The decision to engage in both local and international architectural design competitions is a statement of our commitment to excellent design and continued aspiration for producing competitive and progressive ideas.

While the process is very similar to the schematic design phase of a traditional project, competition work is unique in that the process incorporates programming that tends to be very open-ended and loosely defined, allowing for a proposal with distinctive ideas that aim to resolve issues of contemporary architecture with creative and innovative solutions.

Like schematic design, the first step in a competition is an extensive, initial phase of brainstorming and design-research, resulting in a number of concepts. These concepts then go through an in-house “competition” where options are eliminated or revised. The process is then repeated until into a final concept is selected.

The second and final step of competition work depends on the purpose of the competition – conceptual or functional. For conceptual-based competitions, the intent is to propose the most innovative idea with less emphasis on feasibility. In function-driven competitions, the architect engages in researching and experimenting with various solutions for performance, structure, materiality, and cost.

Competitions can be a very rewarding and challenging design experience. In the field of architecture, competition designs around the world often fuel the progress of ideas and construction in the field and explore new approaches to sustainable architecture. At 1Architecture, we aim to propose solutions that represent our design ethics of sustainability and minimal impact to the environment. Our Tulsa architects believe dedication to competition work expresses the commitment we have for discovering innovative techniques, solutions, and approaches, and exhibits our passion for great modern architecture.

Take a look at a couple of our competition designs, the 2015 London Energy Pavilion and our winning proposal for Low-Impact Development in Tulsa. Want to see more of our imaginative conceptual designs?