The best competitions for architects and decorators

The best competitions for architects and decorators



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Every year, many competitions are held for students and professionals in architecture and interior decoration. Both for the prize money and the prize, participating in a competition is an ideal platform to promote the career of architects and interior decorators. 

In this article you will find the main national and international competitions for architects that are held annually. 

Ceramics Competitions for Architects

Ceramics and Architecture Trans/hitos Concourse

Deadline: July 31st

Organized by: CevisamaLab

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Prize: €3,000 and the installation of the winning project in the Trans/hitos space of the Cevisama International Fair.

The competition consists of the design of the exhibition space for Trans/hitos in which the ceramic material is the protagonist. The participants must present an original, original and viable project that is carried out with ceramic floor and wall tiles from Spanish companies represented by ASCER, the Spanish Association of Tile and Floor Manufacturers.

ASCER Ceramic Awards

Deadline: October 24th

Organized by: ASCER (Spanish Association of Manufacturers of Ceramic Tiles and Flooring)

Prizes: 17,000 € for the Architecture category, 17,000 € for the Interior Design category and 5,000 € for the Final Project category.

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Aimed at architects and interior designers from all over the world, the aim of this competition is to promote architecture and interior design projects that stand out for their use of ceramic floor and wall tiles manufactured in Spain. 

Premios cerámica ASCER

Most important International Architecture Awards

AIA Gold Medal

Frequency: Annual

Organized by: American Institute of Architects AIA

Endowment: Gold Medal

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Award given annually by the American Institute of Architects AIA to people whose work has left its mark in the theoretical or practical field of architecture. This is one of the most important awards in the world of architecture.

Architects such as Moshe Safdie, Deniss Scott Brown, Robert Venturi and Paul Revere Williams have been awarded the AIA Gold Medal.

Pritzker Prize

Frequency: Annual

Organized by: The Hyatt Foundation

Endowment: $100,000 and a bronze medallion

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This is the most important architecture award and was created to honor an architect whose work makes a significant contribution to the world of architecture.  

Aga Khan Award for Architecture

Periodicity: Triennial

Organized by: Aga Khan Fund for AKTC Culture

Endowment: $1,000,000

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Its aim is to promote construction and architectural excellence in the Muslim world. 


RIBA Gold Medal

Frequency: Annual

Organized by: Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) 

Endowment: Gold Medal

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This award is given in recognition of the work of a lifetime in the world of architecture.

Driehaus Award

Frequency: Annual

Organized by:  International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU) and with the support of the Richard Driehaus Foundation

Endowment: $250,000

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This prestigious international competition aims to promote the architecture that helps to create a more beautiful urban structure and contributes to the preservation of local traditions, as well as sustainable and inclusive solutions.

Alvar Aalto Medal

Periodicity: Triennial

Organized by:  Finnish Museum of Architecture and the Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA)

Endowment: Medal

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This award is given to people who have made significant contributions in the field of architecture. 

This prestigious international award celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017. 

European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Prize

Periodicity: Biannual

Organised by: the European Union and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation

Endowment: €50,000

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Its aim is to promote the recognition of quality architectural production in Europe and the contribution of European professionals to the development of new technologies and ideas.


Competitions for students and professionals of Architecture and Interior Design


IE Architecture + Prize for young architects and designers

Deadline: 6 September

Organized by: IE School of Architecture and Design

Prizes: 3 scholarship awards for the Master in Strategic Design of Spaces or the Master in Architectural Management and Design at IE School of Architecture and Design worth €11,500, €7,000 and €5,000 respectively.

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This call is aimed at recent graduates in architecture or design, who may participate by submitting an architecture or design project.

Contest: 2018 a house for...

Deadline: 4 September

Organized by: Opengap

Prizes: €2,000, €1,000, €500 and mentions.

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This competition, in which professionals and students of architecture or design can participate, aims to promote innovative and visionary proposals in the design of housing. Each person or team participating, up to five people, will propose the client for whom they will design the project of a house.

Competition “Le 5 Stagioni e Storie di Farina”

Deadline: September

Organized by: Agugiaro & Figna Molini SpA with the "Le 5 Stagioni" pizza flour line in collaboration with the ARD & NT Institute (Milan Polytechnic School and Brera Academy of Fine Arts).

Prizes: 7,500 € divided into three prizes.

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The competition, which is open to architects, designers and design studios from all over the world, aims to promote innovation and design in pizza production and consumption areas.

