Open Agenda is a new annual competition aimed at supporting a new generation of experimental Australian architecture. Open to recent architecture graduates, Open Agenda is focused on developing the possibilities of design research in architecture and the built environment.
An initiative of the School of Architecture at UTS, this national competition is intentionally broad in its scope, and dedicated to fostering new discussions on architecture in the public realm.
Open Agenda will award seed funding to three exceptional design research proposals that explore new positions in architecture for critical consideration.
We are looking for text and graphic based proposals that seek to develop research through architectural design. Proposals will be evaluated on the strength of their research topic, their innovative approach to design as research, design quality and their potential for development as a public exhibition, lecture and publication. Proposals that explore new forms of media and communication in this context are welcome.
Graduates from a professional degree in architecture in the last ten years (including and after 2000) are invited to submit a proposal. The Open Agenda competition registration form and proposal cover sheet can be downloaded
Three proposals will be awarded seed funding of $2000 for development towards a publication and a public exhibition at Customs House in Sydney in 2010. The three teams or individuals will also have the opportunity to present a public lecture on their work at UTS in Sydney and at RMIT in Melbourne in Spring 2010 as part of their public lecture series. The winners will be featured in an edition of AR in early 2011.
Terms and Conditions
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openagenda (at) uts.edu.au
1. Registration for competition and $50 fee
2. Max 10 x A4 page illustrated proposal as a PDF (file size not to exceed 5MB)
3. Completed cover sheet
Registration Form and Cover Sheet
1 March 2010
Launch, Open Agenda registration opens
1 May 2010
10 May 2010 (midnight)
Deadline for proposals to be received
1 June 2010
Announcement of prize winners and special mentions
Publication launch and exhibition at Customs House, Sydney (to coincide with Architecture Week in Sydney)
Anthony Burke, UTS Architecture
Andrew Benjamin, Monash University
Richard Goodwin, UNSW COFA
Michael Bell, Columbia University GSAPP
Pia Ednie-Brown, RMIT SIAL
Mitchell Whitelaw, University of Canberra
Jennifer Kwok, Curator – Customs House, City of Sydney
Craig Allchin, Six Degrees
David Burns, UTS Photography and Situated Media
School of Architecture, UTS
Customs House, City of Sydney