2A Europe Architecture Award

An architectural style in any region is characterized by the features that make a building or other structure notable and historically identifiable. A style may include such elements as form, method of construction, building materials, and regional cultural character. Most architecture can be classified as a chronology of styles which changes over time reflecting changing fashions, lifestyles, beliefs and religions, or the emergence of new ideas, innovative technologies, or materials which make new styles feasible and possible.
Styles therefore emerge from the history of a society and are evident in the subject of architectural history. At any given time several styles may be fashionable, and when a style changes it usually does so gradually, as architects learn and adapt to new ideas. Styles often spread to other places, so that the style at its source continues to develop in new ways while other countries follow with their own twists, adding or omitting certain features in order to harmonize this new style with their local needs and culture.
European architecture has also been affected and shaped by many factors throughout its history. Major contemporary events such as two world wars, industrialization which lead to massive migration from farm lands to big cities where the factories were centralized . This lead to increased population in urban centers, Furthermore, foreign immigration and emergence of modern technologies have fundamentally affected the course of Evolution of European architecture.
This challenges among others, has caused the European architecture to transform.
Today's European architects have to deal with many dualities and sometimes even paradoxes when trying to design and build a unique new project, because they need to consider their cultural roots while building a modern project which should also be functional and suitable with their contemporary realities and needs.
Some of these challenges are taking into consideration the following dichotomies below.

• Diversity and Unity

" Create unity in diversity, And also maintain the diversity and unique features and identities, in the unified continent

• Society and Responsiveness

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The euro banknotes reveal a lot about architecture. Its depiction on both sides of the bills – typical buildings on the one side and bridges more exemplary for engineering feats on the other – is a testament to its importance. The bills also prove that this importance stems from architecture’s powers of providing identity: The bridges seem to connect Europe, as does its shared traditional language of architecture or the technological progress interacting with it. If it can define the identity of a whole continent, architecture quite obviously has a great influence on society. It does more than simply stand for itself. It also represents what we stand for. The wielding of such influence demands responsible behavior, and that goes for all aspects of architecture: the aesthetic, functional, social, financial, political and, today more than ever, the environmental aspects.

• Tradition Versus Modernism

the dialogue between old and new, traditionalism and Modernism. Moving forward and  Progress is a necessity, because the needs and consciousness of any society  are subject to constant change and transformation. Failing to react and respond means stagnation. However, the opposite of stagnation can be equally as harmful and dangerous. When a society accelerates so fast that it cuts off all historic ties and loses its cultural memory, it will also lose its identity. That is not progression, but regression. The idea that helps to avoid both of these is that of tradition. These problems concern the dual role of architecture and urban design in a special way with respect to aesthetic and social discipline. To that extent, tradition is of central importance to architecture. Innovation and identity in architecture are not possible without a responsible and keen approach to tradition. This is as true on the global stage as it is on the regional one.

• Innovation and Identity

Buildings and people have a common trait: an identity. At least, they should have one. A person lacking individual character isn’t necessarily a bad person. But he is uninspiring, lacking uniqueness and a dull conversation partner. Without an identity, no one can or wants to identify with him. More than likely, you wouldn’t even notice him in the first place. The same goes for buildings. A building lacking identity is a bad one, architecturally speaking, because it could just as well be a different one. A good building is always specific. It carries a message. This type of message can take various forms. Architecture can relate something about an individual person, a group, a city, or a country. It can tell a story about the relations between tradition and modernity, culture and nature, aesthetics, technology and function. Purely functional design overlooks the fact that it is part of architecture’s role to create identity. And this isn’t only about being distinctive. One of its noblest and most important tasks is to create an outward expression of identity.
Architecture is art applied to society; it is made for people, not for its own sake. In order to create an identity not just for the building itself, but also for the people around it or using it, two kinds of identity are necessary: People have to be able to identify the building as something special (by its distinctiveness). But they should also be able to identify with it and with its message. Identity creates dialogue, and dialogue creates identity.

