Built space
Interior space
Public space
Graduation projects
Initiatives / Experiments / Visions
Essay
Photography

Built space

First category – Built space – refers to built projects completed between July 2018 – July 2020, including interventions (reconversions or extensions) on existing buildings with or without heritage value, from domains such as:

–  housing: single-family or collective;

– commercial: commercial buildings, offices, mixed-use or industrial buildings;

– services: hotels, restaurants, bars, clubs, wellness or recreation buildings;

– institutional: public institutions or public interest buildings that are part of the following domains: socio-cultural (education / health / social assistance / sport and youth), national defense (military units / specialized educational units), public order (police units / firefighter units), public authority (central administration public institutions / local institutions – city halls, prefectures, courts), tourism (touristic information centres / tourism institutions), other domains (environment protection institutions, water management, research institutions);

– cultural: libraries, museums, theatres, cinemas, churches;

– heritage: rehabilitation, reconversion, restorations or consolidation projects.

 

For this category participants can submit only built and implemented projects and not proposals which are only at the design phase.

 

Architects that have the right to practice in accordance with the laws of the country where they work, as well as collectives coordinated by them are eligible.

In this category one can register works either located in Romania, Hungary or Serbia or belonging to authors that have a permanent residence in Romania, Hungary or Serbia.

 

For this category, 1 award of 1000 euros, as well as 2 honorable mentions, each consisting of 500 euros have been considered.

 

To submit an entry for this category, respecting the provided layout is mandatory (LAYOUT1). Entries can be submitted by completing the registration form.

 

More details about the competition are to be found in the competition Rules.

 

 

 

Jury

Diana Dina

Diana is a qualified architect and a Certified Passivhaus Designer. In 2011 Diana received a Distinction for her MSc in Environmental Design at the Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources, UCL. Before that, she had worked in Bucharest, Romania, in a number of high profile local practices and became increasingly interested in sustainable design and traditional building techniques, especially timber frame construction. Subsequently Diana worked with bere: architects in London where she became Associate Director and was involved in a number of low energy and Passive House/ EnerPHit projects, as well as Building Performance Evaluation studies. During the last 5 years Diana worked as Senior Project architect with Gluckman Smith in West London where she worked on a large number of design-led low energy new build and retrofits, including the Font House project (Leicestershire) which won a RIBA regional award, Conservation award, and also the RIBA regional Project Architect Award 2018. In 2019 Diana was a Sustainability consultant in the judging panel for RIBA Awards – London East. Currently Diana is leading the sustainability and regenerative design strategy at Haworth Tompkins architects in London, balancing practical in-house support/training, external advocacy and independent research.

Maja Lalić

Maja Lalić is a Serbian architect and expert in gender equality and climate change. Described by The New York Times as Belgrade's "most cutting-edge homegrown architect", Lalic is also the founder and creative director of cultural organization Mikser and its signature projects, Mikser House and Mikser Festival fostering creative and local communities and their contribution to sustainable development and social innovation. As an urban designer educated at GSAPP, Columbia University in New York, Maja advocates for participatory urban practices and nature-based solutions in cities. She is frequently collaborating with United Nations agencies on projects connecting social inclusion with actions against climate change and circular economy. She is the initiator of the regional talent platform Young Balkan Designers, an activist of the international initiative Blue Green Solutions and a co-founder of Women Architects Association in Serbia. Under Maja’s leadership, Mikser’s community center Refugee Aid Miksaliste received European Citizenship Award 2016 for Social Campaign of the Year by European Civic Forum, as well as Contribution to Europe Award by European Movement International.

Matevž Čelik

Matevž Čelik is an architect, writer, editor, researcher and cultural manager working in the fields of architecture and design. He is director of MAO, Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana, which under his leadership grew into a flagship national institution with international reach. He considers the understanding of new, hybrid roles of public cultural institutions as crucial for their management in the future. As developer of new cultural models in architecture and design, he co-founded Trajekt, the Institute for Spatial Culture in Ljubljana and Future Architecture, a pan-European platform for exchange and networking between architectural institutions and emerging talents. Matevz Celik stands behind the repositioning of BIO Ljubljana, the oldest design biennial in Europe, which has been transformed from a standard design exhibition into a live experiment to explore the potentials of design to instigate positive change. He has designed a Center for Creativity project with which MAO took on a new role of facilitator in the Slovenian creative sector.

