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ARCHITECTURE competition 2021


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Last year, we held the first ‘Voen Foundation Architecture Competition which included over 100 contestants from around the world. We asked contestants to design floating housing solutions for communities-in-need, which was inspired by the Makoko Community. The various winners and submissions from the 2020 competition were not only incredible but also inspiring.

This year we would like to switch the theme of the competition to focus on the issue of plastic pollution which is an issue in various megacities, including Lagos.

Plastic pollution has been a growing issue for decades and there have been various solutions presented by different global actors and bodies such as governments and international organisations. As architects and urban designers, it is important for us to be involved in this process and Lagos is a city that has seen bleak and limited amounts of solutions that respond to the context of the city. This is what led us to this year’s competition theme.

For this year's edition of the Lagos Architecture Competition, you are asked to design creative architectural solutions to the problem of plastic pollution.

We are not going to limit the scale or type of architecture your design should represent. The only requirements are that your designs must aim to solve the issue of plastic pollution and must use Lagos, Nigeria as a context. Whether your design is a single house that makes efficient use of recycled or upcycled plastic, a masterplan for a community that engages in plastic recycling and uses it as their way of generating income or even an industrial building or masterplan that presents a creative way to combat plastic pollution.

Unlike the previous competition, Lagos: City of Water, your design does not need to have a relationship with water. The context can be any part of Lagos whether on land or water. It is also important for your design to engage with the local Lagos community and urban context and should not be a lone piece of architecture.


The top designs will not only address plastic pollution and the point mentioned above, but also take microplastic into account as well as the harmful fumes plastic can emit when exposed to heat.


The competition is open to students, recent graduates and young architects around the world.

The competition allows groups (4 people max.) to submit projects and all group member names must be included when filling the registration form. If you want to add or remove group members after submitting the registration form, you can email us ( to make group member changes to your registration.

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  • 1st Place Winner – International Contestant - €500

  • 1st Place Winner – Nigerian Contestant - ₦300,000

  • 2nd Place - €250/₦150,000

  • 3rd Place - €150/₦90,000

  • 10 Honorable Mentions

  • 20 Finalists

  • Founder's Choice 


  • June 10th – Competition Announcement

  • June 20th - Registration Begins - FREE

  • July 30th - Submissions Open

  • September 5th – Registration Closes | Submissions Close

  • September 30th – Winners Announced


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Iwoje Eguavoen

Director (Voen Associates)



Arc. Ladi Olatunde

Principal Partner of Third Dimensions (Architecture Firm)

CEO of Fourth Estates Ltd

Former member of Voen Associates


Odaro Eguavoen

Founder of 'Voen Foundation

Architectural Designer

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Arc, Usman Mohammed

Lead Architect (Voen Associates)

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Arc. Ladi Lewis


Member of ARCON Education Comittee

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Arc. Kayode Anibaba


ARCON Council Member


Arc. Adesoye Oni



Debo Adesanya

Architect & Project Manager


Solomon Ofoaiye

Architectural Designer

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Lloyd Martin


Former lecturer at University of Ibadan Architecture Department


Aimee Akinola

International Architecture Masters Student in Regeneration and Development

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Mairo Abugo


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