eVolo Magazine is pleased to invite architects, students, engineers, designers, and artists from around the globe to take part in the eVolo 2014 Skyscraper Competition. Established in 2006, the annual Skyscraper Competition is one of the world’s most prestigious awards for high-rise architecture. It recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine skyscraper design through the implementation of novel technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution. It is a forum that examines the relationship between the skyscraper and the natural world, the skyscraper and the community, and the skyscraper and the city.

The participants should take into consideration the advances in technology, the exploration of sustainable systems, and the establishment of new urban and architectural methods to solve economic, social, and cultural problems of the contemporary city including the scarcity of natural resources and infrastructure and the exponential increase of inhabitants, pollution, economic division, and unplanned urban sprawl.

The competition is an investigation on the public and private space and the role of the individual and the collective in the creation of a dynamic and adaptive vertical community. It is also a response to the exploration and adaptation of new habitats and territories based on a dynamic equilibrium between man and nature – a new kind of responsive and adaptive design capable of intelligent growth through the self-regulation of its own systems.

There are no restrictions in regards to site, program or size. The objective is to provide maximum freedom to the participants to engage the project without constraints in the most creative way. What is a skyscraper in the 21st century? What are the historical, contextual, social, urban, and environmental responsibilities of these mega-structures?

eVolo Magazine is committed to continue stimulating the imagination of designers around the world – thinkers that initiate a new architectural discourse of economic, environmental, intellectual, and perceptual responsibility that could ultimately modify what we understand as a contemporary skyscraper, its impact on urban planning and on the improvement of our way of life.


Architects, students, engineers, and designers are invited to participate in the competition. We encourage you to have multidisciplinary teams.

  • Participants must register by January 14, 2014.
  • Early Registration:  USD $95 until November 19, 2013.
  • Late Registration: USD $115 from November 20, 2013 to January 14, 2014.
  • One registration = One project
  • Participants may submit various projects, but must register each entry.
  • There is no limit as to the number of participants per team. Individual entries are accepted.

After your registration has been approved eVolo will send the registration number (within 24 hours), which will be necessary for submission boards.


  • August 19, 2013 – Competition announcement, registration begins, acceptance of questions.
  • November 4, 2013 – Deadline for submitting questions.
  • November 19, 2013 – Early registration deadline
  • December 2, 2013 – Answers to questions posted on website
  • January 14, 2014 – Late registration deadline
  • January 20, 2014 – Project submission deadline (23:59 hours US Eastern Time)
  • March 17, 2014 – Winners’ announcement

Submission Requirements

This is a digital competition and no hardcopies are necessary. Entrants must submit their proposal via email no later than January 20, 2014 (23:59 hours US Eastern Time) to the following email address: skyscraper2014@evolo.us. Participants can send their entries through hightail.com (free) or similar if the files exceed 10mb or their email capacity.

The project submission must contain the following files:

  1. Two boards with the project information including plans, sections, and perspectives. Participants are encouraged to submit all the information they consider necessary to explain their proposal. These boards should be 24″(h) X 48″(w) in HORIZONTAL format. The resolution of the boards must be 150 dpi, RGB mode and saved as JPG files. The upper right corner of each board must contain the participation number. There should not be any marks or any other form of identification. The files must be named after the registration number followed by the board number. For example: 0101-1.jpg and 0101-2.jpg.
  2. A DOC file containing the project statement (600 words max). This file must be named after the registration number followed by the word “statement”. For example: 0101-statement.doc.
  3. A DOC file containing the entrants’ personal information, including name, profession, address, and email. This file must be named after the registration number followed by the word “info”. For example: 0101-info.doc.
  4. All the files must be placed in a ZIP folder named after your registration number. For example:  0101.zip


Wiel Arets [principal Wiel Arets Architects, dean of the Illinois Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture]
Wiel Arets is a Dutch architect, theorist, urbanist, industrial designer, and the dean of the Illinois Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture in Chicago, USA. He studied at the Eindhoven University of Technology, graduating in 1983, and founded Wiel Arets Architects in the same year. From 1995-2002 he was dean of the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, where he introduced the idea of ‘progressive-research’ and co-founded the school’s architectural journal named HUNCH.

