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GENTLE INVASION Competition will be one of the several events of theTIRANA ARCHITECTURE WEEK 2018 this September.

The aim of Tirana Architecture Week 2018 is to promote international knowledge linked to practice and research activities, starting from the Albanian context and reaching out to the international scene.The challenge of this edition is to address the issue of co-habitation, exploring contemporary tactics to define future spaces in architecture, city and landscape.The turn of the 21st century has been marked by dramatic changes in the political, social and environmental panorama, which are deeply affecting the way we live today: terrorism, migration and global warming are certainly the most pressing issues, and they are putting at risk our very life on this planet.

So far we have come to acknowledge that we must simply coexist with such problems and learn to live with their consequences in our everyday life. But while coexistence refers to the mere - and often imposed - action of living together without any productive interaction, co-habitation implies living together peacefully, while promoting some form of exchange. This is why we believe that in the future architecture, city, and landscape should approach such emergencies fostering interaction and productive exchanges between different disciplines and cultures.

Co-habitation can be achieved through tactics, which offer the possibility to generate new creative spaces within the fields of architecture, city and landscape. Tactics - a term, which evokes the ancient Greek expression art of arrangement - are actions undertaken by, or addressed towards, the actual consumers/users. Such actions are flexible, they can be continuously modified, reshaped and adapted to cope with external interferences.


Renier de Graaf - OMA

Reinier de Graaf joined OMA in 1996. He is responsible for building and masterplanning projects in Europe, Russia, and the Middle East, including Holland Green in London (completed 2016), the new Timmerhuis in Rotterdam (completed 2015), G-Star Headquarters in Amsterdam (completed 2014), De Rotterdam (completed 2013), and the Norra Tornen residential towers in Stockholm. In 2002, he co-founded AMO, the think tank of OMA, and produced The Image of Europe, an exhibition illustrating the history of the European Union. He has overseen AMO’s increasing involvement in sustainability and energy planning, including Zeekracht: a strategic masterplan for the North Sea; the publication in 2010 of Roadmap 2050: A Practical Guide to a Prosperous, Low-Carbon Europe with the European Climate Foundation; and The Energy Report, a global plan for 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, with the WWF. De Graaf has worked extensively in Moscow, overseeing OMA’s proposal to design the masterplan for the Skolkovo Centre for Innovation, the ‘Russian Silicon Valley,’ and leading a consortium which proposed a development concept for the Moscow Agglomeration: an urban plan for Greater Moscow. He has curated two exhibitions, On Hold at the British School in Rome in 2011 and Public Works: Architecture by Civil Servants (Venice Biennale, 2012; Berlin, 2013). He is the author of Four Walls and a Roof, The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession.


Luca Galofaro

Luca Galofaro is an architect and educator, associated professor at Università di Camerino - SAAD Ascoli Piceno. Luca was a founder member of the firm IaN+, visiting professor at the Bartlett school of Architecture, at Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris and Confluence in Lyon. He obtained the Master degree on Spatial Science at the International Space University, UHA. He is author of several books published by Bruno Zevi's series of Universale d'Architettura and he is the authors of Artscapes (Gustavo Gili Barcellona 2003), Aristide Antonas (Libria 2014), An Atlas of Imagination (Damdi 2015), Manthey Kula (Libria 2016). With Ian+ he got several prize and the gold medal for the Italian Architecture in 2006. His research around architecture is made not just by architectural projects, but through different research tools: two blogs ( and and the colletive of research CAMPO Co-Curator of the first Architecture Biennale in Orleans at the Frac Centre Ville de Loire Marcher dans le réve d'un autre (October-April 2017).



Michiel Van Driessche

Landscape architect

Michiel received a Master of Arts in landscape architecture from the Amsterdam School of Arts, Academy of Architecture in 2012, and he graduated with honor as a landscape architect in 2007 from the University of Ghent. Following his studies he worked for: KCAP Architects and Planners, De Zwarte Hond, Studio Sputnik and Juurlink+Geluk. In these offices he served as a senior landscape architect on a range of projects from large-scale master plans to detailed designs of public spaces all over the world. Michiel’s work includes several award-winning projects, and in 2007 he was selected as a participant of the Meesterproef, a national Belgian program for talented young architects. In 2012 he joined Felixx as a partner.


