Aims of the Foundation

• To commemorate completed projects and buildings that never made it to the construction stage and to establish a corpus of data for future generations
• To encourage, support and carry out research
• To promote the development and application of recognised instruments for conducting architectural and engineering competitions
• To record all stages of competitions, from their preparatory phase to the completion of the constructed building.
• To create a network of institutions active in the same domain
• To open up existing public and private archives and collections and present their contents to the public or interested specialists
• To create a forum for exchanges between the parties interested in such information

Areas of activity

• To take care of documentation and establishment of an archive of architectural and engineering competitions and of the history of competition practices and the laws governing them
• To safeguard and process knowledge and make it accessible
• To open up and interconnect existing collections and archives
• To catalogue the literature and case studies
• To create a physical archive of selected documents (e.g. plans, reports and models)
• To create a virtual archive (database)
• To organise events, discussion forums and exhibitions relating to competitions

About the Foundation

• Founded on 1 March 2007
• Reports to the Swiss Federal Department of Home Affairs
• Listed in the Canton of Zurich's trade register

Sponsors and partners

Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects (SIA)
The Academic and Technical Associations' Publishing Group
The City of Zurich
The Principality of Liechtenstein
The Canton of Basel-City
The Departments of Architecture and Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich)
The EPFL School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC)
The Academy of Architecture, University of Lugano (USI)

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