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Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture Schools from the ASEAN region are invited to submit their two best graduation projects to the competition Archiprix SEA 2016 for the overarching theme of “Architecture for the Public Good”.

Archiprix SEA is the regional counterpart of Archiprix International which has been celebrated biannually since 2001 in seven different cities from Europe, Asia, South America and North America. The aim of Archiprix International Hunter Douglas Awards is to stimulate the introduction of starting, talented designers into the world of professional practice.

In addition to such an endeavour, Archiprix SEA Hunter Douglas Awards aims to promote the awareness of good architectural design in the South East Asian region.

It is recognized that while certain facets of traditional wisdom remain untapped in the urban vernacular and indigenous buildings; increasingly however, the emerging patterns of high-density development and building types and programs require new and creative intervention of technologies into the building structure, system and fabric.

Through this undertaking, including publications and the promotion of students’ designs, it is hoped there will be a greater exchanges of ideas, an increased awareness of the region’s built environmental legacies and sharing among the top regional universities.

The inaugural edition of Archiprix SEA was held at the Department of Architecture (DOA) of the National University of Singapore (NUS) in December 2012. For the second edition, Archiprix SEA was held at the School of Architecture, Building and Design of Taylor’s University in Selangor, Malaysia in October 2014. Every year, a large number of teams more than 20 schools in ASEAN countries submitted their proposals, from which more than 15 teams were shortlisted by an international jury and invited to participate in the three-day final competition.

Following a collaboration for over 17 years, DOA-NUS and the sponsor Hunter Douglas Asia and Hunter Douglas Singapore (HD) will also be the organizers of Archiprix SEA 2016. The four-day competition includes among other social activities, an architectural tour, the exhibition and the presentation of proposals and two workshops.


Competition Brief

ASEAN university-level schools of Architecture, Urban Design, and Landscape Architecture are warmly invited to send their top two graduation projects to the Archiprix SEA 2016 competition. The projects should correspond to the final graduation work at bachelor (year 3 or 4) and/or master’s (year 5 or 6) levels. A maximum of 20 proposals will be shortlisted by an international jury to participate in the final round of judging at Institut Teknologi Bandung.

The sites of the projects should be located in one of the ASEAN countries, and the projects should be related to the main competition theme: Architecture for the Public Good.

The role of the architect is not just limited to the execution of technology in the construction of our built environment for the sake of development, but also encompasses always being mindful of the safety, health, and happiness of users, people, and the community, in order to improve the quality of their daily lives and environment. With a sense of public and civic responsibility, architects serve people by ensuring that economic, social, and environmental development is sustainable in cycles.

The architect has to be creative and visionary to project such opportunities for the future, to be able to collaborate with and orchestrate all the stakeholders with great compassion, and safeguard the precious cultures and resources of the earth, so that our lives and environment are not burdened for the sake of unsustainable development. How can architects use their skills to serve the public good? How can architecture be a catalyst for the public good?

The proposals need to cater to the genuine needs and desires of emerging ASEAN countries, and the uniqueness of their respective architectural designs. Therefore, the competition is intended to invite and encourage students to reflect upon the conditions of their urban, suburban, and rural areas, and particularly to think about specific attributes of localities in terms of their potentialities and cultural legacies, to realize tangible ASEAN characters and aspirations in the age of globalization and severe environmental depletion.

Projects of all types and scopes are welcome: from a single building to urban design and landscape architecture, from new designs to interventions in existing buildings/urban and rural areas. However, they must also be graduation projects authored by one or two students.


Prizes

  • 1st Prize
    3000 SGD, trophy
    and financial support to participate at Archiprix International 2017
  • 2nd Prize
    2000 SGD and trophy
  • 3rd Prize
    1000 SGD and trophy

* An entrance fee is not required for the competition entry.

The sponsor of Archiprix SEA 2016 will offer travel and accommodation support for the finalists – for one or two students and the main supervisor per entry. Further details of travel and accommodation support will be announced to the finalist in September 2016.


