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Millennium Bridge

Build a bridge and make your name


Winning a bridge project is a sure way to raise your profile and a create a piece of enduring public realm, says Malcolm Reading

The Seunsangga Complex

Seoul opens Seunsangga Complex overhaul contest


Seoul Metropolitan Government has launched an international contest for the £17 million regeneration of its iconic Seunsangga Complex

Reinier de Graaf

OMA chief: 'We were serious, but the Nine Elms contest wasn't'


OMA partner Reinier de Graaf on why he thinks the Nine Elms bridge competition is a wasteful exercise in political lobbying

Open-City’s Archikids Festival in the City of London

Contest seeks proposals for Open-City’s Archikids Festival


Architecture charity Open-City has launched a design competition for a series of ‘fun and creative’ £500 educational structures

Poznań in Poland. Image by Monika Mężyńska

Contest launched for 100ha Poznań urban district


The City of Poznan and Polish State Railwayshave launched an international design competition for a new mixed-use urban development

York Guildhall. Image by Kaly99

Hunt begins for York guildhall revamp architect


City of York Council is on the hunt for an architect for a £9.23 million overhaul of its historic guildhall

Ballymena bus station. Image by Albert Bridge

Architect sought for Ballymena bus and rail station


Northern Ireland’s transport authority, Translink is seeking an architect for a £6 million overhaul of Ballymena Bus and Rail Station

Populous\' competition winning scheme for Bristol Arena

Populous triumphs in Bristol Arena contest


Stadium specialists Populous has won the competition to design Bristol’s £91 million new arena

Amanda Levete’s practice AL_A with Ove Arup and Partners, Gross Max, Equals Consulting and Movement Strategies

Shortlist revealed in Nine Elms bridge contest


Hopkins, AL_A, Marks Barfield, and Bystrup with Robin Snell & Partners have been shortlisted in the competition to design a new £40 million Thames crossing at Nine Elms in south London

Toronto. Image by Benson Kua

Toronto opens public realm contest for new rail line


Toronto’s transport authority Metrolinx has launched an international competition for a series of pedestrian-friendly public realm projects on its new Sheppard East Light Rail Transit line

Lough Derg in Ireland. Image by Ludraman

Hunt begins for Lough Derg visitor centre architect


South Tipperary County Council is seeking an architect for an interpretation centre and visitor experience overlooking Lough Derg – Ireland’s second largest lake

Darlington. Image by J Spencer

Architect sought for £30m Teesside uni research centre


Teesside University is on the hunt for an architect for a new £30 million National Horizons Centre (NHC) in Darlington

tThe Wien Museum in Vienna. Image by Clemens PFEIFFER

Vienna Museum contest opens for pre-registration


The City of Vienna has announced a design competition for a £42 million overhaul of its municipal museum

Aberdeen. Image by Mkonikkara

Aberdeen seeks primary school architect


Aberdeen City Council is on the lookout for an architect to create a new home for Stoneywood Primary School in Bucksburn

The Firepower museum in south east London. Image by Glyn Baker

Hunt begins for Royal Artillery Museum architect


The Royal Artillery Museum is seeking an architect for its new base on the Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire

The Peterborough Lift Lock. Image by Danauf

Canadian Canoe Museum design contest launched


An international design competition has been launched for a new £12.5 million Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough

Glasgow university. Image by Diliff

Architect sought for Glasgow university research hub


The University of Glasgow is on the hunt for an architect for a new research hub on its 31 hectare Gilmorehill Campus

Heatherwick Garden Bridge

Critics accuse TfL of ‘pre-judging’ 2013 Garden Bridge contest


Heatherwick outscored Wilkinson Eyre on bridge design experience, FOI response reveals

Philharmonie de Paris concert hall. Image by Beaucardet

Nouvel in legal bid to undo Philharmonie de Paris ‘sabotage’


Jean Nouvel has applied for a court order to remedy design deviations which allegedly ‘savaged and sabotaged’ his Philharmonie de Paris concert hall

Conductor Simon Rattle

Speed of new London concert hall plans compared to 'going over Niagara Falls'


‘This has all moved so fast. It is like going down Niagara Falls in a barrell’

Grafton Architects’ competition-winning scheme for a new ‘flagship building’ at Kingston University - auditiorium

Council rejects Grafton's contest-winning Kingston University scheme Video


Kingston Upon Thames council has thrown out Grafton Architects’ competition-winning scheme for a new ‘flagship building’ at Kingston University

Avanti Architects\' competition-winning project to rebuild the Old Walworth Town Hall and Newington Library

Avanti wins Old Walworth Town Hall rebuild contest


Avanti Architects has won the contest to rebuild the Old Walworth Town Hall and Newington Library buildings which were struck by fire two years ago

