[DUBAI] Architecture School Tower

Project ///

Dubai is the largest city and the main port of the United Arab Emirates (before the federal capital Abu Dhabi). Located on the Persian Gulf, is the capital of the Emirate of Dubai, and has over one million inhabitants. 
The city has emerged as a cosmopolitan metropolis that has grown steadily to become a global city standing tall as a business and cultural hub of the Middle East and the Persian Gulf region as a whole.

An Architect is a person trained and licensed to plan, design, and oversee the construction of buildings. The educational requirements generally consist of a degree in architecture from a university where both the process and product of planning, designing and construction will be teach.
The formal study of architecture in academic institutions played a pivotal role in the development of the profession as a whole, serving as a focal point for advances in architectural technology and theory.

The aim of this International Competition is to design an Architecture School Tower in Dubai that offers an alternative environment for studying and training to become an Architect within this global city. This competition hopes to achieve the following:

_Encourage and reward design excellence on a large scale which integrates function, structure, detail, etc..
_Increase research for design of “vertical” education environments or structures.
_Generate discussion and ideas about educational buildings together with the employment of sustainable design consideration.
_Offer students an opportunity to experience the best education through the use of the most functional pedagogical tool of which this tower will form an integral part.

This is a single stage Competition with the aim of identifing the most appropriate proposal, which best satisfies the general and specific objectives of the contest.

This is an open international competition hosted by [AC-CA]™ to generate progressive contemporary design ideas. There are no plans for the Architecture School Tower to be built. 

Media Sponsors ///

Schedule ///

_Competition Officially Announced - 06th November 2013

_Start of Competition and Early Bird registration - 08th November to 20st December 2013

_Late Competition Registration - 21st December 2013 to 21st February 2014

_Deadline for Questions  - 31th January 2014

_Closing Date for Submissions  - 24th February 2014

_Jury Evaluation - 28th February - 08th February 2014

_Announcement of Winners and posted on www.ac-ca.org - 11th March 2014


Jury ///

This International Competition was jugded by an internal panel of professionals including Architects and Designers.


Prizes ///

Winning participants will receive prizes totaling US$ 6,000 with the distribution as follows:




There will also be 7 honorable mentions


1st Prize, 2nd Prize and 3rd Prize will be published in following magazines as well as on the [AC-CA]™ website:

• aMush Magazine (Morocco)

•  wettbewerbe-aktuell Magazine (Germany)

• Concept Magazine (Korea)

• aROOTS Magazine (France)

 • Monitor International Magazine (Germany, France, Russia)

• A+E Magazine (Morocco)

• ASK Magazine (Egypt)

• Architme.RU Magazine (Russia)

• Future Arquitecturas Architecture Magazine (USA & China)

• Positive Art Magazine (Italy, Germany, Uk)



FAQ ///

Can the Architecture School be located anywhere in Dubai?
Yes, as stated clearly in the brief. Participants are allowed to choose any suitable location for their tower as there is no specified site for this competition.

Are participants expected to provide student housing as part of their project proposal?
No, student accommodation is not required as part of the program for this competition.

Are there any height restrictions?
No, there are no height restrictions.

Is it possible that there will be several Towers, for example, two twin towers?
Yes, this is left to participants.

Is the resolution of the submitted folder intended for print or screen view?
All projects will be presented on screen and/or projector during the judging process.

Do you have the approximative  GBA total area of the project?
There is no restriction regarding the Gross Building Area (GBA).

What is the composition of the jury panel for this competition?
For this particular competition it will be an internal panel of professionals including architects.