Om Nordic Architecture Fair Award

Call for entries.


Landscape architecture
Interior Design
Urban Planning

Deadline for entries: October 1 2017


Objects must be completed between October 1 2015 and September 30 2017. All of these must be carried out in the Nordic area by Nordic/non-Nordic architects.


A jury composed of three highly qualified and respected professionals will review the objects entered. All members of the jury are from countries outside the Nordic area to ensure the jury’s integrity. The jury nominates a maximum of ten objects regardless of category, one of which is declared the winner.

Fee and deadline

The competition is free to enter, no fees involved. The nominated designers are required to pay for their own accommodation and travel to and from the Nordic Architecture Fair. The entries must be received by the Nordic Architecture Fair no later than October 1 2017.


The winning entry will be announced at a prize-giving ceremony on November 7 2017 at the Nordic Architecture Fair in Gothenburg. The winning office will be presented the Nordic Architecture Fair Award in the form of a statuette. All those nominated will receive a diploma as proof of their success.

Instructions for participation

Stage 1 – Completed

Only one entry is allowed per office (regardless of however many sub-offices, branches, subsidiaries etcetera that office may contain).

The presentation is to be made via a pdf file. No other forms of presentation will be accepted. The pdf file must be no larger than 5MB and contain no more than 5 pages. The pages should be A3-size. Only one pdf file per object will be accepted.

The pdf file should contain photos, drawings, as well as a description of the object in no more than 500 words. All text must be in English.

The following information must be included in every pdf file:

  1. a) the name of the object
  2. b) the object’s address (street, town, country)
  3. c) the name and postal address of the designer
  4. d) the size/area of the object
  5. e) the date the object was completed (month and year)

Complement the pdf file with one jpeg image representing the competing project. This single image should be approximately 10 centimetres high/wide and have maximum resolution (300 dpi). The jpeg image should be included in the same e-mail as the pdf.

The pdf file along with the jpeg image should be sent to:

Write “Nordic Architecture Fair Award” in the subject line.

Stage 2

The designers of those objects that the jury members nominate will be informed by October 20 2017. The following material will then be requested:

Presentation of the object on 1 panel. The panel should be A1-size and show colour photos, scale drawings, a description of the object as well as any other information to increase understanding of the object. The description should be in English and in no more than 200 words. The size of the letters in the description need to be approximately 30 points.

The following information must appear clearly on the panel:

  1. a) the name of the object
  2. b) the object’s address if possible (street, town, country)
  3. c) the name and postal address of the designer
  4. d) the size/area of the object
  5. e) the date it was completed (month and year)

A physical model of the object is also required.

The panel and the model will be exhibited at the Nordic Architecture Fair.

The panel and model should be delivered to:

Nordic Architecture Fair
Svenska Mässan
Mässans Gata 6
412 51 Gothenburg

Mark the package with the name of your office.

Make sure that the panel and model are delivered safely to the Nordic Architecture Fair office. Please note that material awaiting delivery from post offices etcetera will not be collected.

The material must be received by the Nordic Architecture Fair no later than November 3 2017.

Stage 3

The final takes place at the Nordic Architecture Fair on November 7 2017. The nominated offices will there be asked to present their entries. These presentations take place before the jury and an audience. Each object should be presented in speech and image. Presentations must not take more than seven minutes each. The jury will then take the stage and discuss and comment on the presented objects. Afterwards, the nominated offices will have the opportunity to respond (max three minutes).


Information included in pdf files, jpeg and on the panels may be published on the Nordic Architecture Fair website ( and in print. The Nordic Architecture Fair office will not be held responsible for any incorrect information received. The object is accepted as being the competitor’s own work. The Nordic Architecture Fair will not be held responsible for any copyright infringement.

The Nordic Architecture Fair assumes that all the picture material included in the description of the object is free for Nordic Architecture Fair to use and that the competitor has secured permission for submitted images to appear cost-free in Nordic Architecture Fair communication material. The Nordic Architecture Fair will include a picture by-line if such information is provided.

The sender is responsible for all transport and packaging costs to and from the Nordic Architecture Fair office. No panels will be returned.


Oana Bogdan is co-founder of the research-oriented design practice BOGDAN & VAN BROECK. She is a member of the UNESCO Experts Committee for the City of Bruges. She won Europan 7 in 2004 and the Bucharest Architecture Bienale in 2010, and has been nominated twice for the Mies van der Rohe Award.

From July 2016 to January 2017, Oana held the position of Secretary of State in Romania, coordinating the field of cultural heritage.

Selected projects: COOP (interpretation centre and incubator), Anderlecht, Belgium; The Cosmopolitan (mixed-use housing), Brussels, Belgium; EU Quarter Development Vision, Brussels, Belgium; Bakala Academy, Heverlee, Belgium; Kanaal Vervoordt (mixed use project), Wijnegem, Belgium.

Julien De Smedt is founder and director of JDS Architects. He has been a guest professor at institutions such as Rice University in Houston, the University of Kentucky, MIT, Cambridge, USA, and the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Prior to founding JDS Architects, De Smedt co-founded PLOT with Bjarke Ingels in Copenhagen. In 2013 he co-founded the agenda-driven design label Makers With Agendas with William Ravn.

De Smedt received the Eckersberg medal in 2005, the Maaskant Award in 2009 and the Prix Dejean in 2014 from the French Academy of Architecture.

Selected projects: The Holmenkollen Ski Jump, Oslo, Norway; the VM Housing Complex and Mountain Dwellings, Copenhagen, Denmark; The Iceberg housing complex, Aarhus, Denmark; Maison Stéphane Hessel, Lille, France; Kagithane Premier Office Campus, Istanbul, Turkey.

Charles Renfro is a principal of Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R). He joined the studio in 1997 and became Partner in 2004. He attended Rice University and received a Master of Architecture from Columbia University, and is Professor of Curatorial Studies at the School of Visual Arts. Renfro is a National Academy Academician, and is a recipient of the 2015 Texas Medal of the Arts Awards; in 2012, he was honored as a Rice University Distinguished Alumnus.

Selected projects: DS+R’s completed and in-progress projects include the High Line, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Redevelopment, The Museum of Modern Art Renovation and Expansion, and The Shed, all in New York. Charles Renfro is at present Partner-in-Charge for The Tianjin Juilliard School, Tianjin, China, and Zaryadye Park, Moscow, Russia. He was Partner-in-Charge for the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, University of California, Berkeley, USA, and The Juilliard School Expansion and Renovation, New York, USA.

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