ACARA 2023

The 12th Asian Contest of Architectural Rookie's Award
The 12th Asian Contest of Architectural Rookies Award

AUA will plan to hold the 12th ACARA for all students who are studying architecture design in Asia, aiming to provide high-quality education in architecture by stimulating a creative will and a competitive spirit of goodwill.
It will be a good opportunity to bring out your potential ability and to improve your ability of architectural design.


The network of life consists of many loops, big and small, all the information and materials are circulated, exchanged in these loops. When everything is connected through these loops, the need for resources and waste are diminished; all the raw materials are assembled into something and disassembled afterwards within the loop. This is the formula to life’s self-sustainability on this planet, and with limited resources for billions of years.

Architecture is also a network that uses materials from this planet and constructs built forms. These built forms should also be designed with a recyclable application: to deconstruct, disassemble, and reduced to its raw materials, to flow through the loop. A circular architecture embeds the principles of life’s loops in all of its functions, establishing a system that is regenerative and restorative by design. In such architecture, the idea of waste is eliminated, with assets maintained at their highest levels of utility at all times and the use of digital technologies as a vital process enabler. A circular architecture aims to generate prosperity and economic resilience for itself and its inhabitants, while decoupling valuable creation and the consumption of finite resources.


  1. The contest is open to architecture students at undergraduate level except for final-year students as of December 2023, enrolled in universities in Asian countries and regions.
  2. Entries must be works by assignment given or had been given in your university, or works submitted to contests accepted by AUA. You can use either an assignment in 2023 or an assignment in the past.
  3. Entries to the contest must be original works that have not been previously published or submitted to any other competitions.
  4. Entries must be individual works. Collective works are not allowed to submit.
  5. The official language of the contest is English.
  6. All entrants agree to allow the organizer to use their names and the images of their entries for the purpose of publication.