The Premise

India is a land of festivities. We are diverse in our culture, language, practices, beliefs and celebrations. There are festivals that are locally rooted to the context, community of people and geographical location and also there are festivals that are common across the country, yet celebrated in a different manner at various places.

Festivals have been an intangible means of communicating religious beliefs, thereby sustain ancestral practises and convey messages that enhance living conditions within a society. They are also meant to take a break from the routine, to interact with others, to heighten emotional bonding, and thereby build memories to cherish upon.

Festivals can be seen happening at various scales; while Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in many gully’s across the country… festivals like Rann, Hornbill, and Pushkar Mela etc., are bound to that geographical locations. Depending on the estimated crowd which gathers during these festivities there are temporary shelters that are set up for providing certain facilities or for conducting activities. While most of the times these shelters are not designed by ones who have formal education, they are result of tested, tried and efficient methods of construction.

The Overview

The Opportunity

While the temporary spaces created during festivities have a ‘local’ touch to them, they are also getting transformed with the available resources and technological advancements. So, keeping in mind the historic, cultural, religious importance of the place, people and the festival and also utilising sensible materials and technology; how would one design the shelter that translates space into a place for a temporary time? How one could add value, enhance the ambience- image of the city; look at safety aspects, economical solutions, time for construction and yet evoke the emotions through spatial experiences.

The Challenge

The design challenge here is design temporary spaces for a specific festivity, for a particular location and context. It involves understanding the historic relevance of the festival, the symbolic meanings, the purpose, time constraints, locally available materials, climatological considerations, technological advancements and also that has mere or no impact on the ecosystem. The space chosen could be for any of the festivity and could be at any scale, irrespective of the number of people who congregate. It could be for any facility that can be used during the festivity. It shouldn’t be a design that is already in practice, but it could be inspired from that or modified considering various aspects.

Judging Parameters

  • Context response : Does the Design Proposal address the issues prevalent on Site? Concern about Cultural Heritage and Symbolic nature of spaces
  • Concept : How creative is the solution proposed? Establishing relationships of historic relevance to present technological advances
  • Practicality : Are the proposed Design ideas practical and can make a social impact? Environmental implications of the proposed design
  • Functionality : Can the Proposal be appreciated by a broad audience and brought to reality?
  • Representation : Quality of Drawings, Presentation skills and completeness

Checklist for Submission

A maximum of 4- A2 sheets in digital format in 300 DPI (PDF and JPEG) that should include Architectural Drawings required to explain the scheme and Design. It is left to the participant’s discretion to decide on the content of the submission which could include all or any few of the following.

  • Concept
  • Context and Site Plan
  • Floor Plans/ Elevation / Sections
  • Views or Perspectives
  • Details mentioning materials to be used for construction
  • Cover Image of size 1500 x 600 pixels (is compulsory)

Submission Criteria

  • 1. The following rules are to be followed while making the submissions
  • 2. Submit within the last date mentioned, delayed submissions will not be accepted.
  • 3. Submit maximum of 4 sheets of A2 size with the mentioned requirements.
  • 4. Including Name or any other Mark of Identification on Sheets is not permitted; the Unique Identification Number provided during registration should be mentioned on the sheets.
  • 5. Contacting JURORS or organizing Committee to influence judgement or recommendation will be disqualified from the Competition.

Registration and Key Dates

  • Competition Start Date: 27th March 2019
  • Early Bird Registration starts: 27th March 2019
  • Early Bird Registration ends: 15 th April 2019
  • Regular Registration starts: 16th April 2019
  • Regular Registration ends: 26th May 2019
  • Late Registration starts: 11th June 2019
  • Late Registration ends: 31st July 2019
  • Results Announcement: 19th August 2019

Registration Fees

For Students

  • Early Bird Registration: INR 350/-
  • Regular Registration: INR 500/-
  • Late Registration: INR 750/-

For Professionals

  • Early Bird Registration: INR 1350/-
  • Regular Registration: INR 1500/-
  • Late Registration: INR 1750/-


  • 1st Prize: INR 50,000/- and Certificate of Achievement
  • 2nd Prize: INR 25,000/- each (2 winners) + Certificate of Achievement
  • 3rd Prize: INR 10,000/- each (3 winners) + Certificate of Achievement
  • 10 Honourable Mentions: Certificate of Achievement



Ar. Diwakar Chintala

Practising Architect

Chintala Studio

Bangalore, India

Skills & Expertise

Diwakar has over 25 years of experience in a range of complex building types including super-tall, high-rise, commercial, institutional, residential and low-cost housing in the United States, China, Middle East & India.

