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ARK153 - Architectural competitions
Syllabus adopted 2019-02-04 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPARC
4,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Architecture

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Teaching language: English
Application code: 05123
Open for exchange students: Yes
Maximum participants: 26
Only students with the course round in the programme plan

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0117 Project 4,5 c Grading: TH   4,5 c    

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In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

Qualification for the master programme.


- The course intends to develop individual skills and readiness for independent participation in architectural competitions.
- The course will provide insights, reflections and discussions on the history of architectural competitions and provide an overview of current types and conditions of the architectural competitions in different national contexts through a number of lectures also on competition strategies by experienced architects and jury members.
- The course comprises exercises in graphical and oral presentation techniques as well as information on the preparation of video visualization and computer animation.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • construct her future practice on the basis of an enhanced awareness of the formal procedures, conditions and different characters, cultures and situations of competitions in a historical and contemporary international perspective conceived as a unique profile and feature of the profession;
  • independently conduct an interpretation of a common exercise brief or alternatively a professional advanced competition brief and produce the appropriate delivery of requested material such as poster presentation with appropriate drawings, illustrations and models as a preparation for practical activities in the profession;
  • articulate a well grounded opinion and a critical interpretation on and approach towards the cultural values and societal role of architectural competitions as a tool for developing the professional profile of the architect and for fostering innovation and urban architectural qualities as well as to identify and potentially apply valid and successful state of the art design strategies in professional competition situations.


  • Architectural Competitions' (2009) Nordic Journal of Architectural Research No 2/3, 2009.
  • Arkitekttävlingar 2007-2010, (2010) Sveriges Arkitekter (Swedish Association of Architects)
  • CONDITIONS/NO (2010): "The Future of Competitions", issue #7/2010
  • Current competition briefs together with Wernstedt Sketch brief of the year.
  • Dreams and comp(L)eted projects - 130 years of Finnish Architectural Competitions, (2006) SAFA exhibition 
  • Europan 7 Result Book, (2004) Helsinki, Antti Pirhonen, ed.
  • Europan 10 Result Book Sweden x 4 Result book, (2010) Stockholm, E. Wingquist & A. Johansson, eds. 
  • Gromark, S. (2012). "Bakåtblickar - Framtidsvyer / Looking Backwards - Looking Forwards" in Torsvall, J., P. Kraft, H. Mattsson, E. Wingquist and A. Johansson. EuroPanic - Europan Sweden a thousand new ideas for our cities / Europan Sverige tusen nya idéer för våra städer. Stockholm, Europan Sweden / Europan Sverige c/o Sveriges Arkitekter pp: 76-80.
  • Hagelqvist, S. (2010). Arkitekttävlingen som föreställning: den svenska arkitekttävlingens ideologiska, institutionella och professionella villkor under 1900-talets första hälft. Stockholm, axl books. [diss.]
  • Kazemian, R, M Rönn & J E Svensson (2007). Arkitekturtävlingar - erfarenheter från Finland Stockholm, Axl Books.
  • Lipstadt, Hélène, (1989), The Experimental Tradition: Essays on Competitions in Architecture Princeton Architectural Press.
  • Prinz, Frederik and  Uffelen, Chris Van (2011). Competition Architecture 
  • Rönn, M, R Kazemian & J E Andersson, Eds. (2011). The Architectural Competition: Research Enquiries and Experiences. Stockholm, Axl Books.
  • Svensson, Charlotte (2008). Arkitekttävlingar, om konsten att hitta en vinnare, Stockholm: TRITA-ARK Akademisk Licentiatavhandling 2008:3, KTH.
  • Torsvall, J., P. Kraft, H. Mattsson, E. Wingquist and A. Johansson. (2012). EuroPanic - Europan Sweden  a thousand new ideas for our cities / Europan Sverige tusen nya idéer för våra städer. Stockholm, Europan Sweden / Europan Sverige c/o Sveriges Arkitekter
  • Tostrup, Elisabeth, (1999), Architecture and Rhetoric. Text and Design in Architectural Competitions, Andreas Papadakis Publisher.
  • Waern, Rasmus, (1996), Tävlingarnas tid. Arkitekttävlingarnas betydelse i borgerlighetens Sverige. Chalmers arkitektur [diss.]

Examination including compulsory elements

Completed delivery of a valid competition entry to the Wernstedt Sketch or other relevant student or professional international competition like Europan during the course period, examined and passed by the jury, together with presence at the debriefing seminar when competition final results are publically announced, as well as taking active part in all mandatory lectures.

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