Non Architecture wants to reinvent spatial design by questioning the base, fundaments, and conventions of an architect’s work. With an international team and a design community of thousands of people, Non Architecture develops initiatives, mediums, and projects to explore innovative design solutions and experimental collaboration models.
Non Architecture is everything that is not architecture, yet.

It’s a non-discipline, a space for freedom and adventure, a place for broken rules and willing mistakes. Non Architecture is collective intelligence, it’s an anti-star system, it’s the 98% of world architects addressed by Frank Gehry with a middle finger in 2014.

Also, Non Architecture is concrete. Today it’s a portal for design contests, an open-source online journal, an independent publisher, and a remote design studio.

And here 10 reasons why you should participate



Non Architecture Competitions aims to find unconventional and unexplored design solutions in the field of architecture. From 2016 to 2019, Non Architecture organized a series of 10 competitions pointed at reinventing functional architectural typologies.  In 2020, we entered a new phase structured around nine themes. Non Architecture Competitions built a Research Ecosystem with the purpose of exploring each theme from different perspectives and multiple competitions. They will all have their focus on tackling the big issues of tomorrow, by seeking non-traditional approaches in the architect’s work.



Non Architecture Journal is an open container to engage Non Architectural content in a freeway. Within the framework of the journal, we share content from the Non Architecture community and tailored insights from our editorial team.  The Journal plays a role in the Non Architecture Research Ecosystem by aligning its editorial line to the themes of the ongoing contests and providing useful inspiration for the designers involved. It also acts as an accessible legacy and ever-going discussion once the competitions are over.

Click here to visit our journal



Non Architecture Studio is a department for non-profit commissions and unsolicited projects. Some of the most relevant issues that emerged in our research are framed and properly developed in the studio. Guerrilla architecture, projects without clients, without limits. Innovation and creativity to challenge the status quo of architectural commissions with unexplored alternatives.

The studio engages the Non Architecture community, forming design teams in partnership with peers and affiliate organizations. According to different topics and projects, teams will be formed through open calls or direct selection from the pool of designers that participated in the competitions.

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For Non Architecture competitions are much more than just an architectural exercise, they are a valuable tool to challenge and involve talented designers from all around the world in collective research.

The most interesting submissions of each competition are in fact collected into a book, and enriched with essays and graphic materials from our community. As a result, each book becomes a vehicle of a Non Architectural perspective on each specific topic, and a condensed version of our open-source research on the topic investigated.

If you want to learn more about our vision you can check out here the introduction to our first Non Architecture book: “Ce n’est pas architecture – This is not architecture”



Non Architecture, differently than most of the competition platforms, is part of a non-profit organisation. Its only purpose is to encourage and support the creation of brave innovative ideas.

All the funding raised by the platform is used to promote and support those ideas with new projects and initiatives.

If you are interested in collaborating or supporting Non Architecture you can contact us at



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    October 22, 2020

    positive review  Fashinating and out of the box briefs!

    Harris Lazarides Avatar Harris Lazarides
    May 1, 2019

    positive review  it was really stunning idea of the competition. great !

    Kind Magz Avatar Kind Magz
    September 4, 2019
  • positive review  Open brief, simple submission requirements... cool ideas! Love it! 😎

    Martin Gaardboe Avatar Martin Gaardboe
    August 31, 2018

    positive review  good-!!*^^*

    Kyeongwon Park Avatar Kyeongwon Park
    September 22, 2018

    positive review  Fun quick competitions, stimulating quick design though process and execution, great for practice and experience.

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    February 22, 2021
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    Anastasiya Kuznetsova Avatar Anastasiya Kuznetsova
    February 22, 2021

    positive review  Good job and topics for competitions

    Alejandro Moreno Avatar Alejandro Moreno
    October 31, 2020

    positive review  I found it fascinating that different types of activities could be interpreted in so many ways. Very great concept, open -minded and innovative. Also, very helpful with problems about founding my code. Thanks Guys!

    Agata Nowakowska Avatar Agata Nowakowska
    April 21, 2018
  • positive review  Non architecture seems like a fantastic opportunity for students to put their work out there and have the possibility of having your work published and publisized. Also, from my encounter with this organization they seem to put social values and design above profit and that to me says a lot!

    Nadav Roiter Avatar Nadav Roiter
    August 17, 2017

    positive review  concorsi interessanti e stimolanti!

    Roberta Sinesio Avatar Roberta Sinesio
    August 10, 2020

    positive review  good layout and website

    Huizhong Cao Avatar Huizhong Cao
    December 15, 2020
  • positive review  Interesting topics open to discuss the future of architecture

    Sara Taiana Avatar Sara Taiana
    December 13, 2020

    positive review  We can explore our maximum creative potential in competitions like this, where we can integrate knowledge from other areas to architecture and opens a field of possibilities.

    Yumisbet Gonzalez Avatar Yumisbet Gonzalez
    August 22, 2020

    positive review  great way to explore new code of architecture representation

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    April 27, 2020

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