With the belief that "simple and honest" design is the answer to the many complex challenges we face, over the past 24 years, Diwakar has designed projects in the United States, the Middle-East, China and India. His design process at Studio Chintala, his design practice in Bangalore involves challenging preconceived notions about buildings and typologies and starting with a “clean-slate” and developing concepts based on logic, context and the aspirations of the users. "Style and aesthetics" are purely a consequence of this creative process.

From designing high-rise buildings such as the second tallest building in the world, to developing the $1,500 House, his work has acknowledged the impact of the built-environment on human behaviour often offering a minimalist approach to design. Diwakar work spans designs for several products, a furniture line, graphic design, video documentaries and User Experience.


Ar. Sjoerd Krijnen

Dutch Architect

Practising in Berlin, Germany and Researcherat Animalesque team


Skills & Expertise

Sjoerd Krijnen is a Dutch architect and teacher with working experience in the Netherlands, India and Germany. He obtained his Master-diploma in Architecture at Delft Technical University. In the Netherlands he worked at ZJA (2002 – 2006) and AAENP (2007-2014) on the design and realisation of buildings and structures that are deeply connected to the Dutch land- and waterscapes, like pump houses, public transport hubs and highway master planning.

From 2014 till 2017 he lived and worked in India, working in the Design and Research Cell of RSP Design Consultants in Bangalore, and teaching and advising at an Institute of Architecture in Mangalore. Currently he lives in Berlin, Germany where he practices as an architect and is involved in the AA School (London) driven Animalesque programme as a teacher and researcher, focusing on design as a tool for better integration of wildlife in the urban environment.


Ar. Sagara Jayasinghe

Faculty member

Department of Integrated Design

University of Moratuwa SriLanka

Skills & Expertise

Ar. Sagara Jayasinghe obtained his undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in architecture from the University of Moratuwa in 1996 and 2000 respectively. At present, he is a faculty member of the Department of Integrated Design, University of Moratuwa.

With the He believes in practicing what he advocates in his approach to teaching and learning expedition in Architecture and Design while enjoying what he does. Sagara is a Fellow of the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects (SLIA) and a long-standing member of SLIA’s Board of the Architectural Publications and many other committees. He was elected as a member of the council of the SLIA for the sessions 2017-18 and 2018-19.

Sagara’s innate passion for Art, Architecture and Archaeology has pronounced him to be an active member of The Catholic National Commission for Liturgy and Culture and The Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka (RASSL). He also serves in the capacity of Joint Secretary to the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) Sri Lanka.


  • There are two categories to enter the competition: Students and Professionals. The age group eligible for both the categories is between 18-35 years.
  • A maximum of 4 members per team with at least 1 member from Architecture field is compulsory.
  • Participants are free to submit multiple entries but each entry needs to be registered separately.
  • All student participants will have to present valid ID from their Institutions, failing which they shall be disqualified. Teams with even one professional participant will be categorized under professional team.
  • Plagiarism in any form will be examined by competition management team, and may lead to disqualification and plagiarised content shall be publicly declared on web portal.
  • Employees of Acharya Institutes/ Jury Member/ Curator or anyone who is related to them are not allowed to take part in the competition.
  • The competition is open to everyone else of all nationalities. Acharya Institutes reserve the right to modify the schedule of the competition.


  • How to register ?
  • Please make the payment to the bank account details provided through NEFT Transaction and send the screen shot to harshithagraju@acharya.ac.in. Once this is done you shall shortly receive a unique registration ID.

  • How much is the payment for a team?
  • The early bird registration for the whole team is Rs 350 and not for each individual. Consecutively the registration amount is Rs 500 and Rs 750 for regular and late registration again for the whole team.

  • I have made multiple payments, will I get refund?
  • Yes, please be assured that the refund will be initiated within 10 to 15 working days post 22nd April 2019.

  • Can all festivals be considered for the competition?
  • Yes, Any festival celebrated in India irrespective of the number of days and the scale of the event can be chosen. the activity for which the space is designed can be of your choice.

  • When is the early bird registration ending?
  • 22nd April, 2019 is the last date for early bird registration.

  • Where can I get updates about the competition?
  • Please keep checking this web page and our face book page https://www.facebook.com/acharyarchitecture

How to Submit

  • All the submission requirements which includes pdfs and jpegs are to be mailed to "submissionstsdfoi@acharya.ac.in"
  • Add the participant names in the content of email ( do not mention your names on the submissions, only the reference number given by us has to be present)
  • In the subject please write your reference number.
  • If the file size is heavy you send it partially in multiple mails or use google drive and share it .
  • Follow the deadlines as mentioned on the website.


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