Competition Brief

[LONDON] Architecture & Design Studio

Project ///

London is the capital and most populous city of England and the United Kingdom. It stands on the River Thames in the south east of the island of Great Britain. “London” also refers to the metropolis around the core city, historically split between Middlesex, Essex, Surrey, Kent, and Hertfordshire, which today largely makes up Greater London.

It is a leading global city in the architecture, design, arts, commerce, education, finance, entertainment, fashion, healthcare, media, professional services, research and tourism, development and transport.

As one of the world’s most-visited city as measured by international arrivals with the world’s largest city airport system measured by passenger traffic. It is the world’s leading investment destination, hosting more international retailers and ultra high-net-worth individuals than any other city. In 2012, the city proudly became the only city to have hosted the modern Summer Olympic Games three times and has oldest underground railway network in the world.

The city has a diverse range of people and cultures, and more than 300 languages are spoken in the region. The estimated mid-2015 municipal population was 8,673,713, the largest of any city in the European Union, and accounting for 12.5 per cent of the UK population.

What is an Architecture or Design Studio?
Architectural or Design studio is defined as an office with spaces set aside for architects or designers to work from and create designs for all types of structures and the surrounding landscape. A typical architecture / design firm will provide each architects, designer and engineer with some type of studio space, to inspire and which provides freedom from a number of distractions. However, there are also studios that are designed to allow several architects / designers to occupy the same space at the same time.

Any modern studio should be equipped with all the tools necessary to conceive and develop ideas for new projects. The work surfaces provided with appropriate balanced direct lighting and space for printed and electronic resources is one common element. The use of computer technology is a useful aid in the creative efforts of prototypes and models as it helps move the process further much quicker as such should be considered in any proposal.


The aim of this International Competition is to design a new contemporary Architecture & Design Studio in Shoreditch area in London. The studio or working office should provide an inspirational environment for a young growing practice. The architecture of this new building should reflect contemporary design tendencies and suggest a vision for such a studio today. The proposal must not only attend to the specific function but also take into consideration the urban context and impact.

This competition hopes to achieve the following:
_Encourage and reward design excellence at a large scale which integrates function, structure and details.
_Research, respond to and highlight the unique aspects of designing an office / studio building.
_To generate the discussion of ideas regarding the relation between Architecture and Culture.
_Encourage the employment of sustainable design in all aspects of the proposal.

The following areas are to be considered within the design proposal:
Administrative Area, Work Area, Toilets Areas, Project Area, Social And Welfare Area, Circulation Area, Service Area and External Area.

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

Architects, Architecture Graduated, Engineers and Students. Interdisciplinary teams are also encouraged to enter the Competition.

Submissions can be the work of an individual or a group up to 4 members and there is no age limit.

This is an open International Competition hosted by [AC-CA]™ to generate progressive contemporary design ideas. There are no plans for the Structure to be built. 

Download the competition brief for more information!

Media Sponsors ///


Schedule ///

_Competition Officially Announced - 01st September 2016

_Start of Competition and Early Bird Registration - 20th December 2016 to 05th January 2017

_Standard Registration - 06th January to 05thApril 2017

_Late Registration06thApril to 14th April 2017

_Deadline for Questions - 03rdApril 2017

_Closing Date for Submissions - 14thApril 2017

_Jury Evaluation - 15thApril - 28thApril 2017

_Announcement of Winners and Publication at 

04th May 2017
Note: All deadlines are 11:59 pm - 00:00 GMT (London).


[Fee] ///

_Early Bird Registration: US$ 80 from 20th December to 05th January 2017

_General Registration: US$ 100 from 06th January to 05th April 2017

_Late Registration: US$ 125 from 06th April to 14th April 2017

Entrants may register for the competition by filling the online registration form and submitting it with the appropriate payment through our secure gateway.

Prizes ///

Winning participants will receive prizes totaling US$ 5,000 with the distribution as follows:

 1st PRIZE: US$ 5,000 (FIVE THOUSAND US DOLLARS) and included in a special exhibition in London.

 2nd PRIZE: Included in a special exhibition in London.

 3rd PRIZE: Included in a special exhibition in London.

There will also be 7 honorable mentions and included in a special exhibition in London

Directors Pick Anniversary Year Special Award: Included in a special exhibition in London.


1st Prize, 2nd Prize, 3rd Prize and Directors Anniversary Year Special Award may be published in following magazines as well as on the [AC-CA]™ website:

• aMush Magazine (Morocco)

e-architect Architecture News (UK)

• Concept Magazine (Korea)

• Competition blog Announcement (Spain)

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 ///

Please find below some of the questions asked relating to the [LONDON] Architecture & Design Studio competition.

Can you please clarify the deadline for [LONDON] Architecture & Design Studio Competition?
_The new extended submission deadline is 14 April 2017.

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