Innovative Minds 2015

Submission: June 01, 2015
Registration May 15, 2015
Language: English
Prizes1st PRIZE: $ 1,000, 10x Honorable Mention


Innovative Minds design competition is an exploration into the relationship between a site specific physical architectural design and the virtual world.

  Investigate the influence of the virtual world blending with physical architecture.  The virtual world is built on the framework of computers, the internet, mobile technology and other mediums, which enhance how information is exchanged and how we perceive our surroundings.  This framework changes the way we interact with the built world.  How interconnected can virtual and physical worlds become and how does this relationship influence physical architecture and its context?

Virtual designs continue to evolve through the use of environmental analysis, computational design, building information modeling and rendered imagery.  Investigate the link between virtual and physical architecture and how it could address issues such as user interaction, building function, construction techniques, big data and environmental contextualism.

With inherent design challenges in every physical site, how can the virtual link assist in solving these issues?

How does this process help solve some of the increasingly complex issues in our world today?

How are the users of the design and site influenced by this concept?


January 1, 2015 – Competition requirements announced (registration begins)

April 1, 2015 – Early registration deadline (last day for discounted registration fee)

May 15, 2015 – Registration deadline

June 1, 2015 – Submission deadline

June 1 – June 30, 2015- Official judging panel evaluations

July 1, 2015 – Winner of the Innovative Minds Competition announced

Submission requirements:

Project files must be submitted electronically by June 1, 2015 and include:

1.  A text file (.doc) containing team member names, school or firm if necessary and the location of the individual/team (country, city, state).

2.  Project Statement in 300 words or less (.doc) file format. English is the official language of the competition.

3.  Two (2) horizontal boards, 24″ x 36″ 300 dpi in PDF format (.pdf).

Board requirements:

a. Diagrams describing how the project addresses the competition challenge statement.

b. Renderings evoking an emotive quality using unique techniques.

c. Section, elevation and plan drawings.

d. Descriptive text must be clearly legible on boards and readable without extensive zoom.
note: Project Statement does not need to be located on presentation boards.

e. Registration number located clearly in the upper right corner of both boards.

f. English is the official language of the competition.

Please visit gurroo.com for registration, information and competition rules.