January 27, 2023

New architecture and design competitions: Los Angeles Residential Architecture, Accessibility Symbol Design, Car Park of the Future, and Mark Baines Illustration Competition | News

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New architecture and design competitions: Los Angeles Residential Architecture, Accessibility Symbol Design, Car Park of the Future, and Mark Baines Illustration Competition | News


Mosaic Gardens at Westlake by Lahmon Architects was an Affordable Housing category winner at the 2019 AIALA Residential Architecture Awards. The 2022 edition is now accepting submissions (details below). Photo: Benny Chan | fotoworks.

For our latest weekly curated picks of architecture and design competitions listed on Bustler, we have chosen four contests calling for the best new examples of residential architecture in Los Angeles and beyond, ideas for a twenty-first-century symbol of accessibility, outstanding architectural illustrations, and transformation concepts for the ubiquitous underground parking typology.

For the complete directory of newly listed competitions click here.

AIALA Residential Architecture Awards
Registration Deadline: Friday, Mar 11, 2022
Submission Deadline: Monday, Apr 4, 2022

“Residential design is the purview of a wide array of practices. From young offices developing their own design language to established firms refining a sensibility or investigating new ideas. Celebrating these firms and projects are the AIALA Residential Architecture Awards (RAAs). This inclusive awards program invites work at all scales from firms of all sizes. Projects remain in the category they were submitted in and are compared to work of like scale.”

International Accessibility Symbol Design Competition
Register/Submit Deadline: Friday, Mar 25, 2022

“The International Union of Architects (UIA) and Rehabilitation International (RI) are jointly inviting submissions for a twenty-first century symbol of accessibility to represent their core values of rights and inclusion, independence, physical and virtual accessibility for all, including people with disabilities. The challenge is therefore to develop a new symbol of accessibility that better represents the variety of people who use buildings and other types of built environments. The competition invites professional architects and graphic designers as well as architectural and graphic design students to design a new graphic symbol of accessibility, to be proposed to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for adoption as the new international symbol of accessibility.”

Mark Baines Illustration Competition
Register/Submit Deadline: Friday, Apr 8, 2022

“The Alexander Thomson Society is delighted to announce the ‘Remembering Mark Baines’ Biennial Architectural Illustration Competition. The late Mark Baines was a founding member and Chair of the Society, an architect, and teacher of architecture at the Macintosh School of Architecture. He continually emphasised the importance of drawing architecture and was never without a sketchbook. The brief for the architectural illustration competition is to create, using pencil, ink or paint, an architectural interpretation and celebration of a building of your choice. Quite simply a beautiful drawing or painting.”

Carpark Futures Competition
Registration Deadline: Sunday, Apr 17, 2022
Submission Deadline: Sunday, May 22, 2022

“DPA-X, Dominique Perrault Architecture’s research department, is partnering with Indigo Group to launch this international architecture competition […] Open to young architects under 40 years of age, registered alone or in a team, “Carpark Futures Competition” invites architecture professionals to question the architectural, urban, technical and environmental potential of a revalorization of underground parking lots, through the study of the Euralille site in northern France.  The candidates will have to propose a series of architectural interventions in response to new practices related to mobility, urban logistics and, more broadly, to changes in lifestyles and consumer habits.”

If you would like to contribute competitions, award programs, or calls for submissions that aren’t listed on Bustler yet, send them directly to our team to review. We may include them in next week’s roundup.

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