William Veerbeek

William Veerbeek (PhD) is one of the founders of the Flood Resilience Group at Unesco IHE-Delft, Institute for Water Education in Delft, The Netherlands. He has a wide experience in area of urban climate adaptation in The Netherlands as well as internationally. His work was instrumental in the refinement of national flood impact assessment tools, which were tested in Dutch paradigm shifting projects like UFM-Dordrecht and Rotterdam-based projects in the Dutch Knowledge for Climate programme. He worked extensively in megacities like Beijing, Dhaka and Mumbai where his work focussed on the development of long term urban growth projections and subsequent changes in disaster risk. Strengthening IHE’s mission in capacity development, William has been training many cities in climate adaption, especially in Southeast Asia. Currently he is developing a city-to-city learning network on green-blue infrastructure in the North Sea region.


Maria Goula

Maria Goula is an Associate Professor at Cornell University in the Department of Landscape Architecture. For over 20 years she taught and worked professionally in Barcelona, Spain. She develops research on coastal tourism, especially in regard to the interpretation and reinvention of leisure patterns regarding coastal dynamics. Being herself a designer, she is mainly interested in translating interdisciplinary knowledge on the coast into design protocols. The spectrum of her research covers the history of Mediterranean coastal tourism and Landscape


Herida Duro

Ministry of Culture Directorate of policies and cultural development strategies


Ledian Bregasi

PhD in “Architecture - Theory and Design”, Department of Architecture and Design, “Sapienza” Università di Roma, Italy, 2016. Second Level Master of Science in “Urban and Landscape Design”, POLIS University, 2012. Integrated Master of Science in “Architecture U.E.”, “Sapienza” Università di Roma, Italy, 2010

Since 2010 he works teaches at POLIS University where the theoretical research is accompanied byapplied research through award winning participations in international competitions and consultancies. In 2013 he has been co-curator of the first edition of Tirana Design Week, biannual event organized by POLIS University. Since 2012 he is Head of the Albanian Union of Architects and Urban Planners, professional organization having among its objectives the progress of the cultural debate in architecture and the promotion of excellence practice.


Artan Racha

Arch. Artan Raça graduated at the Civil Engineering Faculty of Tirana with a degree in Architecture in 1987. He has worked until 1993 in the State Institute of Construction and Urban Design Studies, Tirana. After that, he head his independent practice, studio raça arkitektura based in Tirana, which works like a small workshop for a city architecture, where the answer to the concrete conditions creates the primary language and separates his architecture from self-referentiality, or having the idea of a predetermined style.                                           

Since 2007, he has been a visiting professor at Faculty of Architecture, POLIS University.

Among many projects realized, the most important are the collective and private housings.

With his work “Yellow Palace” in Tirana he was nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award 2013 in Barcelona.

In 2014 won the Albanian Architect of the Year Award given by the Albanian Union of Architects and Urban planners (AUA).

In 2016, in conjuction with the opening of the Venice Architecture Biennale, studio raça arkitektura chosen in the “IN practice” book, where 37 practices one per country, representing the state of committed architecture in Europe, operating outside of the so-called “starchitect” elite, curated by AIAC (Italian Association for Architecture and Criticism) in collaboration with magazine A10 new European architecture. Also some of his works have been praised and highlighted by different international professional magazines in the recent years.


