About the Challenge
Fentress Global Challenge (FGC) is an annual international student design competition. Since its inception in 2011, thousands of entries from over 75 countries have competed for top honors. FGC represents an extraordinary exploration into the future of architecture, and in so doing, continues to advance the pursuit of innovative design in public architecture.
- FGC is open to graduate and undergraduate students currently pursuing architecture or engineering degrees in an accredited university program, as well as recent graduates (within the last four years) with a degree in architecture or engineering.
- Current students must provide proof of active enrollment status: a scanned copy of their student ID and current course schedule.
- Recent graduates must provide a scanned copy of their diploma.
- 1st Place: The top prize includes US$10,000 cash and the opportunity to accompany FGC Founder, Curtis Fentress, to a prestigious architectural event. Airfare, lodging, and entrance fee will be paid for by Fentress Architects (not to exceed US$5,000). Winners are responsible for obtaining necessary visas and paperwork. If entering as a group, the monetary prize and attendance at the architectural event will be distributed equally.
- 2nd Place: US$3,000
- 3rd Place: US$2,000
- 2 People’s Choice Awards: US$1,000
Use clear, concise language to convey ideas, key points, and design solutions. Photographs, diagrams, renderings, animations, collages or other visualizations are encouraged to help explain the concept, respecting the guidelines previously described. Please label drawings.
- APPROACH: The design approach is innovative and inspiring. Both the concept and design solution are presented through unique and compelling graphics and other media.
- RESPONSE TO SITE: The design honors the physical attributes of the site’s context and culture. The overall design strategy matches the global and local demographic requirements of the location. Again, use context to create identity.
- SUSTAINABILITY & RESILIENCY: The design minimizes negative impacts to the wellbeing of humans and the natural environment. The overall design strategy also responds to vulnerabilities including natural and manmade disasters.
- FUNCTIONALITY: The planning and building organization is clear and appropriate. The design solution contains a defined and well- articulated structural, technical, and constructible rationale.
How to Register?
Participants must register and upload competition materials to their profile page through this link.
- Competition Announcement: January 2020
- Design Submission Deadline: July 31, 2020
- Shortlist Announcement: September 4, 2020
- Winners Announcement: October 2, 2020
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