Architecture competition “Archhive: Architecture in Virtual Reality” 3rd prize winner - UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS ANDES

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the 3rd prize winner of our “Archhive: Architecture in Virtual Reality” competition - Paolo Zurk from Colombia!

3rd prize winner from Colombia

I was born in 1993 in Bergamo, Italy but raised in Latin America, which has given me a personal understanding of different cultures, dynamics of cities and the influence of architecture in society.

I’m an architecture student in my final year in the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia and a year ago I worked as a design assistant in RIR Arquitectos and I had the amazing opportunity to do an internship at Taller 301 where I acquired a different set of skills and knowledge that serve me in my personal life as well as a strong guideline for my professional career as an architect.

During my internship in Taller 301 I participated in several local projects and international competitions of different scales, such as the houses on the outskirts of Bogotá, the extension of the Museo de Arte de Lima and the new Aarhus School of Architecture. There was no preference for projects of a particular scale, the goal was to produce a great design and communicate an architectural vision to the world. 

What does architecture mean to you and what is the role of an architect in your society?

I believe an architect must be committed to his society in the sense that he or she must be constantly in contact with its people and dynamics in order to understand the specific needs and design in consequence.

I believe in equality of spatial opportunities, through a deep research of the environment and society, paying particular attention to ethics, functionality, constructivity and beauty of the design, allowing the infusion of nature in the architectural project. My focus is on spatial exploration and its influence on the individual as well as on society. The realisation of projects that show man as the main character, envisaging the close interrelation between the artistic and the technical aspects of the work.

My main target, once I graduate, is to develop projects with a strong identity, a cultural value and respect to their immediate environment. 

Why do you participate in architecture vision competitions?

Because it’s an opportunity to dream big, to find new solutions for a particular problem and to improve my architectural and communication skills. Basically, to keep on learning. 

What advice would you give to individuals who struggle to decide whether it would be beneficial for them to participate in architecture vision competitions?

Do it! It’s a great opportunity to grow and improve your own architectural ideas and skills. 

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Monte d'Oiro Wine Tasting Room

Design an iconic space for guests to enjoy the wines and the views of this Portuguese vineyard

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Mar 03
Jun 05
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ideas COMPETITION
MICROHOME 2020 - Small living, huge impact!

Design a new concept of small-scale architecture with the second annual Microhomes competition

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Jun 07
Sep 09
Nov 04
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project COMPETITION
Kurgi Observation Tower

Design an eco-farm observation tower in UNESCO biosphere reserve

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Jan 24
Mar 06
Jun 08
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ideas COMPETITION
RE-Stock London Housing

Submit affordable housing solutions for the one of the world’s most iconic and expensive cities

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Jan 28
Mar 10
Jun 12
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Melbourne Affordable Housing Challenge

Design affordable housing solutions for Australia’s fastest-growing city

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Jun 16
Sep 08
Nov 03
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Prisons Redesigned!

Redesign and improve the way prisons work

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Sep 10
Nov 05
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essay COMPETITION
ESSAY: The Architecture of Prisons

Submit your essay on prison architecture

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
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registration deadlines

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Sep 11
Nov 06
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Pavilion Of Humanity: First Contact

How would you represent the best that humanity has to offer through architecture?

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Sep 15
Nov 10
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What is Sustainable Architecture?

Share your opinion on sustainable architecture in the open essay competition

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Sep 16
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