Niall McLaughlin\'s proposals for Jesus College - approved March 2015

Niall McLaughlin bags planning for Jesus College plans


Niall McLaughlin Architects has won planning permission for the first phase of an ‘ambitious redevelopment’ programme at Jesus College, Cambridge

OAC’s competition-winning mixed-use masterplan in Xi’an for the UNESCO-protected Daming Palace and the neighbouring 20th Century Dahua Wool Spinning Factory

OAC reveals pair of Far East contest wins


[First look] Office for Architectural Culture (OAC) has revealed competition-winning schemes for a 500-hectare masterplan in Xi’an, China and a presidential library in Taipei, Taiwan

AZPML\'s competition-winning scheme for a 31-storey skyscraper in Vienna

AZPML wins Vienna skyscraper contest


[First look + plans + project data] Alejandro Zaera-Polo’s practice, AZPML has defeated Dominique Perrault and Coop Himmelb(l)au in the contest for a 31-storey skyscraper in Vienna

Piano joins Rogers on Barangaroo skyscrapers job Video


Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) has won an international competition for three luxury residential towers in Sydney’s £3 billion Barangaroo regeneration district

Met Museum

Chipperfield lands Met Museum job


David Chipperfield Architects has won the job to design a new wing for New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art

Plans by Stanton Williams approved for new Centre for Research into Rare Disease in Children - University College London and the Great Ormond Street Hospital

Stanton Williams wins go-ahead for Great Ormond Street Hospital job


Stirling Prize-winner Stanton Williams has won planning approval for a new £40 million Children’s Rare Disease Research Centre building at Great Ormond Street Hospital

Sling Swing by WMB Studio

UK outfits complete Toronto winter beach installations


Emerging UK firms DM_Studio and WMB Studio have completed their £8,000 ‘winter stations’ on Toronto’s beaches

Alvar Aalto\'s competition-winning Säynätsalo Town Hall, Finland

Helping to make the unknowns well known

30-Jan-2015 | By Malcolm Reading

Competitions may be hard work, but they remain a fantastic opportunity for new talent to establish itself, writes Malcolm Reading

How to design a successful awards or competition entry

1-Jan-2013 | By

Seven tips on how to design entry boards, fill in forms and what kind of photography you’ll need to win

How to sell your project to an interview panel

1-Jan-2013 | By

10 tips on how to convince a judging panel, client or jury that you’re the right practice for the job

The Wien Museum in Vienna. Image by Clemens PFEIFFER

Competitions: editor's pick 20.03.15

17-Mar-2015 | By

Regenerating the Vienna Museum, a £30 million research centre in Darlington and public realm for Toronto’s new rail line. The editor’s pick of this week’s top competitions

The Peterborough Lift Lock. Image by Danauf

Competitions: editor's pick 13.03.15

10-Mar-2015 | By

The Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Glasgow university’s new research hub and a future home for the Royal Artillery Museum. The editor’s pick of this week’s top competitions

Preston bus station- listed September 2013

Competitions: editor's pick 06.03.15

3-Mar-2015 | By

Regenerating Preston bus station, a new primary school in Prague and a ‘landmark’ bridge over the Tamsui River. The editor’s pick of this week’s top competitions

LDA Design\'s Meridian Water proposals - birdseye view (May 2012)

Competitions: editor's pick 27.02.15

24-Feb-2015 | By

The Meridian Water Housing Zone, Forth Valley College’s new Falkirk campus and a Carnegie Community Hub in Liverpool. The editor’s pick of this week’s top competitions

Cardiff University. Image by Stan Zurek

Competitions: editor's pick 20.02.15

17-Feb-2015 | By

Cardiff University’s new student union, a £2.5 million bridge in Bath and East Sussex affordable housing. The editor’s pick of this week’s top competitions

Dublin, Ireland. Image by Bjørn Christian Tørrissen

Competitions: editor's pick 13.02.15

10-Feb-2015 | By

Dublin’s primary school design contest, a 48-hour BIM competition in Newcastle and a £40 million innovation campus for Aberystwyth University. The editor’s pick of this week’s top competitions

Bologna in Italy. Image by Goldmund100

Competitions: editor's pick 06.02.15

5-Feb-2015 | By

A Holocaust memorial in Bologna, an installation inspired by Yeats’ poem ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’ and Moscow’s Atomic Energy Pavilion. The editor’s pick of this week’s top competitions

Greenwich Painted Hall. Image by Steve Cadman

Competitions: editor's pick 30.01.15

29-Jan-2015 | By

Restoring Greenwich’s iconic Painted Hall, a new teaching centre for the University of Winchester and regenerating Soar Island in Leicester. The editor’s pick of this week’s top competitions