Global commerce and the unprecedented demand for travel and have resulted in the proliferation of airports around the world. In their short history, terminal buildings have been criticized for employing generic architectural forms that are unapologetically disconnected from their context and cultural identity. Technical complexity and functional design have often taken precedence over quality and comfort for users.

In less than a century, the airport has emerged as a new architectural typology that is as important as other large-scale public buildings such as museums, libraries, temples, and courthouses. Airports are among the most complex and highly frequented transportation hubs, but they are also increasingly important places for work, commerce, recreation, and culture. The rapid evolution of airports necessitates the incorporation of the latest developments in technology, design, and social trends around the globe.


The Fentress Global Challenge (FGC) competition is open to graduate and undergraduate students who are currently pursuing architecture or engineering degrees in an accredited university program, as well as recent graduates (within the last four years) with a degree in architecture or engineering.

Students must provide proof of active enrollment status: a scanned copy of their student ID and current course schedule. Recent graduates must provide a scanned copy of their diploma.


Participants of the FGC are encouraged to re-envision the terminal building in the year 2075. Concepts will integrate Fentress’ Touchstone 2: Use context to create identity. Context is more than an intellectual consideration of the history or physical appearance of a neighborhood, city or state, and it’s more than the way new will live with old. Context draws on the senses and memories that define a place and make it unique. Context grows from community, and people respond to it.

Based in logic, beauty and humanism, our Eight Touchstones of Design™ form the foundation for our approach to public architecture and guide our “patient search” to discover the art inside.

More on Fentress’ Eight Touchstones of Design

In line with the speculative nature of the competition, participants should seek to improve every dimension of the airport terminal building. All entries should delve into one or more broad topic related to airport architecture and the future of aviation such as mobility, urbanization, globalization, technology, flexibility, security, project feasibility, and passenger experience in 2075.

Designs must center on one of these airports or one of comparable size:











The submission must take into account existing runways and land restrictions of the chosen airport Participants should create a new airport concept that replaces current terminal structures. These boundaries are there to facilitate a re-envisioning of the airport of the future. Fentress does not supply airport plans. Design 2075 airport mobility – take into consideration what exists and how your concept will evolve the airport and its context.


Use clear, concise language to convey ideas, key points, and design solutions. Photographs, diagrams, renderings, animations, collages or other visualizations are encouraged to help explain the concept, respecting the guidelines previously described. Please label drawings.


The design approach is innovative and inspiring. Both the concept and design solution are presented through unique and compelling graphics and other media.


The design honors the physical attributes of the site’s context and culture. The overall design strategy matches the global and local demographic requirements of the location. (Again, use context to create identity.


The design considers the airport’s environmental impact and energy use. The overall design strategy considers and responds to notions of social sustainability, occupant lifestyle, and well-being.


The planning and building organization is clear and appropriate. The design solution contains a defined and well-articulated structural, technical, and constructible rationale.



US$10,000 Cash + Event

The top prize includes US$10,000 cash and the opportunity to accompany Curt Fentress to a prestigious architectural event where you will receive your award. Airfare, lodging, and entrance fee will be paid for by Fentress Architects, not to exceed US$5,000. Winners are responsible for obtaining necessary visas and paperwork. If entering as a group, the monetary prize and attendance at the architectural event will be distributed equally.








Winners of the competition will be elevated to a Fentress Global Challenge Fellow. Of the thousands of entries Fentress Global Challenge (FGC) has garnered since debuting in 2011, up to four teams earn top honors each year. In 2018, FGC Fellows was created to recognize a select and dynamic group of past award winners.

Fellows are chosen for their:

  • Engagement in and elevation of the discourse on public architecture
  • Active participation in mentorship programs
  • Demonstration of a growing commitment to their community

FGC supports Fellows by facilitating events and other forums that afford networking opportunities and access to not only peers, but also industry leaders looking to connect, share ideas and discuss projects. Fellows are also invited to sit on future FGC award juries and collaborate on papers and other thought pieces.


Competition Announcement                            May 31, 2018

Design Submission Deadline                          May 31, 2019

Shortlist Announcement                                  July 1, 2019

Winners Announcement                                  July 29, 2019

Architectural Event                                          Fall 2019


By the end of the day on May 31, 2019 (23:00 GMT), participants must register and upload competition materials to their profile page on fentressglobalchallenge.com.