• Urbanism
Politics, the economy and technology have removed many boundaries in recent decades, or made them more penetrable. Long before the advent of the internet, media theorist Marshall McLuhan coined the often-used term “global village”. But the days of the village have gone. Nowadays it is more appropriate to talk about the “urban globe”: the world population is growing at the same pace as that of the cities. In 2007, for the first time in history, more people lived in cities than in rural areas.
In terms of its population, the world is becoming bigger – and people are living closer together. The word 'density' is perhaps the most important keyword for understanding urbanism and its corollary: mobility. The two terms are closely interrelated. Traffic density, population density, density of development – all of these are increasing rapidly.

• Mobility
Thanks to modern transportation technology and logistics, today almost anyone can travel easily to almost any place on earth. Masses of people are on the move at any point in time and meet each other, in particular, at urban intersections: in railway stations and airports.
Today, mobility-related architecture is one of the most complicated building tasks there is. It has to combine the most diverse functions and coordinate a wide range of processes – and all that in a relatively small space and with maximum efficiency. Railway stations and airports link cities with each other and – with respect to their diversity and complexity, and even sometimes their dimension – are themselves comparable to cities. It is not enough to include aspects of security, safety, logistics, leisure, consumption, gastronomy, administration and technology in the design, to mention but a few.
Modern architecture or modernist architecture is a term applied to a group of styles of architecture which emerged in the first half of the 20th century and became dominant after World War II. It was based upon new technologies of construction.
Modern architecture emerged from revolutions in technology, engineering and building materials, and from a desire to break away from historical architectural styles and to invent something that was purely functional and new.
2A magazine and its vision for Europe Architecture Award is that a great European architectural project should take into consideration its roots and identity while at the same time use modern technologies, materials and designs in order to meet the dynamic needs of the contemporary era.

2A Europe Architecture Award 2018

2A Magazine is pleased to announce 2AEA 2018, with the theme “Innovative Contextual Architecture in Europe”. Accordingly, the Award is for the recognition of an individual's or group's substantial contribution to today’s architecture in terms of contemporary challenges of the field and region and the projects that can have a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture. This gathering is a profile of the diversity of cultures, identities, themes, ideas, and experiences in architecture and a platform to share, explore and discuss in a professional environment.

The program includes:

• The Award Ceremony

• The exhibition of the winner projects

• Architectural Presentations by the winners

• The selection of the "Innovative Project of the Year"


The following criteria will be considered to recognize and honor a built project/ future project in Europe that has produced significant contributions to humanity and built environment.
• Design Achievement including Concept, Strategy and Proceedings.
• Technical advancement includes engineering achievements (structural, mechanical, etc.) and innovative use of materials.
• Reflection of sense of place and of cultural identity and ecology; environmental sustainability (including ecological, and sociocultural sustainability)
• Social responsibility and community and urban connectivity.
• The effects of economical condition on the project.

• Transcendent Dimensions of Architecture by: Nader Ardalan

From a survey review of the projects selected by the 2A Asian and European Architectural Awards, what are the key, common-ground lessons learned about principles and conditions that support transcendence in architecture and practices that perpetuate access to such realm? How can they serve as "beacons" or “attractors” (from Chaos Theory) that may (1) guide future design efforts toward Transcendent Architecture; (2) empirically indicate its presence; and/or (3) provoke an experiential awareness of the sublime and the ineffable in the perceiving individual?At the core of our search might be the questions: what is transcendent creativity and how may some of the following considerations suggest valuable domains for investigation and inspiration to evoke a viable, common-ground and multi-dimensional framework for achieving in the individual and the collective a profound awareness of potentially holistically sustainable, culturally conscious and integrated 21st-century worldviews about the “Transcendent” in Architecture and environment building?

