Submission: 10th September 2024 Registration: 31st August 2024 Location: Concept Language: English Prizes: View website Type: Open


Welcome to the exciting realm of architectural exploration! Archiol Competitions proudly unveils the much-anticipated 2nd edition of the “Material Matters Essay Competition.” This distinguished platform invites architects, designers, and scholars to embark on a captivating journey of intellectual discovery, delving into the profound significance of materials in the dynamic world of architecture.

Our competition is more than a call for essays; it is an opportunity for individuals passionate about the built environment to delve into the intricate interplay between materials and architecture. “Material Matters” challenges participants to think critically and foster innovative ideas that elucidate how materials not only shape our physical surroundings but also wield a transformative influence on the future of architectural design.

In this second edition, we aim to inspire thought-provoking narratives that go beyond the conventional boundaries of architectural discourse. The competition beckons participants to explore, analyze, and articulate their perspectives on the diverse roles materials play in the creation and evolution of architectural marvels. As we delve into the realms of sustainability, technological advancements, and cultural nuances, we encourage contributors to push the boundaries of their imagination and provide fresh insights into the materiality of our built world.

Join us in this intellectual voyage as we celebrate the intrinsic connection between materials and architecture, fostering a community of forward-thinking individuals who appreciate the profound impact of material choices on our shared spaces. Archiol Competitions eagerly anticipates the diverse and visionary essays that will emerge from the 2nd edition of the “Material Matters Essay Competition,” shaping the discourse on the future of architectural innovation.


The primary objective of the Material Matters Essay Competition is to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation for the role materials play in architecture. We aim to inspire participants to reflect on the following key aspects:

  • The relationship between materials and architectural design.
  • Sustainability and the use of eco-friendly materials.
  • Technological advancements and their impact on architectural materials.
  • Cultural and historical influences on material choices.
  • The emotional and sensory experiences tied to different materials.
  • The potential of materials to transform the architectural landscape.

Through this competition, we aim to stimulate discussions, provoke innovative thinking, and bring fresh perspectives to the ever-evolving field of architecture.


  • Top 3: Certificate + Interview + Publication + score card with inputs
  • Honourable mention: Certificate + Publication.
  • Shortlisted: Certificate.


  • Competition Announcement: 16th February 2024
  • Registration Opens: 16th February 2024
  • Registration Deadline: 31st August 2024
  • Submission Deadline: 10th September 2024
  • Winners Announcement: 2nd December 2024


A fixed fee of $2 (international) / ₹150 (Indian)


We collaborate with leading architects, designers, and academicians of international repute to participate as jury members in our competitions.


The competition is open to architects, designers, artists, and creative thinkers from around the world. Participants can enter as individuals or in teams (max. 4 members in one team). 

Date: February 19, 2024