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ICC 2016: The Competition Mesh

Experimenting with and within Architecture Competitions

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The Sixth International Conference on Competitions

The Sixth International Conference on Competitions focuses on scrutinising and mapping the concept of experimentation within architecture competitions.

The purpose of ICC 2016 is to offer a window into current interdisciplinary research on the topic of architecture competitions. The conference is part of a series that looks at competitions as a specific field of knowledge in order to understand the competitions’ discourse and questioning historical and current aspects, presuppositions, concepts and practices.

In recent years we have and continue to witness, a surge of competitions (or rather calls) which do not seek to produce a building or an architecture structure, but aim instead to raise awareness and pinpoint current social, political, technological issues intertwined with the urban condition; these are usually initiated by independent entities and aim to entice experimentation by reformulating and resetting the very terms and conditions within which a problem is posed or arises.

The aim of the conference is to cover all aspects of experimentation within architectural and design competitions. By opening up this call to for papers to independent actors and various entities, as well as to professionals and scholars the organisers aim to merge both a practice-oriented and theoretical approach to the subject of competitions. During the conference all voices can be heard and debate.

The conference also includes a professional organisations’ panel discussion, where in this session, RIBA and UIA speakers will consider the concept of experimentation as manifested within the RIBA UK client-driven and ‘pragmatist’ competitions approach and within the UIA ‘social’ and conceptual framework applied to the UIA worldwide competitions. The event is supported by RIBA Competitions and the UIA.

For any queries about the conference contact the conference organising committee at

Key Dates

  • December 2015: Call for Papers.
  • 3 May 2016: Deadline for the submission of paper abstracts.
  • 13 June 2016: Notification of acceptance.
  • 4 September 2016: Deadline for the submission of full papers for circulation and comments.
  • 27 - 28 October 2016: Conference at Leeds Beckett University.
  • 29 October 2016: Visit to London.


We are currently making arrangements for an exhibition to coincide with this year’s conference. More information will be available here, once details have been confirmed.