DECODE and BORD Architectural Studio are organising an exhibition entitled DECODE for which it seeks applicants from the fields of architecture, visual arts and applied arts.

The aim of the exhibition is to demonstrate the thoughts or philosophical ideas and stories behind architectural and artistic projects that make them unique and valuable artefacts.

A professional jury comprising of prestigious artists and architects will select the materials to be exhibited and awarded. The total remuneration of DECODE in two categories (architecture and visual/applied art) altogether is a net sum of 800 000 HUF.

The date of exhibition comprising of the applications is 14-20 November 2019 in Faur Zsofi Gallery, Budapest. 

DECODE competition rules

The competition invites all Hungarians and foreigners who are aged 18-35 and have a degree from a Hungarian university or art school (or are still students, intern or scholarship holders in any of these institutions) in architecture or visual/applied art (designer, fine artist, artist, new media/video artist or photographer).  The organisers accept team applications as well and it is particularly appreciated if mixed teams apply. In the case of a mixed team (architects and artists) an application can only be entered in one category chosen by the team itself.

In order to take part in the competition applicants must register.

Applicants can register on decode@bordstudio.hu with the subject: „registration” until 18.10.2019. 

The registration email must include:

  • name of applicant(s)
  • birth date of applicant(s)
  • short professional CV
  • name of project
  • category (architecture or visual/applied art) 

The method of the digital uploading of the registered projects for the competition will be sent in email by the organiser. The registration email must not contain any questions.

Enquiries and questions about the competition must be sent in a separate email to the same address: decode@bordstudio.hu but this time the subject must be „enquiry”.

The deadline of sending in enquiries is 20.09. 2019.

Subject of DECODE Competition and the work to be submitted

The task of competitors is to present an own work that is built on the concept of a philosophical idea. How is a creation born? There is a given task or topic, in the case of architecture the location which is accompanied by an idea or inspiration that will build up a story. This story building up the concept will appear throughout the creative process the end result of which is a strong, unique artefact. Our task is to draw attention to the philosophical background of art and introduce that in a widely comprehensible way. Therefore the main element of the competition project is to present its concept.

Applicants can enter in two categories:

Architecture or visual and applied arts

The applications and videos of the previous competition can be found on the DECODE ARTHITECTURE YouTube Channel.

In the category of Architecture

competitors are expected to create a concept the result of which is an implemented or a non-implemented architectural work. The task is to make a presentation that focuses on the strong ideas behind the work that reflects on the location or function. In a way it makes the „story” widely comprehensible and we can even experience it as we are being shown around in the building. 

Applicants must hand in:

• the detailed presentation of the work that introduces the background story of the concept based on which the project was implemented or not implemented. Entry works must be handed in in the form of a single, maximum 3 minute, minimum 30 second long media file (mp4, avi, wmv. e.g.: saved from PowerPoint, wmv, pdf, Prezi, etc., any screen recorded media file) in HD quality (1280×720). The media file can contain a slideshow, animation, film, plan, photos, stop-motion, hand made or digital drawings or charts, subtitles, sound, music, narration, etc. The best entries will be projected at the DECODE exhibition, therefore this presentation must include all information necessary to understand the entry’s topic.

• The above presentation can be supplemented by a mock-up that must be delivered to the address of BORD Architectural Studio (1068 Budapest, Felso erdosor 3. III/22.) after the jury’s selection on a mutually convenient appointment.

In the category of Visual and Applied Arts

the task of applicants is to create an own artefact (or specific local project carried out on any building) that focuses on the „story” and is inspired by the atmosphere of any fictious, real, abstract or metaphorical place. The entry can be either a concept plan or a ready made artefact. 

Applicants must hand in:

• the presentation of the work that redefines the selected project’s story. The presentation must be a detailed elaboration on how a plot can transform into something new: a unique and irreproducible artefact. Entry works must be handed in in the form of a single, maximum  3 minute, minimum 30 second long media file (mp4, avi, wmv. e.g.: saved from PowerPoint, wmv, pdf, Prezi, etc., any screen recorded media file) in HD quality (1280×720). The media file can contain a slideshow, animation, film, plan, photos, stop-motion, hand made or digital drawings or charts, subtitles, sound, music, narration, etc. The best entries will be projected at the DECODE exhibition, therefore this presentation must include all information necessary to understand the entry’s topic. 

• The above presentation can be supplemented by an artefact that is not bigger than a 1m wide cube. In this case the artefact must be delivered to the address of BORD Architectural Studio (1068 Budapest, Felso erdosor 3. III/22.) after the jury’s selection on a mutually convenient appointment.

Prizing and exhibition of competition entries

The independent professional jury will shortlist the valid applications received by the deadline of 20. October. The jury will also select the applications that are to be exhibited so it also functions as a curator of the competition.

In the second round members of the jury will decide on the awarded works in each category from among the shortlisted applications. The exhibition material will comprise of the shortlisted entries and the projects of BORD and its two guest architectural studios. 

The jury will select maximum three entries in each category. 

Assessment criteria:

  • uniqueness of presented story and coherence with plan or artefact 
  • visual outlook of the presentation

The prize of DECODE competition in each category is:

1st prize: net 300.000 HUF,
2  “promising project” prizes worth net 50.000 HUF each

Winners of DECODE competition will be announced in Faur Zsofi Gallery (Budapest XI. Bartók Béla út 25.) at 6pm., 13.11.2019 at the representative opening of DECODE exhibition. The exhibition will be open to visit until 20.11.2019. 

Schedule of DECODE Competition and Exhibition

26. August Competition launch
20. September Handing in questions deadline
27. September Publishing answers for questions and enquiries
12PM, 18. October Registration deadline
12PM, 20. October Submittion deadline
13. November Exhibition opening, prize giving ceremony
14-20. November Exhibition in Faur Zsofi Gallery
21. November Owners are given back their works

Members of the professional jury of DECODE

  • Peter Bordas Architect
    Founder of BORD Architectural Studio, Head of Jury 
  • Dr. habil Levente Szabo DLA
    Budapest University of Technology and Economics,
    Department of Public Building Design 
  • Dr. habil Anthony Gall Phd
    Szent Istvan University, Ybl Miklos Faculty of Architecture
    and Civil Engineering
  • Janos Golda DLA
    Ybl-, Pro Architectura- and Príma- prize winner architect
  • Borbala Kalman
    Art Historian, Curator of Ludwig Museum 
  • Etentuk Inemesit
    Founder of Artlocator Application and Artlocator Magazine,
    Cultural Manager 
  • Dr. Krisztian Kukla
    Art Director of Leopold Bloom Foundation 

Rules of competition procedure

The competition is open, not confidential. No legal actions are accepted in the competition. Participants accept the decision of the jury with their participation. Applicants must keep the rules of the competition. Applications are to be prepared in English or Hungarian. By taking part in the competition the applicant declares that they own the copyrights of their work. The entries will remain the assets of applicants. Applicants agree that the competition entries are free to be photographed and published for publication purposes of DECODE in printed or online media.

Data protection

Applicants registering for DECODE competition accept and agree that the organisers will keep their data throughout the competition and use it only for communicating information connected to the competition. Organisers guarantee that personal data of competitors will be handled confidentially according to the European Parliament’s GDPR  679/2016A regulations. Applicants to the competition declare that with their registration they agree that they have read and accepted the terms and conditions of the competition.