The aim of the “Learning” competition is to develop design proposals for the university, intended as a space of higher education, training, and teaching on all levels and disciplines.

The participants are asked to create innovative and unconventional projects on this theme, questioning the very basis of the notion of the university. recently a series of new initiatives have emerged in relation to the learning experience.

The digitalization of education empowered processes of serious gaming as a learning tool, through app and interface, while video tutorials introduced a brand new dimension of bottom-up knowledge sharing movements. Organizations like Coursera, Ted, and Edx managed to grasp the qualities of remote learning and translated them into professional educational tools, providing online courses and lectures for anyone around the world. Along the same line, many universities started providing entire programs online, reducing costs and giving large flexibility to their students. On the other hand, many institutions still rely and invest in direct human interaction as the main vehicle for education. Innovation operates by empowering not only the teacher-student relationship, but also the potential for collaboration and mutual motivation between learners, trans-disciplinarity and inter-disciplinarity in the outside world.

Within this context, with critical thinking and a creative attitude, participants are urged to investigate what kind of spatial qualities can support or empower the process of learning in the future. Designers are asked to merge considerable programmatic innovation and valuable design tools. The proposal could be a device, piece of furniture, interior design project, pavilion, building, urban plan or something other. The scale of intervention, program dimensions and location are not given and they can be chosen by the participants to better suit their project.

ELIGIBILITY: Non Architecture Competitions are open to all human beings, from every age and cultural background, working in groups or individually.

Learning — Prizes

Non Architecture Competitions wants to be unconventional also in the way it rewards its participants. The winners will be in fact three, all equally important. In addition 9 honorable mentions will be awarded. Each one of the 3 jury members will select one winner and four honorable mentions.

Winners (3 Prizes)

  • 1,000 Euro
  • Publication in the Non Architecture Competitions books
  • Publication on the Non Architecture Competitions website
  • Reviews in digital magazines and several architecture blogs
  • 3 Books by DOM Publisher

Honorable Mentions (9 Prizes)

  • Publication in the Non Architecture Competitions book
  • Publication on the Non Architecture Competitions website
  • Reviews in digital magazines and several architecture blogs

Finalists (38 Prizes)

  • Publication in the Non Architecture Competitions book
  • Publication on the Non Architecture Competitions website

About Non Architecture

Non Architecture Competitions is an initiative pointed at finding and bringing forward these valuable alternative proposals. It practically consists in a series of nine competitions, organized in a time frame of three years. All competitions have their focus on finding innovative approaches to a specific architecture topic, always related to a functional issue. Emphasis is always pointed to non-traditional, and therefore non-architectural approaches to the architect’s work.

Learning – 8th Non Architecture Competition – Entry Fees

  • 30 Euro — 1–15 October 2018 – Special Registration
  • 45 Euro — 16 October–15 November 2018 – Early Registration
  • 60 Euro — 16 November–15 December 2018 – Regular Registration
  • 75 Euro — 16–27 December 2018 – Late Registration


Astrid Piber – Partner at UNStudio
Arjen Wals – Professor Transformative Learning for Socio-ecological Sustainability/Unesco Chair at WUR
Prue Chiles – 
Professor of Architectural Design Research and Acting Director of Architecture at Newcastle University

1–15 October 2018 – Special Registration (30 €) period
16 October -15 November 2018 – Early Registration (45 €) period
16 November -15 December 2018 – Regular Registration (60 €) period
16 – 27 December 2018 – Late Registration (75 €) period
15 December 2018 – Submission opened on our website
30 December 2018 – Submission Deadline (23.59 GMT+2)
19-23 January 2019 – Winners announcement
21 January 2019 – Call for Materials for the “Learning – Non Architectural Universities” book starts
21 February 2019 – Call for Materials for the “Thinking – Non Architectural Universities” book ends
March 2019 – The “Thinking – Non Architectural Universities” book is available




Total Prize: € 1,000