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, building 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.

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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



  • positive review  concorsi interessanti e stimolanti!

    Roberta Sinesio Avatar Roberta Sinesio
    August 10, 2020

    positive review  The character of Non Architecture exercises is a really interesting and always opportune way of stimulating your creativity, quick thinking and graphical representation

    Rui Varajão Barbosa Avatar Rui Varajão Barbosa
    May 3, 2020

    positive review  Hello there! A different kind of competition: approachable, affordable, detailed and basically interesting. You will definitely need some fantasy and innovation. I highly recommend it!

    Alikh Pap Avatar Alikh Pap
    May 2, 2018
  • positive review  It was a very interesting and exciting compretition with a very open concept

    Barbara Stallone Avatar Barbara Stallone
    November 15, 2020

    positive review  Awesome way to enhance your skills and think out of the box !

    Eirini Bravou Avatar Eirini Bravou
    August 28, 2019

    positive review  Their competitions! They’re fun, inclusive, relevant and easy to participate in .

    Felicity Fairclough Avatar Felicity Fairclough
    August 26, 2020
  • positive review  Nice and inspiring experience.

    Adrian Puentes Avatar Adrian Puentes
    October 27, 2020

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

    Kind Magz Avatar Kind Magz
    September 4, 2019

    positive review  Great page, always whit a lot of inspiration!

    Tainã Oliveira Ruy Avatar Tainã Oliveira Ruy
    May 30, 2019
  • positive review  Just finish reading its first non-architecture story. Really cool competition and inspiring !

    Swing Xian Avatar Swing Xian
    March 6, 2020

    positive review  Very cool, very open, conceptual, engaging subversion of your typical 'architecture competition.' They seem to be doing quite a bit and at an incredible pace! Keep up the good work.

    Erlanger Woodrow Avatar Erlanger Woodrow
    January 15, 2018

    positive review  Great way to unlearn and learn!

    Prabhu Ram Avatar Prabhu Ram
    September 1, 2019
  • positive review  Enjoyed the challenge of the 48h Floor Plan competition!

    Megan-Louise Wilson Avatar Megan-Louise Wilson
    May 3, 2020

    positive review  Super. Incredible goods, I’m so happy

    Vladyslav Butuzov Avatar Vladyslav Butuzov
    October 28, 2019

    positive review  We would recommend the competitions of non architecture too anyone - relevant topics with well articulated briefs

    Mathias Juul Frost Avatar Mathias Juul Frost
    September 5, 2019

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