Success! for Romanian architects in Holcim Awards international competition for sustainable constructions

7 Februarie 2012


Registrations in the International Holcim Awards competition - which is rewarded with 2 million dollar prizes and has the most distingue purpose to promote sustainable constructions - will be open until February 29th, 2008. The competition encourages the architecture and constructions ideas which go beyond the conventional limits and represent a challenge to sustainability.

Holcim Awards competition is open for all those involved in domains like constructions and has projects in interfacing domains - architects, designers, engineers or project owners. All the construction plans are eligible to enter in competition if construction did not begin before 1st June, 2007. A very important section of the competition is dedicated to young talents from targeted domains and is open to students and young architect's visions and ideas.

"Sustainability represents caring for our future, for what we leave as legacy to next generations. It is very important that what we build today, all we realize today - either we talk about building a house, a factory, a street, a playground - all of these will influence our future in a positive way and is crucial to have a long-term perspective", Markus Wirth, Holcim (Romania) General Manager said.

Because on global level is one of the first promoters of sustainability concept, Holcim contributed in Romania too with promotion of the concept through international contest for sustainable constructions and has sustained students and architects which also sustain sustainability concept. Architects and architecture and constructions students received the most important resource - the information - through Dealu Frumos preparation camp and the road-show organized last autumn in the most important university campuses from Romania - Timisoara, Oradea, Cluj, Iasi.

"We are very proud that we discovered in Romania professionals and students in architecture and constructions, which think the same way we do and sent their applications to Holcim Awards, with works that demonstrate their preoccupation for sustainable constructions, which protect our future, and the future of all. Same as they, we are excited and hoping that the work they have in contest will attract jury's attention. We wish them and to us also that in Romania will arrive al least a Holcim Awards trophy" , Markus Wirth, General Manager of Holcim (Romania) said.

The Holcim Awards competition represents an extraordinary opportunity for Romanian Architects, which in this way have the occasion to expose their projects to the attention a an international jury, represented by architects with a wide experience, recognized in the entire world. Competition could represent as much for Romanian students in architecture and constructions, taking in account that Holcim Awards is sustained by the most prestigious universities in the entire world, where are faculties for constructions and architecture.

"OECD estimates that constructions are responsible for over 40% of energy consumption in developed countries - and this demonstrates that sustainable constructions perspective represents an long term alternative, economically, socially and environmentally speaking", Dr. Hans Rudolf Schalcher, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) professor of engineering, and Head of the competition's Technical Committee, explaining that sustainable construction is a critical part of addressing climate change. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) professor of engineering, and Head of the competition's Technical Committee, Dr Hans-Rudolf Schalcher explained that sustainable construction is a critical part of addressing climate change. "The OECD estimates that buildings account for more than forty percent of energy consumption in developed countries - making sustainable buildings a cornerstone for securing long-term environmental, economic and social viability", he said.

All those interested can find on the Internet a step-by-step guide to entering the competition which is available for download in eight languages - covering the conditions of entry, adjudication process and tips on completing the online entry form. Entries are submitted using a web-based form at in English only.

Measuring up to target issues for sustainable construction
Submissions in the Awards competition are evaluated by independent juries using a five-point definition of sustainable construction. The 'target issues' serve to compare each submission and cover environmental, social, and economic performance. One target issue applies specifically to building and a further target issue recognizes the need for quantum change and transferable approaches.

Jury panels of international experts
The juries will be headed by internationally-renowned architects and academics: Harry Gugger, Professor of Architecture, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL), Switzerland (region of Europe), Adèle Naudé Santos, Dean of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA (North America), José Luis Cortés, Dean of Architecture, Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA), Mexico (Latin America), Joe Addo, architect, Ghana (Africa Middle East), and Ashok B Lall, architect, India (Asia Pacific). Charles Correa, architect, India, will chair the jury of the global Holcim Awards competition. A full list of members of each jury and comprehensive information on participating in the competition is available at

The results of the competition will be announced in five regional ceremonies in late 2008 in Madrid, Montréal, Mexico City, Marrakech and New Delhi. Winners of the gold, silver and bronze awards from each of the five geographic regions will then progress to the global Holcim Awards in 2009.

Supported by world-renowned technical universities
To carry out the competition the Holcim Foundation works closely with leading technical universities: the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), Switzerland; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, USA; Tongji University in Shanghai, China ; Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA) in Mexico City, Mexico; and the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Universidad de Sao Paulo, Brazil, is an associated university of the Holcim Foundation.

Progress in sustainable construction
The previous Holcim Awards competition in 2005/06 attracted more than 3,000 submissions from 120 countries. Construction of many of the prize-winning projects has progressed. Details about all 46 prize-winning projects and the Holcim Foundation are available at

The Holcim Awards competition is an initiative of the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, which is supported by Holcim Ltd but is independent of its commercial interests. Holcim Ltd is one of the world's leading suppliers of cement and aggregates (crushed stone, sand and gravel) as well as downstream activities such as ready-mix concrete and asphalt including services. The Holcim Group holds majority and minority interests in more than 70 countries on all continents.

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