Péter Klobusovszki

Architect, contributed to the design of several public buildings, interior designs and competitions as the owner of Klobusovszki Arhitecture Ltd. He won several architectural prizes in Hungary and Piranesi Award Mention abroad. He has been working as a full-time university lecturer and presently as an associate professor at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Department of Public Building Design. He got his doctoral degree in 2008. He is the author of several theoretical articles, book chapters. His interest focuses especially on contemporary Swiss-German architecture, and the relationship between public architecture, public space and public sphere. Photo courtesy of Ákos Polgárdi.

Vlad Sebastian Rusu

Architect, with a professional interest divided between researching and designing architecture and urbanism. His projects cover a wide range of programs and preoccupations, from architecture and restoration projects, to urban planning and urban design, his professional activity receiving recognition and award, both nationally and internationally. In parallel with the activity within his design office, he works as a university lecturer at the Cluj Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, where he is head of the Urbasim Department.

Interior space

Second category – Interior space – refers to  interior design, interior lighting design, scenography (performance spaces) completed between July 2018 – July 2020;

 

For this category participants can submit only built and implemented projects and not proposals which are only at the design phase.

 

Graduates from higher education institutions from domains such as architecture, interior design, furniture design, lighting design, decorative arts, scenography, design, with diplomas or certificates approved by their country of origin and domain’s professional organizations are eligible;

In this category one can register works either located in Romania, Hungary or Serbia or belonging to authors that have a permanent residence in Romania, Hungary or Serbia.

 

For this category, 1 award of 1000 euros, as well as 2 honorable mentions, each consisting of 500 euros have been considered.

 

To submit an entry for this category, respecting the provided layout is mandatory (LAYOUT2). Entries can be submitted by completing the registration form.

 

More details about the competition are to be found in the competition Rules.

 

Jury

Diana Dina

Is an architect, experienced in exhibition design, cultural events, restoration and architectural design, three times Mies van der Rohe Contemporary Architecture Awards nominee. He’s a founding member and partner of Studio Kim Bucșa Diaconu (SKBD) and Lundi Et Demi architecture studios, and has been practicing independently since 2012, leading a young and dynamic team. Attila Kim has studied architecture at the Technic University of Cluj Napoca, and has had study grants in Slovakia, the United States of America and the Netherlands. Attila Kim is the Romanian Commissioner at the Venice Biennale, 2016 and present editions. In 2019 Diana was a Sustainability consultant in the judging panel for RIBA Awards – London East. Currently Diana is leading the sustainability and regenerative design strategy at Haworth Tompkins architects in London, balancing practical in-house support/training, external advocacy and independent research.

Maja Lalić

Maja Lalić is a Serbian architect and expert in gender equality and climate change. Described by The New York Times as Belgrade's "most cutting-edge homegrown architect", Lalic is also the founder and creative director of cultural organisation Mikser and its signature projects, Mikser House and Mikser Festival fostering creative and local communities and their contribution to sustainable development and social innovation. As an urban designer educated at GSAPP, Columbia University in New York, Maja advocates for participatory urban practices and nature-based solutions in cities. She is frequently collaborating with United Nations agencies on projects connecting social inclusion with actions against climate change and circular economy. She is the initiator of the regional talent platform Young Balkan Designers, an activist of the international initiative Blue Green Solutions and a co-founder of Women Architects Association in Serbia. Under Maja’s leadership, Mikser’s community center Refugee Aid Miksaliste received European Citizenship Award 2016 for Social Campaign of the Year by European Civic Forum, as well as Contribution to Europe Award by European Movement International.

Matevž Čelik

Matevž Čelik is an architect, writer, editor, researcher and cultural manager working in the fields of architecture and design. He is director of MAO, Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana, which under his leadership grew into a flagship national institution with international reach. He considers the understanding of new, hybrid roles of public cultural institutions as crucial for their management in the future. As developer of new cultural models in architecture and design, he co-founded Trajekt, the Institute for Spatial Culture in Ljubljana and Future Architecture, a pan-European platform for exchange and networking between architectural institutions and emerging talents. Matevz Celik stands behind the repositioning of BIO Ljubljana, the oldest design biennial in Europe, which has been transformed from a standard design exhibition into a live experiment to explore the potentials of design to instigate positive change. He has designed a Center for Creativity project with which MAO took on a new role of facilitator in the Slovenian creative sector.

