4th April at 6pm PLACE will launch the 'Competitions in Architecture' exhibition. Exploring the theme of architectural competitions and their contribution to quality in architecture, this exhibition highlights a selection of winning entries from the 11th session of Europan, and built works resulting from past sessions of the competition. Europan is a biennial architecture and urbanism competition for architects under 40 held in over 17 countries in Europe. This exhibition coincides with the launch of Europan 12. See for details.

Curated by Jane Larmour and Patrick Wheeler with PLACE, and the kind co-operation of Europan Europe.

Competitions in Architecture | Thurs 4 April - Sat 27 April

Exhibition Launch Event
Thursday 4th April, 6pm at PLACE, 40 Fountain Street, Belfast. Join Jane Larmour and Patrick Wheeler as they introduce the exhibition and Europan 12.

Panel Discussion
A panel discussion will be held during the exhibition run to explore the value of the architectural competition in contemporary practice. Could the built environment in Ireland be improved by awarding more public work through competition?

Panel and date to be confirmed. If you are interested in attending this event please contact [email protected]

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Europan 12 Competition Launches March 18th

Europan 12 launches on 18th March 2013 with 16 participating countries. Europan is a call for projects of ideas at the urban and architectural scale, followed by implementations. It is directed at young professionals of architecture and urban design under 40 years of age and with a European degree or working in Europe.

A series of urban sites across Europe, with programme briefs, are proposed to competitors who then chose the site(s) on which they wish to submit their proposal(s).

Europan 12.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Art on Chairs International Design Competition

It's architecture you can sit on! Some of the greatest architects known didn't just stop at building skyscrapers, they went on to design the finer details to the highest design spec. Take Frank Llyod Wright's 'Barrel Chair' that he design in 1937 for Herbert Johnson's house.

The Barrel Chair, Frank Llyod Wright. (Photo by

For the attention of all architecture and design students/professionals (not necessarily in that order) who are passionate about innovative and good design, this could be the perfect opportunity for you.

The Paredes Furniture Design Pole, in association with ID+ (Institute for Design, Media and Culture Research), have launched a global competition called the Art on Chairs International Design Contest. The jury will be made up by internationally renowned specialists who with pick 9 winning designs for prototype, which will be the foundation of the exhibition, 'An idea for the world on a chair', to be held in September 14th - November 11th 2012.

In the companies words: the chair is the chosen object, wood is the raw material, innovation is the objective. The competition is open to three different categories: making chairs, imagining chairs, sustaining chairs. Closing date is the 31st January 2012 and entries may be submitted through their website. As well as your work being sown in a global exhibition, winning prizes will be awarded generous cash prizes.

The international company stress the idea that design does have a real impact upon peoples' quality of life, while acknowledging that excellence in design has no borders.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

James Hughes Competition winner

Congratulations to Niamh Madden from Co. Offaly - James Hughes has chosen her as the winner of a print from his Spectres of Place exhibition for the best comment in the book during the show - her comment is below...

Sometimes, when dust settles and cobwebs slowly creep across walls, we are reminded of how much the fragments of our lives can be reflected in objects. The dull and mute tones of several pieces in this collection are fascinating, because they show moments of nil reflection - the bike light no longer shines, the stove is matte and tarnished. Jesus looks out through once-polished glass.

These moments evoke in me a sense of hope - no longer can we see ourselves in the shined and polished surfaces, but our lives can be immortalised and reconstructed through objects left behind. Thanks to James for taking me out of myself for ten minutes of brief, but meaningful and optimistic thought.

PLACE Archives: James Hughes - Spectres of Place

Tuesday, 25 August 2009


Image from the EChO-Mansion project on Re-Burbia

Reburbia, a project looking at reimagining the American suburbs, has announced its finalists.

Project website: Reburbia