ARCASIA Students’ Architectural Design Competition 2017

Theme: Water and Architecture
The Organizing Committee
The Committee of this competition is composed of the Office Bearers of ARCASIA and members of the Organizing Committee, the 38th ARCASIA Council Meeting.

This is a design ideas competition that invites students in the field of Architecture to contribute ideas and concepts that respond to the theme “Water and Architecture”. Each country faces their own concerns and students are encouraged to identify, at the same time resolve, these issues by using architectural designs.

Objectives of the competition
Students are free to select a site to come up with design ideas, built or portable or a prototype, which clearly identifies with the theme. Students are encouraged to think along lines of recycling and reuse, conservation, cost effectiveness, energy efficiency, low carbon footprint and implementable means that may resolve an identified problem found in your particular region of Asia, or one which might even be effective when adapted in many different situations.


Date Event
1st August, 2017 Competition announced
10th September, 2017 Submission of design to the respective member institutes of ARCASIA
1st October, 2017 Submission of up-to 2 finalists from each member Institute to ARCASIA
16th October, 2017 Announcement of Competition Result
3rd – 4th November, 2017 Prize distribution and competition display at the 38th ARCASIA Council Meeting, Kathmandu, Nepal.

The Jury Panel
1) Ar. John Joseph Fernandez, Chairman ACAE – Head Juror
2) Ar. Nuno Soares, VP Zone C ARCASIA
3) Ar. Sannah Ejaz, Honorary Treasurer ARCASIA
4) Ar. Tan Szue Hann, Chairman ACYA
5) Ar. Ramiz Baig, Honorary Secretary ARCASIA – Competition Convener

Entry Eligibility
Any current full-time student studying Architecture or related courses accredited/ recognized by the respective National Architectural Institutions (NIAs) of ARCASIA member countries.

Individual / Team Submission
Individual or team submissions accepted (No limitation on number of team members. Students are only allowed for one submission either on an individual or team basis.)

1. One file containing one A1-sized layout (594mm x 841mm) in landscape format, including (but not limited to) the following:
a. Location Plan/ Site Plan/ Block Plan/ Building Plans at appropriate scale;
b. Minimum one cross-section and or elevations at appropriate scale;
c. Diagram/ Sketches highlighting the design ideas and features;
d. Photomontages, Perspectives, and or other illustrations that can illustrate the ideas and design concepts;
e. Animation is not accepted.

2. Design Statement of 500 words maximum (font size: 12) in .doc format to explain the overall proposal, with proposal title.
3. Duly completed and signed Entry Form in .pdf format br> Anonymity and Confidentiality of Entries
No identification marks shall appear on the graphic layouts and the Design Statement. The participant shall keep his/ her entry confidential and take necessary steps to ensure it is not disclosed to any third parties throughout the competition until the public announcement of results. Intellectual Property Rights
Intellectual Property Rights belong to the author(s), but upon submitting an entry to the category, the participant declares, warrants, agrees and undertakes that the submission (Intellectual Property Rights inclusive) would be used for promotion/ publication of the event.

Assessment Guidelines
The selected entries will be judged in accordance with the broad assessment guidelines (see below) by the Jurors. The decision of the Jury Panel shall be final and binding on all parties concerned and decisions cannot be appealed against. Participants do not have the right to request for access to the Jurors’ comments or records on the adjudication.
1. How the identification of sites or green issues can reflect the special context of their country;
2. How the proposed design can enlighten the understanding of green or sustainable lifestyles as highlighted in the brief objectives.

Prizes and Results
1) One Gold Award: USD 500 and Trophy/Medal
2) One Silver Award: USD 200 and Trophy/Medal
3) Three Bronze Awards: Each with USD 100 and Trophy/Medal
4) All shortlisted entries will be showcased at the 38th ARCASIA Council Meeting, Kathmandu, Nepal in November 2017. The winners will be offered local hospitality for 2 nights by the ARCASIA Council Meeting Hosts whereas the airfare will be the responsibility of their respective member institutes.

Exhibition and Publication of Entries
The organizer is entitled to display or exhibit on any date and in any venue the entries or any part thereof, and publish including the report of the category events together with any selected entries.

All entries shall be in English.

1) Competition document
2) Entry Form