2013 RIBA Competitions

  • Micro Housing Ideas Competition 2013
  • Dawntown Landmark Miami Competition
  • London Vauxhall - The Missing Link: Ideas Competition
  • Town Branch Common Design Competition Winner Announced

Micro Housing Ideas Competition 2013

Sponsor: Denver Architectural League

Type: Open, ideas

Location: Denver, USA

Language: English


Open to all students in a college level design school, interns, designers working in the architectural profession, non registered architects, and registered architects. Open to individuals or teams.


$50 per entry. Teams and / or individuals may submit multiple entries at $50/entry.


Honor Award - $1500
Merit Award(s) - $500
Citation Award(s)- $250


25 January 2013 - Announcement Issued
4 February - 1 May - Registration
4 February - 1 May - Questions (posted on website)
9 May  - Submission deadline
17 May  - Winners announced

Design Challenge:

An ideas competition for the design of a new housing typology, an 8 unit micro housing complex. The site, located near 3457 Ringsby Court, is across from the entrance into Denver's well known TAXI community (www.taxibyzeppelin.com ) and provides an opportunity for designers to explore and celebrate the following:

Entrance identity for the TAXI Community
Public access to the river for recreation
Affordable housing design
Modularity and prefabrication
"Thriveability" as it relates to natural ecologies and human modes of life
Appropriate use of technology, materials and building systems

This is an ideas competition inspired by a concern about the lack of innovation evident in Denver's existing multi-family housing market where many banal apartment, townhouse and condominium complexes are springing up throughout the area. With this competition, designers have the opportunity to explore the future, question the past and re-invent the notion of responsible aff ordable housing with an emphasis on thriveability and regenerative design (defi ned as a design approach that transcends sustainability while addressing higher principles of societal health, human sustenance, site integration, energy production and appropriate materials and building systems.)

The competition presents an opportunity to follow up on our 2011 Modern House Competition by continuing the design dialogue through an exhibition occurring during the AIA National Convention from June 20 - 22. Prior to the exhibition the submittals will be juried by a distinguished group of representatives in the field of Architecture, Art, Design, Planning and Media. Awards, publication and competition sponsorship will be announced at a later date.

For more information and to register, go to: https://sites.google.com/site/microhousingcompetition/registration



Dawntown Landmark Miami Competition

Sponsor: DawnTown Miami

Type: Open, ideas, international

Location: Miami, Florida

Language: English

Eligibilty: Open internationally to all designers, professionals, and students.

Fee: None.


1st Place - $3000 US
2nd Place - $1500 US
3rd Place - $500 US


1 February 2013 - Registration begins
15 February - Questions deadline
22 February - Questions answered
16 April - Registration and submissions deadline
3 May - Winners announced

Design Challenge:

The competition is centered around the idea of how cities are recognized and perceived through architecture. Many cities worldwide are instantly identified by their exclusive architectural elements. This raises the question: What is Miami's landmark? Although this city has impressive local architectural gems (The Freedom Tower, Miami Marine Stadium), these buildings reflect a different character and time period of Miami. In the last 10 years,
the city has radically changed and continues to do so. What this competition seeks, is not to replace the significant architecture, but to add a new landmark representing what Miami is about today and for the future.

For more information, go to: http://dawntown.org/competition/


 London Vauxhall - The Missing Link: Ideas Competition

 Sponsor: RIBA, Vauxhall One

Type: Open, 2 stage, international, ideas

Location: London

Language: English

Eligibility:open (internationally) to registered architects, landscape designers and architects, urban designers and students of these disciplines. Multi-disciplinary design teams are encouraged. Architects should be registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB) in the UK, or a recognised overseas regulatory authority


Professionals - £50.00 + VAT

Students - £10.00 + VAT for design students.


It is the intention to shortlist 3 schemes for the second stage and each shortlisted entrant will receive an honorarium of £2,000 + VAT. There will also be a prize for the best student entry of £500.


15 February 2013 - Questions deadline
22 February - Response to questions
7 March - Registration deadline
12 March - Stage One Submissions deadline
22 April - Shortlist for Stage 2 announced
20 May - Final interviews/presentations
31 May - Stage 2 winner announced


-Chris Law, RIBA Adviser, Public Realm and Development Director, Vauxhall One
-Christopher Woodward, Director of the Garden Museum
-Stephen Crisp, Head Gardener to US Ambassador
-Sue Illman, President of the Landscape Institute
-Richard Tice, Chairman of Vauxhall One
-Angela Brady, President of the RIBA
-Doreen Lawrence, Founder of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust
-Aseem Sheikh, Architect & Chairman of Vauxhall Change
-Joanne Wallis, RIBA Competitions Consultant (observer)

Design Challenge:

The Vauxhall area of London is at the heart of an area of huge new opportunity and Vauxhall One, the new Business Improvement District (BID) for Vauxhall are seeking design ideas to improve and enhance the public realm in Vauxhall, providing the 'Missing Link' between the New US Embassy Quarter and London's South Bank.

For more information, go to: http://www.ribacompetitions.com/vauxhallthemissinglink/index.html


Town Branch Common Design Competition Winner Announced

SCAPE selected to design Town Branch Commons. To learn more about the winning design, visit http://www.townbranchcommons.com/

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