Join Laka Competition ’20
Architecture that Reacts.

Laka invites designers from around the world to submit their ideas of ‘architecture that reacts.’ (deadline for registrations is extended!)


Laka invites everyone interested in the mission of the competition to submit their ideas. The subject of the competition is architectural, urban, technological, or product design that is capable of dynamic interaction with its social, natural, or built surroundings. Achieving such a goal requires an interdisciplinary approach that often goes beyond typical solutions. The participants are free to decide the project’s location, scale, size, and program.

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Main prizes and honorable mentions will be selected. The winner for the year 2020 and the laureates of the main prizes will be awarded additional cash prizes and invited to present their projects during the ‘Architecture in Foyer 2020’ conference at the Solarlux Campus (Germany) on April 23–24, 2020. Laureates of all recognitions will be presented on Laka’s websites, promoted via Laka’s network of partners, and included in future publications related to the competition ‘Architecture that Reacts.’

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Registration opens in June 2019
Early Registration until August 1, 2019
Regular Registration until November 1, 2019
Late Registration until December 17, 2019
Project submission deadline: December 20, 2019
Jury deliberation: January 2020
Winners’ announcement: February 1, 2020
‘Architecture in Foyer 2020’ conference: April 23–24, 2020
UTC time zone for all dates.

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Jury 2020

Claudia Pasquero

(architect, researcher, lecturer, cofounder of ecoLogicStudio)
Claudia graduated from Turin Polytechnic in 2000, and completed the AA EE Master Program, she is the cofounder of ecoLogicStudio. She has working experience as an architect in international offices such as Ushida Findlay Partnership and Erick van Egeraat Architects. Claudia took part in the London and Venice Architectural Biennale with an installation called STEM and is codirector of Fibrous Structures Project. She has been teaching and lecturing internationally including East London University, Turin Polytechnic, The Kingston University (London), UDLA (Puebla, Mexico City), IAAC (Barcelona), ITU (Istanbul), Bilgi University (Istanbul) and others; she is currently Unit Master of Inter10 at the Architectural Association School of Architecture London.

David Benjamin

(founder and principal of The Living, professor at Columbia GSAPP)
David is Founding Principal of The Living, an Autodesk Studio. Before receiving a Master of Architecture from Columbia, he received a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard. The laureate of awards such as Architectural League, the American Institute of Architects, Architizer, the Museum of Modern Art, New York Foundation for the Arts, Fast Company, and Holcim. Recent projects of The Living have included Project Discover (generative design for architecture), the Airbus Bionic Partition (bionic algorithms and generative design for manufacturing), and Hy-Fi (new biomaterials for architecture). David teaches at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

Daan Roosegaarde

(artist, innovator, founder of Studio Roosegaarde)
Artist and innovator, founder of Studio Roosegaarde. Daan studied Fine Arts and graduated from The Berlage Institute in Rotterdam with a Master in architecture. He founded Studio Roosegaarde in 2007. He is a professor at the University of Monterrey in Mexico, advisor for Design Singapore Council, ambassador of the Science Weekend, visiting professor at Tongji University Shanghai, and a member of the NASA Innovation team. The recipient of numerous awards including the Shenzhen Global Design Award, Beijing Design Project of the Year Dezeen Award, London Design Innovation Medal, D&AD Awards 2017, China’s Most Successful Design Award, and more. He has exhibited among others at the Design Museum London, Tate Modern, Tokyo National Museum, and Victoria & Albert Museum.

Emma van der Leest

(biodesigner, product designer, founder of the BlueCity lab)
Biodesigner, the founder and creative director of the BlueCity Lab; and an alumna of the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam (Class of 2015). She interned at Biocouture London, the world’s first bio-creative consultancy. Emma is a freelance lecturer at the Willem de Kooning Academy and the Design Academy in Eindhoven. Although trained as a product designer, Emma’s fascination with biodesign has led her to collaborate with scientists to grow new materials out of living organisms.

Elizabeth Monoian

(artist, founding director of LAGI, cofounder of Studied Impact)
Artist and designer (MFA Carnegie Mellon University). She is the founding codirector and executive director of the Land Art Generator Initiative. Under her leadership, LAGI has received multiple National Endowment for the Arts grants and has been awarded the J.M.K. Innovation Prize, a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund. She is also the founder and director of the Society for Cultural Exchange. Elizabeth has published, exhibited, and presented globally on the aesthetics of renewable energy and the role of art in providing solutions to climate change. Furthermore, she works closely with cities, universities, corporations, arts organizations, and community groups to design customized approaches to renewable energy installations.

