The 20th Biennale of Sydney with Open Agenda launch design competition for recent architecture graduates

Posted on 22 December 2015 in Competitions, News
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The 20th Biennale of Sydney, in a new collaboration with Open Agenda, is proud to announce a competition to design the public program and education space on Cockatoo Island for the 2016 exhibition. Open to recent graduates in architecture from Australia and New Zealand (less than 10 years from graduation), the competition offers an opportunity for designers to have their work seen alongside their contemporaries in an international art context.

Acknowledging the increasing role that architecture is taking in the context of international biennials and events – from pavilion design to exhibitions – the Biennale’s collaboration with Open Agenda has also developed from a wish to highlight the way that creative practitioners are working increasingly across different fields and artforms. The competition brings the visual arts-architecture conversation into profile, inviting new voices in architecture from our region to contribute to the international dialogue on our built and social environments.

“There is an enormous reservoir of talent and thoughtful energy in young Australian and New Zealand architects which remains largely unrealised. This collaboration with the 20BOS for a design and build competition is a fantastic opportunity to bring a new generation of design talent in architecture to the attention of a large international arts and design audience”, said Chair of Open Agenda, Professor Anthony Burke.

Open Agenda is an annual competition aimed at supporting a new generation of experimental architecture in Australia and New Zealand. Open to recent graduates of Architecture (less than 10 years from graduation), Open Agenda is an initiative of the UTS School of Architecture started in 2010, and focused on developing the potentials of new voices and new approaches to architecture and the built environment from the next generation of architects. Past winners have been graduates from all over Australian and New Zealand universities including, Sydney University, RMIT, Canberra University, UTS and Victoria University in Wellington, exploring a broad range of topics relevant to current Architecture discourse in ANZ and beyond.

The Biennale opens on 18 March 2016 at sites throughout Sydney, including Cockatoo Island, which will be transformed into the Embassy of the Real for the duration of the exhibition.

Key competition dates

Design competition opens: 21 December 2015
Registration closes: 20 January 2016
Competition schemes submitted: 22 January 2016 (by 12 midnight EST)
Competition judging: 23-24 January 2016
Winner notified: 26 January 2016
Construction and install: February 2016
Press ready: 10 March 2016
Opening: 15 March 2016
Public opening: 18 March 2016

For more information and details on the competition contact or visit UTS Architecture.