Péter Klobusovszki

Architect, contributed to the design of several public buildings, interior designs and competitions as the owner of Klobusovszki Arhitecture Ltd. He won several architectural prizes in Hungary and Piranesi Award Mention abroad. He has been working as a full-time university lecturer and presently as an associate professor at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Department of Public Building Design. He got his doctoral degree in 2008. He is the author of several theoretical articles, book chapters. His interest focuses especially on contemporary Swiss-German architecture, and the relationship between public architecture, public space and public sphere. Photo courtesy of Ákos Polgárdi.

Vlad Sebastian Rusu

Architect, with a professional interest divided between researching and designing architecture and urbanism. His projects cover a wide range of programs and preoccupations, from architecture and restoration projects, to urban planning and urban design, his professional activity receiving recognition and award, both nationally and internationally. In parallel with the activity within his design office, he works as a university lecturer at the Cluj Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, where he is head of the Urbasim Department.

Public space

Third category – Public space – refers to projects / works completed between July 2018 – July 2020, such as:

– built projects completed including landscape design, revitalisations / restructuring of certain urban / rural areas, public squares, pedestrian areas, parks, temporary public spaces, installations, pavilions designed by architects, urbanists or landscape architects which have the right to practice in accordance with the laws of the country where they work, as well as collectives coordinated by them;

– master plan projects, territorial planning, urban strategies etc. designed by architects, urbanists or landscape architects which have the right to practice in accordance with the laws of the country where they work, as well as collectives coordinated by them;

– works of art belonging to public space made by artists from domains such as architecture, plastic arts, visual arts, decorative arts, design etc.

 

In this category one can register works either located in Romania, Hungary or Serbia or belonging to authors that have a permanent residence in Romania, Hungary or Serbia.

 

For this category, 1 award of 1000 euros, as well as 2 honorable mentions, each consisting of 500 euros have been considered.

 

To submit an entry for this category, respecting the provided layout is mandatory (LAYOUT3). Entries can be submitted by completing the registration form.

 

More details about the competition are to be found in the competition Rules.

 

 

 

Jury

Diana Dina

Diana is a qualified architect and a Certified Passivhaus Designer. In 2011 Diana received a Distinction for her MSc in Environmental Design at the Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources, UCL. Before that, she had worked in Bucharest, Romania, in a number of high profile local practices and became increasingly interested in sustainable design and traditional building techniques, especially timber frame construction. Subsequently Diana worked with bere: architects in London where she became Associate Director and was involved in a number of low energy and Passive House/ EnerPHit projects, as well as Building Performance Evaluation studies. During the last 5 years Diana worked as Senior Project architect with Gluckman Smith in West London where she worked on a large number of design-led low energy new build and retrofits, including the Font House project (Leicestershire) which won a RIBA regional award, Conservation award, and also the RIBA regional Project Architect Award 2018. In 2019 Diana was a Sustainability consultant in the judging panel for RIBA Awards – London East. Currently Diana is leading the sustainability and regenerative design strategy at Haworth Tompkins architects in London, balancing practical in-house support/training, external advocacy and independent research.

Maja Lalić

Maja Lalić is a Serbian architect and expert in gender equality and climate change. Described by The New York Times as Belgrade's "most cutting-edge homegrown architect", Lalic is also the founder and creative director of cultural organisation Mikser and its signature projects, Mikser House and Mikser Festival fostering creative and local communities and their contribution to sustainable development and social innovation. As an urban designer educated at GSAPP, Columbia University in New York, Maja advocates for participatory urban practices and nature-based solutions in cities. She is frequently collaborating with United Nations agencies on projects connecting social inclusion with actions against climate change and circular economy. She is the initiator of the regional talent platform Young Balkan Designers, an activist of the international initiative Blue Green Solutions and a co-founder of Women Architects Association in Serbia. Under Maja’s leadership, Mikser’s community center Refugee Aid Miksaliste received European Citizenship Award 2016 for Social Campaign of the Year by European Civic Forum, as well as Contribution to Europe Award by European Movement International.

