Tamayouz Excellence Award


Tamayouz Excllenece Award launched the new cycle of the Rifat Chadirji Prize, established in 2017 as part of the Tamayouz Excellence Award program of championing and celebrating the best of architecture worldwide. The prize is named after Dr Rifat Chadirji, the great Iraqi Architect whose influence and importance is far beyond built work.
The Rifat Chadirji Prize is a thematic international prize focuses on proposing designs responding to local challenges. The prize aims to introduce local challenges to the world and invite them to submit their ideas and to establish an uncompromising open source of ideas tackling social issues through design. For the first time, the subject of the competition is outside Iraq, responding to a different type of challenge.

​This year’s competition subject is “Barjeel Museum for modern Arab art in Sharjah – UAE”.
Competition Brief can be found HERE

This is a single stage ideas competition, this year participants are asked to design an architectural and cultural landmark that hosts the Barjeel collection and represents modern art, architecture and design in the Arab world.

The Founder of Barjeel Art Foundation, Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi said: “The idea of establishing a building to house the Barjeel collection is something I have been considering for the past decade. I started collecting art in 2002 with the intention of making the works available to the public in one way or another.”

Ahmed Al-Mallak, Founding Director of Tamayouz Excellence Award said: “We are delighted to launch the 3rd cycle of the Rifat Chadirji Prize, which in a very short time has become the Middle East’s most prestigious and sought after architectural ideas competition. We look forward to receiving some outstanding entries for the Barjeel Museum.”

Architects, students, engineers and designers are invited to participate in this prize. Participation can be on an individual or team basis (maximum of four team members). We encourage the participation of multidisciplinary teams.

​For more information on this prize please visit the Rifat Chadirji website

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