Benjamin Ball [principal Ball-Nogues Studio]
Benjamin Ball worked at Gehry Partners and Shirdel Zago Kipnis while studying at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. Upon graduation, he sought work as a set and production designer for films as well as music videos and commercials with such influential directors as Mark Romanek and Tony Scott. In his current collaboration with Gaston Nogues, Ball is exploring the intersection of architecture, art, and product design.

John Beckmann [principal Axis Mundi]
John Beckmann founded award-winning architecture firm Axis Mundi in New York City in 2004. John is the recipient of a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and was awarded a MacDowell Colony Fellowship in 2010. He edited and contributed to the book The Virtual Dimension: Architecture, Representation and Crash Culture (Princeton Architectural Press, 1998), one of the first books dealing with the implications of digital technologies on the fields of architecture and design. He has been a visiting critic at Yale School of Architecture, Pratt Institute, NJIT, and Parsons The New School for Design.

Mark Goulthorpe [principal dECOi Architects, HypoSurface Corp, Zero+, SMArchS]
Mark Goulthorpe is an Associate Professor at MIT Department of Architecture. He is currently Head of the new Design Stream in the SMArchS program. Current research centers on robotic fabrication and a variety of composite fabrication methodologies. Mr. Goulthorpe has two published books: Autoplastic to Alloplastic by Hyx/Pompidou, articulates via design projects the shifts in design methodology occasioned by digital technologies; and The Possibility of (an) Architecture by Routledge theorizes the broad implications of a digital paradigm for architecture.  Mr. Goulthorpe has received multiple awards including Emerging Voices from the Architectural League of NY, Design Vanguard by Architecture Record and the FEIDAD Award.

Michael Hensel [principal AKNW + NAL, professor at Oslo School of Architecture]
Michael Hensel is an architect, researcher, educator and writer. He gained his PhD at the University of Reading and is professor for architecture at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design where he directs the Research Center for Architecture and Tectonics. He was founding member of OCEAN (1994), founding chairman of the OCEAN Design Research Association registered in Norway (2008). Previously he taught at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London (1993 to 2009), where he co-directed the Emergent Technologies and Design Program (2001 to 2009).

Jeffrey Inaba [principal INABA, professor at Columbia University]
Jeffrey Inaba is principal at INABA and the founding director of C-Lab, a think tank at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, which studies urban and architecture issues of public consequence. The lab’s ideas are broadcast through Volume Magazine, where Inaba is the Features Editor, and in numerous publications including World of Giving (2010). Before starting INABA, he was a principal of AMO, the research firm founded by Rem Koolhaas and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture. In addition to being a faculty member at Columbia, Inaba has taught at UCLA, Harvard and SCI-Arc. He received Master of Architecture with Distinction, MA in Philosophy of Architecture and Master in Design Studies degrees from Harvard University, and an AB from University of California, Berkeley.

Lisa Iwamoto [principal IwamotoScott Architecture, professor at University of California Berkeley]
Lisa Iwamoto is a partner at IwamotoScott Architecture, a San Francisco based practice committed to pursuing architecture as a form of applied design research. Ms. Iwamoto received her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Colorado Master of Architecture with Distinction from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Currently, Iwamoto is Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at University of California Berkeley where she authored the book: Digital Fabrications: Architectural and Material Techniques.

Greg Lynn [principal Greg Lynn FORM, professor at University of Applied Arts Vienna, University of California Los Angeles, Yale University]
Greg Lynn was an innovator in redefining the medium of design with digital technology as well as pioneering the fabrication and manufacture of complex functional and ergonomic forms using CNC machinery. Greg is the Ordentlicher University Professor at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. He is a Studio Professor at UCLA’s school of Architecture and Urban Design and the Davenport Visiting Professor at Yale University. Greg graduated from Miami University of Ohio with degrees in both architecture (Bachelor of Environmental Design) and philosophy (Bachelor of Philosophy) and later from Princeton University where he received a graduate degree in architecture (Master of Architecture). He received the American Academy of Arts & Letters Architecture Award in 2003. In 2001, Time Magazine named Greg Lynn one of 100 of the most innovative people in the world for the 21st century. In 2005, Forbes Magazine named him one of the ten most influential living architects. In 2008, he won the Golden Lion at the 11th International Venice Biennale of Architecture. In 2010, he was awarded a fellowship from United States Artists.