The official language of the competition is English and the official unit of measurement is the inch.

The design concept shall be submitted in PDF format and include:

  • Up to 8 pages in 11 inch x 17 inch format, landscape orientation
  • Each of the 8 pages must have a page number and the team name
  • File must be named as follows: 2018/2019_team name_design concept title.pdf
  • The submission must have a design concept title, a 400-word description, and a brief description of the team or individual submitting
  • Supporting diagrams, plans, sections and perspectives are encouraged
  • The digital file may be no larger than 100mb
  • In a separate PDF, please include student IDs of the group members

Plagiarism and/or cheating will result in disqualification.

Download full rules and regulations here.


More: fentressglobalchallenge.com


Total Prize: $16,000

Pro Carton Young Designers Award 2019


The Pro Carton Young Designers Award is now one of Europe’s leading annual young talent competitions for packaging design. It also plays a pioneering role in promoting sustainability as it focuses exclusively on cartonboard design!

We are excited to announce that submissions for the 2019 Pro Carton Young Designers Award are open and run right through until mid-May 2019, so >> get your creative juices running!

Teachers can plan the Awards into the curriculum for this academic year (see offer of support below); and students, please encourage your teachers to let you participate.

We will invite the 4 category winners plus 6 Finalists to the Awards Gala Dinner which this year is in Malta. And the teachers of the finalists are also invited!

Entries can be submitted across four categories:

  • Creative Cartonboard Packaging: Eat & Drink: The focus lies on cartonboard as the most sustainable food and beverages packaging material and its recyclability. Give us a taste of great design!
  • Creative Cartonboard Packaging: All other: This category focusses on using the most sustainable packaging material for non-food packaging. Everything needs packaging, have a look around yourself and get inspired!
  • Creative Cartonboard Ideas: Think outside the box! Here’s a chance for you to put forward your cartonboard ideas outside of the packaging market.
  • Save the Planet: Every minute a truck load of plastics is dumped in the ocean. Show us your ideas as to how cartonboard can reduce or replace plastic and help us save the planet!

Please submit physical 3D samples of your designs, illustrations or two dimensional layouts are also welcome.

What you can win:

  • The main prize for the 4 category winners is a visit to the Stora Enso in Sweden plus practical training at AR Packaging in Sweden. All expenses paid, of course!
  • Furthermore, all winners, finalists and each of their lecturers will be invited to the Gala Awards dinner at the European Carton Makers Association (ECMA) Congress in September 2019 in Malta where the European folding carton industry will meet for this networking event of the year! All expenses will be covered by Pro Carton: Travel costs, 2 nights in a luxury hotel, the elegant Award Gala and even a budget for night out in Malta!
  • All finalists will receive framed certificates.

For inspiration take a look at

Also, you can see more about the two sponsor companies that will be welcoming the 2019 winners at www.storaenso.com and www.ar-packaging.com

Services for Design Schools and Universities:

We would be happy to support you with >> Publications on cartons and cartonboard, and, above all, complimentary cartonboard for the design work. We want to provide a real hands on learning experience for the students!

If you like us to send you cartonboard for your students you are most welcome to order free of charge here:

The cartonboard for this year´s Award is being sponsored by Mayr-Melnhof Karton.

It is also possible to arrange for Pro Carton members to come to your school or university and hold workshops on the numerous options that cartonboard and cartons offer (design, technology, production, marketing …).

Please let us know what else we can do for you and contact us:
Suzanne McEwen

What can I enter?

Entries can be submitted in four categories:

  • Creative Cartonboard Packaging Food & Drink
  • Creative Cartonboard Packaging All – excluding Food & Drink
  • Creative Cartonboard Ideas
  • Save the Planet

How do I enter?

