Eating – Alternative Designs for Restaurants


The aim of the “Eating” competition is to develop a design proposal for the restaurant typology, intended as a place of preparation and consumption of food. It is asked to the participants to create innovative and unconventional projects on this theme, questioning the very basis of the notion of restaurant.

While numerous top chefs have been reinventing the way food is prepared, fast food companies have revolutionized the way food is consumed and sold. In addition, food trucks and delivery services have been gaining more popularity every day, establishing a new intermediary step between the restaurant and the client.

With similar creative attitude, the participants are urged to create an artefact, merging considerable programmatic innovation and valuable design tools. The proposal can be a device, a piece of furniture, an interior design project, a pavilion, a building or a urban plan. Scale of intervention, program dimensions and location are not given and they can be arranged by the participants to better suit their project.

Some basic useful topics of investigation to approach the competition theme can already be deduced from the definition of “restaurant”:

restaurant noun [C] 

An establishment where meals are served to customers.

As follows, very essential aspects of the conventional museum can be questioned.

– Can a restaurant be something different than a traditional Establishmet? Can it be based on an untraditional business model? And, can it be located in something else than a building? Can it be a network in the city rather than one single construction? Or can it be reduced to a smaller space, like a single room or just one object?

– What do we consider a meal? And, what kind of meals selection should be operated? Should a restaurant base their dishes on clients desires? What kind of design would be required for a restaurant with an almost infinite choice of dishes? And what if a restaurant would sell only one kind of meal? how could design innovatively respond to such an approach? Or, what if the meal selection would be operated by the restaurant for the client, and not vice-versa? Could a restaurant know in advance what’s better for its customers?

– Do meals necessarily have to be served in a restaurant? Can service be avoided and/or automatized? Or can there be an intermediate step between take away and traditional restaurants, where consumption ? In addition, could customers participate in the preparation of their food? Or could they instead be provided with an even better service, where consumption becomes the only phase in which they are involved, cutting waiting time and travelling?

– How can a restaurant become a place where food preparation is reinvented? How can food be prepared in a new way? And what kind of food, should be prepared and served? Can we reconsider what we normally serve as food, in order to improve the performance of a restaurant? What kind of food preparation process should be adopted to reduce waste, and how can waste be reused as a resource within the restaurant?

– These are the questions to suggest to the partecipants as possible fields of investigation. Each project can tackle one or more of the issues suggested, as well as raising new ones in relation to the competition topic. Just try to be as creative and unconventional as possible.



Non Architecture Competitions are open to all human beings, from every age and cultural background, working in groups or individually. Teams can be formed by a maximum number of 5 people. The registration fee is paid per team, regardless of how many members form it. Personal information of all the team memebers can be uploaded during the submission procedure.


Non Architecture Competitions wants to be unconventional also in the way it rewards its participants. There will be in fact three winners. In addition 9 honourable mentions will be awarded. Each one of the 3 jury members will select one winner and four honourable mentions.

The prizes are the following:

WINNERS (3 Prizes): 1.000 euros, publication in the Non Architecture Competitions books and website, and reviews in digital magazines and several architecture blogs.

– HONOURABLE MENTIONS (9 Prizes): Publication in the Non Architecture Competitions books and website, and reviews in digital magazines and several architecture blogs.

– FINALISTS: Publication in the Non Architecture Competitions books.

*Publications are subject to the agenda and availability of the magazines.

*Depending on which country you live and pay taxes in, the cash prizes might be subject to some withholding.


No scale or location.

In asking for an unconventional approach, we are also providing one. The rules of the competition and its organization will not limit, but rather allow for the freedom to approach each topic as the participant sees fit.


Therefore there are no given site, scale of intervention or exact program dimensioning. Projects can be developed in abstract locations as well as specific places, and they can go from the scale of interior design to urban strategies. Just remember that every proposal should be focused on a very specific condition, showing one simple concept, clearly communicated and fully developed on Architecture is also unconventional in its submission requirements, not asking for posters or booklets. The participants are in fact asked to submit one ZIP folder, named with the code and the title of the project (CODE_Title), containing:

– A presentation image (JPEG), showing the qualities of your design, in one catchy and representative impression. This file must be named as follows: “CODE Title of the project_Presentation” (check some examples here).

– A technical image (JPEG), showing in a 2d drawing a specific technical/organizational aspect of the project. This file must be named as follows: “CODE Title of the project_Technical” (check some examples here).

– A functional image (JPEG), showing a specific functional peculiar aspect of the project. This file must be named as follows: “CODE_Title of the project Functional” (check some examples here).

– A Word Document with a subtitle for the project (max 10 words) and a short description (max 200 words). The text must be written in English. This file must be named as follows: “CODE_Title of the project_Text”.

– A Word Document with the following information: Name Surname of the team members (every person should be separeted by a comma), Nationality (multiple options can be added), institutions (Company or university attended, to be included just in case you want it to be visible once your project is published). The text must be written in English. This file must be named as follows: “CODE Title of the project_Team”.