Loris Rossi

Graduated in architecture in 2004 at “La Sapienza” University of Rome, Master degree in Architecture “Ludovico Quaroni”. He was awarded a PhD scholarship in Architectural Composition and Theory at “La Sapienza” and he developed part of his PhD dissertation research at the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning of UCLA, in Los Angeles. He was an adjunct professor at the Five Year Master course in Architecture EU of “La Sapienza”. From 2005 – 2011 he was co-founder of the ungroup Architecture office based in Rome; during this period he took part in numerous national and international competitions some of which were awarded prizes and shown in international exhibitions. Since October 2011 he is a Full time Professor at the POLIS University in Tirana (AL), from 2012 till 2013 he was Dean of faculty in Planning and Urban Design. In January 2015 he was Visiting Faculty Member at UCLA Department of Architecture & Urban Design, Los Angeles California. Currently he is Head of the Applied Research Department unit focused in the Observatory of Mediterranean Basin (OMB). His most recent research field is centered on observation, analysis and investigation in the context of Urban expressions, where the character of spontaneous processes is a manifestation of interrupted city images.


1st prize           1.500 
2nd prize 1.000 €
3th prize 500 

 + 5 honorable mentions

The winning projects will be awarded during the TAW in one of the most evocative places of the city of Tirana, the Cloud installation design by Sou Fujimoto. 

Winners project will be published on the architectural review FORUM A+P architecture, POLIS Press, and, if possible, on different scientific magazines and on several architecture blogs and websites, national and international. Winners and Honorable mentions will be published on the Website
Awards are intended for teams, regardless if the participation is by individuals or groups. The prize includes bank or paypal commissions.For all other information please see “General Rules” and “Terms of Use” sections on the Website

March 17, 2018  Promotional registration begins
March 31, 2018  Promotional registration deadline
April 01, 2018

 Special registration begins

 Question period is open

May 20, 2018  Special registration deadline
May 21, 2018  Early registration begins
June 21, 2018  Early registration deadline
June 22, 2018  Late registration begins
July 22, 2018  Late registration deadline
July 25, 2018  Project submission deadline
July 26, 2018  Jury meeting - Evaluation period begins
Sep 7, 2018 Winner's announcement (postponed)
Sep   Award ceremony during Tirana Architecture Week 2018

Teams will be registered between March 17, 2018 and July 22, 2018 and all projects, without any exception, must be delivered on July 25, 2018 (23:59 GMT+1)


Promotional registration  March 17, 2018 - March 31, 2018 40 €

Special registration        

 April 01, 2018 - May 20, 2018  
50 €

Early registration

May 21, 2018 - June 21, 2018 75 €
Late registration June 22, 2018 - July 22, 2018 100 €

Who can participate to the competitions?

The AWR competitions are international contests for architecture, engineering and design students or neo-graduates and professionals from all over the world. Participations may be individual or in groups working to a single project.


I still have not graduated, however, should I participate to AWR competitions?

Absolutely yes. AWR Competitions is created to encourage young students to participate with their ideas and talents to the work proposed.


Can I partecipate with mixed groups?

Absolutely yes. Groups can be composed by participants from different disciplines as well as from different professional areas.


Is there a fee to join the AWR competitions?

Yes, the fee is indicated into the brief of each competition. The entry fees are necessary to offset the cost of running competitions. AWR do not take any profit from them. 


Registration fees are per team or per person?

The registration fees are per team. For each competition it is set the maximum number of participants per team. Each team will receive a unique code. The participation to the competitions is made anonymous by codes. Codes will be the only way to identify the team at the trial stage.


Is it possible to submit more than one project?

Yes, it is possible to do it, but each project must have a registration code. The registration code is unique and not transferable.


Is it possible to submit the boards or any material in Spanish or French?

No, English is the only language accepted.


Is it possible to submit more than one board?

For each competition it is set a maximum number of boards to be submitted. If it is necessary, the request for other material will be clearly mentioned in the brief of each competition.


How can I send my work?

Entrants must submit their proposal via email no later than July 25, 2018 (23:59 GMT +1) to the following email address:

All the files must be placed in a ZIP folder named after your registration number. For example:

The folder must also containThe official contest form containing participants personal information (available for download in the download section on the Website

Participants will be able to produce or use one external documentation provided by the website or personal resources.

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DOWNLOAD Official Participant Form - Click HERE


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