2020 Call for Ideas

Present your new work at the most significant architectural events and gatherings that form the core of the 2020 European Architecture Program.

Future Architecture is more than a competition. Future Architecture is changing the very foundations of architecture in Europe and beyond. Its goal is to explore boundaries. To break down walls. To build new systems. To form new coalitions. It is a platform that provides practitioners and conceptual thinkers with opportunities to speak up – and to be seen and heard.

Let the Future Architecture platform help you elevate and sharpen your practice. Start exchanging your ideas and projects with peers from all over the world as well as high-profile institutions – museums, galleries, publishing houses, biennials and festivals – to find avenues toward international recognition.

We are inviting multidisciplinary emerging professionals from all over the globe to apply with transformative projects related to our living environments. Send us your completed projects, your theoretical or conceptual propositions for spatial, social or cultural innovation, and join our discussion about the future of architecture.

We welcome projects that address:

  • Systemic changes (prototypes and systems)
  • Site-specific cases (projects customized for certain contexts and tasks; cannot be replicated)
  • Next alliances (cross-, trans- and multi-disciplinary projects, exploring new design processes and methodology)

Become part of the 2020 European Architecture Program and see how Future Architecture can help you develop your practice. Selected applicants will be invited to participate in one or more of the following activities:

2020 European Architecture Program

MAO – Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana
12–14 Feb 2020
Creative Exchange
Conference, Talks and Architecture Fair
VI PER Gallery, Prague
1 Mar – 31 Oct 2020
All the Beauty of the City
Conference and Publishing
Architektūros Fondas, Vilnius
1 Mar – 31 Oct 2020
Building Narratives
Workshops, Lecture Series, Tours, Festival
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon
1 Mar – 30 Sep 2020
Staged Nature
Virtual Exhibition
BINA – Belgrade International Architecture Week, Belgrade
1 Apr – 31 Oct 2020
Urban Talk
Lecture Series and Talks
MAO – Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana
18 Apr – 20 Oct 2020
One Hundred Years of the Ljubljana Architecture School
Design Biotop, Ljubljana
1 May – 31 Oct 2020
Design Biotop: Systemic Approach in Design
Workshop and Lecture Series
DAI-SAI, Istria Association of Architects, Rijeka
1 May – 30 Oct 2020
The Publishing School: Publishing Acts I-II-III;
Exhibition, Symposium and Publishing
Fondazione MAXXI, Rome
1 May – 30 Oct 2020
MAXXI Architecture Film Summer School
Summer School
Kosovo Architecture Foundation, Prishtina
6 Jul – 6 Oct 2020
Kosovo Architecture Festival Summer School
Summer School
POLIS University, Tirana
16 Sep – 6 Oct 2020
Tirana Architecture Week 2020 – Catalysts of Change
Conference and Workshop
OAT – Oslo Architecture Triennale, Oslo
1 Mar – 30 Sep 2020
Oslo Architecture Triennale – Autumn Programme
Residency, Workshop and Talks
HDA – House of Architecture, Graz
19 Sep – 13 Nov 2020
Living in the Country, Reinventing the Non-Urban Condition;
Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Lisbon
30 Sep – 31 Oct 2020
Future Architecture Collection
dpr-barcelona, Barcelona
1 Nov 2019 – 31 Oct 2020
The Open Bookshelf: Archifutures

Future Architecture’s board of members will invite selected applicants to present their projects at the Creative Exchange in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and to engage in possible activities within the European Architecture program. The platform will cover travel (from within the EU) and accommodation costs for selected participants.

Platform members will cover travel (from within the EU) and accommodation costs, and will provide an honorarium to the participants that they invite to contribute to their events.

All applications will be published on the website of the Future Architecture platform. The applications will be judged by the Future Architecture board of members, the Future Architecture alumni, and members of the public through online voting.

Timetable and Deadlines
  • Publication of the Call for Ideas: 18 November 2019
  • Deadline for submitting applications: 6 January 2020
  • Matchmaking Conference: 12–14 February 2020
  • European Architecture Program: 17 February – 31 October 2020


The call is open to emerging architects, landscape architects, urban planners, designers, engineers, artists, curators, people involved in architectural communication and anyone whose professional work is focused on the future of architecture and living environments. To be eligible as an emerging creative for the Future Architecture Platform, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • The applicant’s independent work(s) related to architecture or city development were created after graduation and within the last two years;
  • The applicant has publicly presented or published their independent work(s);
  • The applicant has not yet attained recognition by having a body of critically recognized work at major and established institutions or publishers;
  • The applicant has not participated in previous Future Architecture Platform activities;
  • The applicant may be an individual or a collective.

The open call starts at 10.00 am CET on 18 November 2019, and all entries must be received by 4.00 pm CET on 6 January 2020. Multiple entries are permitted as an individual or as a collective.