Architectural Criticism Competition

Do you know of a topical building, a newly designed space or a landscape architecture project that has caught your eye or grabbed your attention? Is it a work that raises questions or gives rise to speculation, one that you would like to learn more about? Then write about it!

Together werk, bauen+wohnen and the Federation of Swiss Architects (FSA) are launching an architectural criticism competition under the title Erstling, which is aimed at prospective and young professionals. Our call is directed at students of architecture at all Swiss higher education institutions as well as people entering the profession, who are resident in Switzerland and aged 35 or younger. The texts can be submitted in German, French, Italian or English. We are looking for design discoveries and good texts. The best of them will be published in 2025 as a series in the magazine werk, bauen+wohnen.

German, French, Italian or English

A text about a building, a public space or a landscape architecture project that has given you food for thought. The text can take the form of a critical commentary or a report or essay with graphic observations – it can describe recently completed projects or ‘discoveries’ at places that have already been in existence for a number of years.

Technical details
Word document, 6000 characters (including spaces)

The document should include suggestions for illustrations and plans together with the respective legends

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Closing date
9 September 2024

Roland Züger (editor-in-chief wbw), Lucia Gratz, Catherine Gay, Alberto Alessi, Caspar Schärer, Henriette Lutz (prize-winner in Erstling 2020)

Notification of the winners
Autumn 2024

The winning texts will be published in a separate section of werk, bauen+wohnen and the authors will each receive a one-year subscription to the magazine.

Competition organisers
Verlag Werk AG
Badenerstrasse 18
8004 Zürich

Bund Schweizer Architektinnen und Architekten BSA
Pfluggässlein 3
4001 Basel