EVERY SUBMISSION HAS TO BE ANONYMOUS, so do not include your name, your submission code, or any other reference to you in the texts or in the images. After being evaluated, the projects will be reconnected to their authors through the identification code. Additional details on the team members and on the projects will be required during the submission procedure.

All the images must be A4 ,300 dpi, Portrait (Vertical). The size it is meant to be a frame for your work, so there is no need to completely fill the layout with images. Try to convey in each file one specific idea in one simple image. Avoid to overcrowd it with too much material. IMAGES ARE NOT MEANT TO BE POSTERS. Each one means one single content, SO FOR EVERY IMAGE YOU CAN INCLUDE JUST ONE SINGLE VISUALIZATION (ex. one drawing or one rendering). Check our Pinterest reference boards for some examples.

The images do not demand for any kind of specific technique of representation, as long as they respect the guidelines given. They can be technical drawings, diagrams, collages, pictures, renders, models, paintings or hand drawings.

We highly recommend to include texts just when it is extremely necessary, and leave the Word document for further explainations. The projects should be explanatory enough through the graphic material. Eventual drawings titles and notes must be written in English ONLY. Any text written in a different language will not be taken into account and may lead to a team’s disqualification. In the same way every submission which doesn’t respect the guidelines given might be disqualified.



1-15 October Special registration period

16 Oct. – 15 Nov. Early registration period

16 Nov. – 15 Dec. Regular registration period

16-27 December Late registration period

15 December Submission section open on your personal account page

31 December Submission Deadline (23:59 GMT 0)

19-24 January Winners announcement

19 January Call for Materials for book starts

19 January Call for Materials for book ends

1 May The “Eating – Alternative designs for restaurants” book available

The timing always refers to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT 0).



The entry periods will be divided as follows:

1-15 October Special registration period 30 €*

16 Oct. – 15 Nov. Early registration period 45 €*

16 Nov. – 15 Dec. Regular registration period 60 €*

16-27 December Late registration period 75 €*

The timing always refers to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT 0).

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NUCLEAR Official Cover


Since the Cold War one of the most challenging and urgent tasks facing governments around the world has been the disposal of transuranic nuclear waste. As a by-product from nuclear Weaponry production transuranic waste is not only harmful but also boasts a formidable decay process lasting thousands of years. To address this issue millions of barrels of highly radioactive waste have been buried in repositories deep beneath the earth’s surface. One such

disposal site is the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant WIPP in New Mexico United States to ensure public safety it is imperative that the site remain undisturbed for the duration of the waste’s decay process.

Arch out loud asks competition entrants to design a marker or marker system to deter inadvertent human intrusion into the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. The marker should exist as a means of passive institutional control of the site for the duration of 10¨000 years following the closure and deactivation of WIPP. The purpose of the marker is to communicate with future generations that transuranic waste is buried within a repository at the facility, located 2¨150 feet beneath its surface¨ and should remain isolated until the risks posed by its release have been sufficiently diminished.


Prizes total to $8,000

OVERALL WINNER – $5,000 + AO feature and certificate

3 Runners up – $1,000 each + AO feature and certificate

10 Honorable Mentions – AO feature and certificate

Directors Choice – AO feature and certificate


Ben van Berkel​ – Founder/Principal, UN Studio | Harvard GSD

Eva Franch​ – Director, Storefront for Art and Architecture | OOAA

Marc Tsurumaki​ – Founder/Principal, LTL Architects | Cornell AAP | Columbia GSAPP

Elaine Molinar​ – Partner/Managing Principal, Snohetta

Michael Madsen​ – Director, “Into Eternity” film

Jamie von Klemperer​ – President/Design Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox

Theodore Hoerr​ – Founder/Principal, Terrain Work

Russell Patterson​ – Compliance Manager & Scientist, U.S. Department of Energy | WIPP

Thomas Klein​ – Senior Scientist, AECOM | WIPP


Advanced Registration: June 7 – July 8

Early Registration: July 9 – Aug 12

Regular Registration: Aug 13 -Oct 21

Submission Deadline: Oct 22

To register and view more info, videos, and models visit ​



  1. About us

The IS ARCH Awards are international awards targeting students of architecture. Our aim is to provide a platform for debate surrounding the architecture solutions that students contribute within the framework of their university studies. The competition aims to boost avant-garde trends and to recognize new research that emerges from universities. It also provides students’ work with an opportunity for international projection that extends beyond the traditional relationship between students and their lecturers. The IS ARCH Awards require an insight and collaboration between the various teaching and learning methodologies for architecture adopted by participating universities. This cooperation creates a favourable environment for open reflection and comment, which is crucial in order to move forward and progress in architectural knowledge and know-how. A further objective of the IS ARCH Awards is to encourage young people to join the debate on architecture, contributing with their unique vision and opinions. The philosophy behind the IS ARCH Awards is to support the creativity of young and emerging talent and to boost debate between the various students that take part in this initiative.

