Results of the Laka Competition ’18
Architecture that Reacts.

Over 130 entries prepared by 200 participants from more than 30 countries were given thorough consideration by the international panel of Judges. Huge thanks to all participants, members of the jury, partners, and media partners!

Main Prizes:

Tidal Terrains

Embodied Homeostasis

Platform of Motion

Special recognitions:


Platinum City

Volcano Lite

Honorable mentions:

Architecture of Emotive Intelligence

Cactus Pavilion



Arctic Seed

Expanding Space

Crisis Shelter for All

Wadi Re urbanization

Retreat to Autonomy

Ground re-activator


Sound Pods

Second Nature

Autonomous Land-formations

International Jury

Alberto T. Estévez

(Architect, Educator, Art Historian, Ph.D. of Sciences, Ph.D. of Arts, Founder of ESARQ/UIC)
Architect (UPC, 1983), Architecture Ph.D. of Sciences (UPC, 1990), Art Historian (UB, 1994), Art History Ph.D. of Arts (UB, 2008), with the office of architecture and design in Barcelona. Founder of two research lines with two master’s degrees and Ph.D. programs: ‘Genetic Architectures/Biodigital Architecture’ (UIC, 2000–present) and ‘History, Architecture, and Design’ (UIC, 1998–present). Author of more than one hundred publications and participant in a large number of exhibitions, congresses, and conferences around the world. Founder of the world’s first Genetic Architectures Laboratory (UIC, Barcelona, 2000), where geneticists worked with architectural objectives in a real application of genetics to architecture.

Ana Rewakowicz

(Artist, Inventor, Designer)
A graduate of Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto with an MFA from Concordia University in Montréal, Canada. She investigates relationships among portable architecture, the body, and the environment. Her professional activities cross into the disciplines of art, design, architecture, and performance. A participant of numerous exhibitions around the world (including ‘Air Conditions,’ Stiftelsen 3,14, Norway; ‘Conversation Bubble,’ Stiftelsen 3,14, Bergen, Norway; ‘ISEA 2014,’ United Arab Emirates; ‘Manif d’art 4,’ La Biennale de Québec, Canada) and the creator of such works as ‘Ice Fracture’ in Delaney Park, Anchorage, Alaska, USA; ‘Air Cleanser,’ Rosenlew Factory, Pori, Finland; and ‘Green Line Project,’ Lauttasaari-Helsinki, Finland.

Dagmar Reinhardt

(Ph.D., Architect, Educator, Principal of reinhardtjung)
The Program Director of the Bachelor of Architecture and Environments and Studio Leader of the Master of Digital Architecture Research at the Faculty of Architecture, Design, and Planning at the University of Sydney. In 2009, she completed her Ph.D. research, which investigated design techniques in fashion and focused on latent spatial organizations. She is the Co-Chair of the Rob|Arch2016 Robots in Architecture, Art, and Design (hosted by The University of Sydney). Her office, reinhardtjung, covers architecture and design in theory and practice, in buildings, installations and curatorial series, publications, academic research, and architectural projects. |

Hani Rashid

(Architect, Designer, Educator, Co-founder of Asymptote, Head of Studio_Hani Rashid)
Co-founder and Design Partner at Asymptote Architecture, a leading international architecture practice. Hani held visiting professorships at universities such as the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. A laureate of numerous awards such as the Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts (2004); the AIA NY Chapter Design Award, Interior Architecture (2007); and the Middle East Architect Awards, Hospitality Project of the Year, the Yas Hotel (2011). Currently, Hani leads the Deep_Futures research department and is the International Dean of the Institute of Architecture at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.

Paul Clemens Bart

(Architect, Designer, Co-founder of BART//BRATKE)
A German architect and designer with broad experience in multifaceted disciplines, collected at Zaha Hadid Architects, LAVA Sydney and Berlin, and the German Institute of Science and Technology, Singapore. Paul is a co-founder of the research design collaborative BART//BRATKE. He holds a diploma in architecture from the Technical University of Munich and a M.Arch. from the Architectural Association’s Design Research Lab in London. Paul studied at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and École Spéciale d’Architecture Paris. His work is committed to emerging technologies, digital methodologies, and their application across scales. A laureate of the second prize in the Laka Competition 2017.

Peter Kuczia

(IARP&BAK Architect, Ph.D., Educator, Creator of CO2 Saver House)
Educator and expert in ecological constructions with more than twenty years of experience. In 2008, he defended his Ph.D. dissertation on solar architecture in Germany. Author of ‘Educating Buildings – Learning Sustainability through Displayed Design.’ He has been awarded international prizes, such as the first prize of the Polish Green Building Council for ZERO-ENERGY Research and the Educational Complex Wroclaw University of Technology, a national nomination to the MIES VAN DER ROHE AWARD for European Architecture, and many others. His work, which covers a wide range of building types, has been exhibited and published around the world.

