Beta Competition 2020 has its own site – competition.betacity.eu

You can check out the submitted projects HERE.

Beta Competition 2020 is one of the main pillars of Timișoara Architecture Biennial Beta, together with the main exhibition of the curators and the “Privește Orașul” project.

Beta sums up a series of actions, projects, events and exhibitions, all structured based on 3 main categories: Education, Profession, City.

Beta Competition 2020 represents the main event of the “Profession” category, which supports and promotes quality architecture in all of its forms and manifestations, being conceived as a relational interface both within the profession, and between the profession and the socio-cultural environment in which it operates.

Beta Competition 2020 takes place from June 4th until October 25th and will have an euroregional nature, the competition being open to the 3 neighboring countries: Romania, Hungary and Serbia.

The organization of the competition in this format is based on the context similarities at the level of the 3 neighboring countries, encouraging participation at a larger scale and promoting by these means, the development of a multilateral dialogue about the future of this profession.

The competition is carried out with the help of the competition.betacity.eu platform, available in Romanian and English, including all the information regarding both the competition and exhibition sections of this event.

Beta Competition 2020 has three jury groups:

for categories 1-5: Vlad Sebastian Rusu, Maja Lalić, Péter Klobusovszki, Matevž Čelik and Diana Diana.

for category 6. Essay: Anna Puigjaner, René Boer and James Taylor-Foster.

for category 7. Photography: Laurian Ghinițoiu, Norbert Juhász and Relja Ivanić.

Architect, with a professional interest divided between researching and designing architecture and urbanism. His projects cover a wide range of programs and preoccupations, from architecture and restoration projects, to urban planning and urban design, his professional activity receiving recognition and award, both nationally and internationally. In parallel with the activity within his design office, he works as an university lecturer at the Cluj Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, where he is head of the Urbanism Department.

Maja Lalić is a Serbian architect and expert in gender equality and climate change. Described by The New York Times as Belgrade’s “most cutting-edge homegrown architect”, Lalić is also the founder and creative director of cultural organization Mikser and its signature projects, Mikser House and Mikser Festival fostering creative and local communities and their contribution to sustainable development and social innovation. As an urban designer educated at GSAPP, Columbia University in New York, Maja advocates for participatory urban practices and nature-based solutions in cities. She is frequently collaborating with United Nations agencies on projects connecting social inclusion with actions against climate change and circular economy. She is the initiator of the regional talent platform Young Balkan Designers, an activist of the international initiative Blue Green Solutions and a co-founder of Women Architects Association in Serbia. Under Maja’s leadership, Mikser’s community center Refugee Aid Miksaliste received European Citizenship Award 2016 for Social Campaign of the Year by European Civic Forum, as well as Contribution to Europe Award by European Movement International.

Architect, contributed to the design of several public buildings, interior designs and competitions as the owner of Klobusovszki Arhitecture Ltd. He won several architectural prizes in Hungary and Piranesi Award Mention abroad. He has been working as a full-time university lecturer and presently as an associate professor at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Department of Public Building Design. He got his doctoral degree in 2008. He is the author of several theoretical articles and book chapters. His interest focuses especially on contemporary Swiss-German architecture, and the relationship between public architecture, public space and public sphere. Photo courtesy of Ákos Polgárdi.

Matevž Čelik is an architect, writer, editor, researcher and cultural manager working in the fields of architecture and design. He is director of MAO, Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana, which under his leadership grew into a flagship national institution with international reach. He considers the understanding of new, hybrid roles of public cultural institutions as crucial for their management in the future. As developer of new cultural models in architecture and design, he co-founded Trajekt, the Institute for Spatial Culture in Ljubljana and Future Architecture, a pan-European platform for exchange and networking between architectural institutions and emerging talents. Matevž Čelik stands behind the repositioning of BIO Ljubljana, the oldest design biennial in Europe, which has been transformed from a standard design exhibition into a live experiment to explore the potentials of design to instigate positive change. He has designed a Center for Creativity project with which MAO took on a new role of facilitator in the Slovenian creative sector.