Frashid Moussavi [principal Frashid Moussavi Architecture, professor Harvard University]
Frashid Moussavi is principal of Frashid Moussavi Architecture and Professor in Practice at Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD). She was previously co-founder of Foreign Office Architects (FOA), recognized as one of the world’s most creative firms. FOA received the Enric Miralles Prize for Architecture, six RIBA Awards, the Venice Architecture Biennale Award and the Charles Jencks Award for Architecture. Farshid Moussavi trained at Harvard’s GSD, University College London, and Dundee University. She has taught at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, the Architecture Association, the Berlage Institute, Columbia University, Princeton University, and University of California Los Angeles. She is the author The Function of Ornament (2006) and The Function of Form (2009).

Gaston Nogues [principal Ball-Nogues Studio]
Gaston Nogues is an honors graduate in architecture from the Southern California Institute of architecture. He worked at Gehry Partners where he was immersed in product design and production and became a specialist in creative fabrication. In his current collaboration with Benjamin Ball, Nogues is focused on fabricating what they visualize.

Marcos Novak [director transLAB at University of California Santa Barbara ]
Marcos Novak is the director of University of California Santa Barbara’s transLAB and Department Vice Chair. Marcos is a pioneer in the field of virtual architecture. In the mid 90s, his contribution to international architectural discourse was further expanded by the coining and definition of the term “Transarchitectures” His approach: “we conceive algorithmically (morphogenesis); we model numerically (rapid prototyping); we build robotically (new tectonics); we inhabit interactively (intelligent space); we telecommunicate instantly (pantopicon); we are informed immersively (liquid architectures); we socialize nonlocally (nonlocal public domain); we evert virtuality (transarchitectures)”. He received the Masters of Architecture at Ohio State University in 1983. Since that time he has taught at Ohio State, University of Texas Austin, the Architecture program at UCLA, the Digital Media program at UCLA, and the Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena.

Kas Oosterhuis [principal Oosterhuis-Lénárd, professor at Delft University of Technology]
Kas Oosterhuis is professor at the Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology, as well as director of Hyperbody and the Protospace Laboratory for Collaborative Design and Engineering. His teaching and research is in the areas of interactive architecture, real time behavior of buildings and environments, living building concepts, collaborative design, file to factory production and parametric design. Kas Oosterhuis studied architecture at the Delft University of Technology. Afterwards, he taught as unit master at the AA in London. In 1989, he founded Kas Oosterhuis Architekten in Rotterdam (renamed to Oosterhuis Lénárd, or ONL, in 2004). Since 2000, Oosterhuis has been professor of digital design methods at the Delft University of Technology.

Derek Pirozzi [architectural designer Oppenheim Architecture + Design, first place 2013 eVolo Skyscraper Competition]
Derek Pirozzi is a 2012 graduate from the University of South Florida School of Architecture and is the 2013 eVolo Skyscraper Competition first place recipient. A young and determined architect, Mr. Pirozzi was the recipient of multiple nominations and awards during his collegiate career for his design portfolio and masters research project. Recently spending 6 months in Seattle, WA as an intern for Olson Kundig Architects, Mr. Pirozzi now works for Oppenheim Architecture + Design in Miami, FL.

Tom Price [principal Tom Price]
Tom Price is an innovative artist and designer, specializing in modern furniture products, sculpture installation and lighting design. A London native, Price attended several renowned schools including the Royal College of Art, London Metropolitan University and Bath College of Higher Education. Since then, Price has had his work featured in several venues including galleries in San Francisco, California and Hamburg, Germany, in addition to receiving numerous design awards.

Ali Rahim [director Contemporary Architecture Practice, professor at University of Pennsylvania]
Ali Rahim is the founding director of Contemporary Architecture Practice (CAP) and professor of design at the University of Pennsylvania and has previously served as the Zaha Hadid Studio visiting professor at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, the Louis Kahn visiting design professor at Yale University and visiting design professor at Harvard University. Ali Rahim holds a Masters Degree in Architecture from Columbia University and has authored and coedited Catalytic Formations (2011), Turbulence (2011), Elegance (2007), Contemporary Techniques in Architecture (2002), and Contemporary Processes in Architecture (2000).