  • All submitted materials – designs, layouts and/or models, empty packaging etc.
    • must be true to scale, regardless of their actual size and use,
    • must be made exclusively of cartonboard (over 200 g/m2),
    • be folded and possibly glued.
    • Designs need to be three-dimensional designs.
    • Each entry must be registered online,
    • Send your entry with a copy of the entry form to the Award office – so we can identify your physical entry
  • If possible, all entries must be provided as print-ready versions (not larger than A3). A layout or description of one A4 page maximum must accompany all three-dimensional samples, models, empty packs etc. A description is desirable under all circumstances.
  • Each entry should include a “Promote your Design” text comprising approx. 100 words as well as between one and up to a maximum of five photos of the design (please ensure good quality – no photo collages or images with text).
  • Unless expressly requested otherwise, all shortlisted entries as selected by the jury will be included in the public voting for the Public Award on the Pro Carton website after the deadline for the entry has expired.

Who can participate?

The competition is aimed at all design students in Europe who are not working as professionals. They must not have completed their studies before the summer of 2019 (proof is to be supplied with the entry, e.g. student enrolment document). An entry gives the organisers the right to showcase the submitted concepts in a public exhibition, including publication, promotion and documentation of the competition.

What can I win?

  1. For the 4 category winners: The main prize for the category winners is a visit to the Stora Enso Mill in Sweden plus a practical training at an international carton converter.
  2. This is for the 4 winners and the other 6 finalists on top together with their teachers: An invitation to the award ceremony at the international ECMA Congress in Malta (maximum one person plus one teacher per entry) – travel expenses and accommodation all borne by Pro Carton.
  3. A special trophy
  4. A corresponding certificate
  5. International publicity and recognition: publication of prizes and prize winners (press releases, website and social media)

There will be one award winner for each category plus a total number of six finalists.

Where and when can I enter?

Entries must be received by

Pro Carton Young Designers Award
c/o Lejeune Association Management
Laan van Nieuw Oost-Indië 131-G
NL-2593 BM The Hague
The Netherlands

no later than 17th May 2019 and be labelled “Pro Carton Young Designers Award“. They can be returned to the entrant upon special request and at their own cost and risk. Entrants are responsible for ensuring that their entries arrive on time.

What does entry cost?

Participation is free of charge. The organisers are not responsible for the submitted materials.

How does the jury work?

The jury consists of designers, brand owners, retailers as well as manufacturers of cartonboard and cartons. This ensures that the needs of the entire Supply Chain are taken into consideration.

Members of the jury, their relatives and the organisers are excluded from participating in the competition. Pro Carton retains the right to use all entries for public relations purposes. The decisions of the jury are final.

How does the public voting work?

Following the jury meeting early in June, the shortlisted designs will be presented on a voting page on this website. Furthermore all shortlisted designs will be promoted on our Social Media channels like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn.

One vote can be cast per day. The voting ends on 10th September 2019. Users trying to manipulate this limit will be excluded.

The winner of the public voting will receive an iPad (Wi-Fi, 128GB) and a certificate as the public’s favourite. There will be a prize draw for a further iPad among all those voting on www.procarton.com

The winner will be drawn within early in October 2019 and will be notified by e-mail. If the winner does not respond to this mail within 7 days, the prize will be forfeited and there will be another draw for a new winner.

Multiple wins are not possible. The organiser’s decision is final. Prizes cannot be redeemed in cash.

The organisers will not pass on personal data nor disclose addresses to third parties.


More: procarton.com


2019 Pollinator House Design-Build Competition

Design a House, Build a Community

This is an Open, One-stage, Design-Build competition in which entrants are asked to deliver a functional, contemporary pollinator house to be auctioned off to support both GBN and BAF’s programs.


For the 25th anniversary of Garden Walk BuffaloGardens Buffalo Niagara and the Buffalo Architecture Foundation are coming together to organize and facilitate a design/build competition of Pollinator Houses. The spirit of the competition seeks to bring awareness to the wide array of pollinators in Western New York.  This competition aspires to generate awareness of pollinators of all types and challenge the notion of how these Pollinator Houses can or should look. The competition also encourages all to participate by becoming designers and advocates for these critical animal partners.

Pollinators have been increasingly threatened through the 20th and into the 21st century with the heavy use of pesticides, invasive species, disease and parasites, and loss of habitat. Specific issues such as colony collapse (bees), white nose syndrome (bats), climate change (all pollinators) have led to the severe population loss of many pollinators, across the region, country and world. Pollinators in Western New York include: native bees, butterflies, bats, birds, and other insects.

