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Competing Globally in Architecture Competitions

ISBN: 978-0-470-86213-1
256 pages
October 2004
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Design competitions are a core mechanism of the architectural world. They offer architects unique opportunities to pitch for work, and the careers of many name architects have been made by winning an important competition - Richard Rogers, Renzo Piano, Dominique Perrault and Jean Nouvel to name but a few.

This is the definitive book on architecture competitions from over the last decade, and will be an essential guide to any architect or student who is considering preparing a submission.
  • The first in a distinctive new Architecture in Practice series from Wiley-Academy
  • A definitive book on key competitions it will be a touchstone for individual architects and offices
  • It illustrates winning case studies from many of the major international competitions of the past decade
  • It provides essential strategic material on entering competitions: from which ones to enter to the way rules for competitions differ internationally and from region to region
  • It provides a unique overview of recent trends: in terms of digital presentation, but also preoccupations with issues such as sustainability
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Table of Contents


Why Compete? (G Stanley Collyer).

Chapter 1. Government Buildings (G Stanley Collyer).

Eugene, Oregon Federal Courthouse (1999) (John Morris Dixon).

Canadian Embassy, Berlin (1998) (G Stanley Collyer).

Contra Costa County Government Center (2000) (Mark Tortorich).

Los Angeles Federal Courthouse (2001) (Larry Gordon).

Chapter 2. Performing Arts Centres (G Stanley Collyer).

Rensselaer Polytechnic Electronic Media and Performing Arts Center (2001) (W Morgan).

Tempe Visual & Performing Arts Center (2001) (Brian Taggart).

Jyväskylä Music and Arts Centre (1998) (William Morgan).

Miami-Dade Performing Arts Center (1995) (Carlos Casuscelli).

Chapter 3. Educational Facilities (G Stanley Collyer).

Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco (2001) (Susannah Temko).

Chicago Prototype Schools (2001) (G Stanley Collyer).

Booker T Washington Arts Magnet School, Dallas (2001) (Mark Gunderson AIA).

IIT McCormick Center, Chicago (1998) (Michael Dulin).

University of South Dakota School of Business (2000) (Tom Reasoner).

School of Architecture, University of New Mexico (2000) (Brian Taggart).

Chapter 4. Public Libraries (Roger L Schluntz FAIA).

Salt Lake City Library (2000) (Roger L Schluntz FAIA).

Kansai-Kan National Diet Library (1996) (Tony Coscia).

Brooklyn Public Library (2002) (Michael Berk).

Québec Library, MontrŽal (2000) (William Morgan).

Chapter 5. Museums (G Stanley Collyer).

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (1997) (George Wright).

Palos Verdes Art Center (2000) (Larry Gordon ).

Nam June Paik Museum (2003) (G Stanley Collyer).

Chapter 6. Housing (Robert G Shibley AIA, AICP).

Chicago Housing Authority (2001) (Rosemarie Buchanan).

Europan (1993) (Lucy Bullivant).

Sustainable Housing, Lystrup, Århus, Denmark (2003) (G Stanley Collyer).

Appendix: Competitions by Country.


Photo Credits.




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Author Information

G Stanley Collyer, PhD, editor of Competitions magazine, was a founding member of The Competition Project, Inc., a non-profit making organisation which functions as a clearing house for information on design competitions in the US and abroad. Besides serving on competition juries and acting as a consultant to competition sponsors, he has participated on panels and written on the subject of affordable housing. A member of an AIA Task Force on design competitions in the 1990s, he recently wrote the competition brief and was a juror for a cultural/convention centre for the city of Resistencia, Argentina, in collaboration with Florida International University.
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