Submission Requirements

  • Schools are required to express their interest in participating in Archiprix SEA 2016 
by 15 April 2016 via email.
  • Schools are to select their two best graduation projects corresponding to graduation submissions from August 2014 to July 2016.
  • The authors of the two best projects per schools are to register online and identify their entries as “Project A” & “Project B” in all their submissions and documents together with the name of the school.
  • Written report and drawings are to be submitted in digital format (pdf or zip) with maximum size of 300MB through the Archiprix SEA website by 31 July 2016, 11:59pm (UTC +8). Larger files are accepted via external sites (Drop Box, Hightail, WeTransfer, etc). CD/DVD/USB can also be sent by international courier to the expense of the participants. Only material arriving before the submission deadline will be accepted.
  • The shortlisted teams should bring their own printed boards (not mounted) for the exhibition and presentation. PowerPoint slides and scale models are optional for the presentation.

 
1. Written report

  • In PDF format along with source files (InDesign, MS Word, etc). File size should not exceed 15MB.
  • It will include:
    • Title of the proposal.
    • Name of university and country
    • Name of student(s) and supervisor
    • Project A / B (indicate accordingly)
    • General description of the project which includes an abstract (max 150 words), analysis of site and program, conceptual basis that guided the design, feasibility and technical innovative features. Minimum 600 words
    • Key drawings and graphical information may be included in the report.

 
2. Drawing panels

  • Maximum 6x ISO A1 boards or equivalent display area of 1800mm (70.5 inches) x width 1800mm (70.5 inches).
  • Overall consolidated image of panel in low-res.
  • The information on boards will include:
    • Title of the proposal
    • Name of university and country
    • Name of team member(s) and supervisor(s)
    • Map describing the location of the project
    • All necessary drawings and graphical information about the project design and context
    • A summary of the written report – in a single or fragmented text – is required on the boards to complement the graphical information

 
3. Presentation
DEADLINE: Monday, 10 October 2016. To be submitted via email to archiprixsea2016@nus.edu.sg.

  • Presentations must be submitted in BOTH PDF and PPT format; landscape, standard 4:3 ratio
  • Any links, audio or videos to be inserted in the presentation, to be provided in the same folder
  • Video files should be submitted as AVI, MPEG, MP4 or MOV files and they should have high quality resolution
  • Maximum file size of presentation and other additional files is 50MB
  • The presentation will include:
    • Title of the proposal
    • Name of university and country
    • Project A/B
    • Name of team member(s) and supervisor(s)

 
4. Scaled Models – OPTIONAL
Scale models will be optional for the project’s presentation. If team wishes to complement their drawings with a model, they are free to do so, however the model should be the same design as shown in the drawing and not a variation of it. Jury will disregard the model if it is vastly different from the drawing presentation. Transportation of scale models will be at the expense of the participants if they cannot be hand-carried on plane.

  • Models will be collected upon check-in on 15 October at Wisma Dago, the accommodation venue for students

 
5. Further Documentation
A book with the summary of the proposals of each shortlisted team and the competition activities will be edited. Therefore, extra digital information and source files will also be required to be submitted on a thumbdrive on 17 October 2016:

    • Written report with source files (InDesign, MS Word, etc).
    • Drawings with source files (Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and/or InDesign) in minimum 300dpi and CMYK colour mode. Do not ‘flatten’, ‘compress’ or save the file in such a manner that the various illustrations cannot be separated from each other.
    • Source images and fonts
    • Images can be in a bitmap (raster) or vector format but must be in CMYK colour mode.
    • Bitmap images should be at least 300dpi.
    • Vector images should preferably be in Adobe Illustrator (AI), EPS, SVG, PDF file formats.
    • If fonts other than default PC/MAC fonts have been used, kindly attach them as well.

 


Important Dates

  • 15 April 2016
    Deadline for schools to express interest via email
  • 1 July 2016
    Deadline for Schools to select two best Graduation projects and registration of students and supervisors
  • 31 July 2016
    Deadline for submission of projects in digital format, online or DVD/USB by post. Files are to be submitted by 31 July, 11:59 pm (UTC +8).
  • 1 September 2016
    Announcement of 20 finalists by Archiprix SEA 2016 Jury
  • 10 October 2016
    Deadline for Part 2 of Submission – Presentation files, Updated Report
  • 16 October 2016
    Archi-tours in Bandung for participants
  • 17–19 October 2016
    Competition activities