10 Ways to Improve Architecture Competitions

10 Ways to Improve Architecture Competitions


That competitive nature is in our blood, running deeper in some than others. Some don't mind helping their competitors improve, however. When architects face off in competitions to design the sleekest structures, for instance, they will often collaborate to provide feedback and push their profession forward.

That's exactly the case with a recent poll from Architectural Record and the Van Alen Institute. To see all the results, aided by colorful info-graphics, click here. For an excerpt, read on. 


1. Show the value of good design

Designers want more compensation for the time and resources put into a competition entry. There should be recognition of the labor and money spent annually on design competitions, as a means of monitoring “how much value design creates.” With this in mind, Van Alen recommends the mandatory disclosure of time and associated costs of every competition entry.

2. It’s not just about winning.

Competitions should focus less on the winning team, and more on offering opportunities for all entrants. By treating these contests as a starting point for conversation instead of a career springboard for the sole winner, Van Alen thinks the design practice as a whole will benefit.

3. Let the jury speak!

Results of the “Design Competition Survey” highlighted that respondents desired greater feedback on their proposals, winning or otherwise. The publishing of jury notes from every competition would not only provide designers with valuable feedback, but increase the transparency of the competition system as a whole.

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Image courtesy of Van Alen Institute

Image courtesy of Van Alen Institute

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