Matevž Čelik

Matevž Čelik is an architect, writer, editor, researcher and cultural manager working in the fields of architecture and design. He is director of MAO, Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana, which under his leadership grew into a flagship national institution with international reach. He considers the understanding of new, hybrid roles of public cultural institutions as crucial for their management in the future. As developer of new cultural models in architecture and design, he co-founded Trajekt, the Institute for Spatial Culture in Ljubljana and Future Architecture, a pan-European platform for exchange and networking between architectural institutions and emerging talents. Matevz Celik stands behind the repositioning of BIO Ljubljana, the oldest design biennial in Europe, which has been transformed from a standard design exhibition into a live experiment to explore the potentials of design to instigate positive change. He has designed a Center for Creativity project with which MAO took on a new role of facilitator in the Slovenian creative sector.

Péter Klobusovszki

Architect, contributed to the design of several public buildings, interior designs and competitions as the owner of Klobusovszki Arhitecture Ltd. He won several architectural prizes in Hungary and Piranesi Award Mention abroad. He has been working as a full-time university lecturer and presently as an associate professor at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Department of Public Building Design. He got his doctoral degree in 2008. He is the author of several theoretical articles, book chapters. His interest focuses especially on contemporary Swiss-German architecture, and the relationship between public architecture, public space and public sphere. Photo courtesy of Ákos Polgárdi.

Vlad Sebastian Rusu

Architect, with a professional interest divided between researching and designing architecture and urbanism. His projects cover a wide range of programs and preoccupations, from architecture and restoration projects, to urban planning and urban design, his professional activity receiving recognition and award, both nationally and internationally. In parallel with the activity within his design office, he works as a university lecturer at the Cluj Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, where he is head of the Urbasim Department.

Graduation projects

The Graduation projects category refers to final projects made for the architecture and/or urbanism diploma, realized during the 2018-2019 or 2019-2020 academic years;

Graduates from Romanian, Hungarian or Serbian higher education institutions like architecture and/or urbanism universities / faculties / departments are eligible.

 

For this category, 1 award of 1000 euros, as well as 2 honorable mentions, each consisting of 500 euros have been considered.

 

To submit an entry for this category, respecting the provided layout is mandatory (LAYOUT4). Entries can be submitted by completing the registration form.

 

More details about the competition are to be found in the competition Rules.

 

 

 

 

Jury

Diana Dina

Diana is a qualified architect and a Certified Passivhaus Designer. In 2011 Diana received a Distinction for her MSc in Environmental Design at the Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources, UCL. Before that, she had worked in Bucharest, Romania, in a number of high profile local practices and became increasingly interested in sustainable design and traditional building techniques, especially timber frame construction. Subsequently Diana worked with bere: architects in London where she became Associate Director and was involved in a number of low energy and Passive House/ EnerPHit projects, as well as Building Performance Evaluation studies. During the last 5 years Diana worked as Senior Project architect with Gluckman Smith in West London where she worked on a large number of design-led low energy new build and retrofits, including the Font House project (Leicestershire) which won a RIBA regional award, Conservation award, and also the RIBA regional Project Architect Award 2018. In 2019 Diana was a Sustainability consultant in the judging panel for RIBA Awards – London East. Currently Diana is leading the sustainability and regenerative design strategy at Haworth Tompkins architects in London, balancing practical in-house support/training, external advocacy and independent research.

Maja Lalić

Maja Lalić is a Serbian architect and expert in gender equality and climate change. Described by The New York Times as Belgrade's "most cutting-edge homegrown architect", Lalic is also the founder and creative director of cultural organisation Mikser and its signature projects, Mikser House and Mikser Festival fostering creative and local communities and their contribution to sustainable development and social innovation. As an urban designer educated at GSAPP, Columbia University in New York, Maja advocates for participatory urban practices and nature-based solutions in cities. She is frequently collaborating with United Nations agencies on projects connecting social inclusion with actions against climate change and circular economy. She is the initiator of the regional talent platform Young Balkan Designers, an activist of the international initiative Blue Green Solutions and a co-founder of Women Architects Association in Serbia. Under Maja’s leadership, Mikser’s community center Refugee Aid Miksaliste received European Citizenship Award 2016 for Social Campaign of the Year by European Civic Forum, as well as Contribution to Europe Award by European Movement International.