Fernando Romero [principal FR-EE]
Fernando Romero is one of today’s most relevant international architects. A graduate of Mexico’s Universidade Iberoamericana, Romero is an alumnus of Rem Koolhaas, with whom he worked at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in the Netherlands from 1995-2000. Fernando founded in 2000 FR-EE Fernando Romero Enterprise. Fernando’s strong research background has lead to the publication of several volumes, notably Translation (Actar, 2005), Hyperborder (Princeton Architectural Press, 2007), and Simplexity (Hatje- Cantz, 2010). He has won numerous awards, including the Honorary Fellowship by AIA – American Institute of Architects, the Bauhaus Award (2004/2005) and Mexican Society of Architects Award (2009). Romero has lectured at Columbia University.

Craig Scott [principal IwamotoScott Architecture, professor at California College of the Arts]
Craig Scott is a principal at award-winning firm IwamotoScott and received his Master of Architecture degree with distinction from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University. Craig Scott is currently an associate professor of architecture at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. He has previously taught Harvard University, Syracuse University, Southern California Institute of Architecture, the University of Michigan, and Yale University.

Nader Tehrani [principal NADAAA, professor and department head at MIT School of Architecture and Planning ]
Working on interdisciplinary platforms, Nader Tehrani’s research has been focused on the transformation of the building industry, innovative material applications, and the development of new means and methods of construction– as exemplified in his work with digital fabrication. As the founding principal of office da, Tehrani’s work received many prestigious awards, among which included the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award. Tehrani is also a professor and the head of the department of architecture at the MIT School of Architecture and Planning.

Ben van Berkel [principal UNStudio, professor at Staedelschule in Frankfurt, Harvard University ]
Ben van Berkel studied architecture at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and at the Architectural Association in London, receiving the AA Diploma with Honours in 1987. In 1988 he and Caroline Bos set up an architectural practice in Amsterdam, extending their theoretical and writing projects to the practice of architecture. The Van Berkel & Bos Architectuurbureau has realized, amongst others projects, the Karbouw office building, the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam, Museum Het Valkhof in Nijmegen, the Moebius House and the NMR facilities for the University of Utrecht. In 1998 Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos established a new firm: UNStudio (United Net). UNStudio presents itself as a network of specialists in architecture, urban development and infrastructure. Current projects are the restructuring of the station area of Arnhem, the mixed-use Raffles City in Hangzhou, a masterplan for Basauri, a dance theatre for St. Petersburg and the design and restructuring of the Harbor Ponte Parodi in Genoa. With UNStudio he realized amongst others the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, a façade and interior renovation for the Galleria Department store in Seoul and a private villa up-state New York. Ben van Berkel has lectured and taught at many architectural schools around the world. Currently he is Professor Conceptual Design at the Staedelschule in Frankfurt am Main and was recently awarded the Kenzo Tange Visiting Professor’s Chair at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Central to his teaching is the inclusive approach of architectural works integrating virtual and material organization and engineering constructions.

Carol Willis [director Skyscraper Museum, professor at Columbia University]
Carol Willis is the founder, director, and curator of The Skyscraper Museum. An architectural and urban historian, she has researched, taught, and written about the history of American city building. She is the author of Form Follows Finance: Skyscrapers and Skylines in New York and Chicago (Princeton Architectural Press, 1995), which received an AIA book award and was named “Best Book on North American Urbanism, 1995″ by the Urban History Association. She has written introductions to numerous monographs and collections and has appeared in numerous television documentaries and radio broadcasts. Ms. Willis is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Urban Studies at Columbia University where since 1989 she has taught in the program The Shape of Two Cities: New York and Paris in The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning.

Dan Wood [principal WORK Architecture Company, professor at Yale University]
Dan Wood received his BA at the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters degree from Columbia University.  Wood has taught at Princeton, the Cooper Union, Columbia University, Ohio State University and the Berkeley School of Environmental Design, as the Friedman Distinguished Chair. He will join the Yale School of Architecture as the Louis Kahn Chair in the fall of 2013. Wood is originally from Rhode Island and has lived in Paris and for many years in the Netherlands before moving to New York in 2002.  He is a licensed architect in the State of New York.



