deadline today! 99+ stories on making architectural competitions

Posted on: 15th February 2015

deadline today! is based on a Europe wide research on the praxis of architectural competitions. The results are available as a publication (manual for emerging architects) and exhibition (deadline today!).

Taking part in a competition is about testing one’s own abilities outside a predefined setting of personal connections, nationality, office size or gender. It is about experimenting and developing a personal vision much more directly than in the usual architect-client relationship. And winning a competition is much more than just getting a job! It is about the possibility of growing big in a day, of shortcutting years of slow growth, or of jumping scale in the size of projects the practice deals with, of getting a footing in a different national context, of specializing. And finally it is about publicity and recognition in and beyond the professional context – from colleagues to the general public. Yet, competitions also mean investing valuable resources in terms of time, energy and money with an uncertain outcome. Is the prize worth the effort?

The exhibition “Deadline Today!” makes an attempt to map the reality of this system by collecting first-hand experiences and information at a European level. The result is a collection of 114 stories about competition participations, presented according to five criteria:

:: The thinking behind competition entries (design strategies)
:: Teaming-up (collaborations)
:: Possible effects on the office development (turning points)
:: Paths to getting a project built (realizations)
:: Unexpected follow-ups (side-effects)

contact us per email for further informations!

Have a look at our short exhibition documentation, or check out other related information on the list of exhibiting teams, read the symposium program “Making Competitions” and booklet from 18.06.2009, download the press material or take a look on who supported our exhibition.


The exhibition features 114 projects from 25 countries 

– individual stories, competition submissions and physical models. Altogether they provide a unique collection of personal stories, telling us about the innovative handling of competition calls.


Architekt Clemens Kirsch / Ferdinand Certov / Architekt Michael Wallraff / Atelier H-2-A / Atelier Treusch / Caramel / Dietrich | Untertrifaller Architekten / Franz with AH3 architekten / FROETSCHER und LICHTENWAGNER / Heri & Salli / ma.lo architectural office / nonconform architektur vor ort / PPAG / Querkraft / RAHM architekten with H. Schartner / SHARE architects / SHIBUKAWA EDER Architects / M. Strauss, Solid architecture and S. Ritter / Transparadiso / Veit Aschenbrenner Architekten / x architecten / YF architekten



Fordewind architecture / Plus architects






Jan Magasanik / Skupina


EYLAND 07 René Rissland . Jürgen Lehmeier . Thomas Brat / Paralell-projekt / TOPOTEK 1 / Büro Popp / ICE – ideas for contemporary environments / Studio TZ+ – Trappe Züger Hellmund / 711 LAB / bk2a / bof architekten / CITYFÖRSTER – Network for architecture / Terrain : Loenhart & MayrOffice 03 / Atelier BRÜCKNER / H. Gies Architekt / STUDYO ARCHITECTs / Touchy-Feely


BIG Bjarke Ingels Group / ADEPT architects


draftworks!architects / Buerger Katsota architects / deltArCHI – dragonas + christopoulou architects


Joan Anguita / Armani Cogul Studio / Guido Cimadomo / jmp / Metak arkitektura tailerra / Nug arquitectes / Vora arquitectura / Zero architects / Josep Cargol / MiAS arquitectes


Anttinen Oiva Architects / Arkkitehtuuritoimisto Heikkinen-Komonen Oy / Paavilaninen Architects


G.STUDIO / [dAZ[ Office for architecture_design_urban experiments with IDU architecture / DORELL.GHOTMEH.TANE /ARCHITECTS / Encore Heureux / Espace Gaïa architectures / J. Pierre Pranlas – Descours


AG Planum


PALATIUM Stúdió / Sporaarchitects / TEAM 0708 / Mérték Stúdió / 3H architects


McCullough Mulvin Architects / heneghan.peng.architects


NABITO Arquitectura / b4 architects & Matteo ossetti + Luigi Valente / Map Studio di Architettura / Studio / Claudio Nardi Architects / DEMO architects


Audrius Ambrasas Architects


Urbanberry Design / DUS / LOOS architects / Lehner en Gunther architecten


VARIOUS architects


VROA architekci with CH+


a.s* atelier de Santos / André Campos . Joana Mendes – Arquitectos / architects and designers / COR – Cremascoli, Okumura e Rodrigues arquitectos / CVDB arquitectos / Guedes + DeCampos / Impromptu arquitectos / nbAA | nadir bonaccorso arquitectos associados / NPS arquitectos / Nuno Abrantes / paula santos | arquitectura / Paulo Moreira / Pedro Barata Castro / Pedro Campos Costa


paraSITE studio




Studio Irander


zerozero / barak architekti


Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios / DSDHA / McDowell+Benedetti / LANGDON REIS ARCHITECTS with Matthias Zahn, 4B Arkitekter and Gullik Gulliksen Landscape Arkitekter


Zoka Zola architecture + urban design / ARCHIPELAGOS