Robert Ferry

(architect, founding director of LAGI and Studied Impact)
Architect and LEED-accredited professional (B.Arch. Carnegie Mellon University). Alongside Elizabeth Monoian, he cofounded the Land Art Generator Initiative—one of the world’s most followed sustainable design competitions—as well as Studied Impact—an environmentally conscious architecture and design firm. Following a decade of design and project management on sustainable new urbanist developments in the United States, Robert spent four years as a consultant on large commercial projects in Abu Dhabi, where his focus shifted to ways in which buildings can move beyond net-zero and contribute to the energy needs of the surrounding city.

Dr. Peter Kuczia

(architect, initiator and curator of the ‘Design that Educates Awards’)
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 multiple international prizes, including International Design Award (US), Iconic Award (DE), DNA Paris Design Awards (FR), LICC London Creative Competition (UK), German Design Award (DE), 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. Jury member in international competitions and initiator and curator of the Design that Educates Awards.

Financial compensations

1250 USD: Winner for the year 2020*
625 USD: Laureate of Gold Prize**
625 USD: Laureate of Silver Prize**
625 USD: Laureate of Bronze Prize**
Organizer will pay the 20% tax on awards in Poland.
*Net values after taxation: *1000 USD; **500 USD.

Winner of the year 2020
Laureate of Gold Prize
Laureate of Silver Prize
Laureate of Bronze Prize
Honorable mention

The projects of the winners, laureates of the main prizes, and honorable mentions will be exhibited during the ‘Architecture in Foyer 2020’ conference at the Solarlux campus in Germany on April 23–24, 2020. The winner for 2020 and the laureates of the main prizes will have an opportunity to present their designs during the ceremony.
Press packages

Laureates of all recognitions will be presented on Laka’s websites, promoted via Laka’s network of partners, and included in future publications related to the competition ‘Architecture that Reacts.’ Moreover, the best projects will be exhibited during the ‘Architecture in Foyer 2020’ conference in Germany. The organizer will send out a press release to partners, media partners, and media sponsors after the announcement of the results.

Nominations are an additional channel of access to the awards. Designers who receive a nomination are invited to register for the awards and submit their projects. In this way, the most interesting examples of architecture that reacts are already awarded the label of ‘nomination’ and moreover have a chance to compete for the main prizes. The nominations are sent out by the organizer until the deadline for registrations specified in the awards’ schedule.
Join the “responsive design” in the DtEA 2020

The Laka Competition ‘Architecture that Reacts’ celebrates its fifth edition! Together with the curators of the ‘Design that Educates Awards 2020’ (DtEA), we introduced a new category of submissions dedicated to responsive solutions in architecture, design, and technology. Learn more about the ‘Design that Educates Awards’ and the category of “responsive design” at


Evaluation criteria

Entries will be evaluated based on the criteria of (1) overall idea and implementation; (2) an ability to respond to social, economic, or environmental changes; (3) the design’s level of social and environmental engagement; (4) a relationship to a specific social, natural, and built context; (5) the design’s level of flexibility and adaptability; (6) an innovative use of technology and sustainable systems; and (7) the design’s level of self-sufficiency. The main focus of the competition is on solutions developed through a process of changes and adjustments. The submitted ideas should refer to the competition theme.

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Registration fees

Team of professionals: Early 100 USD; Regular 125 USD; Late 150 USD | Individual professional: Early 75 USD; Regular 100 USD; Late 125 USD | Team of students: Early 50 USD; Regular 75 USD; Late 100 USD | Individual student: Early 25 USD; Regular 50 USD; Late 75 USD

The program is possible thanks to the kind support of the members of the jury, advisers, participants, partners, media sponsors, and media partners. All registration fees and donations are spent on the further development of the awards. Thank you!

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The submission consists of the 3 following files: (1) A single graphical board 24 inches (h) × 48 inches (w), named “Design.jpg” | (2) A DOC file with the project statement (up to 500 words), named “Description.doc” | (3) A DOC file with the participants’ personal information; named “Authors.doc.” The details are available in the brief of the competition. If you have any questions or difficulties during registration or submitting your files, please do not hesitate to contact us. Join Laka Foundation’s newsletter. We usually send two to five mailouts on major announcements per year.

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