International Architecture Competition 2016 of the Jacques Rougerie Foundation

Submission: October 31, 2016
Registration: October 03, 2016
Language: English, French
Location: Concept
Prizes: 30 000 € will be distributed among winners
Type: Open


Like Jules Verne, Gustave Eiffel, Arthur C. Clarke, Jacques Piccard, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Jacques Rougerie… you want your passion and your talent of a designer, architect, engineer, builder to contribute to the evolution of our society so that man could develop a healthier relationship with Earth?

You are passionate about the ocean and the space and want to support their sustainable integration into our society and the awareness of these fundamental domains that are crucial for the future of the mankind?

Architects, designers, engineers, artists and urban planners are given a unique opportunity to win one of the three prizes of the Jacques Rougerie Foundation – Institut de France by creating innovative and ambitious projects. These architectural projects based on emerging developments and a prospective vision should address some core issues of mankind: greater environmental, industrial and technical responsibilities, while taking sustainable development principles into account: innovative materials, techniques and fundamental advance in design, development, energy saving or natural resources, recycling…

30 000 € will be distributed among the most promising and innovative projects to encourage their development. These projects, in addition to being innovative, must be based on a global vision of the future and meet the major issues of today.

Each Prize consists of a financial allocation. Besides, each winner will receive the support of the Foundation’s network in the development of their projects.


The contest is open for students, researchers, conceivers, artists, etc.
Participants can compete individually or in multidisciplinary teams with one team member as a leader referred to as “Project Manager”.

An individual contestant can only participate once in the 2016 Competition and with a single project. Multiple applications result into an automatic disqualification be it individual or collective participation.

Those taking part in the organization of the competition are not allowed to participate either directly or indirectly.


Both Individual contestants and teams are required to register online through the website of the competition: www.jacquesrougeriecompetition.com
Each application will be confirmed through an email containing a link allowing downloading every documents required to fulfill the application:

– The competition rules with important dates of the Competition

– The “legal authorization waiver”
– The templates
– The Jacques Rougerie Foundation’s logo

Once your participation is confirmed, you can proceed to completing your registration in “My Profile” tab on our website www.jacquesrougeriecompetition.com.

Registration closes October 3, 2016 at midnight GMT +1 (France).
The registration implies full acceptance of the contest terms. Any violation of the competition rules may result in disqualification.


Once registered, you can upload your project on our website www.jacquesrougeriecompetition.com before October 31, 2016 at midnight GMT +1 (France)
This project file shall consist of five folders and be written either in French or in English.

Folder n°1: a summary for the pre-jury
• A brief note outlining the project. Maximum 600 words: 300 in French and 300 in English (WORD – Format A4 – typeface: ARIAL 12) including the name of your project and a slogan of 3-4 words describing it. This slogan will always be associated with your project in order to represent it on all communication platforms.
• An A3 format landscape, in a free form that incorporates the template downloadable in PDF or JPEG HD – 5Mb max.

Folder n°2: the global description
10 A3 landscape front pages maximum in PDF under 20 Mb in total.
This folder includes written and graphic elements describing your project in-depth.
Put the Jacques Rougerie Foundation logo at the bottom right of each page (in black or white).

Folder n°3: graphic elements
This file includes every picture used in your Folder n°2 – the global description.
Each file should contain only one picture named after your project and numbered from 00 to 100 in order of importance.
Ex: “01_Caltrope.jpeg”
These pictures must be provided in JPEG HD – 300 dpi under 5Mb per image.

Folder n°4: 3D animation video (optional)
A video or a 3D animation of your project – 1’30” length max – 100 Mb.

Folder n°5: administrative folder
The signed Authorization waiver of the candidate(s) in PDF Each candidate’s ID in JPEG
Each candidate’s face picture in JPEG HD
Each candidate’s CV in PDF


Prizes will be awarded, regardless of age, to an individual author or to a team.

The three prizes of the 2016 edition of the contest are:
• “Innovation and Architecture for the Sea” Award
• “Innovation and Architecture for Space” Award
• “Architecture & Sea level rise” Award.


Estimated at 70cm by 2070, rising sea level is indeed a matter of concern nowadays. Insular territories, like many other regions all over the world, are already facing an unprecedented upheaval in their environment. They are the most exposed to the global warming and are at risk to be the first to experience its impact on meteorology, salinization of potable water supplies, storm waves associated with sea level rise, loss of soil affected by erosion, biodiversity decline. It is important to start working on architectural solutions that would help overcome these problems, build our future and preserve the planet.

Go to the competition’s website