International essay competition Metaphysics in Architecture, 2023–24

International essay competition Metaphysics in Architecture, 2023–24
  • Type: open international single-stage ideas competition.
  • Registration fee: free.
  • Registration deadline: 31st December 2023.
  • Submission deadline: 20th January, 2024.
  • Winners announcement: 30th April 2024.
  • Awards: Certificates + Publications + Interviews.
  • Organizer: Archiol.
  • Official website/webpage: archiol.org/competitions/metaphysics-in-architecture-2023
  • Contacts: [email protected].

Theme and background

Metaphysics is a branch of philosophy that explores fundamental questions about the nature of reality, existence, and the relationship between mind and matter. While architecture is traditionally associated with the physical aspects of designing and constructing buildings, the integration of metaphysical principles within architectural discourse opens up a realm of possibilities for deeper meaning and enhanced human experiences. This essay competition invites participants to delve into the fascinating intersection of metaphysics and architecture, exploring how metaphysical concepts can shape the built environment and transcend the material world.
The objective of this essay competition is to encourage participants to critically analyze and creatively explore the incorporation of metaphysical principles in architecture. Participants should examine the theoretical foundations of metaphysics, identify relevant concepts, and propose innovative ways in which these concepts can be applied in architectural design and practice. The aim is to showcase the transformative potential of metaphysics in shaping the architectural landscape and enhancing the well-being of individuals and communities.
Essay Guidelines:
  • 1. Introduction:
    • Provide an overview of metaphysics and its relevance to architectural discourse.
    • Define the key metaphysical concepts that will be explored in the essay.
  • 2. Theoretical Exploration:
    • Explore prominent metaphysical principles, such as idealism, materialism, dualism, or phenomenology, and their implications for architecture.
    • Analyze how these metaphysical perspectives challenge or complement traditional architectural theories and practices.
    • Discuss the potential benefits and limitations of incorporating metaphysical ideas in architectural design and experience.
  • 3. Application in Architectural Design:
    • Propose innovative ways in which metaphysical concepts can inform architectural design, spatial organization, and material selection.
    • Explore the use of symbolism, sacred geometry, or spiritual elements in architecture to create meaningful and transcendent spaces.
    • Consider how metaphysical principles can influence the relationship between humans, their built environment, and the natural world.
  • 4. Social and Cultural Impact:
    • Discuss the potential impact of metaphysical architecture on individuals, communities, and society at large.
    • Examine how metaphysical principles can contribute to human well-being, mindfulness, and a sense of connection with the environment.
    • Explore the role of metaphysical architecture in fostering cultural identity, spirituality, and social cohesion.
  • 5. Case Studies:
    • Include relevant case studies that exemplify the integration of metaphysics in architectural design and practice.
    • Analyze the success and challenges faced by these projects, and draw lessons that can guide future architectural endeavors.
  • 6. Conclusion:
    • Summarize the key arguments and insights presented in the essay.
    • Highlight the transformative potential of metaphysics in architecture.
    • Propose future directions for research and application of metaphysical principles in architectural design.


This competition is open to all.
You can participate individually or as a team (Maximum 4 members in a team).


Winners (X3): Certificate of achievement + Publication + Interview
Honourable mentions (X3): Certificates + Publication
Shortlisted entries (X10): Certificates


The members of the jury have not been announced at the time of this publication.


Registration deadline:  31st December 2023
Submission Starts:  1st December 2023
Submission Ends: 20th January 2024
Result Announcement: 30th April 2024

Registration & Submission

Submission Guidelines:
  • Essays should be written in English and be between 2,500 and 3,500 words in length.
  • Submissions must be original work and properly cited using a recognized referencing style (e.g., APA, MLA).
  • Essays  should  be  submitted  in  a  PDF  format,  with  a  cover  page  containing  the  participant's  name,  contact information, and a short biography.
  • Submissions must be sent to the designated email address by the specified deadline.
Submission Requirements:
  • An image representing your essay – jpg/jpeg format – (45x45cm)
  • Design description with a title– docx. / docs. Format
Email your submission to the details mentioned below:


Evaluation Criteria:
  • Depth of understanding and critical analysis of metaphysical concepts.
  • Creativity and originality in proposing innovative applications in architectural design.
  • Clarity and coherence of arguments presented.
  • Engagement with relevant theoretical and practical examples.
  • Overall quality of writing and presentation.



Intellectual property

The ownership of copyright in the work of all submissions will be in accordance with the Copyright and Patent Act 1988, which implies the copyright rests with the author.
No Participants or participants shall receive or be entitled to receive any payment in any form for submissions or for granting Archiol competitions any right herein, other than for being selected as one of the winning the competition entries.
Subject to any limitation herein, any design, drawings accompanying any entry or submission remains the property of the Participant and may be used for its or their own purpose. Archiol competitions shall treat an entry or submission as being eligible to enter the Competition under Indian Copyright law.
By entering the Archiol competitions competition participants agree on the sharing their entry for making the publication based on the competition results.

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