Architecture for Reconciliation
Designer's United 2019

Designers United: Architecture for Reconciliation © SoFA Design Institute

Designers United: Architecture for Reconciliation

Architecture not only envisions places for human activity - it also creates the impetus for the manifestation of these activities. In our 2019 edition of our Designer's United Competition series, SoFa Design Institute joins Goethe-Institut Philippinen in asking young architects to imagine how and whether the spaces and forms we create can stimulate dialogue and interaction. We are especially interested in investigating how architecture might lead to the reconciliation, resolution or accommodation of ideas and ideologies which stand in opposition to each other. Inversely, we are also interested in exploring whether a focus on reconciliation can lead to the evolution of unique building typologies - an architecture of compromise, opposition or accommodation.

This competition event will stimulate dialogue in several localities in order to test the impact of a local design culture on political, gender, class, ideological or other frictions common to civilization. At the same time, architects will investigate how one's personal design process can benefit from examining opposition and reconciliation as a foundation for creative action.

Entry to the competition, which is open to architecture students and architects to age 30, requires submission of an application and portfolio. Entrants will attend a three-day design seminar mentored by architect Tobias Guggenheimer of SoFa Design Institute. Designs will undergo blind evaluation and ranking by a panel of architects, designers and academics. Monetary prizes will be awarded in accordance with the competition brief.


Calendar of Activities

  • Submission of application (Manila and Davao): May 10, 2019
  • Screening period (Manila and Davao): May 15, 2019
  • Mentorship Schedule (Davao): June 3-5, 2019
  • Mentorship Schedule (Manila): June 13-15, 2019
  • Submission of final project: November 04, 2019
  • Final Jury: November 13, 2019
  • Awarding: November 16, 2019

International Application

  1.  The competition is open to architects and architecture students.
  2.  Applicants must be between the ages of 19 to 35 years old, and hold a degree in Architecture or be currently registered as a 3rd year to 5th year student in BS Architecture.
  3.  Applicants must be available to participate in three  (3) full day mentoring sessions to be held in the following schedule within the corresponding cities:

Berlin Participants: August 30-September 1, 2019
Israel Participants: September 4-6, 2019
1. Applicants must completely fill out the Application Form, which is available at SoFA Design Institute upon request over e-mail (madsconstantino@sofa.edu.ph).

2. Applicants must submit the accomplished Application Form along with the following attachments:

b. Copy of diploma (for graduates)

a. Evidence of creativity (40%)

c. Familiarity with technology of applicant's discipline (20%)

7. Shortlisted applicants will be notified via e-mail and SMS between August 07-August 23, 2019.

8. A maximum of sixteen (16) participants will be selected for each city.

9. In the event that the shortlisted applicants are not available, the jury will choose the applicants next in line according to ranking.

10. In the event that the applicants’ ranking are in a tie, a representative from SoFA Design Institute will draw lots in the presence of a DTI representative.

11. Participants are required to attend three (3) full day mentoring sessions to be held in the following schedule within the corresponding cities:

a. Berlin Participants: August 30-September 1, 2019
b. Israel Participants: September 4-6, 2019

12. Participants will be mentored by Architect Tobias Guggenheimer

13. Selected participants will be randomly grouped into pairs.

14. All teams will be presented with a problem statement relating to the theme of “Architecture for Reconciliation”. The mentoring sessions will revolve around helping each team create a design solution for the problem statement.

15. Each team’s final design submission must be completed and submitted to 
the Academic Department Office of SoFA Design Institute on November 04, 2019 via Google drive link including a PDF/JPG file as well as a PSD file.

16. All submissions must be addressed to Denise Ayado (deniseayado@sofa.edu.ph ), Madeleine Constantino (madsconstantino@sofa.edu.ph ), Nika Daffon (nikadaffon@sofa.edu.ph)  and Ellice Bucog (marketing@sofa.edu.ph) of SoFA Design Institute. Entries received later than the deadline, or are deemed incomplete will be considered disqualified.

17. Final submissions must include the following:

b. Written description of the proposed design solution (maximum of 150 words)

18. All final submissions will be presented to and reviewed by a jury of five (5) voting members on November 13, 2019, 10:00am

19. During the Jury Review, the members of the jury will view the participants’ boards.  Presentation materials must be developed following this specification:

a. Design Concept (35%) – the design solution is original, appropriate, attractive, and compelling

c. Presentation Quality (15%) – the presentation of the design solution is clear, elegant, legible, and convincing

a. 1st Prize: $1,000.00<p 30px;"="" style="margin: 0px 0px 20px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Gotham; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">b. SoFA Design Institute and Goethe Institut Philippinen will shoulder the 20% tax on prizes.23. Only one (1) team will qualify for each city category.