These animals are important because so much of our food and plants depend on these them in order to reproduce. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, up to 75 percent of the world’s food crops are dependent in some way on pollinators to reproduce.

Learn more about pollinators from Pollinator Conservation Association:  http://www.pollinatorconservationassociation.org.

Learn more about pollinator friendly practices from the USDA:  https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators/friendlypractices.shtml


With pollinator numbers in decline, having a pollinator house in the garden can help solitary-nesters by providing them a cozy home to live in and raise their young.  Pollinators need large areas of habit to flourish– the more that can be done to protect and conserve native habitats, the more space these tiny environmental champions will have to do their important work.  By providing habitat for pollinators to dwell, as well as planting a plethora of native flowering vegetation, providing a clean water and mud source, and limiting pesticide use, we can do a great deal to help out with the plight of pollinators.

The conclusion of the competition will result in an auction of all submissions to support both GBN and BAF’s programs.  Each entry should address the needs of its target animal while  simultaneously addressing the basic demands of an outdoor enclosure.  A commercially available, pre-fabricated pollinator house that has been artistically decorated with high quality illustrations is desirable, but entrants are challenged and encouraged to submit, creative and innovative designs that provide a form defying convention.


Basic Expectations:

  • Reasonably shelter the selected pollinator
  • Provide adequate space for the selected pollinator to occupy the house
  • Provide creative and visually pleasing entry
  • Reasonable installation requirements are accounted for
  • Accommodate a combined GBN and BAF logo (available for download)

Heighten Expectations:

  • Unique fabrication methods and/or material choices
  • Distinctive architectural style or design
  • Use of recycled and/or sustainable materials
  • Inspire design appreciation and pollinator awareness


A Pollinator House, serving a pollinator identified by the entrant and a brief design narrative (250 words or less). For logistical purposes, the house in its “moveable” form cannot be larger than 12” x 12” x 12”.

Entrants will be responsible for all design, fabrication and delivery of each entry.  Multiple entries are encouraged; however, separate entry forms must be submitted for each entry.


Free and Open to all!

Climate conscious architects, designers, gardeners, sculptors, carpenters, students, etc. are encouraged to participate, however all entrants must possess a competent level of construction quality to ensure the successful execution of the Pollinator House.

Entrants are not required to be residents of New York State nor the United States, however, because this is a design-build competition, it is expected that entrants be capable of delivering (personally or by package post) the finished product to the drop off site at their own cost.

Entry Process

Final and constructed Pollinator House entries will be accepted starting at the release of this brief, through May 15, 2019. A final drop-off location in Buffalo, New York will be announced in a subsequent press releases, closer to the final delivery acceptance date. Any submissions desired to be delivered prior to announce of a final location can contact info@buffaloarchitecture.org to coordinate a drop off. No entry fee is required.

Selection Criteria

Entrants are encouraged to take wide latitude in determining the form, function and style of their design(s). To ensure dedication to the BAF and GBN’s competition intent, all designs will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Overall design execution
  • Originality
  • Suitability for pollinator
  • Sustainability


A jury of esteemed representatives from Western New York architectural and gardening community will comprise will be reviewing all submissions for design quality, ingenuity, creativity, sustainability, and execution.  Awards recognizing minimally the following categories will be given:

  • Best overall entry
  • Most likely to attract a pollinator
  • Best student entry (K-12)

Possibility of Replication

Although not certain or guaranteed, it is desired to select one or more designs for replication to commemorate Garden Walk Buffalo’s 25th anniversary. The Competition Committee will contact entrants for possible fabrication refinements if the design is selected.


  • Announce of competition: December 1, 2018
  • Submissions accepted: February 1 through May 15, 2019
  • Final questions received: May 1, 2019
  • Display of entries: June 15 – ____
  • Plantasia?
  • Garden Art Sale?
  • 6 Minute Building Stories?
  • Buffalo Architecture Center?
  • Garden Walk Headquarters
  • Buffalo Architecture Center
  • Final Auction – August ___?