Living Places – Simon Architecture Prize

Deadline: 10 September

Organised by: the Simon Group with the collaboration of the Mies van der Rohe Foundation.

Prizes: 10,000 € for the two categories of the Prize, which are Collective Places and Personal Places.

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The Living Places awards aim to distinguish architectural projects capable of creating spaces in which the comfort of their inhabitants is a priority.


Contest Scrigno &Me

Deadline: 15 September

Organized by: Scrigno

Prizes: 3 prizes of €5,000, €3,000 and €2,000.

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Contest aimed at Architects, Quantity Surveyors and Interior Designers with the aim of selecting projects on real cases, including at least one product of the organising brand, for dissemination in magazines, catalogues and websites.


NAN Architecture and Construction Awards

Deadline: September 5

Organized by: TPI Group and NAN Architecture and Construction magazine

Awards: awards for the different categories of the Best Building Materials Awards, the Best Architectural Projects Awards and the Honour Award

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Representatives of the main construction companies in Spain are responsible for awarding the 17 statuettes corresponding to the categories of the different awards.

INTERCIDEC Competition. International Competition for the Design of Contract Environments

Deadline: September 26th

Prizes: 5,000 euros for the professional category and 2,000 € for the student category

Organizer by: Beltá Frajumar

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The aim of the competition is to promote innovative projects aimed at hotels, as well as to promote the professional career of its participants.

A House for Giambattista Vico

Deadline: October

Organized by: ICARCH Gallery

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This same gallery has created the contest The House of Flowers - A House for Rennie Makintosh, which ends in December.  

Eurostars Hotel Lab Competition

Deadline: until October 15th

Organized by: Eurostars Hotels 

Prize: €8,000 and two special mentions of €1,500

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The aim of the competition is to promote the design and creation of spaces and furniture for hotel rooms capable of meeting the needs of users.


International Contract Contest INTERCONTRACT2019 "Prototype hotel room 2019".

Deadline: October 30th

Organized by: tureforma

Prize: 1,000 euros.

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With this competition, the digital publication tureforma aims to obtain proposals of interest to the most important hotel chains and thus help to promote new talent.

The projects will be exhibited at various trade fairs in the sector, such as Cevisama and Arq-decó, among others.


National Novel Architecture Award

Deadline: 21 September

Organized by: Itesal

Prizes: 4000 €, 2000 € and three mentions of 500 €.

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The aim of this competition is to encourage the creativity of new generations of architects in the use of new aluminium systems.


LAKA 2018 competition: architecture that reacts

Deadline: November 2nd

Organized by: Laka

Prize: 3 prizes of $1,000 each one

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The aim of the competition is to invite designers from all over the world to submit their ideas on'architecture that reacts'.


International Design Award for Interior Designers

Deadline: 31 December

Organized by: AEG

Prize: Various gifts.

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The competition, which aims to boost creativity through original ideas that enhance the consumer experience in the kitchen, is aimed at professional interior designers from Spain, Germany, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark and Finland.

Mapei Award for Sustainable Architecture

Deadline: March

Organized by: Mapei

Prize: 6,000 €, 3,000 €, 1,500 €, scholarships, etc.

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The aim of this national architectural competition is to promote sustainable projects that stand out for their high architectural quality and minimal environmental impact.


International Architecture Award DOM3

Deadline: May. Biannual periodicity

Organized by: High Quality Housing Entrepreneurs Association DOM3

Prize: €60,000 in the professional category and €3,000 for the student category.

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This competition, aimed at professional architects and architecture students from all over the world, aims to promote actions to preserve and promote the business of designing, promoting and building high quality homes in Marbella and its area of influence.

Rafael Manzano Award for New Traditional Architecture 

Deadline: April

Organized by: INTBAU (International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism), with the support of the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust and the collaboration of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando (Madrid), the Fundaçao Serra Henriques, the Consejo Superior de Colegios de Arquitectos de España and Hispania Nostra.

Prize: 50.000 €

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This prize, aimed at all professional architects who have developed their professional careers in Spain and Portugal, is intended to reward those architects whose work has contributed to the preservation and rehabilitation of the traditional architectural and urban heritage and to the continuity of the constructive and architectural traditions that make it up.


Global Architecture and Design Awards

Deadline: July

Organised by: RTF

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More than 100 awards in 40 categories to reward the professional excellence of architects, interior designers and product designers.