Location: Iraq
Categories: School Design, Public Buildings, Public Space, Public Infrastructure
Submission deadline: November 20, 2021, at 11:59 PM
Language: English
Organizers: Tamayouz Excellence Award


    Summary: Tamayouz Excellence Award invites architects and designers to submit their ideas for a safe and comfortable space for homeless girls that supports their health, educational and psychosocial needs and helps them to achieve their own potential. Participants are asked to design a sanctuary for homeless underage girls, as well as older female teens (4-18 yrs old).

    Description: The sanctuary should provide security and a sense of community for the young girls while presenting opportunities for them to stand out and contribute positively towards their community.

    The environment of the sanctuary should not only be a shelter, but it should reflect the possibilities of the built environment for supporting health, psychological, educational, and cultural needs while harnessing the power of art and creativity to encourage young girls to express themselves and be brought back into the culture of the country in a way that is open, progressive and nourishing for them. The ancient river site might play a major role.

    The Challenge
    A quarter of Iraq’s children live in poverty, and a third of all children in Iraq are unable to access their basic human rights. Child poverty is a persistent issue in Iraq, which limits the potential of a large percentage of Iraq’s youth, curbs educational attainment, generates poor health in the individuals, and prevents children from realizing their basic rights. There are many organizations dedicated to such matters; however, only a few of them are devoted to girls only. Girls are particularly at risk and suffer specifically from personal and societal stigmatization in ways that boys do not. In the past, it has been more difficult to find official support for girls’ shelters. For this reason, the idea of a girl’s sanctuary emerged. The sanctuary will be committed to the welfare of children throughout the whole of their childhood as a preventive measure in the fight against abandonment and social ostracism. The sanctuary should aim to restore the balance in life for the abandoned, destitute, and spiritually and physically traumatized children, and help in establishing a new environment where awareness of such issues is spread. It should also inspire NGOs to start taking control and contributing more to the community.

    Architects, students, engineers and designers are invited to participate in this competition. Participation can be on an individual or team basis (maximum of 6 members per team). We encourage the participation of multidisciplinary teams.

    June/2021 – Competition launch and early registration
    20/Nov/2021 – Closing date for registrations and submissions
    Dec/2021 – Shortlist Announcement
    December/2021 – Announcement of results
    (Date to be confirmed) – Annual Tamayouz Excellence Award Ceremony

    All Deadlines are 11:59 pm GMT (London).



    – 2nd PRIZE $3000 + Certificate

    – 3rd PRIZE $1000 + Certificate

    -7 x HONOURABLE MENTIONS Certificate + Invitation to attend the Annual Ceremony

    – TOP 20 & TOP 50 Published on our website and social media pages.

    Early Registration: $75 from June/2021 – 30/Sep/2021
    Standard Registration: $100 from 01/Sep/2021 – 20/Nov/2021

    1. This is an anonymous competition and the Unique Registration Number is the only means of identification
    2. The official language of the award is English
    3. The registration fee for this award is non-refundable
    4. Contacting the jury is prohibited
    5. As the award organizer, Tamayouz Excellence Award reserves the right to modify the award schedule if deemed necessary
    6. Entries will not be reviewed if rules or submission requirements are not followed
    7. Participation assumes acceptance of the regulations.


    RELEVANCE – A clear declaration of conditions that set the urban and cultural contextual parameters of the project through identification of local challenges and potential opportunities, living culture and the daily use of the sanctuary.

    RESPONSE – Aspirational transformative and original ideas with a programmatic response to existing local urban, environmental and social conditions and challenges. Clarity of the design process.

    RESOLUTION – A clearly declared Spatial and technical justification, Accessibility, safety, security and durability, and environmental impact.


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