Matevž Čelik

Matevž Čelik is an architect, writer, editor, researcher and cultural manager working in the fields of architecture and design. He is director of MAO, Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana, which under his leadership grew into a flagship national institution with international reach. He considers the understanding of new, hybrid roles of public cultural institutions as crucial for their management in the future. As developer of new cultural models in architecture and design, he co-founded Trajekt, the Institute for Spatial Culture in Ljubljana and Future Architecture, a pan-European platform for exchange and networking between architectural institutions and emerging talents. Matevz Celik stands behind the repositioning of BIO Ljubljana, the oldest design biennial in Europe, which has been transformed from a standard design exhibition into a live experiment to explore the potentials of design to instigate positive change. He has designed a Center for Creativity project with which MAO took on a new role of facilitator in the Slovenian creative sector.

Péter Klobusovszki

Architect, contributed to the design of several public buildings, interior designs and competitions as the owner of Klobusovszki Arhitecture Ltd. He won several architectural prizes in Hungary and Piranesi Award Mention abroad. He has been working as a full-time university lecturer and presently as an associate professor at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Department of Public Building Design. He got his doctoral degree in 2008. He is the author of several theoretical articles, book chapters. His interest focuses especially on contemporary Swiss-German architecture, and the relationship between public architecture, public space and public sphere. Photo courtesy of Ákos Polgárdi.

Vlad Sebastian Rusu

Architect, with a professional interest divided between researching and designing architecture and urbanism. His projects cover a wide range of programs and preoccupations, from architecture and restoration projects, to urban planning and urban design, his professional activity receiving recognition and award, both nationally and internationally. In parallel with the activity within his design office, he works as a university lecturer at the Cluj Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, where he is head of the Urbasim Department.

Initiatives / Experiments / Visions

The category Experiments / Initiatives / Visions refers to completed or speculative projects realized between July 2018 – July 2020 including:

– cultural / architectural education / participative initiatives / public policy projects etc. made by the professional body, administration or by the civil society;

– speculative architectural projects that reinterpret the role of architecture (projections on the future of architecture): visions / strategies / theories / programs / competitions that are made by architects or urbanists which have the right to practice in accordance with the laws of the country where they work, as well as collectives coordinated by them;

 

Professional body meaning a series of practitioners responsible with the design, construction and maintenance of the built environment: architects, urbanists, landscape architects, engineers (structural, installations, electric, traffic etc.), restorers, contractors, including IT specialists, that have the right to practice in accordance with the laws of the country where they work.

 

Administration meaning all those community members and state employees that have the responsibility of managing the present and future built environment.

 

Civil society refers to all the society members that are not part of the professional body, nor of the administrative body, that both influence and are influenced daily by the built environment (associative apolitic groups realised in accordance with the laws of the country of their origin, that intervene along with the decision factors or state institutions to influence them in order to protect the rights and interests of the citizen groups they represent).

 

For this category, 1 award of 1000 euros, as well as 2 honorable mentions, each consisting of 500 euros have been considered.

 

To submit an entry for this category, respecting the provided layout is mandatory (LAYOUT5). Entries can be submitted by completing the registration form.

 

More details about the competition are to be found in the competition Rules.

 

 

Jury

Diana Dina

Is an architect, experienced in exhibition design, cultural events, restoration and architectural design, three times Mies van der Rohe Contemporary Architecture Awards nominee. He’s a founding member and partner of Studio Kim Bucșa Diaconu (SKBD) and Lundi Et Demi architecture studios, and has been practicing independently since 2012, leading a young and dynamic team. Attila Kim has studied architecture at the Technic University of Cluj Napoca, and has had study grants in Slovakia, the United States of America and the Netherlands. Attila Kim is the Romanian Commissioner at the Venice Biennale, 2016 and present editions. In 2019 Diana was a Sustainability consultant in the judging panel for RIBA Awards – London East. Currently Diana is leading the sustainability and regenerative design strategy at Haworth Tompkins architects in London, balancing practical in-house support/training, external advocacy and independent research.

