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 is 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 116 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).

wonderland is an architecture platform based in Vienna. Its aim – among others – is the pooling and sharing of knowledge of the hows and whys of establishing and developing architecture practices in Europe today. In this context, one central matter of interest is the open architecture design competition.

project leaders:

Silvia Forlati/share architects

Anne Isopp

exhibited teams: ADEPT architects, AG Planum, Anttinen Oiva Architects Ltd, André Campos . Joana Mendes – Arquitectos, ARCHIPELAGOS, Architekt Clemens Kirsch, Architekt DI Ferdinand Certov, Architekt Michael Wallraff, ArmaniCogulStudio, a.s* atelier de Santos, ATELIER BRÜCKNER GmbH, Atelier H-2-A, Atelier H-2-A, Atelier Treusch, Audrius Ambrasas Architects, barak architekti, BIG Bjarke Ingels Group, bk2a, bof architekten, Buerger Katsota architects, Büro Popp, b4 architects, Caramel, CITYFÖRSTER – network for architecture,  Claudio Nardi Architects, claudiovilarinho, COR – Cremascoli, Okumura e Rodrigues, arquitectos, CVDB arquitectos, deltArCHI – dragonas + christopoulou architects, DEMO architects, DSDHA, Dietrich | Untertrifaller Architekten ZT GmbH, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, DORELL.GHOTMEH.TANE /ARCHITECTS, DUS, EYLAND 07, draftworks!architects, Encore Heureux, Espace Gaïa architectures, Fordewind architecture ltd., Franz with AH3 architekten, FROETSCHER und LICHTENWAGNER, G.STUDIO, Guedes + DeCampos, Guido Cimadomo, Impromptu arquitectos , jmp land.art.scape.architecture, nbAA | nadir bonaccorso arquitectos associados, H. Gies Architekt GmbH, Heikkinen-Komonen Architects, heneghan.peng.architects, Heri & Salli, ICE – ideas for contemporary environments, IDU architecture, J. Pierre Pranlas – Descours, Joan Anguita, Josep Cargol, Lampugnani, LANGDON REIS ARCHITECTS LTD, Lehner en Gunther architecten, LOOS architects, Map Studio di Architettura, M. Strauss, McCullough Mulvin Architects, McDowell+Benedetti, ma.lo architectural office, Mérték Stúdió, Metak arkitektura tailerra, MiAS arquitectes S.L., NABITO Arquitectura SCP,  nonconform architektur vor ort, NPS arquitectos, Nug arquitectes, Nuno Abrantes, Office 03, PALATIUM M4 Projekt Ltd., Paralellprojekt, Paavilainen Architects, paraSITE studio, Paula Santos | arquitectura, Paulo Moreira, Pedro Barata Castro, Pedro Campos Costa, Plus architects, PPAG, querkraft, Rafaa, RAHM architekten with H. Schartner, SHARE architects, SHIBUKAWA EDER Architects, Skupina, Sporaarchitects, Studio Irander, Studio mod.land, Studio TZ+ – Trappe Züger Hellmund, STUDYO Architects, TEAM 0708 (HU), Terrain : Loenhart & Mayr, TOPOTEK 1, Touchy-Feely, Transparadiso, TRI, SOLID architecture and S. Ritter, Urbanberry Design, Veit Aschenbrenner Architekten, VARIOUS architects, Vora arquitectura, VROA architekci / CH+, x architekten, YF architekten,  Zero architects, zerozero with Totalstudio, Zoka Zola architecture + urban design, 3H architects, 711 LAB,