Archidéelles Competition 2017

On 4th September 2017, Rabot Dutilleul launched the 4th edition of the Archidéelles competition. 

Open since 2012 to architecture graduates trained in Belgium and the Hauts-de-France and Ile-de-France regions of France as well as to young architects practising in these areas, this competition aims to foster innovation and support the talented young architects who will be building the cities of the future. For the 2017 edition of the competition, the participants are invited to think about the contribution of design to the production of façades. This topic is particularly meaningful given that the city of Lille, the birthplace of Rabot Dutilleul, has been shortlisted to become the World Design Capital 2020. The architects who wish to participate in the competition have until 8th December 2017 to send their submissions and attempt to win one of the three prizes awarded by the jury. 


The skin of a city’s buildings influences its personality, world and specificities. Because of its visibility, it can create bonds or loosen them. It can be a source of pride for the city’s inhabitants and arouse covetousness or, on the contrary, discourage passers-by. This explains why the façade of a building remains a key factor of a building’s integration into its urban environment and of its appropriation by those who live and work in it. 

The theme of the 2017 competition is: “When design transforms our façades”. The participants in the Archidéelles competition will have to propose new ways of designing the skin of buildings with a view to fostering conviviality, efficiency and frugality. Renovating existing buildings, fostering contemporary style new builds, re-thinking sustainable housing, promoting energy efficiency and reviewing the relationships with streets, neighbourhoods and urban areas are some of the many approaches to this issue. 

Through this competition, Rabot Dutilleul wishes to foster innovation in the construction sector and rise to the new challenges of urban development, namely quality of use, an economy based on sharing and environmental awareness. 

For young architects, “this competition is an opportunity to make themselves known and be recognised by the architectural profession in geographical areas which abound with talented and original people,” explains Martine Sam, who won a prize in the 1st edition of the Archidéelles competition. 


The Archidéelles competition is open to anybody who has graduated in architecture since 2012 after having been trained in Belgium or the Hauts-de-France and Ile-de-France regions of France. It is also open to students registered in the 2017-2018 academic year in their 5th year of architectural studies, as well as to young architects who practise architecture in Belgium and in the two above-mentioned regions of France. 
Applicants have until 8th December to send their application files. These will be scrutinised by a jury of experts who will shortlist 10 projects before finally designating three winners, who will be awarded €3,000, €2,000 and €1,000 respectively. Each winner will also benefit from free membership for one year (2018) of the AMO Region Nord association of Project Owners and Architects. 
The 10 applicants whose projects have been shortlisted will be invited to speak at symposiums and panel discussions. The Rabot Dutilleul company will help them to meet architecture professionals and participate in workshops and events organised in the Hauts-de-France region.


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