Karin Dom - Children’s Center with a Social Impact International Architecture Competition for Schematic Design

The competition aims to find the most inspired, innovative and at the same time functional and appropriate project for a new building for Karin Dom, that will serve as a model for services for children with special needs and their families and will include a training center through which this model could be disseminated.

Category Project Competition / Open to Students
Type International, Project, Open, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Education
Country Varna, Bulgaria
RegDeadline 19 February 2020 GoogleCal iCal
19 February 2020 (via Online)
Eligibility All

Karin Dom Foundation is one of the first organizations in Bulgaria to create alternative to the institutions model for services and care for children with special needs and their families. It was established in 1994 by the diplomat Ivan Stancioff, who attracted and inspired donors and specialists in order to prove that there are not “uneducable” children.
Currently, Karin Dom is an organization with a leading role in provision of services for children with special needs and their families that introduces in its practice and disseminates through trainings evidence-based, effective approaches to work. The organization believes that every child deserves the right to a happy childhood and unites for its cause community in order to make it happen.
All of Karin Dom’s activities have been brought together under the roof of the former villa of the Stancioff family built in 1908, which does not meet the needs of the organization to develop its services and trainings.
For that reason in 2019 Varna Municipal Council decided to donate a plot to Karin Dom with the purpose of construction of a new building. Funding for this new building is provided by the Velux Foundations.

Chairman of Karin Dom Foundation with considerable experience in managing Bulgarian and international child protection networks.
Executive director of Karin Dom Foundation, international consultant and lecturer on the topics of social innovations and active citizenship.
Chief Architect of the city of Varna; with experience at the same position in the municipalities of Bjala and Balchik, and the Varna’s region ‘Asparuhovo”.
Vice-Chairman of the Chamber of Architects in Bulgaria - Varna. Co-founder of E-Arch Studio, who have designed a number of residential and public buildings in Varna and the region.
Chairman of Bulgarian Green Building Council and co-founder of Triple Green Building Group. Sustainability consultant for LEED, BREAM, DGNB and EDGE.
Founder and CEO of 7561 architects, co-founder of architecture and design studio dontDIY, co-founder of furniture brand almost. In his years of practice. Won several awards while his projects have been published across the globe in media such as Wallpaper*, Frame, dezeen, A10 and Bravacasa.
Architect, architecture critic, publicist and educator. Co-founder of WhAT Association - a multidisciplinary architecture and design organization.
Associate at E2A Piet Eckert und Wim Eckert Architekten, Zürich. Winner of the RIBA AWARD FOR INTERNATIONAL EXCELLENCE 2018. Co-founder of FEAT.collective (www.feat-collective.net) Member of the `German National Academic Foundation`
JURY MEMBER to be announced

First prize – EUR 5,000 + contract + publications
Second prize – EUR 3,000 + publications
Third prize – EUR2,000 + publications
The first-ranked participant will be invited to sign an agreement for development of a technical and working investment project and author’s supervision for the new building in the amount of EUR 100,000.

Entry Fee

Work of the jury and announcement of competition results: 29 February 2020 - 4 March 2020

Karin Dom Foundation, with the support of VELUX Foundations, Varna Municipality, the Chamber of Architects and the Union of Architects in Bulgaria

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