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.

● 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
UTC time zone for all dates.

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.

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. |

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.

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 ZEROENERGY 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.

Three main prizes and approximately ten honorable mentions will be selected.
1) Laureates of the main prizes will be
● awarded 1000 USD per team and
● invited to join the ‘Laka Perspectives’ book vol. 2.
2) Laureates of the main prizes and honorable mentions will be
● provided with feedback on their designs by selected experts from the Laka Accelerator,
● presented on Laka’s websites and promoted among Laka’s network of partners, and
● included in future Laka publications related to the competition.

● Laureates of the main prizes will be invited to join the ‘Laka Perspectives’ book vol. 2 among such leaders as Toyo Ito (Laureate of the Pritzker Prize 2013 and UIA Gold Medal in 2017, Founder of Toyo Ito & Associates), Carlo Ratti (Director of the Senseable City Lab at MIT, Founder of Carlo Ratti Associati), Peter Kuczia (Founder of Kuczia Architects), Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry (Founding Partners of Land Art Generator Initiative), and Kamil Łabanowicz (Team Leader at AUDI AG).
● Laka will be announcing the next participants in the ‘Laka Perspectives’ book vol. 2 via social media channels. Learn more about the previous volume at

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Banner image: “Currents for Currents” by Deo Alrashid Trevecedo Alam, Pierre Michael Monjardin, Andrew Galano
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