Architecture Competition Archhive Books' Portable Reading Rooms Honorable mention - SMRT

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the winners of the Honorable mention of our “Archhive Books' Portable Reading Rooms” competition - Ashley Lepre, Philip Chaney, Lodrys Gomez and Scott Pakulski from United States.

SMRT from United States

SMRT team from United States

SMRT’s roots reach back to 1884, when American architect John Calvin Stevens FAIA, nationally acclaimed for his “shingle style” designs, established his architecture firm. A versatile artist and architect, Stevens saw no separation of design from construction, of beauty from practicality.  Today, the creative challenge of exploring opportunities between idea and implementation continues to inspire and guide the growth and evolution of our multi-disciplinary practice. Our ability to simplify the complex, collaborate across disciplines and solve problems together carries our legacy forward.

Brief information about the projects that you/your company have been involved with.

We’re a team of architects, engineers, planners and professionals committed to solving problems through design. With four offices across the Northeast United States, our 125-person, fully integrated firm builds lasting relationships and friendships with business partners. Our work helps clients commercialize innovative research, compete for talent, meet stringent sustainability goals, optimize productivity, better serve expanding populations, and improve the user experience – all at a cost and in a way that makes business sense. Our clients come to us with big opportunities, first-of-a-kind challenges, hard deadlines and limited budgets. This is where we thrive.

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

Architecture is the language through which we, as humans, relate to and appreciate the world we live in. In as much as it is an act of defining space, it is also an act of reflecting space. Architecture is not an objective or solitary practice; good architecture is achieved by those who are motivated to create spaces through the process of learning, understanding, and enhancing the inexhaustible diversity of ways in which humans live.

Why do you participate in architecture vision competitions?

Architecture competitions are a unique platform on which to design and represent experimentally. The fun of it is that design for competitions need not exist in exact reality. They are a chance to take risks and to work with different people in different ways. Ultimately, embracing this freedom allows for discovery and inspiration that provides invaluable insight for larger scale, commissioned design work.

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

Regardless of outcome, the decision to enter an architecture competition is the decision to think creatively and collaboratively. For an architecture firm, they are a change of pace and a way to generate ideas for future work.

Open architecture competitions

  • Closest Deadline first
  • Project competitions first
    Selected winning projects have the potential to be constructed
  • Ideas competitions first
    Experimental competitions with the focus on pushing the boundaries of creativity
ideas COMPETITION
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

registration deadlines

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Jun 16
Sep 08
Nov 03
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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

registration deadlines

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Jun 07
Sep 09
Nov 04
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ideas COMPETITION
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

registration deadlines

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Jun 23
Sep 15
Nov 10
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essay COMPETITION
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

registration deadlines

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Jun 24
Sep 16
Nov 11
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project COMPETITION
Yoga House on a Cliff

Design eco-friendly yoga house in a secluded Portuguese retreat

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 25
Sep 17
Nov 12
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project COMPETITION
Iceland Cave Tower

Design observation tower overlooking the mysteriously beautiful Grjótagjá caves in northern Iceland

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 30
Sep 22
Nov 17
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project COMPETITION
Cambodia Remote Hideout Huts

Design a series of remote hideout huts to be located in Cambodia

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jul 01
Sep 23
Nov 18
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