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AREA awards open for entries

Apr 24, 2019
  • Article by Madeleine Swain

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the AR Emerging Architecture (AREA) awards has now opened for entries.

“The AR Emerging Architecture award was and remains one of the most important in my career. It meant that other people had noticed my work, that I was doing something worth talking about. Being fostered in such a way is invaluable, particularly at such a vulnerable stage in one’s career.” – Sean Godsell (Sean Godsell Architects, Australia) highly commended in 2000 and winner in 2002.

AREA recognises excellence in an overall body of work, with entrants asked to submit a small portfolio rather than a single completed building. Finalists will receive a free pass to the World Architecture Festival at RAI Amsterdam, 4 to 6 December 2019. Shortlisted projects will present their work to the judging panel in Amsterdam on 5 December for the chance to win the £10,000 prize.


Individual practices are invited to submit three projects:

  • One completed, built project: either a temporary or permanent structure, this project will have been completed after January 2014.
  • One work in progress: still on the drawing board or currently on site, this project is due to complete after December 2019.
  • One idea: this is your chance to show your broader interests. The idea could be a competition entry, the design of an exhibition or piece of furniture (realised or not), a storyboard, an essay or publication.

Please note: all practice founders must be under the age of 45 on 5 December 2019 (born after 5 December 1974).

Submit before 12 July to take advantage of the early bird rate: £199+VAT.

For more information, or for help with your entry, please contact Diana Zieba on +44 (0)203 953 2903 or via diana.zieba@emap.com.

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