What do you think of competitions? What types of competitions do you normally compete in?
Competitions are great to test out new concepts and creative ideas. The minus is that they rarely get build even if you do win them. I used to do competitions when I was younger, now I'm focusing mainly on projects...
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competition is good,
we enter ones that do not discriminate against size of practice.
My competitions are a good way to get your ideas out and learn from others. I have only competed in the Charles F. Peterson Competition, which is an historic preservation competition.
I typically don't participate in competitions... and have not yet since being self-employed. However, I do have an interest in possibly doing so if the project type is in-line with my professional focus and my client projects will not negatively affected due to time constraints, etc.
I sit on the AIA CAE (Committee on Architecture in Education) jury. I used to also oversee the annual DesignShare global awards program.
Competitions are a good way of promoting high quality design.
We enjoy competition work, it gives us the opportunity to test ourselves against the best in the world and like a good work out in the gym, keeps us trim as designers.
We compete in a range of competitions types from the 'limited invited' variety to open international competitions that attract the best architects in the world.
I don't compete. I think competitions allow the creative juices to flow. But some are bogus and a waste of time. I can think of the "competition" for the new stadium in Dallas and wonderful architects (like Helmut Jahn, I.M. Pei, and others) entered the competition, but the City of Dallas had already selected a desiger, so the competition was a sham. But if done well it can generate great ideas.
I love competitions, make ur brain keep running...
sometimes i follow the graphic design competitions or design house.
I don't like competitions. It is really important to involve the people commissioning and then using the building in all stages of design. Where there is no opportunity to interact with the client I do not enjoy taking our design ideas forward.
I also question the ethics of competitions. I feel that architects are too often asked to work for free, and a design competition might see 300 architects working for several weeks, spending a five-figure sum on their entry, with little chance of winning. This is an awful waste of time, energy and ideas.
Competition judging tends to be a 'beauty parade' relying too much on images than real content. I don't think this plays to my personal strengths. I would rather do feasibility studies for real clients, working closely with them, than competitions.
I do however really enjoy running design competitions when a client wishes to use the competition medium to raise awareness of a certain issue, and when a competitoon is the best or only solution. For example I ran the Bat House competition in 2006, for the RSA and the Bat Conservation Trust. It might seem hypocritical to do this given what I said above, but everyone can choose whether they wish to enter. Competitions can be run well or badly - I insist the competition be run fairly and efficiently, with a client fully committed to completing the project, if I am involved.
as good a principle as democracy, the least worst system
I have only participated in two competitions so far, which was to design a simple dormitory for school children in the rural areas of Sabah and another one which is to design a science laboratory for a secondary school in Kuala Lumpur.
I think competitions are useful as they are the design studios of the working world.
I think it's a good opportunity for relatively less experienced architects and designers.
But useless to apply everywhere in vain.
I apply to where I can enjoy or where I can have more chance to be selected.
They're great for large studios, but not so good in small circles
I don't normally compete in competitions.
I do not believe in competition with others only with myself
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