Open Agenda is an annual competition aimed at supporting a new generation of experimental architecture. Open to recent graduates, Open Agenda is focused on developing the possibilities of design research in architecture and the built environment.

This national competition is intentionally broad in its scope, and dedicated to fostering new discussions on architecture in the public realm. An initiative of the School of Architecture at UTS, past winners have been graduates from Australian and New Zealand universities including, Sydney University, RMIT, Canberra University, UTS and Victoria University in Wellington, exploring a broad range of topics relevant to current Architecture discourse in Australia.

Credit: Lucy Warnock, Exhibition Model Detail


OPEN AGENDA 2014 Exhibition Opening Invitation


31st of October


Level 3 Central Event Space, Central Park Sydney, 28 Broadway, Chippendale

All welcome.

The Opportunity
Open Agenda will award seed funding to three exceptional design research proposals that explore new positions in architecture for critical consideration.

We are looking for text and graphic based proposals that seek to develop research through architectural design. Proposals will be evaluated on the strength of their research topic, their innovative approach to design as research, design quality and their potential for development as a public exhibition, lecture and publication. Proposals that explore new forms of media and communication in this context are welcome.

Graduates from a professional Australian or New Zealand degree in architecture in the last ten years (including and after 2004) are invited to submit a proposal. The Open Agenda competition registration form and proposal cover sheet can be downloaded here.

The Reward
Three proposals will be awarded seed funding of $2000 to be spent on the development of their research proposal towards a publication and a public exhibition.

Terms and Conditions
Click here for full details, terms, and conditions.


Submission Requirements
1. Registration for competition and $50 fee by 25 July 2014, download here
2. Max 10 x A4 page illustrated proposal as a PDF (file size not to exceed 5MB) by 27 July 2014 with cover sheet

Registration Form and Cover Sheet

Monday May 26
Competition launch

Friday July 25
Registration Due

Sunday July 27
Competition Closes

Tuesday July 29

Friday August 1
Announcement of winners. Open Agenda 2013 Book Launch

Friday October 31 - Tuesday November 4
Open Agenda Exhibition

Sydney Architecture Festival Opening

Anthony Burke, UTS Architecture

Competition Co-ordinator
Rebecca Thomas

Advisory Panel
Craig Allchin, Six Degrees
Andrew Benjamin, Monash University
David Burns, UTS Photography and Situated Media
Pia Ednie-Brown, RMIT
Richard Goodwin, UNSW COFA
Adrian Lahoud, Course Director Urban Design, Bartlett UCL
Michael Holt, editor Architectural Review Asia Pacific
Nicolas de Monchaux, UC Berkeley
Bob Perry, Director, Scott Carver
Diego Ramirez-Lovering, Monash University
Professor Charles Rice, Head of School, School of Art & Design History, Kingston University
Marisa Yiu



Media Partner

2014 Winning Proposals
De-mechanized City - Regeneration as Type
Andrew Brett, Will Harvey-Jones, I-Wen Kuo, Benjamin Sheehan (as part of the design collective RIDe (Research In Design))
Urban Imaginaries: Centres for Resource Extraction
Briallen Roberts
Photography Credit: Tabby Kinder
Tōhoku Tabula Rasa
Andrew Brett, Will Harvey-Jones, I-Wen Kuo
Kali Marnane, Yohei Omura, Benjamin Sheehan (as part of the design collective RIDe (Research In Design))
2013 Winning Proposals
A () Holey Territory
Samaneh Moafi
Architectural Espionage and the Superpanopticon
Lucy Warnock
Refreshment Service (Self Obliterating Architecture)
David Neustein
Image credit : Kasia Werstak
The following projects were given an honourable mention - DeMechanised City from I-Wen Kuo, Andrew Bret, William Harvey-Jones and Benjamin Sheehan and After Mining : What happens next? from Langzi Chiu and Vesna Trobec
2012 Winning Proposals
The encounterculture
Timothy Moore, Jono Brener, Qianyi Lim, Amelia Borg, Nicholas Braun, Alan Ting, Jane Caught, Jessica Brent
Atmospheres of  Architecture
Robert Beson
Bizarre Locations
Tina Salama
The following projects were given an honourable mention - The Acephalous Mouth from Samaneh Moafi and 8 bit lequeu from Jessica In and Gwyllim Jahn.
2011 Winning Proposals
Potential Futures for Architectural Practice
Rory Hyde (RMIT, 2005)
The Cars that Drank Lake Eyre
Nick Sargent and Mark Leong (Victoria University, Wellington 2005)
Greater Western Sydney Special Economic Zone
Daniel Fink (USYD, 2009)

The following projects were given an honourable mention - Vernacular Differentiation from Dirk Anderson, Eduardo de Oliveira Barata and Tim Manning, Flanuer's Delerium from Sebastian Hamilton and Barrington Gohns and Cell to Surface from Shayani Fernando and Miruna Sladescu
2010 Winning Proposals
architecture drawing
Byron Kinnaird and Barnaby Bennett (Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand graduates)
(in)human habitat
James Gardiner (UTS/RMIT graduate)
David Pigram and Iain Maxwell (University of Canberra/AA/GSAPP graduates)