  1. This is an anonymous competition and the registration number is the only means of identification.
  2. The official language of the competition is English.
  3. The registration fee is non-refundable.
  4. Contacting the Jury is prohibited.
  5. eVolo Magazine, as the competition organizer, reserves the right to modify the competition schedule if deemed necessary.
  6. Entrants will be disqualified if any of the competition rules are not considered.
  7. Participation assumes acceptance of the regulations.


  • 1st place – US $5000
  • 2nd place – US $2000
  • 3rd place – US $1000

Winners and special mentions will be published in several print magazines including eVolo_08.


Questions and Answers

Who can participate in the competition?
This is an international competition and everyone is invited to submit a project.

Can we submit more than one project?
Yes, but each project must have a unique registration number.

Do we need to submit hard copies of the boards?
No, this is a digital competition. You have to send your boards by e-mail to skyscraper2014@evolo.us.

What is the minimum required height for the skyscraper?
There is no minimum height.

Is there a specific site for the project?
No, each participant decides on the location.

Will there be an extension of the registration and submission deadlines?
No, the registration deadline is on January 14, 2014 and the submission deadline is on January 20, 2014.

Where are the results going to be published?
The best projects of the competition will be featured in several international print and online publications. We will also include them in eVolo 08.

Can we submit our boards in Spanish or French?
No, English is the only accepted language.

Can we submit more than two boards?
No, only two boards will be accepted.

Previous winners have been featured in the following print publications:

ABC Magazine – Czech Republic, About:Blank Magazine – Portugal, Aeroflot – Russia, Architect Builder – India, Architecture and Culture – Korea, Architecture Design Art – Pakistan, Architektura Murator – Poland, AT Architecture Technique – China, Archiworld – South Korea AWM – The Netherlands, Azure – Canada, B-1 – Thailand,Bauwelt – Germany, Blueprint – United Kingdom, BusinessWeek – USA, C3 – Korea, CAAOH – Ukraine, Casamica – Italy, Casas y Mas – Mexico, Concept – South Korea, Courier Mail – Australia, Discover Magazine – USA, Donga – South Korea, Enlace – Mexico, Focus – Canada/Italy, Future Arquitecturas – Spain, Geolino Extra – Germany, Grazia Casa – Italy, Kijk – The Netherlands, L’Installatore Italiano – Italy, L’Arca – Italy, L’Uomo Vogue – Italy, La Razon – Spain,  Le Courier de l’ Architecte – France, Le Fourquet – Mexico, Mark Magazine – The Netherlands, Maxim – USA, Mercedes Benz Magazine – Germany, Mladina – Slovenia, Modulo – Italy, Modulor – Switzerland, NAN – Spain, Natur + Kosmos – Germany, New Scientist – United Kingdom, Oculus – USA, Of Arch – Italy, Pasajes de Arquitectura – Spain, Peak Magazine – Singapore, Popular Mechanics – USA/Russia, Popular Science – USA, Puls Biznesu – Poland, Quo– China/Spain, Rogue Magazine – Philippines, RUM – Sweden, Salt Magazine – The Netherlands, Science et Vie – France, Sciences et Avenir – France, Shanghai Morning Post – China, Space – South Korea,  Spade – Canada,  Spazio Casa – Italy, Specifier Magazine – Australia, SMW Magazine – Taiwan, Stafette – Germany,  Tall Buildings – Russia, Tatlin – Russia, The Broker – The Netherlands,The Outlook Magazine – China, The New York Times – USA, The Wall Street Journal – USA, Time Style and Design – USA, Travel and Leisure – USA, Vida Simples Magazine – Brazil, Vogue - Australia, USA, Vox Design – Poland, Wettbewerbe Aktuell – Germany, Wired – USA/Italy, Woongjin – Korea, World Architecture – China

To commemorate the 9th Annual Skyscraper Competition, eVolo is publishing the Limited Edition Book "eVolo Skyscrapers 2" which is the follow-up to its highly acclaimed book “eVolo Skyscrapers”. The 628-page book examines 150 projects received during the last years of the competition. Only 1000 copies are available worldwide.

-> EVOLO SKYSCRAPERS 2 - Limited Edition Book

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