Melbourne Tattoo Academy

Submission: October 12, 2016
Registration: September 21, 2016
Language: English
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Prizes: 1st Prize: $3,000, 2nd Prize: $1,500, 3rd Prize: $500
Type: Open


As the second most populous city in Australia, Melbourne was originally established in 1835 and grew dramatically during the goldrush of the 1850s, transforming itself into one of the world’s largest and wealthiest cities at the time. To this day Melbourne constantly ranks as one of the most liveable cities in the world, ranking highly in education, entertainment, healthcare, research and development, tourism and sport, taking the number one spot every year from 2010 – 2015.

Melbourne also acts as the unofficial “cultural capital” of Australia. It is the birthplace Australian impressionism, the Australian film and television industries, and Australian contemporary dance, and is recognised as a UNESCO City of Literature and a major centre for street art, music and theatre.

Tattoo have been a part of human culture for centuries, dating back as far as the ancient Greeks and Romans. The art of tattooing was traditionally used to mark warriors and sailors throughout human history, creating an association between tattoos and a certain type of character. And while tattoos have become increasingly popular in recent years, there is still something of a stigma surrounding the art.

The Melbourne Tattoo Academy architecture competition is tasking participants with creating designs for a building in one of the most popular locations of this multicultural city, where the art of tattooing can be practiced and the stigma broken. The main purpose of the building should be to function as a school for the art of tattooing, offering space for workshops, accommodation in the form of a hostel, and a public gallery/meeting area as well as a conceptual café.

The academy should have the potential to become a recognisable landmark for the locals, as well as a popular tourist attraction for international visitors. Designs should be bold and creative, and in keeping with the vibe and atmosphere of one of the world’s most diverse and open-minded cities.


Competition is open for all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum).


Early Bird Registration: JULY 7 – AUGUST 3
Advance Registration: AUGUST 4 – AUGUST 24
Last Minute Registration: AUGUST 25 – SEPTEMBER 21

Closing date for registration: SEPTEMBER 21, 2015
Closing date for submission: OCTOBER 12, 2016 (11.59pm GMT)

Announcement of the winners: OCTOBER 26, 2016


Early Bird Registration: US $80 / US $60
Advance Registration: US $100 / US $70
Last Minute Registration: US $120 / US $80


Bee Breeders architecture competition organisers will award a total of US $6,000 in prize money to competition winners as follows:

1st Prize Winner – US $3,000
2nd Prize Winner – US $1,500
3rd Prize Winner – US $500

Student Award – US $500
Green Award – US $500

In addition 6 Honourable mentions will be selected. The winners will get international art and design media coverage and will be featured on the Bee Breeders website.

Bee Breeders architecture competition organisers will also acknowledge the outstanding performance of all winners and honourable mentions with Certificates of Achievement.


Participants are required to upload four (4) A2 landscape-orientated presentation boards (must not exceed 5mb per .jpg/.jpeg file) with sketches, renders, plans, sections, elevations, diagrams and/or other presentation tools to explain their proposal.

No video files are accepted. All information provided in writing must be in English. All submissions must be uploaded via upload panel. Access information and instructions on how to upload the presentation panel is issued to participants via email immediately after successful registration.

Presentation boards must not indicate any information related to individual’s/team’s identity. Participants that do not comply with the requirements will be disqualified without a refund.

Go to the competition’s website