Inviting competitive design submissions can be a very productive way for clients to explore the full potential of a project and to evaluate the quality of the design responses.


The NZIA Architectural Design Competition Guidelines assist all parties involved in architectural competitions and allow organisers to apply for NZIA endorsement.

Design competitions are particularly appropriate where:

  • a client wishes to investigate innovative ideas or to consider a wider range of client design options;
  • the public prominence of the project favours a wide investigation of design options;
  • the client is unable to identify a preferred architect at the outset.
  • For more information download our  NZIA Architectural Design Competition Guidelines
Architectural Design Competition Guidelines Download PDF (174 KB)

2015 Warren Trust Awards for Architectural Writing

The Warren Trust Awards for Architectural Writing is a new competition launched to promote architectural comment and criticism in New Zealand. The inaugural 2015 Awards were won by Tessa Forde (Open category) and Matthew Connolly (Secondary School category). Three essays were highly commended, two in the Open category, written by Auckland writer Heidi North-Bailey and Wellington architecture graduate Stuart Taylor, and one in the Secondary School category, written by Marlborough Boys' College student Steven Simpson.


PrefabNZ Unipod Design Competition

PrefabNZ, as part of BRANZ Levy Funding, and in partnership with other construction industry organisations, is proud to launch the UniPod Design Competition.

This is your chance to get a team together and design an open-source universal bathroom pod - win $5,000 and get to see it built in time for the CoLab to be held in April 2016 in Auckland.

PrefabNZ, the hub for prebuilt construction in New Zealand, is working with Supporting Partner organisations. PrefabNZ acknowledges and follows the NZIA Architectural Design Competition Guidelines.

PrefabNZ Unipod Design Competition Download PDF (436 KB)