Guidelines for applicants


Freeing Architecture



The First Prize(1Award):¥2,000,000 and Certificate of Merit
The Second Prize(2Award):¥500,000 and Certificate of Merit
The Third Prize(3Award):¥100,000 and Certificate of Merit
Commendations(Several awards):Certificates of Merit and prize gift


Eligibility of entry

  1. International Entries are welcomed!
  2. Applicants must be under-graduate or post-graduate students at universities or at tertiary institutions (as on September 11, 2015).Tertiary institutions include: junior colleges, colleges of technology, and other relevant vocational schools.
  3. If selected at the initial private jury, which will be held at Shelter's HQ offices, applicant must be available to participate in an open presentation (the final jury) to be held in Tokyo on  November 28, 2015 (Saturday).

※Participants at the open-jury presentation must prepare one A1 sheet presentation board.  
※Transportation and accommodation costs will be paid for one person per entry.



  • Print out the reply email that you receive from the competition office, and glue it to the back of your submission, in the bottom right-hand corner. Write your entry number on the front side of your submission, in the top right-hand corner.
    Diagram showing how to affix entry form and entry number to submission.
  • One A2 sized sheet of paper(594mm×420mm), portrait or landscape. (Please do not mount on rigid panel.)
  • Explanatory texts should be included on the sheet, and can be in Japanese or in English. The types of illustrations and the scale of drawings are to be decided by the entrants. Submitted work must be original, and must not have been published previously.

※We REQUIRE that all submissions by physical, and sent to us by mail or courier.
※We DO NOT accept digital submissions sent by email.
※Submissions can be sent rolled, but must not be folded.
※Submissions will not be returned.


Submission period

Works must be received at Shelter Design Competition Office no later than September 11.
Due to the large number of applicants, we are unable to individually notify each applicant that we have received their submission.
Confirmation of receipt and the required time for delivery is the responsibility of the individual applicant.


Submission address

The Shelter Student Architectural Design Competition Office.
Shelter Co., Ltd., 5-13-15 Shiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan 1080014

Phone +81-(0)3 5418 8800
※Enquiry via email only

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