-Sensual Conditions: These include Tectonics/Materiality that are in direct and inevitable relation with natural Light, without which they couldn’t be fully appreciated. However, this dimension through its tactile, haptic, and other sensual qualities also bring the non-visual nature of architecture into full consideration.

-Formal-Spatial Conditions: These include space-form, geometry (proportion, mathematical order) and scale, which are an inseparable set for what could be best called the ‘Aesthetic Conditions’ of Transcendent Architecture.

-Programmatic Conditions: These cluster a creative, Luminous Building Program and the integration of Motion (access, ritual, and path) into the building design that basically deals with what is happening within and in proximity to the building.

-Temporal Conditions: They address anything that involves duration such as silence, sound and time itself.

-Connectedness Conditions: They bring attention to the myriad ways that architecture must relate to its physical and metaphysical environment: Context (immediate site), Cosmos/Nature (larger scale) and Ontological Axis (relation between measurable and immeasurable)

-Holistic Conditions: This puts together the most phenomenological yet profound effect of Transcendent Architecture: the sense of Unity and the Experience of the Hidden/Manifest.

These questions are especially urgent now, at this threshold of the 21st century threatened by vast impending global crises when critical thinking, at its most profound best, must contend with and challenge the pervading, outdated materialistic notions of reality that have brought us to this tipping point. The current model of ultimate reality holds that all questions can be answered by means of the scientific method of objective observation and measurement and existence is but a temporary, lifeless group of particles and waves that accidentally created separated human consciousness from isolated material realities. This notion is now being doubted by new state of the art paradigms and reinforced by discoveries of ancient wisdom traditions, which contend that our external and internal perceptions are fully intertwined and say that reality is based upon our consciousness which conceives, governs and generates our perceptions of the physical world. [1]

[1] Robert Lanza & Bob Berman, Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe, BenBella Books, Dallas, 2009

Categories for Completed Projects

For completed projects, the award will be presented in the following categories. All categories are open to practices of all sizes and there is no limit to the amount of categories. You can enter, however one project cannot be entered in two different categories. Please see How to Enter for more details on entries.
1) Residential
A- Apartment
B- Villa
2) Commercial (Office & Business, Retail and wholesale, Production)
3) Public (Sport & Leisure, Education, Hospitality, Culture, Mixed Use, Health, Religion, Civic ,Transportation)
4) Urban Projects, Rural Projects, Landscape & Public Spaces (Including squares and streets)
5) Old and New (Reuse and adaptation, Renovation, Restoration, Regeneration)
6) Interior Architecture
If you need help to select the right category for your Entry please contact us and we will be happy to advise you.

Future Projects/Innovative Designs

This sub-category is a celebration of excellence design-only, future or uncompleted projects including entries of regional/ international competitions, that meet the following conditions. We will be looking to champion creation and concept that has pushed its specific typology forward and proven a holistic and effective approach. Also:
• The site of the project is located in Europe, having rich ecological, cultural, historical or physical characteristics and features.
• Has Focused on responsive design, having addressed, challenged or responded to an architectural-related issue (physical, ecological, sociocultural, contextual, technical and..).
• It is based on local or regional studies.
• Introduces or represents an innovative design vision / approach.

Please note that:
• Future project category covers all eligible entries, regardless of the project program and subject.
• Except for the date of completion, this category covers and follows the same regulations and procedure for submission as built project categories.
• Student designs including student competition entries are not eligible for participation, however university research-based projects are highly welcome to enter.

Rules, Conditions and the procedure of the 2AEA:

• 2AEA is a two-stage competition.

• The First Stage Entry is open to all professional entrants, i.e., Individual architects, urban designers, urban planners, landscape architects, multi-professional teams and Architectural firms and offices.

• Other associated bodies, e.g., clients, developers, contractors, may also enter on behalf of the architect, with their consent.

• Student designs including student competition entries are not eligible for participation

• Join projects between universities and industry are eligible to participate in the competition.

• The First Stage Entry Opening will be announced here. The Entries include two Sheets, introducing the project, in A2 size.