Rules and Regulations

All entrants must abide by the following:

  1. Entrants give Buffalo Architecture Foundation (BAF) and Gardens Buffalo Niagara (GBN) permission to reproduce their submission without restriction.
  2. No royalties shall be payable by BAF or GBN or any other sponsors for use of the submission entry materials.
  3. Entrants verify that all information provided in the Entry Form is true and their submission is subject to disqualification if it is found that any information has been falsified.
  4. Entrants affirm that they are sole owner of the materials identified in the Pollinator House Competition entry, that each submitted entry is an original work, and that neither these materials nor the permission granted hereby infringes upon the ownership, copyright, trademark, or rights of others.
  5. All deliverables become property of Buffalo Architecture Foundation and Gardens Buffalo Niagara.
  6. Entries shall not have been previously published in any competition publication, whether printed, online, or otherwise.
  7. Entries shall not have been selected as a finalist, winner, honorable mention, etc. in any other competition.
  8. If the design is submitted from a team of people, all team members must be identified on the entry form with a clearly identified team leader.
  9. Entrants are not allowed to discuss details of their competition designs and/or entries with any of the judges directly whatsoever. Any attempt to do so will result in immediate disqualification.
  10. Any deviation from competition rules may result in automatic disqualification at the discretion of the jury.


  • Will BAF or GBN pick up my submission?

It is expected of the entrant to deliver their own submission. Only in extreme circumstances will this be considered, with prior approval of the Competition Committee. Inquiries can be sent to info@buffaloarchitecture.org.

Check back to buffaloarchitecture.org for more FAQs as the competition progresses.


More: buffaloarchitecture.org


SpaceTime 2019: Call for Submissions

The ACM SIGGRAPH Education Committee sponsors the SpaceTime juried International Student Poster Competition and Online Exhibition 2018.

Deadline May 15, 2019

The SpaceTime 2019 International Student Competition provides an excellent opportunity for students attending schools at the College/University levels or High School/Secondary levels to exhibit their computer-based media creative work nationally and internationally. Entries will be judged by international jurors on the basis of solution of the theme, artistic merit, design, originality, technical excellence, and content.

The first two winners will receive a non-transferable complimentary Conference Select registration to the conference, http://s2019.siggraph.org/ which does not include travel or lodging.

The theme for SpaceTime 2019 is: “Thrive”, keeping with the theme of the 2019 conference.

Submission Requirements

  • One entry per student
    • A minimal use of text is suggested.
    • You should not use any copyrighted imagery for your poster, and you are responsible for copyright related issues.
  • File Specifications:
    • Image size: 1754 × 2481 pixels – A3 (11.69” x 16.54” / 297mm x 420 mm) @ 150-ppi
    • Color Mode: RGB (please no CMYK images)
    • Image Format: JPEG (.jpg)
    • Maximum file size: 2MB
    • Name your image: firstname_lastname_s2019.jpg
  • On the submission form, you will be asked to provide an artist statement (up to 250 words) along with your technical statement (up to 150 words).

This year, submission will be through an on-line submission system, details to follow.

Any communication should be addressed to: Dr. Anna Ursyn at anna.ursyn [at] unco.edu, Cc: aursyn [at] gmail.com. Because of the spam folder, please send to both addresses.


More: siggraph.org




Vision: Extreme Habitat Challenge pushes to explore habitat concepts that are responsible, yet brave to grow human civilization in synchronous with nature + technology + planet.

Design a concept habitat of 1,000 people within area of 0.5mi x 0.5mi, which is able to expand itself to 100,000 (2.5mi x 2.5mi) as needed/desired by the population moving in to the place. The challenge invites ideas that push the boundaries of design using innovative habitat working models, materials, technology, close to zero land costs, a nomadic yet rooted lifestyle.

This design exercise can be considered similar to colonizing a new earth with technology of today. The first 1,000 people prototype habitat will house all the three elements of human life in it – Live, Work and Play.

The first ever Extreme Habitat Challenge competition chooses two major cities (New York, USA x Mumbai, India), connected via the fastest mode of land bound transit (Hyperloop). This site peculiarly with a very less human population density, is a test bench for designing a new habitat will inspire how life should be in similar environments while balancing itself harmoniously between forces of nature.


You have to deliver an architectural outcome on the following site, based on the given issue outlines. The idea can begin at an issue or a program or the history.