Diana is a qualified architect and a Certified Passivhaus Consultant. In 2011 Diana received a Distinction for her MSc in Environmental Design at the Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources, UCL. Before that, she had worked in Bucharest, Romania, in a number of high profile local practices and became increasingly interested in sustainable design and traditional building techniques, especially timber frame construction. Subsequently Diana worked with architects in London where she was involved in a number of low energy and Passive House/ EnerPHit projects, as well as Building Performance Evaluation studies. During the last 5 years Diana worked as Senior Project architect with Gluckman Smith in West London where she worked on a large number of design-led low energy new build and retrofits, including the Font House project (Leicestershire) which won a RIBA regional award, Conservation award, and also the RIBA regional Project Architect Award 2018. In 2019 Diana was a Sustainability consultant in the judging panel for RIBA Awards – London East. Currently Diana is leading the sustainability and regenerative design strategy at Haworth Tompkins architects in London, balancing practical in-house support/training, external advocacy and independent research.

Anna Puigjaner is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia GSAPP and Coordinator of the Core I Architecture Studios. Puigjaner unites theory and practice by combining academic, research, and editorial work with the professional activity of MAIO, an architectural office co-founded in Barcelona in 2012. MAIO collaborates with artists and practitioners from outside the field and has a particular interest in developing new models of collective housing. Recent projects include “110 Rooms”—a 22-unit innovative housing block in Barcelona—and a series of exhibition designs for the Milan Furniture Fair and the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, among others.

René Boer works as a curator, critic and researcher in the fields of architecture, urbanism, heritage and art. He is part of the Amsterdam-based Non-fiction collective, managing editor at Failed Architecture and involved in various urban social movements. He recently published ‘Architecture of Appropriation’ with Het Nieuwe Instituut, and curated the exhibition ‘The Right to Build’ at Amsterdam’s Architecture Center. Current projects include the formation of a network of ‘Grounded Urban Practices’ with the Cairo-based Cluster studio, and ‘Contemporary Commoning’, a new research collaboration with among others the Rietveld Academy and Waag Society.

James Taylor-Foster is a writer, editor and curator working in the fields of architecture, design, e-culture and technology. He is the curator of contemporary architecture and design at ArkDes, Sweden’s national centre for architecture and design, in Stockholm. Trained in architecture, he was formerly editor-at-large for ArchDaily. In 2016 he co-curated the Nordic Pavilion at the 15th Biennale Architettura di Venezia and in 2018 participated in the central exhibition at the 16th. Photo courtesy of Erica Lindberg

Laurian Ghinițoiu uses photography as an instrument to document the built environment. He graduated as an architect from Iași, Romania in 2010 and in 2014 he obtained a master’s degree at DIA, Dessau International Architecture. What began for Laurian as a curiosity, photography, became a lifestyle and an ongoing journey around the world through hard work and passion. This point of view helped him to understand the complexity of architecture at a global scale. The spontaneous encounters mark the start of a new series of photography projects which later will be materialized into publications and exhibitions. He obtained good results in international photography competitions in the last years. Recently, he won the Architectural Photography Award 2019. His photographies are published by the main magazines in the field, Phaidon, Domus, Taschen, El croquis, Wallpaper, Zeppelin and have been selected as covers for influential magazines such as Architectural Record, A+U. Amongst his collaborations, we can acknowledge David Chipperfield, OMA, BIG, Heatherwick Studio, SO_IL and also emerging studios such as Karamukkuo, SUO, Miolk.

I graduated as an architect from BME, Budapest in 2015. During my studies, I finished Camera Anima Open Academy’s photographic course, as I was getting more interested in architectural photography. Since then, besides my architectural projects, I work as an architectural photographer. I won a few awards, including the Hungarian Press Photo Competition’s 3rd prize in portrait stories category. My work has been published in numerous sites and magazines. I also teach photography from time to time.

Relja Ivanić (Belgrade, 1987-) is an architect by education, now an established architectural photographer. After graduating from the Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade, Relja and Kosta Mijić co-founded Super Prostor (www.superprostor.com), a platform for contemporary architecture in Serbia and SEE region. Apart from photographing for the most prominent architects in Serbia and the region, Relja also worked with many important names such as Microsoft, Price Waterhouse Cooper, Prostoria, Porcelanosa, Museum of contemporary arts in Belgrade and many other institutions and architectural associations.

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