24. An Awards Gala will be held on November 16, 2019.

25. Cash prizes will be released to the winning teams in check form. The check will be addressed to the name of the participant as registered on his/her Application Form.

26. Cash prizes will be split equally among the members of each winning team.

27. Cash prizes may be redeemed at SoFA Design Institute (Finance Office – G/F Enzo Bldg. 399 Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City, Philippines 1209) until January 16, 2020.

28. To claim the cash prize, members of each winning team must present a valid ID, and acknowledge receipt of the cash prize.

29. All design submissions related to the competition will be deemed property of SoFA Design Institute. Details of which, and other information related to the competition, including participants’ names, may be used for promotions during and after the competition.

30. SoFA Design Institute employees and current faculty and their relatives up to their third degree of affinity or consanguinity are disqualified from joining the competition.

National Application

  1.  The competition is open to architects and architecture students.
  2.  Applicants must be between the ages of 19 to 35 years old, and hold a degree in Architecture or be currently registered as a 3rd year to 5th year student in BS Architecture.
  3.  Applicants must be available to participate in three  (3) full day mentoring sessions to be held in the following schedule within the corresponding cities:
Davao Participants: June 3 - 5, 2019

Manila Participants: June 13-15, 2019
1. Applicants must completely fill out the Application Form, which is available at SoFA Design Institute (G/F Enzo Bldg. 399 Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City, Philippines 1209), or upon request over e-mail (madsconstantino@sofa.edu.ph).

2. Applicants must submit the accomplished Application Form along with the following attachments:

2.2 Copy of diploma (for graduates)

7.1 Evidence of creativity (40%)

7.3 Familiarity with technology of applicant's discipline (20%)

8. Shortlisted applicants will be notified via e-mail and SMS between May 13-24, 2019.

9. A maximum of sixteen (16) participants will be selected for each city.

10. In the event that the shortlisted applicants are not available, the jury will choose the applicants next in line according to ranking.

11. In the event that the applicants’ ranking are in a tie, a representative from SoFA Design Institute will draw lots in the presence of a DTI representative.

12. Participants are required to attend three (3) full day mentoring sessions to be held in the following schedule within the corresponding cities:

b. Manila Participants: June 13-15, 2019 (8:00am-5:00pm)

13. Participants will be mentored by Architect Tobias Guggenheimer

14. Selected participants will be randomly grouped into pairs.

15. All teams will be presented with a problem statement relating to the theme of “Architecture for Reconciliation”. The mentoring sessions will revolve around helping each team create a design solution for the problem statement.

16. Each team’s final design submission must be completed and submitted to 
the Academic Department Office of SoFA Design Institute on November 04, 2019 via Google drive link including a PDF/JPG file as well as a PSD file.

17. All submissions must be addressed to Denise Ayado (deniseayado@sofa.edu.ph ), Madeleine Constantino (madsconstantino@sofa.edu.ph ), Nika Daffon (nikadaffon@sofa.edu.ph)  and Ellice Bucog (marketing@sofa.edu.ph) of SoFA Design Institute. Entries received later than the deadline, or are deemed incomplete will be considered disqualified.

18. Final submissions must include the following:

18.2 Written description of the proposed design solution (maximum of 150 words)

19. All final submissions will be presented to and reviewed by a jury of five (5) voting members on November 13, 2019, 10:00am, in the presence of a DTI representative.

20. During the Jury Review, the members of the jury will view the participants’ boards.  Presentation materials must be developed following this specification:

22.1 Design Concept (35%) – the design solution is original, appropriate, attractive, and compelling

22.3 Presentation Quality (15%) – the presentation of the design solution is clear, elegant, legible, and convincing

24.1 1st Prize: $1,000.00<p 30px;"="" style="margin: 0px 0px 20px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Gotham; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">24.2 SoFA Design Institute and Goethe Institut Philippinen will shoulder the 20% tax on prizes.25. Only one (1) team will qualify for each city category.

26. An Awards Gala will be held on November 16, 2019.

27. Cash prizes will be released to the winning teams in check form. The check will be addressed to the name of the participant as registered on his/her Application Form.

28. Cash prizes will be split equally among the members of each winning team.

29. Cash prizes may be redeemed at SoFA Design Institute (Finance Office – G/F Enzo Bldg. 399 Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City, Philippines 1209) until January 16, 2020.

30. To claim the cash prize, members of each winning team must present a valid ID, and acknowledge receipt of the cash prize.

31. All design submissions related to the competition will be deemed property of SoFA Design Institute. Details of which, and other information related to the competition, including participants’ names, may be used for promotions during and after the competition.

32. SoFA Design Institute employees and current faculty and their relatives up to their third degree of affinity or consanguinity are disqualified from joining the competition.

33. Per DTI FTEB Permit No. __________ Series of 2019.