Awards & Competitions - International

Laka Competition 2017

Registration: Opens on April, 2017
Early Registration:
50 USD until June 1, 2017
Regular Registration:
75 USD until October 1, 2017
Late Registration: 100 USD until November 1, 2017
Project submission deadline:
November 2, 2017
Jury deliberation: November, 2017
Winners’ announcement: December 1, 2017
UTC time zone for all dates.

Image: Ayax Abreu Garcia (Laka Competition 2016)

Laka Competition 2017 “Architecture that Reacts”

We invite designers from around the world to submit their ideas of architecture that reacts. That means architecture which is able to respond and adjust dynamically to the current needs and circumstances. These circumstances are often unpredictable, but their consequences can be crucial. The architecture that reacts is the architecture that lives as a living organism, since it responds to the external stimuli and develops because of it.

Image: Yuanye Huang, Daniel Parker, Suyi Zha (Laka Competition 2016)

International Jury

Alexander Rieck (Architect, Researcher, Co-Founder of LAVA Laboratory For Visionary Architecture)
Carlo Ratti (Architect, Founding Partner of Carlo Ratti Associati, Director of the Senseable City Lab)
Melanie Fessel (Architect, Urban designer, Director at Terreform ONE, Initiator of ONE Odyssey)
Peter Kuczia (IARP, BAK Architect, author of CO2 Saver House)
Thom Faulders (Architect, Professor of Architecture at California College of the Arts)
Vincent Callebaut (Archibiotect, Designer, Lecturer, Founder of Vincent Callebaut Architectures)

Image: Iulia Radion, Ioana Todiroaie, Liviu Mihalache (Laka Competition 2016) Images in visualizations: ©J.N. Silva


5000 USD will be distributed among winners:

1st PRIZE: 2500 USD
2nd PRIZE: 1500 USD
3rd PRIZE: 1000 USD

In addition: 10 honourable mentions will be selected.

Image: Katarzyna Przyby≥a (Laka Competition 2016)

Join Competition

We invite architects, students, engineers, biologists, sociologists, designers, thinkers, companies, organizations and everyone interested in the mission of the competition to submit their ideas. No professional qualifications are necessary.

Image: Asmaa Almunayes (Honorable mention, Laka Competition 2016)

About Laka & Laka Competition

Laka LAKAis a non-profit organization and a world-wide network focused on social impact via design and architecture. We share the vision of architecture that helps to develop sustainable and safe societies through a responsible and collaborative design. Through a comprehensive strategy and with the support of our Partners, we develop projects and programs that underline the crucial role of architecture and technology in the process of social change.

Laka Competition is an international architectural competition which seeks innovative ideas that go far beyond typical building solutions, are socially engaged, capable of reacting to unpredictable conditions (environmental, natural, social) and provide safety for its inhabitants. Partners of the competition.


We aim African Architects to summit more entries this year, and go for one of the first prizes!!!

In the last edition, ASA Studio – Active Social Architecture, an Architecture practice from Rwanda, run by Alice Tasca (Partner Architect), Francesco Stassi (Partner Architect), Zeno Riondato (Partner Architect), Jaime Velasco Perez (Architect)), and Christian Karagire (Architect) got an Honorable Mention, because of their project ¨Socially Active Ecosystems¨.

Laka Competition- honorable-mention
Image Courtesy of Laka Competition

If you want to meet the Winners of the last Edition, visit the LAKA Competition 2016: Winners´ Announcement on Apsaidal.


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