Why hold an architecture competition?

A competition is advisable when the project:

  1. Is of particular significance to the client.
  2. Will benefit from a wide degree of design investigation.
  3. Is to be on a significant or unusual site.
  4. Will benefit from the public interest that a competition can generate.
  5. Requires design excellence as a high priority.

A competition is inadvisable when:

  1. The project is required as a matter of expediency or urgency.
  2. It is not possible to appoint an appropriate jury.
  3. The project is small, with an insufficient budget to cover the cost of the competition.
  4. The client has insufficiently defined the project, or the desired outcome of the competition to adequately brief the competitors or the jury.