  • A maximum 8 nos. – 1880 x 2880 sheet in portrait digital format (JPEG)
  • Answer 6 mandatory questions and 2 self formulated questions in the discussion section as given on the ‘additional materials folder’. This folder contains: Full resolution Map images, Hands on Literature of problem, CAD Drawing file of Site, FAQ Questions, Descriptive Criterion.

Minimum requisites in the sheets (For a complete submission):

  • Site plan (Compulsory)
  • Key conceptual sections x 1 (Minimum)
  • 3D views x 4
  • Cover image of size 2000 x 1000 px or larger in aspect ratio 2:1.
  • Floor plans, images, sketches (if any) can be added to support the entry in the form of additional images.
  • Use exploded views to discuss multi-leveled conceptual models better.
  • Ensure that the final sheets which are submitted do not include your name or any other mark of identification.
  • To learn about the best practices of submission refer to this pdf here. https://goo.gl/fmmcP7
  • Plagiarism of any idea/form/design/image will be disqualified with a notice.

The submission of the entry has to happen on our submission portal at uni.xyz only with the format given on the website. No other mode of submissions will be accepted. In order to avoid last minute rush, plan and try uploading your entries prior to the submission deadline . Check this video tutorial of how to make the submission on the platform .



  1. The competition is open to all students and professionals (Worldwide).
  2. Minimum eligible age for participation is 18 years.
  3. This competition is open for both students and professionals.
  4. Team size is maximum of 4 members per team.
  5. All disciplines are eligible.
  6. Team: Teams with all student participants (with valid id’s required) will be categorized under student teams.
  7. Teams with even one professional participant will be categorized under professional team.



More: ehc19.uni.xyz


Total Prize: $3,000



The SKYHIVE 2019 Skyscraper Challenge is the second annual architecture competition which searches out the latest and greatest designs for an iconic high rise structure. Participants of the SKYHIVE Challenge are tasked with creating a concept for a state-of-the-art tower that breaks the norm.
Participants are encouraged to incorporate new technologies and materials in their designs, as well as unique aesthetics and spatial organisations. Special consideration is also given to designs that implement innovations in sustainable systems, as well as those that look to solve economic, social, and cultural problems through the establishment of new architectural methods.
The annual SKYHIVE Challenge is a platform to examine the relationship between skyscrapers and the natural world, the community, and the city as a whole. It is important that designs show consideration for the impact on the surrounding environment, as well as how the increase in inhabitants will affect the current infrastructure, pollution levels, economic division, and urban sprawl.

Competition participants are allowed to interpret the competition brief however they choose, in the most creative way possible. The SKYHIVE Challenge is a chance for architecture enthusiasts to potentially rewrite the definition of the modern-day skyscraper.

Download full competition brief for more information!

Competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum). Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English; All information submitted by participants must be in English.


More: skyhive2019.beebreeders.com


Total Prize: $6,000

Typomania 2019 – Typographic Video Contest


Typomania typographic video competition is one of the key events of the festival. The contest exists from the very beginning of the festival. We recieve hundreds of  type videos annualy. The contest participants are designers, motion designers, cartoonists, students and professionals.

Entry submission for Typomania 2019 will be open from March 1 till May 1 2019. Best videos were chosen by an international jury. The announcement of the results and the award ceremony will take place during the closing ceremony of Typomania festival on June 2 2019 in the Museum of Moscow (Moscow, Zubovsky boulevard, 2).

Curator of the videocontest – Vasily Shikhachevskyvideo@typomania.ru

Themes of the videocontest

1.Videos with type playing the key role in them

2.Presentation of a typeface. Video demonstrating the abilities and specificity of a typeface.

  1. Movie titles.Captions for movies, cartoons, TV series, TV programs. Commercial and student works.
  2. Text visualization. Visualization of a song, a poem or of another text.

5.Typomania. Animation of the TYPOMANIA logo (download the festival logo).


We recieve hundreds of works from Russia, Europe, Asia, America. You can watch them all on our YouTube channel TypomaniaFest.


Every year on Typomania festival’s stage the authors of 9 best videos recieve 9 legendary light letters.  Special prizes will also be awarded for the best performance technique. Shortlisted authors will be awarded diplomas. Mailing of prizes and diplomas are at the expense of the festival. Authors of videos that are not included in the short-list, will be sent pdf-diploma of the participant on request.

More: en.typomania.ru