future of work architecture competition

Future of Work

Submission: August 28, 2020
Registration: August 28, 2020
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


COVID-19 has uprooted almost every aspect of our lives in the first half of 2020. With our collective efforts, are beginning to adapt to this new reality of the post-pandemic economy. 60% of the workforce in North America responded that their work can be done remotely, and top companies are offering employees to work remotely indefinitely if preferred.

Adapting to the New Reality

Technology played a critical role in allowing workers to transition to remote work. The attached graph indicates a dramatic shift in the use of video conferencing platforms and the fierce competition to dominate the market during these moments of uncertainty.

“Rarely is architecture more impactful in shaping our livelihoods than in the times of uncertainty.”

One may dare say that this kind of upheaval in society has never happened since the World Wars. During the post-war period, the combination of the housing shortage and industrial manufacturing process influenced the minimal and modular looks of Modernism, which came to dominate the present world. Of course, much has changed since then, and perhaps the old ways are ill-suited to respond to the current events.

Two Categories

Entrants are may choose a topic from two categories.

Future of Live-Work

A large number of jobs are going remote. In this scenario, workers have to establish a healthy boundary between work and life. In this isolated setting, how will our future living space look once we add a new space to our day-to-day housing typology?

Design a house or an apartment with ‘work’ added to the mix, in addition to the existing regular programs.

Future of Office

While technology allows us to bridge some gaps when working remotely, some aspects of face-to-face work stay invaluable. If most of the day-to-day tasks are executed in isolation, how would collaboration look like?

Entrants in this category is asked to design the collaborative environment of the future which satisfies safety standards while endorsing all the unique benefits of face-to-face interaction.


Fee: this challenge is free to enter. 

Design brief: entrants are asked to propose an innovative work-live condition for a profession of their choosing (ie. painter, dancer, potter). Proposals may range from interior design to an entire building. The design should enable and enhance professional activity while adapting the traditional programs and/or adding new spaces in response to the new circumstances. The jury looks favorably upon experimental and unconventional designs.
Submission: entrants may add a minimum of 3 images in a single Instagram post to illustrate the project, and write a short description of the proposal in text. Once ready, you can simply post the illustrations on your Instagram account with this exact quote in the description:
This is my entry for @archi.hacks #challenge2020august


All the awarded proposals (winners and honorable mentions) will be published on architectural magazines and websites for international exhibitions. In addition, the winners from each category will receive a copy of the Competition Yearbook.

Winners will be announced at the end of the month on our website and social media. Make sure to follow and subscribe so you don’t miss any announcements!

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