Competition introduction

Competition organisers




Nearly 11 million people around the world are currently living in prisons, with a significant number of those still awaiting trial and sentencing for the crimes they are accused of. The impact of a person’s time in prison is felt not only by them, but by the community at large. Many prisoners are so negatively affected by their experience in prison that they are never able to fully rejoin society.

In many developing countries, prisons are built to western standards, removing inmates from cultural norms, and that has a significant impact on their mental well-being. This also makes it more difficult for those who have served their sentence to function normally in society. Isolating prisoners, having them eating and sleeping alone, is often psychologically damaging and makes it harder for them to adjust when they are released.

Prisons Redesigned! is searching for design submissions that look to examine and improve the architecture of modern-day prisons. The jury is looking for a sincere understanding of the role of architecture in correctional facilities, and how design can impact behaviour modification. Projects should consider the degree to which architecture can rehabilitate inmates, or, in contrast, how it breaks them down and makes them unfit for society.

We are asking participants to design a fully functional correctional facility at a theoretical site in their own country. The facility should be able to house 600 prisoners and explore intelligent and culturally relevant rehabilitation techniques.

The Prisons Redesigned! challenge is a two-part competition, pairing a design competition and “The Architecture of Prisons” essay competition ( Participants are welcome to join either or both of the competitions.

Download full competition brief for more information!

Competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum). Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English; All information submitted by participants must be in English.

Full competition brief

The full competition brief can be downloaded as often as required; no additional information will be provided after registration.



6,000 € + Publication in the book
Total Prize Fund
3,000 €
Certificate of Achievement
1,500 €
Certificate of Achievement
500 €
Certificate of Achievement
500 €
+ 50 € ARCHHIVE BOOKS Gift Card 

Certificate of Achievement
BB GREEN AWARD (more details)
500 €
Certificate of Achievement


The winners: 

- get international art and design media coverage 
- will be featured on the Bee Breeders website
- will be featured on the Bee Breeders social pages 
- will be included in the ARCHHIVE BOOKS next publication.


Bee Breeders will also acknowledge the outstanding performance of all winners and honourable mentions with Certificates of Achievement.

Jury panel

Jury members shall under no circumstances be contacted by competition participants or their representatives. Participants who attempt to contact jury members, shall be disqualified. 

All communication regarding the competition should only be carried out with Bee Breeders staff. For any questions please contact us on [email protected]


Key dates

Closing date for registration

05 November, 2020

Closing date for project submission

10 December, 2020 (11:59pm GMT+0)

Announcement of the winners

18 February, 2021

Registration fees

  • Early Bird Registration
    12 May - 18 June
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    60 €
  • Students
    50 €
+21% VAT
  • Advance Registration
    19 June - 10 September
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    80 €
  • Students
    70 €
+21% VAT
  • Last Minute Registration
    11 September - 05 November
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    100 €
  • Students
    80 €
+21% VAT



Contact us to receive special student rates for group registrations (discount applies for 3+ registrations from one university/school) and to receive further information and support for getting your students involved in architecture competitions. Send us request from your university email address along with basic information about yourself and your university/school. Please note that only recognized university staff can apply for the reduced student rate.


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General questions

Click on "register now", fill in all the required fields, choose your payment method and submit your information. You will be forwarded to Paypal or CPS secure payment gateway, to cover the competition fee. Once we receive your payment, we'll send you an email with your username and password to upload your submission directly to the website.
You can add/remove/edit team member information as often as you want in the upload panel, up until the submission deadline.
Only one proposal per registration is permitted. Participants are entitled to register multiple times if they wish to participate in the competition with several proposals.
Yes we are in the process of negotiating with multiple international industry-related media representatives. The list of media partners is constantly updated on our website, please check it regularly to find latest updates.
Yes. If the jury panel selects a Student award's submission for the top 3, it will automatically be awarded both prizes.
Yes. If the jury panel selects a Green award's submission for the top 3, it will automatically be awarded both prizes.
No. Competition entries are evaluated anonymously. The participant registration type is only revealed upon the announcement of the results.
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