the Marker Design Challenge "A dedicated recognition of women in architecture!"

Women in architecture are often overlooked for their invaluable contributions to design, structures, and cities. For this competition Bee Breeders is partnering with the Association for Women in Architecture + Design to create a commemorative marker for the important role played by female architects and designers.

The Marker Design Challenge "A dedicated recognition of women in architecture!" competition tasks its participants with designing a physical marker that will be placed next to a structure or landscape of their choice that was designed by a woman, anywhere in the world. The marker can come in any form - as a plaque, monument, mural, sculpture, symbol, piece of street art, or even physically embedded in a cornerstone.

The purpose of the marker is to express an element of design identity that is not visible, that adds context to the structure and is a testimony to the impact and influence of the chosen female designer. It should be linked to the history of women in architecture and have the potential to inspire others and enrich the community in which it’s placed. The marker would need to be highly versatile and function in any climate and any season.

Participants have total creative freedom and must propose which public environment in which city they feel would benefit most from their markers’ designs.

By adding women’s names to their own monuments, participants in the Marker Design Challenge "A dedicated recognition of women in architecture!" competition will be taking an active role in preserving legacies and revising the cultural record of women working in the built environment professions.

Competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum). Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English; All information submitted by participants must be in English.


3 winning proposals, 2 special award recipients and 6 honourable mentions will be selected. Bee Breeders will award a total of 6,000 € in prize money to competition winners as follows:

1st Prize - 3,000 €

2nd Prize - 1,500 €

3rd Prize - 500 €

+ 6 honourable mentions

ARCHHIVE Student Award - 500 € + 50 € gift card at ARCHHIVE BOOKS

AAPPAREL Sustainability Award - 500 € + 50 € Gift Card


Early Bird Registration: DECEMBER 1 – DECEMBER 17

Advance Registration: DECEMBER 18 – FEBRUARY 4

Last Minute Registration: FEBRUARY 5 – MARCH 30

Final registration deadline: MARCH 30, 2022

Closing date for submission: APRIL 13, 2022 (11:59 p.m. GMT)

Announcement of the winners: MAY 13, 2022

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