  1. Why take part? 
  1. IS ARCH is conceived as a platform for the promotion and recognition of university projects on an international scale.
  1. The three winning projects will receive prizes worth a total of €6,000.
  1. By promoting this platform, the IS ARCH Awards intend to provide students with a gateway to the professional and corporate world.
  1. As part of its interest in promoting the winning projects, IS ARCH is in contact with various specialized magazines and websites in order to secure their publication. All selected works will be published on IS ARCH’s various platforms and on its website.
  1. The possibility to a professional internship in the studios of members of the jury is also open.
  1. Who is eligible to take part? 

The competition is opened to all students of architecture and young architects that have graduated within the last 3 years prior to the date of sending in the necessary documents. Each participant or team participants may submit as many projects as they wish, regardless of their nature, programme and budget. The panel of judges will take all entries into consideration. The proposals may be entered by individual students or groups of students.

      3. What can be entered and how? 

The documents should consist of academic projects carried out at university and mounted horizontally on a single DIN A1 panel. The name of the project must be stated correctly in the bottom right-hand corner of the panel. All proposals must be anonymous

and the text which appears on it in English. The authors may also include all information they consider necessary in order to fully understand the project: planes, sections, perspectives, photos of the model, sketches and specifications, etc.

Entries must be in JPG format with a resolution of 300 dpi and the maximum file size is 20MB. The name of the JPG should be the TITLE of the project submitted.

Entries must be sent by email to In order to take part in these Awards, participants must also register on the ISARCH website, as explained below, and pay the corresponding registration fee. When it is done, the scanned copy of proof of payment of the registration fee has to be sent to info@isarch. org Payment must be made by bank transfer to:

Caja de Arquitectos, Spain

IBAN ES52 3183 0700 40 0001063124


stating the author’s name and title of the entry.

  1. How we funds us

IS ARCH is a platform focused on Architecture students’ works and it is also managed by a team of Architecture students without profit.

Our aim is to help the participants by financing with the registration fee amount the internships in international Architecture firms, with whom IS ARCH has an agreement.

  1. Prizes 

First prize €3,000

Second prize €2,000,

Third prize €1,000

10 Honourable mentions.

30 Finalists.

We are managing several agreements for doing professional practices at Architecture studios.

As part of its interest in promoting the winning projects, IS ARCH is in contact with various specialised journals and websites in order to secure their publication. All selected works will be published on ISARCH’s various platforms.

  1. Calendar 

Registration: 5th December 2016- 15th October 2017.

5th December: Start of the first registration period €30

25th January 2017: Start of the second registration period €90

30th June 2017Q Start of the third registration period €120

15th of October 2017 Closing date for entries.

Special Registration Periods to be anounced on website ans social media.

2nd to 20th of November 2017

Publication of all competition entries on the ISARCH website.

Deliberation period for the professional panel of judges (80% of the final score).

Public voting period starts on the ISARCH website. (20 % of the final score).

5th December 2017:

Announcement on the ISARCH website of: The winners of the First, Second and Third prizes The 10 Honourable mentions The 30 Finalists.

* For any questions that you have, you can direct to us by sending an e-mail to

* Inscription dates may vary. The valid onew will always be the ones mentioned on the webpage calendar.

  1. Evaluation system 

An expert panel of judges, will provide 80% of the final score. The panel will

determine the assessment criteria for the winning works, which will be included in

the minutes listing the prizes awarded. The judges’ decision shall be final.

We are going to announce the panel of judges before  the closing date for entries. The general public may also assess the entries by voting on the ISARCH website and their opinions shall make up the remaining 20% of the score.

  1. Registration 

Entries will only be accepted if the participants are correctly registered. All registrations must be made via the IS ARCH website.

Participants must fill in all the sections included on the form and click on SEND.

Once they have filled in and sent the registration form, participants will receive a confirmation email specifying the methods of payment. Participants who fail to receive this email should check their spam box.

The entry fee corresponds to the period in which the registration is done and is the price that each participating team is required to pay, regardless of the number of members in each team. In the event that a team wishes to enter several proposals, it will have to register as many times as projects want to register to the IS ARCH Awards individually.

In order for an entry to be accepted for competition, the registration form must be filled in, payment made and all necessary documents sent prior to the closing date for sending in entries. Projects must be submitted before the limit date mentioned, regardless of the inscription period registered.

Entries must be sent by email. The files, with the same name as the one registered on the website should be sent in jpg format to


  1. Jury 



Tomislav Dushanov studied Architecture at the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Sofia, Bulgaria, from 1993- 1999. He graduated in 1999 with a Master Degree in Architecture. From 2000 to 2003 he collaborated with Buldecor Furniture Factory in Sofia on various architecture and interior design projects including furniture and product design. From 2003 to 2005 he studied Architecture at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and was awarded in 2005 with his second Master Degree in Architecture. He became a registered Architect in 1999 and licensed Architect in 2005.

Tomislav Dushanov started his collaboration with Herzog & de Meuron in 2005, and became Associate in 2008. As a Project Manager he worked on a series of international projects, starting with the competitions for the Rio Manzanares urban design competition in Madrid, Spain and Espacio Goya in Zaragoza, Spain., followed by the urban study for Lyon, La Confluence, France, and the master plan for Skolkovo University District near Moscow, Russia. He led the project for Museu Blau, Museu de Ciències

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