Marvin Bratke

(Dipl.-Ing., Architect, Co-founder of BART//BRATKE, Visiting Professor Muthesius Academy of Arts)
A German architect and designer with a diploma in architecture (with a special focus on mobility) received at Technical University of Munich. Marvin’s research is focused on emergent technologies in architecture and industrial design. In 2014, he co-founded the research practice BART//BRATKE. Marvin holds a visiting professorship at Muthesius Academy of Arts and is engaged as a director at Graft Architects. Previously, he has worked as Design Architect at LAVA, Senior Designer at MLAUS, and Urban Researcher/Transportation Designer at GIST (German Institute for Science and Technology) and has contributed advanced geometry solutions for KERE Architecture. A laureate of the second prize in the Laka Competition 2017.

Toyo Ito  (Laureate of the Pritzker Prize 2013 and UIA Gold Medal in 2017, Founder of Toyo Ito & Associates)

Yona Friedman
(Laureate of the Kiesler Prize 2018, Author of ‘Architecture Mobile’ and ‘Ville Spatiale.’)

Carlo Ratti (Architect, Founder of Carlo Ratti Associati, Director of the MIT Senseable City Lab)

Qun Dang (Architect, Principal Partner at MAD Architects)

Amandus Samsøe Sattler (Architect, Founding Partner of Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten)

Peter Kuczia
(IARP&BAK Architect, Ph.D., Educator, Founder of Kuczia Architects)

Robert Konieczny
(Architect, Founder of KWK Promes; World Building of the Year 2016)

Jin Young Song (AIA Architect, Researcher, Assistant Professor at University at Buffalo, SUNY; founder of DIOINNO)

Elizabeth Monoian (MFA, Founding Director of LAGI, Co-founder of Studied Impact)

Robert Ferry (RA, LEED AP BD+C, Founding Director of LAGI and Studied Impact)

Lydia Kallipoliti
(Architect, Educator, Researcher, Founder of EcoRedux and ANAcycle)

Arturo Vittori (Architect, Co-founder of Warka Water, Director of Architecture and Vision)

Kamil Łabanowicz
(Architect, Team Leader and Designer at AUDI AG)

Emma van der Leest
(Biodesigner, Product Designer, Founder of the BlueCity lab)

Paul Clemens Bart (Architect, Designer, Co-founder of BART//BRATKE)

Marvin Bratke (Architect, Co-founder of BART//BRATKE, Visiting Professor Muthesius Academy of Arts)

Wojciech Bajor (CEO, Head Designer, Founder of Bajo)

Barbara Bajor (Designer, Founder of Bajo)

Oskar Zięta (Architect, Inventor of FiDU, Founder & CEO of Zieta Design Studio, Zieta Shop)

Lucy McRae (Sci-fi artist, film director, TED Fellow, body architect, inventor of Swallowable Parfum)

Danit Peleg (Fashion Designer, Creative Director and CEO of Danit Peleg 3D)

Wilfredo Méndez (Architect, Researcher, Educator, Co-founder of Zero Damage)

Esmeralda Niño (Manufacturing and Industrial Engineer, Co-founder of Zero Damage)

Details of the Laka Competition 2019 will be announced during June 2019!

Architecture that Reacts ‘18 (Archive)

Laka invites designers from around the world to submit their ideas of ‘architecture that reacts.’ The main focus of the competition is on the solutions that develop through a process of changes and adjustments. The subject of the competition is architectural, design, or technological solutions that are capable of dynamic interaction with their surroundings. No professional qualifications are necessary. Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged to join. Individual entries are allowed.


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Participants may submit multiple projects, but each entry must be registered separately. There is no limit as to the number of participants per team. This is a digital competition, and the boards must be prepared in digital format. After your registration has been approved, we will send you a unique number for your team. If you haven’t received a confirmation within two business days, please contact us at or our Facebook profile.

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Timeline (Archive)

Registration opens in April 2018
Early Registration (April 1st–June 1st): 50 USD
Regular Registration (June 2nd–October 1st): 75 USD
Late Registration (October 2nd–November 1st): 100 USD
Project submission deadline: November 2nd, 2018
Jury deliberation: November, 2018
Winners’ announcement: December 1st, 2018
If your financial situation doesn’t allow you to participate in the competition, please contact us.

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