Maja Lalić

Maja Lalić is a Serbian architect and expert in gender equality and climate change. Described by The New York Times as Belgrade's "most cutting-edge homegrown architect", Lalic is also the founder and creative director of cultural organisation Mikser and its signature projects, Mikser House and Mikser Festival fostering creative and local communities and their contribution to sustainable development and social innovation. As an urban designer educated at GSAPP, Columbia University in New York, Maja advocates for participatory urban practices and nature-based solutions in cities. She is frequently collaborating with United Nations agencies on projects connecting social inclusion with actions against climate change and circular economy. She is the initiator of the regional talent platform Young Balkan Designers, an activist of the international initiative Blue Green Solutions and a co-founder of Women Architects Association in Serbia. Under Maja’s leadership, Mikser’s community center Refugee Aid Miksaliste received European Citizenship Award 2016 for Social Campaign of the Year by European Civic Forum, as well as Contribution to Europe Award by European Movement International.

Matevž Čelik

Matevž Čelik is an architect, writer, editor, researcher and cultural manager working in the fields of architecture and design. He is director of MAO, Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana, which under his leadership grew into a flagship national institution with international reach. He considers the understanding of new, hybrid roles of public cultural institutions as crucial for their management in the future. As developer of new cultural models in architecture and design, he co-founded Trajekt, the Institute for Spatial Culture in Ljubljana and Future Architecture, a pan-European platform for exchange and networking between architectural institutions and emerging talents. Matevz Celik stands behind the repositioning of BIO Ljubljana, the oldest design biennial in Europe, which has been transformed from a standard design exhibition into a live experiment to explore the potentials of design to instigate positive change. He has designed a Center for Creativity project with which MAO took on a new role of facilitator in the Slovenian creative sector.

Péter Klobusovszki

Architect, contributed to the design of several public buildings, interior designs and competitions as the owner of Klobusovszki Arhitecture Ltd. He won several architectural prizes in Hungary and Piranesi Award Mention abroad. He has been working as a full-time university lecturer and presently as an associate professor at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Department of Public Building Design. He got his doctoral degree in 2008. He is the author of several theoretical articles, book chapters. His interest focuses especially on contemporary Swiss-German architecture, and the relationship between public architecture, public space and public sphere. Photo courtesy of Ákos Polgárdi.

Vlad Sebastian Rusu

Architect, with a professional interest divided between researching and designing architecture and urbanism. His projects cover a wide range of programs and preoccupations, from architecture and restoration projects, to urban planning and urban design, his professional activity receiving recognition and award, both nationally and internationally. In parallel with the activity within his design office, he works as a university lecturer at the Cluj Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, where he is head of the Urbasim Department.

Essay

In the context of Beta 2020, the 6th category, Essay encourages a theoretical and critical discourse surrounding this year’s theme – responsibility towards the built environment as well as what is still left unbuilt.*

 

The proposed theme – responsibility towards the built environment, can be explored on any of the major three pillars that structures Beta 2020’s main exhibition Enough is enough! – economy, society, ecology.

 

Around this general theme, various topics worth debating can be tackled such as:

> mapping local resources / remembering crafts towards a responsible architecture;

> new buildings vs. repairing what is broken or reusing what is abandoned;

> cities as building materials mines – recovering materials;

> discovering new materials;

> responsibility and caring for the community etc.

 

Competitional category 6. Essay is open to all those interested into theoretical and critical discourse.

Contributors are invited to reflect on responsibility towards the built (and towards the unbuilt) environment. Those that are active in the domains of architecture and urbanism (architects, urbanist, academics, students of architecture and/or urbanism universities / faculties / departments) or other related fields (sociologists, psychologists, critics, theorists, philosophers, activists etc.), with a permanent residence in Romania, Hungary or Serbia are eligible and encouraged to participate.

 

For category 6. Essay 2020 edition, the competition will take place in two phases:

> phase I – abstract submission;

> phase II – essay submission by the selected authors.

 

For this category, 1 award of 1000 euros, as well as 2 honorable mentions, each consisting of 500 euros have been considered.

 

To submit an entry for this category, respecting the provided layout is mandatory (LAYOUT6). Entries can be submitted by completing the registration form.

 

More details about the competition are to be found in the competition Rules.

*Through the proposed topic, category 6. Essay is connected to the main exhibition Enough is enough – the focal point of the biennial, which aims to draw attention to the need for a responsible attitude towards the built environment.

