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Architecture | Community | Design Competitions:

Design competitions can range in form and scopes of services from teaspoons or bike shelters, to mixed-use towers and urban planning.

The best of competitions engage international talent in dialogue about the cultural issues that inform our global communities through both space and object formation.

From the very inception of a competition project, there is the opportunity to explore the history of a typology, engage contemporary thought, and create a vision for the future.

Juries examine design merit through researched interventions within a cultural and physical context.

From the theory of design comes the regulating lines of tomorrow.

All competitions are seen as an opportunity to teach both the public, academic and professional designers internationally about new perspectives upon familiar paradigms.

Rigorous design submissions clearly and succinctly narrate innovative ideas.

We employ the highest rigor and clarity to guidelines, submission requirements and jury deliberations.

Whenever appropriate, design finalists are awarded prize monies, design commissions or honoraria.

The bottom line is that each designer has to be willing to ante up and take the risks associated with participating in a design competition, as only the best talent with a clear vision will win.

As both a practicing architect and professor of design, Fredrick H. Zal places the utmost importance on the ethics of intellectual property and design ownership.  

All designer retain ownership of their work in all forms, and simultaneously grant license to clients for use in association with their project.

Credit is always given to designers in publications, exhibitions and all other promotions.


AIA B141 O-A Contract

GSA Design Excellence

Jury Members [Barton.Papers.Mayne.Olson-Rigdon (Keyes.Stoeckler)] Carefully Review Submissions Prof. L. Rudolph Barton Discusses Design Pedagogy and Communication in Public Forum after Jury Deliberations Scale Model Submissions: 124: Grace . Running . Gelbrich . Quiñones - 008: Byron. Ray - 107: Emmingham . Huang - 111:Esau . Raggett - 113: Janssen . Schupp . Loosemore - 202: Weeks . Mosby . Gabriel - 001: Pinder . Meyer . Huston . Hasapis - 002: Brown . Collins . Weaver -  006: Graden -  012: Byron . Ray -  106: Price - 110: Lackey . Olds . Bateman -  114: Valeant - 115: Scholtes . Armstrong . Thomas - 116: Enomoto . Sanchez - 118: Curtis . Harris - 119: Lonigro - 120: Maykut - 125: Greiger - 126: Moran . Lloyd . LeMoine - and 203: McGuire . Archer
Jury members review each design submissions narrative and illustrations to inform their collaborative deliberations. Forum discussions are provided to allow for the mysticism of selection to become an informed open dialogue about design issues.
Within every design question is the opportunity for a diversity of aesthetics and intelligent researched responses.


Institute for the Performing Arts Phase I Institute for the Performing Arts Phase II WILDWOOD; LOT 01 + 12, BLOCK 7 Block 76 ... under DEVELOPMENT Living Smart: Big Ideas for Small Lots
Three distinctive post-industrial areas in the urban core were heavily used for marine and rail shipping prior to the atrophy of their regional industries. While as there has been an on-going discussion about the development of these areas, their grand scope has not yet been either codified or constructed. This competition is ripe with opportunities for young vibrant minds to cast their ideas into the mix and see what we can stir up. Acting as a catalyst for the burgeoning North Macadam District, this contemporary performing arts institute within the post-Industrial core of the City must foster the enhancement of intellectual growth and experimentation through cross-fertilization and extroverted drama. When investigating both the history and contemporary culture of the Village context, one is greatly struck by two primary precedents for this 20,000 sq.ft. speculation. The first of these being 'Wild West' storefront architecture, which came directly from the pioneers whom first built the area. Secondly, the European and eastern seaboard concepts of mixed and stratified uses in relation to pedestrians and building's access to light; a prototype of most contemporary Portland zoning code and converse to the recent snout housing built in the area.  At the base of the intersection of the Burnside Bridge and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, and by the new Eastbank Esplanade and the Rose Garden Arena, the Portland Development Commission is considering the creation of a 6-10 story building composed of mixed-uses with a light industrial leaning.
"Advocating Urban Culture through DESIGN"
The Bureau of Development Services sees opportunity to collaborate with international designers, builders and neighborhood interests alike to generate a large pool of creative design options that promote "living smart" by mitigating urban sprawl and improving density through infilling the urban core.  These affordable single-family detached houses on very narrow lots provide first-time home ownership to people in a variety of neighborhoods and respond to a range of market demands.
Monograph: "The Value of Competitions"
Magazine Article: "PDX, Behind the Curtain"

Portland Catalogue of Narrow House Designs
This publication features 23 house designs selected for their suitability as in-fill development in Portland, Oregon. They were selected in the second phase of the Living Smart: Big Ideas for Small Lots juried competition from the field of 426 submitted designs.
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Designs of Excellence Monograph
This publication includes the 49 winning house designs of excellence from the 2004 Living Smart: Big Ideas from Small Lots design competition. They were selected in the first phase of a juried competition from a field of 426 submitted designs.
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