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Architectural competitions

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki by fjmt and Archimedia in association, 2012 New Zealand Architecture Medal winner

Photo by Patrick Reynolds


Inviting competitive design submissions can be a productive way for clients to explore the full extent of a project and to evaluate the quality of the design responses.

Many notable New Zealand buildings have been the result of a competitive process. The New Zealand Institute of Architects has specifically developed a series of architectural design competition guidelines to assist all parties involved in architectural competitions. Organisers who follow the stipulations set out by the NZIA can apply to have their competition endorsed by the institute. If followed correctly, the guidelines should ensure any competition is run fairly and without exploitation of the parties involved. Design competitions are particularly appropriate where:

  • you wish to investigate innovative ideas or to consider a wider range of design options

  • the public prominence of the project favours a wide investigation of design options

  • you are unable to identify a preferred architect at the outset

For more information download the NZIA Architectural Design Competition Guidelines.

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