Jury

Anna Puigjaner

Anna Puigjaner is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia GSAPP and Coordinator of the Core I Architecture Studios. Puigjaner unites theory and practice by combining academic, research, and editorial work with the professional activity of MAIO, an architectural office co-founded in Barcelona in 2012. MAIO collaborates with artists and practitioners from outside the field and has a particular interest in developing new models of collective housing. Recent projects include “110 Rooms”—a 22-unit innovative housing block in Barcelona—and a series of exhibition designs for the Milan Furniture Fair and the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, among others.

James Taylor-Foster

James Taylor-Foster is a writer, editor and curator working in the fields of architecture, design, e-culture and technology. He is the curator of contemporary architecture and design at ArkDes, Sweden’s national centre for architecture and design, in Stockholm. Trained in architecture, he was formerly editor-at-large for ArchDaily. In 2016 he co-curated the Nordic Pavilion at the 15th Biennale Architettura di Venezia and in 2018 participated in the central exhibition at the 16th. Photo courtesy of Erica Lindberg

René Boer

René Boer works as a curator, critic and researcher in the fields of architecture, urbanism, heritage and art. He is part of the Amsterdam-based Non-fiction collective, managing editor at Failed Architecture and involved in various urban social movements. He recently published 'Architecture of Appropriation' with Het Nieuwe Instituut, and curated the exhibition 'The Right to Build' at Amsterdam's Architecture Center. Current projects include the formation of a network of 'Grounded Urban Practices' with the Cairo-based Cluster studio, and 'Contemporary Commoning', a new research collaboration with among others the Rietveld Academy and Waag Society.

Photography

During the 3 editions that took place between 2015-2017, the Octavian Radu Topai Award (PORT) aimed to pay homage to the young architect, as well as to question modern and contemporary Romanian architecture. After a break of two years, the interest for photography has not disappeared, instead it transformed into a wish to integrate in Beta 2020 a category dedicated to architectural photography, open to the three neighboring countries: Romania, Serbia and Hungary.

In the context of Beta 2020, the category 7. Photography encourages a critical observation, expressed through the medium of photography, around the theme of responsibility towards the present and future built and unbuilt environment.

The theme of responsibility in this category is reflected in the way in which a photograph comes to express one’s own vision over a subject that in the end, through its expressiveness, shapes our perception of the built space.

We want to see the theme of responsibility interpreted by the use of the photographic medium in the freest and diverse manner possible, approaching topics like:

> capturing a subject that takes into account the general context;

> practices or acts of responsibility on the part of a community which expresses a relationship with the built and unbuilt environment;

> any other subjects that could be related to the theme of responsibility.

Competitional category 7. Photography is open to all those interested in expressing their thoughts through photography, regardless of their professional background. Those with a permanent residence in Romania, Hungary or Serbia are eligible and encouraged to participate.

For this category, a total of 2000 euros for awards has been considered.

Entries can be submitted by completing the registration form.

More details about the competition are to be found in the competition Rules.

Jury

Laurian Ghinițoiu

Laurian Ghinițoiu uses photography as an instrument to documentate the built environment. He graduated as an architect from Iași, Romania în 2010 and in 2014 he obtained a master's degree at DIA, Dessau International Architecture, where currently he also holds seminars regarding architecture photography. After moving to Berlin in 2014 and having a year of working in an architecture studio, he turned his attention to architectural photography. His photographies have been selected as finalist in international architectural photography competitions such as Arcaid Awards (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), Sony Awards (2016), Architecture Photography Awards (2017, 2018) and have been published in important books and magazines around the world: Architectural Review, Phaidon, Mark, Domus, A+U.

Norbert Juhász

He graduated as an architect from BME, Budapest in 2015. During his studies, he finished Camera Anima Open Academy’s photographic course, he was getting more interested in architectural photography. Since then, besides his architectural projects, he worked as an architectural photographer. He won a few awards, including the Hungarian Press Photo Competition’s 3rd prize in portrait stories category. His work has been published in numerous sites and magazines. He also teaches photography from time to time.

Relja Ivanić

Relja Ivanić is an architect by education, now an established architectural photographer. After graduating from the Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade, Relja and Kosta Mijić co-founded Super Prostor (www.superprostor.com), a platform for contemporary architecture in Serbia and SEE region. Apart from photographing for the most prominent architects in Serbia and the region, Relja also worked with many sound names such as Microsoft, Price Waterhouse Cooper, Prostoria, Porcelanosa, Museum of contemporary arts in Belgrade and many other institutions and architectural associations.