Innovative Minds 2016: Virtual Epoch Architectural Design Competition

Submission: June 01, 2016
Registration: May 31, 2016
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: 1st Prize: US $1,000,  x10 Honorable Mention
Type: Open


This design competition is an exploration into the relationship between a physical architectural design, the virtual world, and a tangible site.  Investigate the influence of the virtual world blending with physical architecture.  A virtual world, built on the framework of the internet, computers, and mobile technology, exchanges information globally.

 This creates new ways of interacting with the built world.  As the virtual and physical worlds become increasingly interconnected, how does this relationship influence physical architecture and its context?

As the virtual world continues to grow at an exponential rate, are we entering a virtual epoch?  Investigate the phenomenon of a virtual epoch and its relation to physical architecture.  Address issues such as, user interaction, building function, digital programmatic uses, construction techniques, socio-economics and environmental contextualism.  With inherent challenges in every physical site, explore possible solutions created by the virtual link.


Winner – 1 Project

$1000 USD  The winning project will receive a monetary prize and be published on the gURROO website for an extended period of time.

Honorable Mention – 10 Projects

Honorable Mention projects will be published on the gURROO website.

Open Source Donation –

A portion of registration fees will be donated to the buildingSMART alliance.  The buildingSMART alliance develops open data standards for building information modeling.


Early Registration:

$30 USD   Early registration is available for a discounted rate of $30 until March 1, 2016.

Standard Registration:

 $50 USD   Regular registration is $50 between March 2, 2016 and  May 31, 2016.

After paying the registration fee on PayPal please e-mail gURROO with:

a. Individual or team member names.

b. The location of the individual or team (country, city, state).

c. School or firm affiliation (if necessary)

d. Name of registration purchaser and PayPal order number.

gURROO will respond with a project registration number and project submission instructions (Allow 1-3 days to receive this confirmation e-mail from gURROO).


Any site may be chosen for the design competition.

This project may be designed on any scale; micro to macro.

The relationship between the chosen site and the architectural design must be clearly articulated.


Open to all individuals and teams of up to 4 members.  Students, design professionals, artists, and engineers are encouraged to apply.  This is an international competition.


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

March 1, 2016 – Early registration deadline (last day for discounted registration fee)

May 31, 2016 – Registration deadline

June 1, 2016 – Submission deadline

June 1 – June 30, 2016- Official judging panel evaluations

July 1, 2016 – Winner of the Innovative Minds Competition announced


Project files must be submitted electronically by June 1, 2016 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).


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.

Go to the competition’s website