ACA’s 4th International Design Competition

Submission: November 08, 2016
Registration: November 08, 2016
Language: English
Location: Mumbai, India
Prizes: Please see details below 
Type: Open


This year, ACA’s 4th International Design Competition has set out to discover, the layers of the architecture of boundaries. The Competition eagerly awaits your unique narrative of these ‘spaces on edge’ that represent a core transformational condition, theme or an event set in your part of the world. For this you may need to take a deep dive into the inheritance of the ethos you belong to and simultaneously take a leap out of it to embrace the world beyond it. The English musician John Lennon immortalized an imagination of a world free of boundaries, barriers and borders at a time when it seemed like control over them were the only things that could prove supremacy.


  • STAGE 1: WORLDWIDE LAUNCH – Online Registration of entries starts on the 8th of August, 2016.
  • STAGE 2: SUBMISSION WINDOW – In order to account for the variations in Academic Schedules globally, at this stage of the Competition a Submission Window shall open on the 12th of September, 2016 and close on the 8th of November, 2016.
  • Online Submission of entries shall be accepted during this window only. Student teams shall be allowed to update their submissions till the 8th of November, 2016.
  • STAGE 3: RESULT ANNOUNCEMENT – Results shall be declared on the 14th of November, 2016
  • STAGE 4: AWARD CEREMONY – Post Declaration of results the winning participants would be invited to attend our Annual Festival “UDAAN” on the 16th of December, 2016. They will be invited to present their work during the festival and shall thereafter be felicitated with the prize amount


  • SITE: Participants shall intervene on a site in the urban/rural and geographical context of their choice.
  • DESIGN INTERVENTION: The intervention admeasuring NOT more than 10,000 Sq. Meters will be proposed on the chosen site. No restriction on height is specified as long as the proposal responds to the context. The participants may choose to build upon an empty land or rebuild an existing old structure or even resort to an adaptive reuse of existing spaces and elements. Design Interventions and spaces could be BUILT ARCHITECTURE or LANDSCAPE INTERVENTIONS.


The jury will analyze entries on a number of factors including originality, innovation, form, sustainability and also on how your design has-

  • Addressed the key elements of the brief.
  • Evolved in your idea of the ethos it belongs to.
  • Integrated itself within its context.


The Competition is open to all Bonafide Students from All Years of their Undergraduate Architecture course belonging to the same School/ College/ Department in their University/ Institute recognized by their respective State/ Country Board of Education or Architecture Schools Associations. No Inter-Collegiate Participation shall be allowed. Participating Teams shall comprise of a maximum of 5 students and a minimum of 3 students. Participants should NOT reveal their Identity or College name by any means in their Presentations. Participants will be identified by their UNIQUE IDC Code).


  • 1. WRITE-UP: A 500 word write-up covering the following: Description of your understanding of ‘The Architecture of Boundaries’; Justification of Choice of Site for Intervention; The process & method followed in Process of Designing.
  • 2. REPRESENTATION OF IDEAS: Participants can choose the adequate drawing scale to communicate their design scheme effectively; They can provide any number of Architectural drawings sufficient to describe the scheme; Pictures of Scaled Models, Computer generated 3D-Views, Renders, etc.; Diagrams, hand-made sketches and other Representational material.


  • Submit (Upload) your entries using a maximum of 1 A1 sized sheet (Portrait/ Landscape is a choice you make) NOT exceeding a file size of 20 MB in PDF or JPEG format only, with the above submission specifications duly complied. A4 sized PDF consisting of the write-up NOT exceeding a file size of 2 MB.
  • The format for the write up as per the following: i. Font type: Arial; Font size: 11 for the matter and 14 for the Titles; a Bonafide Certificate from your College/Department/ University/ Institute certifying your admission NOT exceeding a file size of 1 MB each; All participant teams shall be given a Unique IDC code that you shall have to put in all your deliverables.
  • The language of communication in all your submission materials should be English only.


Winning entries at the IDC 2016-17 shall receive Certificates and a Prize amount as follows:

Global Category
1st Place – RS. 1,00,000/- (US $1500/-)
2nd Place – RS. 75,000/- (US $1125/-)
3rd Place – RS. 50,000/- (US $750/-)
Citations – Certificates shall be awarded to 5 Exemplary Entries.

National Category (Student Teams from India)
1st Place – RS. 50,000/-
2nd Place – RS. 30,000/-
Citations – Certificates shall be awarded to 3 Exemplary Entries.

Honorable Mentions to Mentors
Certificates shall be awarded to mentoring faculty of winning entries.

Go to the competition’s website