Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center in Kyiv

Submission: April 11, 2019
Registration: January 21, 2019
Language: English, Ukrainian
Location: Kyiv, Ukraine
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


On December 19, 2018, Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center (BYHMC) in Kyiv has launched the international design competition and is inviting architects from all around the world to submit their expressions of interest to participate in the competition. The invitation is aimed equally at experienced and young architects, large and small offices. The highest degree of creativity, innovation, inspiration, sensitivity and commitment is expected.


Subject of the competition is the design of the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center, a Center with at least 20,000 sqm GFA. This document provides information regarding the project and explains the competition procedure.

• The Architectural competition is focusing on the design of two project areas: Project Area 1: total area 22.000 sqm, due to the overlap with the old Jewish cemetery only 11.000 sqm can be used for construction Project Area 2: landscape design of the immediate surroundings with an area of approx. 55.000 sqm and organization of access to the building

• A total sum of Euro 165,000 (net) for prizes and honoraria

• Working period: Stage 1. February to April, 2019 Stage 2. May to July, 2019

 • Participants will be selected through an open pre-qualification procedure, inviting architects from around the world

• Stage 1: 8 to 10 participants, Stage 2: 4 to 6 participants

 • An internationally renowned professional jury to review the submissions

• Deadline for the submission of applications is January 21, 2019

Competition Type 

The competition is organized by invitation, in two design stages with an open pre-qualification procedure. Through an open pre-qualification procedure, 8 to 10 architects shall be selected to enter Stage 1. Between 4 and 6 competitors will be selected by the jury to proceed with Stage 2. Architects selected for Stage 1 have to team with a landscape architect. The government of Ukraine represented by the Kyiv City State Administration is supporting the project and will be involved in the competition. The languages of the competition are Ukrainian and English.


The evaluation of the submitted proposals, as well as the selection of award winners, is carried out by the jury, composed of the following persons (to be completed):

• Sir David Adjaye, Principal of Adjaye Associates, Architect, London/United Kingdom

• Jánosz Kárász, Founding partner of Aubök + Kárász Landscape Architects, Landscape Architect, Vienna/Austria

• Prof. Wolfgang Lorch, Founding partner of Wandel Lorch Architekten, Architect, Darmstadt/Germany

• Prof. Rainer Mahlamäki, Founding partner of Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects, Architect, Helsinki/Finland

• Yuri Seryogin, member of the National Union of Ukrainian Architects, Architect, Kyiv/Ukraine

• Alexander Svistunov, Chief Architect of Kyiv, Kyiv/Ukraine

• Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, Founding partner of Snøhetta, Architect, Oslo/Norway


Announcement December 19, 2018
Application period, online forum December 19, 2018 – January 21, 2019
Selection Committee January 31, 2019
Jury Colloquium February 1, 2019
Distribution of competition materials Stage 1 February 11, 2019
Participants’ colloquium Stage 1 February 13, 2019
Online forum Stage 1 February 11 to 22, 2019
Submission of entries Stage 1 Set A and B April 4 and 11, 2019
Jury meeting Stage 1 May 3 and 4, 2019
Distribution of competition materials Stage 2 May 8, 2019
Online forum Stage 2 May 8 to 22, 2019
Participants’ colloquium Stage 2 May 13, 2019
Submission of entries Stage 2 Set A and B June 27 and July 4, 2019
Jury meeting Stage 2 July 29, 2019
Announcement of the winner July 30, 2019
Exhibition (envisaged date) August 2019


The promoter will provide the net amount of approx. Euro 165,000 (net) for honoraria and prizes for services rendered.

Each participant in stage 1, who submits a detailed and assessable design concept in accordance with the requirements laid down in the competition brief, will receive a flat-rate fee of Euro 10,000 (net) as compensation for the expenses incurred.

In addition, each participant who advances to Stage 2 and submits a detailed and assess-able design concept in accordance with the requirements laid down in the competition brief will receive a second flat-rate fee of Euro 10,000 (net) as compensation for the expenses incurred.

A total of Euro 45,000 (net) shall be awarded as prizes in Stage 2 with the following distribution:

1st prize: Euro 20,000
2nd prize: Euro 15,000
3rd prize: Euro 10,000

Go to the competition’s website