Essay: You Win Some, You Lose Most

Why Architects Love Competitions.
The essay was first published in india: unbuilt architecture Vol 1.0

In the last twenty years of practice, our firm ABRD Architects has kept busy primarily by competitions – often by winning, but mostly by losing them. Competitions have always fired our imagination – using the opportunity to delve into design charettes. We typically explore divergent options with the intent to question and go beyond the design brief.

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Essay: You Win Some, You Lose Most

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