• The candidate projects of The First Stage Entry will be notified by email as well as will be announced in the 2A magazine website to participate in the Second Stage.

• Second stage submission due (for first-stage nominated projects) will be announced subsequently.

• The Second Stage Entry boards, including another A2 sheet with more information about the project, could be submitted online.

• All projects should have been completed on or after 01 January 2010. For Future Projects/Innovative Design category entries, the design dates should not be older than 2010.

• Future project category covers all eligible entries, regardless of the project program and subject.

• All Projects should have been built /located in one of the European countries. As for Future project category, the site of the project must be located in Europe.

• Participants can submit multiple projects under one website account, and there is no limit on the number of submitted projects.

• Each project can be applied only to a single category of the Award. In another words, one project cannot be submitted under two different categories.

• Winners of the previous 2ACAA are not eligible to participate in the 2ACAA 2018.

• The winners of each category will be invited to present their projects in front of the jury members and the audience.

• The presentation of the winner projects is open for public visit.

• One project, among all the winners will be chosen as the "Innovative Project of the Year", after the public presentation. The winner of the project will be introduced to a developer in order to receive a commission.


• The top two winners in each Award category will receive Gold and Silver medals, respectively.

• Upon Jury’s approving decision there might also be some special mentions in each category.

• The special mentions will receive certificates of recognition and memorial plaques.

• All first-stage nominated projects will be published in a special edition of 2A Magazine and extra pages will be allocated to the winners and special mentions.

• Names and a brief review of all entries will be published in the news part of website, after the event.

• Clients, developers and investors of the winner projects will receive a Letter of Appreciation.

• Submission of an entry will be taken to imply the granting of permission to publish all material and particulars of the successful schemes, including any jury citation.

• Displayed boards of first-stage nominated projects may be displayed at subsequent events or exhibitions.

• Basically, the medals would be given to the winners of 7 categories of 2A Europe Architecture Award.

"Best Historic Contribution" Award

History and the background of a nation is what makes it significant and forms its culture and context. To save and cherish the valuable legacy that remains from our past is a efficient step towards forming a better future, hence 2A magazine has created an award "Best Historic Contribution" to appreciate the efforts of architects who take time to protect and revive the buildings with historic significance.

Among all the participant of the 2ACAA for Asia and Europe, the best project that has played an important role in the rehabilitation and renovation of a historic texture will be chosen and awarded separately as the "Best Historic Contribution" of the year.


The First Judging Stage:
-All the applicants will submit their projects in Two A2(420 x 594 mm) Sheets in PDF format to 2Amagazine.com website in respective category.
-After the Entry Deadline, the jury members will be provided with an access to the Award database and will rate the projects based on the judging criteria. The Candidate Projects will be chosen.

The Second Judging Stage:
- The Candidate Project applicants will be notified to upload another Two A2 Sheets with the same format and with more details and information on the projects.
- Again, with access to this database including new sheets. Judges will choose The Winner Projects. (Every project will be judged by all four received sheets again.)
-The list of the winners and the details of judgment will be announced on 2A magazine website a month prior to the award ceremony. The winners will be also notified by Email.

Entry and Submission Date

The entry opens at June 4th 2018 and closes at July 3rd 2018, 4:00 pm CET.

Submission Fee

The entrance fee for each project is 99 EUR

Note1: This fee will be charged online at the submission process.

Note2: In case of inaccessibility to online payment, please contact us at info@2amagazine.com (for more information)

Note3: Any other expenses regarding postage, print etc. will be the participant's responsibility.

Copyright Policy

By submitting your project to 2A magazine website, you transfer the copyright of all the submitted materials (texts, pictures, architectural sheets,...) to 2A magazine. 2A Magazine has the privilege to require more publishing materials if needed by contacting the participants by email or telephone.

If there are any misconduct, mistake or lack of credits regarding the project team and designers, 2A magazine has no obligation and the issue concerns the participants directly.