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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
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The Houston Astrodome as it appeared in 2009 (Courtesy Ed Schipul)

The Houston Astrodome as it appeared in 2009 (Courtesy Ed Schipul)

Are you eager to put your architectural design skills to the test? Here are some exciting upcoming competitions that will be sure to present you with the type of challenge you’ve been waiting for. AN‘s editors have combed through our online listing of architecture and design competitions to bring you five of the most interesting competitions happening right now. If you’d like your competition to be included in the listing, please submit it here.

Reimagine the Astrodome. To launch The Architect’s Newspaper’s Southwest edition and to kick-off YKK AP’s expansion in the region, AN and YKK AP are hosting an Astrodome Reuse Design Ideas Competition. Architects, artists, designers, and students from the city of Houston, the state of Texas, and across America are invited to submit their concepts on how the Astrodome might be reimagined, repurposed, and reused. First place will receive $2,500, second and third place will receive $1,000 each, and two honorable mentions will each receive $250. The top three and two honorable mentions will be published in print in AN’s inaugural Southwest edition. The registration deadline has been extended to Monday, September 23.

Registration Deadline (Extended): Monday, September 23, 2013.
Submission Deadline: Tuesday, October 1, 2013.

Bay Bridge House Student Design Competition. Bay Bridge House (BBH) is holding a design competition for design and architecture students to create a unique design for the Bay Bridge House. The project consists of building an incredibly advanced eco-sustainable house using recycled bridge materials as the structure. The designs must utilize as much of the old bay bridge as possible. BBH will apply for Historic Landmark status and LEED certification once the house is built.  The design contest winner’s name will be on the plaque on the Bay Bridge House and listed in publications and articles regarding the project design.

Registration Deadline: Sunday, October 13, 2013.
Submission Deadline: Sunday, October 20, 2013.

2013 Southern California Development Forum Design Awards. The Southern California Development Forum Design Awards welcomes nominations for its 2013 Design Awards, which recognize contributions to the business environment and Southern California communities. Award categories include Commercial Buildings, Education Buildings, Transportation, and Civic Buildings, among others. For built awards, projects must have been completed between October 2010 and October 2013, and for unbuilt awards, projects must have been started between October 2010 and October 2013.

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 25, 2013.
Submission Deadline: Friday, October 25, 2013.

Pratt Journal of Architecture Call for Submissions. The Pratt Journal of Architecture has issued a call for submissions in the form of previously unpublished written and/or visual content for the latest volume of its journal. Architects, artists, philosophers, students, economists, and futurists are invited to submit. Pratt Journal’s interest is in the evolution of an action that rules our lives as creators and as students. An editorial board consisting of  students and faculty in the Pratt Institute School of Architecture will review the submissions.

Submission Deadline: Friday, November 1, 2013.

eVolo 2014 Skyscraper Competition. eVolo Magazine invites architects, students, engineers, designers, and artists to participate in the eVolo 2014 Skyscraper Competition, an annual Awards for high-rise architecture that recognizes outstanding ideas redefining skyscraper design. Participants should consider technological advancements, sustainable systems exploration, and innovative urban and architectural methods to solve economic, social, and cultural problems. Three cash prizes will be awarded, and winners and special mentions will be published in several print magazines including eVolo_08.

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, January 14, 2014.
Submission Deadline: Monday, January 20, 2014.

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